"After reading lots of reviews, we picked Garry's SuGar cottage because of his generous offer to take us out in the water. One of us dives, and the other snorkels, and we like to avoid crowded areas, so Garry picked locations that would work out for all involved. My boyfriend got a great dive buddy, and I snorkeled around on my own, or nearby above them, sometimes having the place all to ourselves. Garry knows what to look for in the water and we got to see a couple sharks, turtles, and lots of fish! He was also able to point us to other locations for afternoon trips we made on our own too.
The cottage itself was also a great set-up for divers - a hose, tub, and rack for rinsing and hanging all the wet stuff. Inside, a full size washer and dryer with laundry sink. And the kitchen has a good size fridge (which we filled up from a trip to Costco for a week's worth of groceries). Simple, clean, and very practical. It's also very private - just us, singing frogs in the evening, and some vocal roosters. Garry and Susan's house is just up the driveway, but with all the lush vegetation, you'd hardly know it.
The property is located in a quiet, local neighborhood about 1000 ft above sea level, so fans were adequate for ventilation. There are mosquitoes, so the screens were important on windows. It's not near many amenities though, so eating out often would require lots of driving. It was a good location from which to visit Volcano NP and the southern areas too. Keep in mind for itineraries though that divers need enough time before going to higher elevations, and some roads around the Big Island are high enough you'll need to plan for that if diving.
SuGar cottage was the place we stayed the longest on the island, and we were glad we planned it that way. Garry and Susan are wonderful hosts and just real, down-to-earth, friendly, low-key folks. We would definitely plan to stay there again if we can manage a return trip to the Big Island. And to have a competent, master dive buddy included is one unique and exceptional deal! It made our trip worth it!"
Guest: Lynn C.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 31, 2015