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Aloha & Welcome to Bwana Bob’s "Hawaiian Hideaway"; a Luxury Banana Bungalow Vacation Rental for Couples or one, in So. Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is a great place & the perfect location for couples or anyone who would like to have a wonderful Kona, Big Island vacation rental that's much more affordable & provides so much more privacy & seclusion than any other condo or B & B's could possibly offer.
IF you are seeking a truly unforgettable experience in an accommodation without sacrificing luxury or paying a small fortune, here we are! We are happy you found us & invite you to take a closer look at what makes us SO unique & different in a place with literally thousands of condos, hotel rooms, resorts, beds & breakfasts, apartments & units to rent!
NOTE: Lots of New Photos are coming soon!
There are places suited for every kind of person and/or couple in the world on this island. Please keep reading to see why we think our place is the best for your “Kona” side stay! (well, yes, we are biased). Since all rentals “seemingly” offer the same exact thing, ie, accommodation w/some specifically offering a "South Kona" location it's really important to understand the differences in order to make an "informed" decision.
A stay here with us will offer privacy, seclusion & a serene tranquility that can relax & rejuvenate your mind, body & soul. We are as close as you can get to being in a tropical rainforest, without all the rain. We are blessed to receive only half the amount of rain as Hilo on the other side of the island. These precious inches of rain keep our exquisite lawns & grounds looking so green & restful year round.
We understand life on the mainland & corporate America because that is where & what we escaped from. If you are seeking an authentic Hawaii ambiance, in a completely tropical setting with resort or botanical-like grounds to wander around in, without the hub-hub of lots of tourists & the bottle-neck traffic that is Kailua-Kona proper & just want to be left alone in a truly amazing, beautiful & tropical property, then we are here for you & welcome you to stay with us on your visit to “Kona”.
Our Beautiful Banana Bungalow is “Perfect for Two People” (or one). It is actually a Free-Standing and completely self-Contained House! (NOT an attached apartment or condo below anyone’s living room). It has its own separate entrance & even a separate private parking space.
The "feel" in this Bungalow is that you are outdoors & sitting in the midst of a tropical garden! Cook your own meals in this fully-equipped kitchen with new full-size appliances such as refrigerator, dishwasher, range with stove and oven, microwave & all the "stuff " you could ever need to fix a gourmet meal, or dine out, it's your choice. Restaurants are nearby and offer some great meal choices.
This lovely Banana Bungalow has so much light & feels so airy because it used to be an artist's studio! You’ll love the high vaulted ceiling & the tons of light everywhere. Two entire walls are filled with sliding screens & sliding glass extra wide doors. There is over 12' of glass plus two large windows facing the ocean! And another wall of sliding glass doors faces the outdoors.
All windows have both screens & GLASS for your “aural” or sound privacy." Mentioned only because we've heard of other So. Kona Vacation Rentals (now calling themselves a condo) with walls of views but with only screens with no actual glass in the windows; how private & comfortable can that really be when every sound you make can possibly be overheard by the owners or other guests?
This Bungalow has it all! A Relaxed & Charming Tropical Ambiance with Deluxe Interior Decor & Lush Tropical Grounds & Surroundings right outside your door! There are no bad views here. Mother Nature's Beauty abounds out of every window & sliding glass door. Our little "House" or Bungalow is anything but run of the mill or typical. It’s Cheerful! Exotic! Cozy! Cute! Colorful! Pleasing to the eye & "Simply Irresistible" if we may borrow a tune title from Robert Plant here :>)!
The sliding glass doors lead out to your own private lanai where you can sit & relax & watch the sunset & sip whatever tropical drink you desire. Eat inside or dine al fresco, it’s your choice. Inside, enjoy the lovely & spacious living room area with "elephant" bamboo couch, lounge chair & dining room table & 4 chairs. Sleep like a baby in the comfy Cal King size bed & relax in the private bath with walk-in shower, complimentary robes while you're here are included. The lovely full kitchen is there for those who'd like to cook.
Staying here will feel like you are all alone on a Beautiful & Private & Gated Estate. There are no other buildings in your sight; it feels so private & so secluded, because it IS. This was accomplished by the artful use of physical space & stunning landscaping when the houses were originally laid out. Much care was given to insure each house & occupants would not be visible to any other house or occupants. It is pure genius. Although our house is here too, again it’s not visible to you & visa versa. Should you need us we are there but more or less tucked up a hill & out of sight. If you ever need an ingredient or anything we're here, please just give us a call.
We are close to grocery stores, shopping, restaurants & many activities and are a great jumping-off place for day trips to other sites around the island.
