"This property is unique in that it is nestled in a very quiet and upscale neighborhood and affords complete privacy for those seeking to disconnect and unwind. With panoramic views and the ocean just steps from cottage, we couldn't have been more pleased! With beautiful well kept grounds, fruit and citrus trees, a private pool and a tennis court, this property was better than a resort for having it all to yourself.
The cottage takes you back in time and the vibe is definitely Old Hawaiian which we loved. Nothing fancy, but we liked that it was authentic. There is wi-fi and cable TV if you must.
The cottage is well stocked with everything you need to prepare your own dinners and believe me, you will want to have your meals here! If you do venture out, there are two restaurants worthy of mention. Both in Waimea, the "Red Water Cafe" is casual and has an excellent lunch and dinner menu. I recommend the Fresh sushi rolls their home made cheese burgers.
"Merrimans" is more upscale and pricy, but the food, ambience and service there is good.
Get your fresh fish at Hale L'a Da Fish House. Bring a cooler, they will provide ice.
If you dive or snorkel, you can walk out your door and enjoy the reef with beautiful fish and coral. Careful for the rocks and entry, early morning is best for right in front of the house. There is another entry point a short walk to the left of property at the public access called the "keyhole" that provides a little easier entry. There, you will see more people as it is popular with locals and tourists.
I do not recommend swimming out front unless you are strong and experienced. The currents can be strong and change often.
There is great walk up sandy beach at Mauna Kea which is a short drive away. Perfect for kids and adults, you can spend the day.
If you like cats, and want to take a walk, there is a feral cat colony at the end of the road, but you must take the beach trail to the left of property, then go to end and turn into the parking lot at the public park to get to it. The cat colony will be on your left . If you take food, they all will come out which is pretty amazing! There are food and water bowls as they are fed by locals and a few even will let you pet them.
Overall, our stay at the cottage was a perfect fit for us. I would recommend it for those who enjoy Old Hawaiian style, privacy, tranquility and being on the ocean.
This was our second visit to Puako and we will be back again in the near future."
Guest: Vicki F.
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: September 24, 2016