We spent 6 nights at this delightful and clean, one bedroom cottage, enjoying our coffee every morning on the lanaii while listening to the frogs, enjoying the lovely yard, and viewing the ocean across the road. The bed was very comfortable. The kitchen, (although without stove due to local regulations) was perfectly adequate for us through use of the small electric appliances available ( grill, hot plate, coffee pot, etc) . It was also stocked with items like condiments, coffee, paper towels, dishwashing liquid, etc. We appreciated the laundry facilities. Andre was friendly and easy to work with, offering tips for visiting the area.. He was prompt in dealing with any questions we had and went "above and beyond" to find us accommodation to extend our stay in the area.
The location was great, immediately across from Kehena Black Sand Beach (Sun. drum circle) and a short drive to
- the renown "Uncles" outdoor restaurant (Wed. evening market with live music,
- food & craft vendors),
- the Kapoho Tide pools (Excellent snorkelling spot. Also, the drive on a paved road covered by overhanging trees from the cottage to the tide pools is absolutely beautiful )
- location for an awesome view of lava that flows into the ocean (be prepared to hike 8+ miles or rent bikes to the viewing spot)
- the interesting town of Pahoha with its live music, some great restaurants, and small shops
(We didn't go to a nearby botanical garden, but were told it was sensational)
We found the Oceanfront Cottage to also be a great central location for driving to Volcano National Park, Hilo area and Green Sand Beach at the South Point.
Weather: This side of the island has much more rain than the Kona side, but we preferred it. We usually waited a short part of the day for the rain before we continued our activities, but that was not a problem since the cottage was so comfortable. The island has so many climate zones that if you don't like what is happening in your area, you can just drive to another zone. On the one day that it rained for an extended period of time, we drove to Green Sand Beach and enjoyed the weather there..
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