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Eco-Cottage on Organic Farm with Spa Services & Kayaks

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2 bedroom with outdoor kitchen, bath & toilet (outhouse) with small ocean view

Relax into nature and all of the blessings of Hawaii at PapaLani Farm (which means Heavenly Earth Mother in Hawaiian). We are located 30 miles south of Kailua Kona…

• Serene 13+ acre organic avocado and macnut farm with an abundance of tropical fruit trees, veggies, herbs, flowers & berries.

• Perfect year-round climate, at 1600 ft. above sea level on the side of Mauna Loa Volcano (the most massive, active volcano on Planet Earth!).

• Savor the seclusion and quiet, away from the crowds and resorts.

• 4 miles from the closest place to jump in the ocean

• 15-minutes to Ho'okena Beach State Park for sunbathing and swimming with dolphins

• 20-minute drive brings you to the famous Pu'uhonua o'Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historic Park and Kealakekua Bay where you can kayak to Captain Cook's monument and snorkel with an endless variety of tropical fish and sea turtles & dolphins.

• 65 miles from Madame Pele's live action at Volcanos National Park

• 12 miles from KulaKai Caverns and Manuka State Park.

• Light hiking on the property where you can enjoy seeing all sorts of Hawaii's wildlife and plants.

• Explore the 30+ variety of fruit, nut trees & berries while at PapaLani, much of which is available for purchase during your visit, as well as fresh eggs from the chickens.

• If interested, you can learn how to become more sustainable… We practice vermiculture (worms), raising chickens, permaculture, Korean Natural Farming, composting, mulching, solar, water catchment, and more.

• Find a nice place to meditate & relax.

• Nikki is the land owner. She fully respects your privacy. She is happy to provide info about the farm, things to do, places to go, etc.

• The farm is a working organic farm, therefore farm work may be occurring during your stay, but again, your privacy is fully respected.

The Eco-cottage was built December 2012, with a combination of in and outdoor living…

• Outdoor living

• Covered outdoor kitchen with necessities to cook meals (full fridge, 2 burner stove, sink, dishes, utensils, blender, coffee-maker)

• Covered outdoor bamboo walled shower with viewing space to gaze at the stars with an evening shower.

• Composting toilet.

• 2 large bedrooms with separate entrances so you can rent one space or both:

• One room has a queen bed

• One room has bunk bed with full and twin mattresses.

• Large lanai (covered porch) with an ocean and farm view.

• In the winter time it can get cool at this elevation morning and night. A propane heater is available, but be sure to bring heavy socks or slippers and a thick sweatshirt or fleece.

• Everything is kept clean and tidy although it is mostly outdoors so there are geckos, creepy crawlers, and insects around.

• High speed internet and long distance phone services are provided.

• Full range of discounted spa services available on site for guests.

• Beach chairs, towels, & coolers available.

• Snorkel equipment available for $25/week.

• Our water source is 100% rainwater caught from the roof of our home and stored in catchment tanks. County water is made available to you in the kitchen for drinking.

• We have solar panels which are hooked to the grid right now to provide some of the electric.

More Details

Nikki Spencer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Nikki Spencer

Aloha I'm Nikki. PapaLani Farms has been a labor of love since 2003 for me. I have been doing body work since 1990 and have owned and operated spas ever since. If you would like to set up your stay as a retreat/cleanse just let me know in advance and we can make that happen.

Nikki Spencer purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Nikki Spencer chose Kona Coast

I purchased this farm because i am interested in creating a sustainable life & peaceful country living. I love to know where my food is coming from and be involved in the process. I like being away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the cycles of the moon. The farm is spacious and private and offers endless opportunities.

What makes this cottage unique

I enjoy the fruit trees, gardening, herbs, vermiculture, raising chickens, making mulch/compost, creating a beautiful and safe environment for people to explore themselves and their connection with nature.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Eco-Cottage on Organic Farm with Spa Services & Kayaks
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 42 reviews

Lovely place to be

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Papalani. It is clean and private with everything you need for your stay. We would certainly recommend this place to our friends.

It might not be great for high-maintenance kids, there is not a lot to do on the property...but if you are looking at places like this you are not interested in the resort chaos of vacationing.

