Discover a selection of 1,500 vacation rentals in Puako that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and air conditioning. Prices start at $177 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in Puako. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

A peek at Puako, a rare hidden coastal heaven on Hawaii

Peaceful coastline and private homes form a perfect backdrop to your Puako vacation rental. The town provides a bit of a break from the teeming resorts just to the north on Hawaii's Big Island. With a single main road dotted with multiple beach access points, Puako is a favorite spot for vacationers and locals. Snorkeling, dolphin watching, and beachcombing are popular pastimes for the whole family, and the casual dining options are ideal for you and your sweetheart, or you and your pals.

Things to do

The understated, seaside birthplace of "Hawaii Aloha"

The most visited building in the vicinity of your Puako vacation rental is probably Hokuloa Church, located right on the main road and the prettiest little white church you'll ever see. It was built in 1859 by Reverend Lorenzo Lyons, the missionary who composed "Hawaii Aloha," Hawaii's unofficial anthem. You can also drive a few miles north to find the Pau Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Garden. It's full of paths lined with flower blossoms, friendly peacocks, decorative statues, and – of course – views of the sea.

Activities

Snorkeling, surfing, sunbathing - get pooped on Puako

Puako's beaches are divine. Hapuna Beach is a half-mile of white powdery sand, bright blue waves, and picnic areas. In winter, the waves are just right for surfers and bodyboarders but a bit high for little ones, so if toddlers are in tow, check out Beach 69 (named for a #69 utility pole in the parking lot). It's pristine, great for snorkeling, and offers some shade trees for relief from the sun. A boat tour can take you toward the whales and dolphins swimming offshore.

Weather

Puako is pretty perfect (this is Hawaii, after all)

You'll probably want to leave the windows open at your Puako vacation rental, because the weather is too good to just leave it outdoors. The tropical climate means warmth year-round, with summer highs in the 80s and winter lows in the not-so-low 60s. The town is on the drier, west coast of the Big Island, but it's still a rainy place. If you want to keep your umbrella-carrying moments to a minimum, travel in September, when rainfall is roughly half what it is in March, Puako's wettest month.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Puako

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Puako. These are some of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Hapuna Beach State Park (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Mauna Kea Beach (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Mauna Lani Beach (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Anaehoomalu Beach (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Anaehoomalu Beach (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Kohala (11.2 mi / 18 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Puako

The nearest airport is in Kona Intl. Airport (KOA), located 20.9 mi (33.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), which is 11 mi (17.6 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Puako?

Whether you're planning your next exciting adventure with friends or a romantic trip with your sweetheart, one of these top vacation rentals in Puako is sure to attract you:

  • "See Our Location. . Read Our Reviews. . So Many Extras": This Pacific States retreat offers 2 bedrooms and is highly rated among guests. Amenities such as tennis and books help make your stay a memorable one.
  • "Ocean View Mauna Lani Terrace": Stay at this option in Pacific States and take advantage of a microwave oven, a TV and more. It has 1 bedroom to accommodate your favorite people.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Puako vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Puako?

Punching far above its weight when it comes to charm and ingenuity, a tiny house vacation rental in Puako offers a front-row seat to big adventure. Disconnect your devices and turn your focus to outdoor fun at one of these fun-sized escapes:

  • Look forward to a simpler way of living at "Tiny House Best Location In Kailua". Amenities at this gem in Honolulu County include towels, coffee and tea making facilities and more.
  • "New Tiny House Big Yard Fruit Trees Fire Pit Ocean Views Beach Gear" in Honolulu County is another good choice. Children's toys and a smart TV will help make your time here even more comfortable.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Puako?

Whether you're on the lookout for a log cabin for a getaway with your besties or a family trip, we have the perfect property for you. Choose one of these great vacation rentals in or near Puako and enjoy getting back to nature for a while:

  • "Five Bedroom Log Cabin Near Waipi'o Valley" has all you need for a stress-free escape, including a fireplace and an oven. Once you've settled in, head outdoors and take in the lovely scenery.
  • After a full day of being outdoors, take it easy at "Aloha Lodge - Private Eco Log Cabin Near Volcano Park". This cozy retreat comes with a host of features, including an oven and a barbecue grill.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Puako?