Your Bungalow has a large flat screen Satellite TV with EVERY PREMIUM channel in Hawaii with all the usual fare along with ton of sports and music channels too. DVD player & wireless internet access.
You have your own beach chairs, towels, snorkels/fins, cold coolers, boogie boards, surf boards & coming soon a shared kayak. Enjoy your own private BBQ; you don’t have to share, so fire it up when you are ready. Indoor and outdoor dining areas are your choice.
The Banana Bungalow is very cute, adorable & fun to be in (so we’ve been told), but when you wander "outside" you will immediately realize you are in tropical landscape dream come true! Almost the first thing all guests say is “Wow, I can’t believe this place, this is gorgeous!” and they’ve only just arrived, not explored. Everywhere you look are tall gorgeous Manila and coconut palm trees. They line the entire driveway beginning at our gated entrance & are just spectacular. The addition of hundreds of giant banana plants & leaves only adds to the tropical feel.
We are the last property at the end of a private residential road and there is no sign or any people wandering around looking for an office. We are NOT in tract-housing with only a few feet to another house; we are in an area where all homes are separated by large swaths of acreage. Our home & our property are custom-built & are top notch in every way.
This completely tropical mountain-side location provides Fabulous Tropical views from every single window & glass door. Enjoy park-like Tropical gardens, see the coastline, the ocean & Sunsets to blow you mind. Being the last property at the end of the road with NO through traffic insures there will be no traffic sounds. This is a unique gem of a place & we would love to have you as our guest.
We offer you all this with your stay here; Private, Secluded, Peaceful, Serene, in a Tranquil setting! No traffic noises! No pool noises! No screaming kids! No barking dogs, No Slamming car doors, No hustle & bustle of other guests coming & going. We are not a "human" puppy-mill trying to book as many guests per month as possible & finally we are the complete opposite of every condo, hotel, resort, vacation rental, house & B 'n B you have ever been to.
No place else in South Kona is like us although they try (& have literally "lifted" our words & phrases right off our pages & onto theirs). A place so beautiful with such exceptional mature tropical landscaping that cannot be copied because it would literally take decades to grow anything comparable to this!
When all you have to enjoy is the inside of your rental with only a few banana trees standing in for "tropical landscaping" you'll want to go off sightseeing just to get out of that hot apartment, condo, or room! We offer a delightful alternative to that; a place where you can literally just “hang-out” at all day long without feeling bored or antsy. Tropical gardens to wander around in at a cooler & more pleasant elevation & temperatures than most any other rental can offer.
If you like gorgeous 5-Star Resort Style Surroundings without all the people we are your place & we welcome you to stay with us on your special trip to Hawaii.
People, don't be fooled, not all Vacation Rentals in So. Kona are the same. Summer months of July & August are really HOT & can also be humid. Especially at sea level on up to elevations of 800 feet above sea level will still be hot. Possibly the reason for 20% off discounts for the summer months?
Our higher 1250 foot elevation offers average daytime temperatures that are 9-10 degrees COOLER than these lower elevations. We have trade winds & beautiful balmy weather & cooler nights to help you sleep like a baby. If you're not sure, ask for their elevation before you book. Then double check it.
Please call or email for availability; we do not use the calendar because we would like to talk with you before you make a reservation; just one more way to add a personal touch rather than a "computer" booking. Please see our web site for Virtual Tours by simply searching our name.
By the way, please see our other Vacation Rental the Jungle Cottage under VRBO No.732542 by simply searching for that number in their search box, thank you.