Make sure you have some avocado, they will put mainland avos to shame.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Immersed in nature

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful farm with fresh fruit and nuts. I especially loved the fresh mac nuts which tasted nothing like the raw mac nuts on the mainland, but more like fresh coconut. I felt immersed in nature and it was exactly what I was looking for. The moon was full when I arrived and it was intense with the frogs singing, etc as I was coming from a city. It's about 10 miles or so to some good beaches where dolphins swim. It's kind of rustic, but tidy - the bathroom, shower, living area and kitchen are outdoors. Nikki is a fabulous host and was there when I needed her but did not impose at all. I thought it was a good central location to explore the Kona coast as well as the southern coast and Volcanoes National Park. It is about 10-15 miles to most restaurants and markets -- (and there is a wonderful Thai restaurant in Ocean View that I loved, Ka Lae Garden). Thank you Nikki for a nice stay!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you ... it was a pleasure having you here!!! hope you will return! mahalo & aloha
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Amazing experience

  • 5 of 5

Everybody should have this experience while on the big island. Nikki was an amazing host and we were picking fresh organic food within 5 minutes of our arrival. Our 5 year old had a great time feeding chickens and playing with sweet pea the cat.

It was so fun cooking outside in the kitchen amongst the sounds of frogs, and enjoying the peace of the island. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice little 'farm-stay' style accommodation

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time at the Eco-Cottage on the Papalani farm. Nikki was lovely to deal with, very prompt in corresponding and very kind and considerate while we were there. The accommodation was very comfortable and the kitchen area had everything we needed. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eco-Cottage on Organic Farm, with natural beauty

  • 5 of 5

Though not a "5-star hotel" the Eco-Cottage was clean and comfy. Nikki was a great host; always willing to chat or answer questions about Hawaii and it's abundant tropical fruits, flowers and nuts. At the same time, she did not impose on our privacy. The avacados were ripe, large and so yummy! If you get a chance to have some of the farm bananas, do it! They may be small, but are tasty too! I also found out I have a taste for lilikoi (or passion fruit) also grown on her farm. Loved the outdoor shower and all stars visible at night. The location means a bit of driving to get to many of the beaches, but it was closer to the sights we saw further to the south. Overall a great stay. Thanks Nikki!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adventure seekers, look no further!!!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time staying at the cottage. The farm is beautiful and a great option for those who wish to vacation out of "condo land". You must be open minded in order appreciate this great place. The outdoor kitchen is equipped with everything needed to make meals, and even helpful extras. The rooms are cute and cozy and sitting on the lanai with sweet pea can become an addiction! The outside shower is liberating and peaceful! The only reason for 4 stars was the driveway up to the cottage. We were there during an unusual rainy week and the driveway is uphill and through the farm. There was no way our small rental car would make it up, but we were able to park at the main house. The usual property manager was out of town when we stayed, but they were nice and accommodating and knowledgeable about the surrounding area. There were some things that could have used maintenance, the light in the commode was out and the pathway to it was a little nutty/rocky. However, it was nothing that would deter us from returning here or recommending. We would like to return when Nikki is present to enjoy Papalani to full extent! The location is about an hour drive from Kona but is great for being central to many locations that are a must see. This place is perfect for the adventurous at heart who actually want to see Hawaii in all of it's beauty!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
KOA Kailua-Kona
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Punaluu Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
OceanView or Captain Cook
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
3 miles down the mountain to Milolii.
Car: necessary

Some things you can enjoy in the area within a very short drive include:

swimming with the dolphins in 4 bays, hiking at Manuka State Park or on the property, Hiking to Honomolino Beach where Elvis made the movie 'girls, girls, girls' is only 4 miles drive away. There south point, green sand beach, black sand beach, golfing, snorkeling at the best spots in Hawaii, Kayaking, coffee farm tours & Kulakai Caverns where you can go into some super large lava tubes.


Rates & Availability

Captain Cook Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

linen fee extra person $20 + Tax
cleaning per room $40 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $125
Tax Rate 13.41%

2 people can rent the whole cottage for $88/night or 2 people can rent just one of the rooms for only $66/night -with possible neighbor & share a kitchen/bath or rent the cottage for up to 4 people for $109 and additional people $20/night. christmas/ny week $20 extra/night.
please specify your preference in your request &/or call me if you are confused 808-328-0181 (Hawaii time zone).

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Captain Cook Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • outdoor toilet and outdoor sink and shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , queen bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , double & single bunk bed... sleeps 3 in this bedroom (Makai)
    Sleeping Porch - 2 sleep sofa /futon , there are 2 fold out couches on the lanai
  • Mauka suite has a queen bed, Makai suite has a double/twin bunk bed, the lanai has 2 couches that fold out into double size beds.
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Nikki is a certified massage therapist and provides spa services on site for guests... if you would like to book a massage just let her know. Nikki takes people on tours or swimming with the wild dolphins. if you are interested in booking a tour or a dolphin swim let her know.

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