|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
Hilo Bay Haven is your own private home on Hilo Bay. It has beautiful views of Hilo Bay and of the upsloping Mauna Kea volcano across the bay. This charming home is located a convenient five minutes from the Hilo airport, restaurants, shopping and historic Downtown Hilo. Great beaches for swimming and snorkeling are a mere three minutes away.
HI TAT #: W89304904-01
My wife and I stayed in this house in Hilo for two week from mid February to the beginning of March 2016. The property sits on the protected side of Hilo bay about 100 yards from the cruise ship and freight ship pier. While we were there, a cruise ship passed within a few yards of property; close enough to wave to the passengers on the upper deck. The view from the back yard into the bay is relaxing and pleasant. This is also the view seen from inside the living areas of the home because of the homes' unique open design.
Facing the bay is the living room with an alcove with a 8 foot wide bay window. On the opposite side of the house is an identical alcove with a large dinning table and a 8 foot wide bay window. Between these is an outdoor protected deck with table and chairs. Behind the living and dinning areas is the kitchen with the cook top on a counter so that the person cooking has a direct view of the bay. We selected to fix all our meals at the house. The kitchen is a little dated but is spacious with plenty of counter and storage space. The kitchen is well equipped with pots and pans and utensils. The only thing missing from the kitchen is a large cutting board and potato masher.
There are three spacious bedrooms at the front of the house away from the bay.
The house is in a central location; it is half a block to the main road which takes you into town in one direction, and to several close by county beach parks in the other direction. Our favorite park was “ Carlsmith beach park” with a large grass area to sun yourself and large pools of perfectly clear waist high water protected by a lava rock breakwater to take a swim. While we were there, three sea turtles were constant companions. A quarter of a mile toward town this road intersects into a perpendicular highways which takes you to the volcano and the main shopping area.
People will tell you that it is always raining in Hilo- Don't believe it! During our 14 day stay, 12 were sunny to mostly sunny days.
We arrived on the Big Island right after Hurricane Iselle had made land fall over Kapoho, where we had planned to stay for the week and we were unable to use the rental we had booked. So on to plan B and the house on Hilo Bay. The owner was very accommodating and gracious allowing us to book last minute. It was pretty muggy because of the remnants of the hurricane, but every room had fans to keep the house cool. Nights were quite comfortable.
I will say that the house was very well appointed, everything you could ever need - including coffee grinder, pots/pans, etc. Plenty of silverware, mugs, glasses, and dishes. Very impressed! I've stayed at several private rentals and can say that this was by far the best equipped. It was also very clean and the owners gave explicit instructions about how to take care of the place, even the ants. We really appreciated having the instructions because it just helped with taking care of things and respecting the owners' property. The beds were also made with good quality linens when we arrived and there were plenty of towels.
The location on the water was really nice as was having the deck with great views of the bay. However, it was also near the port and there was some heavy equipment and industrial activities nearby. Quite a bit of activity during the day but very very quiet in the evening, so I would say it's really not much of an impact. The best part was that it was pretty close to everything and a perfect home base for staying on the Big Island. We were minutes from many restaurants and stores. Near Rainbow Falls, Richardsons Beach.
I would definitely stay there again - the owners were very easy to work with and we very much enjoyed our stay.
So close to the venue we attended. The pictures just did not do this home justice as we arrived...we stood in awe of it's beauty. No complaints, better staying in the 'drabby' hotels that Hilo offers. And big enough for 6 women to live under the same roof...LOL! Thank you Lucy for sharing your wonderful gem.
We were in Hilo last week for the Merrie Monarch Festival.
This vacation rental house as the BEST! We had everything we need,
and it has literary in “Hilo Heaven” vacation home! We had breakfast at the dining table with beautiful ocean view every morning, and it is only a few minutes away from the main places in Hilo. We loved it!
The house is minutes from airport, great for even a large group (there were 8 of us) and extremely clean. Two of the bedrooms and 1 bath are on a lower step-down level so gives impression of being even more spacious. The bay is feet from the front room/dining/room views and lanai. Loads of towels in the large master bath and nice to have plenty of shampoo & conditioner provided. Keep your open food/fruits
put away. It is a tropical location and ants etc. will come for a picnic if you let them. Not only would I come back, I will recommend this property to my travel agent friend.
Experience the 'real Hawaii' in the historic town of Hilo, located on the East side of the Big Island below the slopes of Mauna Kea. Hilo Bay Haven is only 5 minutes from the airport and Downtown Hilo. Walk along Hilo town's beautiful bay front, view the swift outrigger canoe races, stop in at the Farmer's Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays to browse the incredible array of exotic flowers, fruits, foods, and works by local artists and crafts people. Visit the many varied retail shops and restaurants, or tour the Lyman and Tsunami Museums for a fascinating history of Hilo. Walk to beautiful Liliokalani Park, and picnic beside Hilo Bay.
Visit the Hawaii Botanical Garden 15 minutes away on the Old Scenic Highway in Onomea, stop in at Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls on your way to quaint Honokaa Town. The Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, the only tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S., is open daily with a petting zoo on Saturdays. A visit to the spectacular active volcano Kilauea is a must.
Other Activities: kayaking
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Merrie Monarch Week
Apr 16 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning fee||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
Holiday rates are subject to increase from standard rate based on holiday and advance reservations.
$500.00 to confirm reservation, with balanced paid 60 days prior to arrival date (90 days for holidays and Merrie Monarch reservations). There is a 7% of total balance cancellation fee for any cancellation. There are no refunds for cancellations with less than 60 days notice, unless I am able to rebook your dates.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.