Kailua-Kona is "downtown". It is small & almost always jammed with tons of traffic & tourists. So. Kona is about 18 miles south of town. Not crowded. Has beaches, fab dining, markets, cute shops & FUN...moreless
Oh yes, but not the kind of mainland "mountain" views of pine trees. Our mountain views are of Lush Mature Tropical Palm trees, tropical gardens & landscaping! Plus beautiful birds songs too....moreless
The Banana Bungalow has beautiful water, ocean, coastline, sunset & TROPICAL garden views! It feels like you're sitting in a "Jungle". Our high 1250 Ft. Elevation insures your comfort! Rarely hot or humid. Ask other places for THEIR Elevation before booking! Don't be fooled, not all So. Kona Vac. Rentals are at the same elevation. ...moreless
Our guests say our grounds are 5 Star Resort -Like! We have it all; a Luxury Vacation Rental in an exotic tropical location & at a higher & cooler elevation than being at the ocean! How sweet it is!...moreless
We are in a Residential area & only minutes to civilization, beaches, shopping & restaurants, plus we are away from all the crazy tourist traps of Kailua-Kona proper. This could be considered rural!...moreless
South Kona is a trifecta of 3 bedroom communities comprised of Kealakekua, Captain Cook & Honaunau. All 3 are very close to each other. Each little town has shops, eating places & are quite charming!...moreless
Yes, you will enjoy water, ocean, coastline, Sunset & tropical garden veiws! Enjoy a pina colada while sitting on your own private lanai & watch the sunset in serenity together with your partner.....moreless
Not really needed at our elevation-1250 Ft. + j3 big ceiling fans. Please be aware-there is an ENORMOUS difference in COMFORT in a stay at 800' VS 1260' elevation! Approx.10 degrees COOLER & NICER!...moreless
The Banana Bungalow is one GREAT room or "Studio" with a bathroom. The high vaulted ceiling creates an amazingly airy & open feeling! Not to mention that it's almost 800 sq feet in size, ie, BIG!...moreless
Yes, we are an" Estate" w/NO through traffic! NOT just another house in a residential tract of housing! We are 1/2 mile up above the Mamalohoa Hwy & your car & contents are safe & secure here....moreless
Over the years many of our guests have chosen to hold their wedding ceremony here in our tropical gardens. We've also worked with local restaurants to have gourmet meals brought in for them....moreless
Everything you'll need & more. Dishes, pots & pans, cutlery, blenders; We have been complimented over & over for "thinking of everything" our guests would ever need to cook breakfast, lunch & dinner....moreless
We are happy to provide various & sundry condiments like mayo, mustard, ketchup, sugar, spices, oil, vinegar, and plenty of toilet paper and paper towels. Tin foil, Glad Wrap, plastic baggies! ...moreless
Balconies are called "lanai's" in Hawaii. Enjoy the beautiful wooden lanai that sits surrounded by tropical landscaping; the view is toward the ocean, coastline & offers exceptional sunset views too....moreless
We don't have but there are plenty of charter boats to be had at the Honokohau Harbor a bit south of the Kona Airport. There are deep sea fishing, snorkeling tours & private boats for your pleasure....moreless
Keauhou has a golf course about 12 miles north of our location. Another golf course is adjacent to the Black Sand beach. Simply search for a golf-couse near Captain Cook in any search engine....moreless
The Bungalow comes supplied with your own beach gear: Snorkels, flips, masks, beach cooler, beach bag, beach towels, beach chairs & beach umbrella! Ask us how to get to the beach, a short drive away....moreless
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Year Round - Banana Bungalow
Jan 1 - Dec 30, 2015
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
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We take ALL major Credit Cards.
Please note: we do not use the VRBO.com Calendar folks. We like to talk to our guests in person to assure we are a good "fit" & understand your expectations for your Honeymoon, Anniversary or Vacation. before accepting your reservation.
Please also note: Full disclosure; we do live on a quite bumpy road which is short, about only 1/2 mile long. 4-Wheel Drive is not necessary, but IS a great way to explore places on the island that are not otherwise accessible. What IS necessary for this road is a vehicle with a HIGH clearance from or off the ground. This is due to the road dipping down & back up in several places. A high clearance prevents dragging the bottom of or damaging your vehicle. An Economy car is almost always find UNLESS it is one of the newer models that have become quite low-slung & prevalant in 2015. One of the best cars our guests have loved is the Chevy Spark which is also thrifty on gas. Guests that have never driven "off-road" or on a multi-surfaced road might find the road intimidating. The road is comprised of a bit of each: gravel, lava rock, dirt, asphalt & some cement. Most guests embrace the road with anticipation of a really fun & wild ride & are happy as a bug when we personally escort them to their Cottage or Bungalow. If you are not comfortable with this perhaps another place would be better for your stay on the west side or Kona side of the Island. Just fyi, no guest in all these years has ever been unhappy enough about the road to leave. We do understand we are not everyone's cup of tea, er, well, 100% Kona coffee. We would love to show off little slice of Tropical Paradise & make a your Kona dream vacation come true.
We accept ALL MAJOR CC: 50% deposit due at time of booking; balance due 30 days prior to arrival. $100. will hold your Reservation for bookings 6 mos in advance.
Stays 10 nights or longer get a discount of $10.00 off per night!
WHAT A DEAL PEOPLE; a FABULOUS KONA, HAWAII VACATION on a RESORT-LIKE PRIVATE Estate w/Kitchen ALL for LESS than a Motel 6 in any major American city!
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These are just some of what we think are the "must-see" destinations of this really incredible Island of Hawaii.
