About this listing
PUAKO BEACH is an eclectic, TRANQUIL and HISTORIC oceanfront community, famous for its white sand beaches and turquoise warm waters populated with whales, dolphins, turtles and reef fish. Water sports abound. If you are looking for a bucolic, peaceful & quiet place to stay practically on the water, then this is it! Yes, you can hear the waves, the wind and the birds. Green grass, fruit trees, palm trees, flowers, grace the grounds. Even the occasional wild turkey waltzes by.
Your apartment is downstairs half of a two story residential home, located across the street from the turquoise clear waters of the Pacific ocean. This is our second Airbnb location. ( Please check our other listing on the other side of the Island on the Hamakua Coast, "Paauilo, Far From the Madding Crowd") https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9939110
The apartment is on the ground floor with its own private entrance through a garden atmosphere into a large screened in porch with plants, table and couch. The apartment is 1000sf with a King size bed and air-conditioning in the bedroom. The King bed is made up with Bamboo Sheets, the ultimate in comfort.
The back door leads to an outdoor porch with a breakfast table, a small fenced in yard (pet friendly), a barbecue area and with beautiful views of adjacent wild State land and magnificent Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa beyond. Two casual lawn chairs are provided for sunning yourself or star gazing in the late evening. This is a must!
We provide our guests with snorkel gear, reef slippers, boogie boards, beach chairs and a wonderful breakfast spread (heavy on fresh fruit). With advance notice, we are happy to arrange rentals for any water equipment that we don't have, including kayaks, paddle boards, surf boards, and bicycles.
The large living/dining area includes a small island and has been remodeled with a new wood floor, paint and carpets. It is quite lovely, comfortable and inviting; a homey, cool and spacious environment with soft paint colors. The air-conditioning in the bedroom and fans in the other rooms takes care of heat problems.
There is another home on a separate lot in front of us. We share the driveway so care must be given to parking and noise, as there is a friendly working tenant in the other home. You will have your own covered parking stall in the shared car port.
You have access to our 6000sf grassy tropical yard, a small fenced area with dining table and lounge chairs, barbecue, expansive lawn and natural plants. Additionally, our back yard opens onto thousands of acres of open and treed State land with a three mile walking fire break and unobstructed access to the land for any intrepid hiker. On occasion we have wild pigs, goats and the Hawaiian owl or "Pueo" soaring in the evening air and the ubiquitous flock of wild turkeys.
Covered parking provided.
Interaction with guests
Though we live upstairs, we are very quiet and with luck you won't hear a sound. We will be available to assist you with any and all issues including best beaches, best places to snorkel, best restaurants in the area and best luxury hotels to visit as well as our too-many-to-count visitor attractions. We enjoy the company of our guests and will be here to meet your needs.
Other things to note
Folks often ask about the whales and yes, they are in abundance during the winter months (late November to early April) and lovely to watch from the shore as they breech with frequency and often you can see them jumping from the ocean. Our weather is mostly sunny with the occasional rain shower, and temperatures ranging from the low 70s F (21 C) to mid 80s F (30 C) during the winter and 80s F (30 C) to 90s F (35 C) in the short summer months.
It is a comfortable 15 minute walk south along the ocean to the Fairmont Orchid hotel with its excellent restaurants (though access to
resort facilities are restricted to guests). A mile walk or drive north on Puako Beach road brings you to our small local grocery store which is open from 8am to 7pm daily.
Puako Beach road is about three miles long and dead ends at a County park. It is a popular three mile walking and biking area. There is Beach Access every 1/4 mile which makes for 12 beach/reef access points (with great snorkeling and turtle viewing) including the County park and County boat launch.
Close local beaches include: BEACH 69 aka WAIALEA BAY STATE PARK (10min)-our personal favorite with good snorkeling and boogie boarding, bathroom facilities and lots of shade, SPENCER BEACH (15min)-very kid friendly, MAUNA KEA beach (12min)-an amazing crescent of white sand in a clear calm cove, and HAPUNA BEACH STATE PARK (10min)-the Islands most famous and popular -white sand, great boogie boarding and picnic tables and BBQing facilities. (See pictures)
Nearby resorts, dining and shopping include: The Mauna Kea Hotel, the Hapuna Prince Hotel, the Mauna Lani Hotel, the Fairmont Orchid Hotel, the Waikoloa Hilton Hotel and the Waikoloa Marriott all within 25 minutes. Further south you will find the Four Seasons Hotel. There are many shops and great restaurants at the Mauna Lani Resort and two shopping complexes with great stores and restaurants at the Waikoloa Resorts.
With advance notice, we are happy to arrange rentals for any water equipment that we don't have, including kayaks, paddle boards, surf boards, and bicycles. If you are looking for Scuba gear check out nearby Kawaihae Harbor for rentals. There are also plenty of snorkel or scuba tours if you prefer going with a company.
Puako is a peaceful, quiet and tranquil community.
Main house rules are to please respect the nature of our peaceful community and the space of our neighbors while enjoying yourself to the fullest. We ask that you remove shoes once inside the screened in porch. We also request that you do your best to leave the apartment as you found it. Feel free to use the washer and dryer which are located on the back porch. There is no smoking allowed on the property.
Also, please note that you may, on occasion share the apartment with the occasional gecko, ant, or roach (as you would anywhere in the Islands). The gecko and ant are especially ubiquitous but far from intrusive.
Bottom line house rule: please kick back, relax, unwind and enjoy yourself on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii and in our very special one-of-a kind community, Puako Beach.
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We truly love meeting guests from all over the world and being able to share our unique and beautiful corner of the world, here in Hawaii. Our experience with Airbnb guest has been exceptional and the response gratifying.
We have been living in Hawaii for going on 20 years. We raised our four fabulous kids right here, in Paauilo. Bailey First came to Hawaii as Peace Corp volunteer in '69, going to Thailand.
My favorite vacation spot, is sailing in the British Virgin Islands, favorite city to eat is San Fran with Chicago tied and favorite city to visit NY. Arts aficionado, my wife a buff fitness nut and me a movie slouch.
I am Realtor in Hawaii and I also sell salted and smoked salmon from our fish days in Alaska (30yrs and counting) and spend way to much time volunteering for the arts and trying to raise $$, the bane of the arts world. Fascinated by the Universe thank you Keck and Canada France Observatories, a must stop when you visit.