Forget about those household chores — weekends were made for having fun. Choose one of these weekend getaways in and near Puako and take advantage of all the wonderful things to do close by:

  • "See Our Location. . Read Our Reviews. . So Many Extras" is a top-rated option around 2 miles southwest of central Puako. You won't have to venture far to find something interesting to do around this vacation rental. Get outdoors and discover Kona Country Club and Hawaii Gateway Energy Center. Activities like cycling and parasailing will add an adventurous touch to your quick break.
  • Alternatively, leave your stresses behind at "Absolute Hawaiian Luxury Private 5 Acres Stunning Views Sunsets Wood Pizza Oven". Stay in with your feet up, or get active and try sailing and surfing and boogie boarding. When it's time to explore some nearby attractions, check out Kikaua Point Beach Park and Kona Country Club. This sought-after vacation rental is around 30 miles south of Puako.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Puako?

Typically small, less expensive and well located, it's easy to fall for the charms of a studio apartment. Settle into one of these options and experience the energy of Puako up close:

  • Make "Stunning, Romantic Cottage On Slope Of Hualalai" your home away from home. This wonderful property features amenities including towels and a microwave oven.
  • Alternatively, organize a stay at "Ocean View Mauna Lani Terrace", which comes with conveniences such as an oven and an ice maker.

There are lots of sights around Puako to put on your to-do list. Feed your inner culture lover and visit Holualoa Gallery and Kenjis House.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Puako?

From affordable studio apartments to large vacation rentals, Vrbo has your quick escape sorted. Here are two of our popular picks in and around Puako:

  • If you only need to stay a night or two, "Absolute Hawaiian Luxury Private 5 Acres Stunning Views Sunsets Wood Pizza Oven" is a great choice. It's not far from the center of Puako, so you'll have easy access to all the best attractions.
  • Another terrific option is "Ocean View Mauna Lani Terrace". Round up your squad and enjoy a comfy stay near the heart of Puako.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Puako?

Whether spent in a cabin, an apartment or a lodge, a romantic weekend getaway is a perfect way to spice up your love life. Whisk your sweetie away for a couple of days at one of these appealing escapes in or near Puako:

  • Put on some relaxing tunes and kick back together at "Spectacular Ocean View, Peace, Beauty". Around 7 miles from Puako, this property has everything you need for a romantic weekend getaway, including massage services and a nearby marina.
  • "Stunning, Romantic Cottage On Slope Of Hualalai" is another option that's guaranteed to impress. It's approximately 20 miles from Puako and has a nearby bay and a dining table.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Puako?

Big groups mean gigantic fun. They also mean finding someplace that'll effortlessly fit your entire crew. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around Puako and get everybody together under the same roof:

  • There's loads of room to move at "Your Own "private Resort" - Beachfront Home 2 Acres W". Around 1 mile southwest of Puako, this grand property has 5 bedrooms that sleep up to 14 guests. Top amenities include a swimming pool and a fireplace.
  • "Kauhale Pilialoha Rare; Festive Season Available" is another impressive option. It's around 1 mile to the north of Puako, has 10 bedrooms and sleeps up to 30 guests. A fireplace and a beach view are just a couple of things designed to make your stay even more memorable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Puako?

A pool is often a must-have when choosing where to stay on vacation, particularly if you're taking the kids. Browse these houses with a pool in or near Puako and fill your days with splashing good fun:

  • Make yourself comfortable at "The Onion House "architecture So Full Of Life It Seems To Breathe", where your highest priority will be pool time. Amenities including a fridge and towels help make this escape a favorite with guests.
  • Spend lazy vacation days splashing around or catching a few peaceful moments by the water at "Independent Private House, With A Cellar Master". This property is another guest favorite and offers books, a balcony and more.

Puako has an oceanic climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging between 75 ºF and 80 ºF. But there's no need to wait until summer to visit! Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect Puako vacation rental and organize your getaway for whenever you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Puako?

No matter if your ideal escape is up in the hills or down by the beach, you'll have a lot more fun if you share the experience with loved ones. Stay in one of these large family vacation rentals in or near Puako and bring the whole gang along:

  • About 30 miles to the south of Puako, "Absolute Hawaiian Luxury Private 5 Acres Stunning Views Sunsets Wood Pizza Oven" has 4 bedrooms and fits up to 10 guests. It comes with a range of amenities, including a swimming pool and a toaster.
  • "Exotic Kona Bay Hawaii Beachfront Tropical Paradise Stunning Home" is another good option. It's around 25 miles to the southwest of Puako, has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 people. Useful amenities here include childrens activities and a TV.

If you're eager to visit some family-friendly attractions around the area, you have plenty of choice. Mauna Kea Observatory, Akaka Falls and Waipio Valley Lookout offer fun for both kids and grown-ups.

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