In no particular order: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (perfect day trip). The really sacred & beautiful "Place of Refuge National Park" & also they have a gorgeous little park as you drive past the parking lot, veer left and it will take you to some of the most beautiful scenery in Hawaii. Sometimes there will be locals playing the ukelele if you hit it right. The colorful Painted Church, the Mauna Kea Observatory at the top of Mauna Kea Volcano where telescopes from so many nations are in constant operation peering into the crystal clear sky. You'll need 4-Wheel Drive to go up & one night per week is open -house for non-scientists. Our closeby & favorite destination; the lava flow at Kalapani, where it came in 1986 and covered the hightway...awesome. Sadly no longer available to see due to recent volcanic activity destroying even more homes.
The really cute Artist village in Holualoa, also more Art Galleries & a Collectibles Mall in Kainaliu town, just up the hwy a bit. Sunday Farmer's Market in Captain Cook near the Manago Hotel. For some: All the Crazy Zoo of Tourists & Jammed-up Parking in Kailua-Kona Village (if you like that kind of place), nearby in So. Kona are some wonderful Gourmet restaurants including the renounced Keei Cafe, the highly regarded Mi's Italian Cafe, theKona Coffee Shack where tons of great desserts await, and the Kona Cafe at the bottom of our road within walking distance. (the trip back uphill is a killer though). Tons of all kinds of beaches here in So. Kona...the beautiful "protected waters" of tropical fish by the Captain Cook Monument in the Kealakekua Bay, Two-Step with wonderful snorkeling really close-by... just sit on rocks and slide your bottom into a water-wonderland of fish and beauty. Our personal favorite beach is Hookena, just a few miles south of us, with a lovely road that serpentines down from the highway to sea level and for one moment, your breathe will be taken away by the water view! So many different beaches all the way up along the coast to the Kohala area. Touristy Expensive Resorts and 45 minutes north of Kailua-Kona, it's just not our idea of the "real Hawaii". When every flower bush, palm tree & plants are brought in & mus be watered to stay alive, (ie, just not in a real rainforest because they do not naturally happen at sea level). Some are beautiful for sunbathing though, while other beaches here are spectacular and really do look like "Tahiti"; ask when you arrive & we'll share our wealth of knowledge. Puako and it's bay will blow your mind. Up north enjoy Hawi, a sweet little town at the top of the island; wonderful eats, shops & pristine gardening too, it's a kick. Such natural island beauty. Almost all places are within a 2 hour drive! Take Day-Trips to the Volcano, the Hamakua Coast, see Rainbow Falls in Hilo, and everywhere, so many different & absolutely CUTE places & towns! 7 nights is really NOT enough to even lightly graze the offerings on thisvery special island. Waimea (or Kamuela) is "Paniola" or "Hawaiian Cowboy Country" with fabulous restaurants & ranch! Beyond Hawi drive to the "road's end" and then get your legs climbing down to the very private ocean & beach below. It's going to be a heck of a climb back up, but so worth it.
The South Kona area is a trifecta of 3 towns; Kealakekua, Captain Cook & Honaunau. It's considered a "bedroom" community or suburb of Kailua-Kona & is a very desirable location for a Kona Vacation & Stay.The area is very tropical and jungely, but that refers mostly to the properties ABOVE the highway, or "mauka" as we say here. The properties below or "makai" are so much more humid & hot compared to our wonderful & super comfortable elevation.
Temperatures here on our hill are almost always a lovely 76 degrees. Our Cottage & Bungalow are so different than almost any other kind of place..the kind of place easy to spent a contented day at home, while hanging out or just reading & relaxing. No white-washed sterile kind of "box" of a room causing anyone to feel stir-crazy & "gotta get out of here" feeling! Just peaceful, tranquil & serene, & yeah, for the hundredth time, tropical. We know this because of our personal experience of our first time on the Island. Pre-Internet, our stay in a run of the mill condo on Alii Drive was a disaster. Traffic noise all day & all night. The fans did nothing to cool the place down & the roar of non-stop traffic on Alii Drive, the main drag downtown, prevented us from opening the windows. We hope we've given enough information to help make an informed decision. We also hope to see you on your next visit to Kona, on the Big Island.
The beaches, restaurants, little towns & other sights to see are in no way complete & exhaustive...more of just a little "taste" of what awaits here!
Year Purchased: 1996
About the owner: Aloha, we came alone to Kona to get married about 2 decades ago & on a whim spent a half-day looking at real estate. We stumbled onto this property that day, got married the next day & flew home the day after that. We had to buy it; it was THAT stunning. We moved in a year later & never looked back. The property had been built & developed by a contractor as his "dream home". Situated on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an extinct volcano, the biggest bulldozer made was used to turn this place into a "golf course-like" beauty. No expense was spared, even including Canandian Glacial Top Soil so that spectacular green lawns could be grown throughout the property. We are just the lucky recipients of this contractor's personal tropical haven, although we have spent the last 20 years adding more & more tropical fruits & flowers to the mix. Hundreds of banana trees were planted which produce year round nanners for us & our guests. The lava rock walls were made from the freshly bulldozed earth; they are beautiful. Only when we had been here about a year did we realize the amazing property we bought was a "One-of-a-Kind Gem. These green lawns & all the gorgeous mature tropical landscaping have brought us & our guests so much pleasure over the years. Even the bird songs are amazing here. We don't think there is another vacation rental comparable to this in the South Kona area. We would love to share it with you too. It does take a village to keep it looking manicured & beautiful & yet we offer all this for so darn little...Honestly, a little house for only 140. per night? Well, we think it's a deal & know that any cheap motel in any major American city would cost as much. We offer you all this & yet we are only minutes to civilization, beaches and shopping.
Why the Owner Chose Captain Cook:
We do not think you will find this kind of natural beauty at any other location & place for the low rates we offer. Hands down we are a one-of-a-kind property & completely unique in the South Kona area. Guests that are looking only for a place to hang their hat & sleep at night may not appreciate all we have to offer. That is fine because as we said, we want Happy Guests who have made an informed decision on where to stay while visiting Kona! For many others though, this higher elevation tropical property is the deal-maker & Candy for the Eye. And a not so gentle reminder of just how awesome Mother Nature can be when all the elements come together. The right soil (volcanic), the right climate (balmy), the right amount of rain & the right amount of sunlight, & of course the continual tending to & love. We have spent two decades adding & tending to a plethora of tropical flora & anyone who loves tropical plants & tropical flowers will be thrilled to see what grows here. Our place is literally brimming over with a treasure trove bounty of tropical fruits & flowers. These are some of the goodies to enjoy: year round always seem to be tons of “apple” bananas (more of a custardy instead of mealy texture with a slight hint of a tart granny smith apple & absolutely delicious & not available anywhere on the mainland), papaya, lemon, macadamia nuts and then it’s anyone’s guess as to what will be “in season": lemons, starfruit, lychee Surinam cherry, zapote, longon, pineapple, avocado, breadfruit, lillokoi (passion fruit), cheremoya, oranges, tangelos, grapefruits, coconuts & of course, our 100% Kona coffee. A pound per week of our own whole bean 100% Kona coffee is provided in addition to all the fruits & nuts you can eat.
The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow:
Tropical flowers are really amazing & so “exotic” compared to mainland flowers. There is one vine here, so awesome & incredible we want to scream “Hey, Look at This!” It’s called a Jade Vine & ours has giant blooms of turquoise & periwinkle blue flowers! We have posted a photo of it here. Many visitors to Hawaii come year after year & stay in hotels , resorts or condos & even never know something this unbelievable exists. It’s not always in bloom but if you’re lucky you’ll see it The blooms are about 14”-20” long & contain hundreds of smaller “fingers” that are crescent shaped with a blending in of these two colors that is hard to describe. Simply stunning! We love our property & enjoy seeing our guests be happy! We welcome just a select group of couples per year. We are choosy in who we take & most of our clientele are professionals, business owners & folks who are adventurous & are looking for an off-the-beaten-path kind of place. Our guests are mostly self-sufficient & we give as much interaction as desired. Your privacy is paramount & something we treasure for ouselves too. Our low rates are in no way indicative of the quality & beauty of what we have to share wtih other couples & guests. We offer all this & for a so little; mostly because this place is just too special not to share it with others! All this & yet we are just minutes to civilization, beaches, restaurants & shopping. Surely there must be something not so great here? Yes, we tell our guests before taking a reservation that we live on a very bumpy road that is 1/2 mile long & above the highway. It is multi-surfaced road with bits of lava rock, gravel, dirt, some cement & some asphalt with many dips & bumps. A vehicle with HIGH clearance off the ground is a must. Not 4WD, just high clearance! Please call us for more details or if you have any questions! We are here to make your "tropical island" vacation dreams come true.
Entrance View of Banana Bungalow Interior. At right, wall of glass faces Ocean!
Easter Island Tiki on pathway down in the jungle! Gorgeous gardens to the right
Even the Jackson Chameleons R feeling "amorous" while living here! Male w/Horns!
4 mile Scenic Drive not to be missed! Beaches are only on Kona side though. Nice
Jade vine; turquoise & periwinkle blue, blooms throughout year; hangs 2 feet ea!
View of our grounds as seen while strolling the property.
THE real gecko! they make silly laughing noises & are everywhere. They eat bugs!
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