|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
This is the Hawaii you dream about! This little bungalow on the beach is an ideal tropical vacation destination for a couple or a family with children. It is the perfect island get-away for Honeymooners. The house and lanai open to expansive views of the beach, ocean and sunsets year round. The lawn and gardens are lush with native Hawaiian trees and plants including 15 coconut palms. Start your day sipping your morning coffee on your private lanai while watching for migrating whales (Dec - April) or spinner dolphins that make their home in the nearby Marine Sanctuary. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in the hammock in the shade of coconut palms or swimming with turtles, snorkeling or scuba diving in one of the best diving spots in Hawaii, the Puako reef, just in front of the hale. (You can read about it in guidebooks) A convenient entrance spot into the ocean is just a few yards south of Hale Malia. Children will enjoy hours of beach combing and exploring the tidepools.
Beaches and Touring the sights of the Island: Puako is conveniently located for visiting the numerous sights of the Big Island from north to south. Numerous Beaches and resorts are within 5 - 20 minutes away from Hale Malia. Closest public beaches: '69' Beach in Waialea Bay (5 minutes) , Hapuna Beach (10 minutes) Driving times to some sights of interest: City of Refuge (south), 1 hr 45 min, Captain Cook/Kealakekukua Bay 1/1/2 hr, Kailua Kona 30 min, Kona airport, 25 min., Waimea 20 min., Hawi/ Waipio Valley 1 hour, Hilo/ Hawaiian TropicalBotanical Gardens 1 hr, Volcanoes Park, 1 1/2 hr.
Puako is also a great choice for vacations, because it boasts the highest number of sunny days (and the lowest annual rainfall) in the entire state of Hawaii. In fact, frequently it may be raining on the nearby beaches south of us and as you drive back to Puako it is all sunny and clear!!
Puako General Store: This market is a five-minute walk from the house and is great. You can order food and provisions in advance and pick it up when you drive-in.
Just wanted to let you both know how much we enjoyed all the new changes at Hale Malia. Luz (our almost 3yr old) was so excited to take a shower with "all the pretty dots on the floor." Another great and relaxing stay for us for sure. We'll wait to hear from you on the December dates.
We had a wonderful time at this quaint cottage which is only a few steps to the water. Every morning we would wake up looking at the ocean, make our coffee, sit out on the lanai, and just stare at the view. We snorkeled in front of the house and the entire cove every day. My husband who has snorkeled in may parts of the world said it is one of the best underwater esperiences he has ever had. It was calm and sunny almost every day. We felt like we were on an oasis it was quiet. No crowds from tourists yet we were only a short drive to local restaurants and shopping. Just beware of the local bugs... they live in Paradise too!!
We must have at least 100 whales while sitting on the quiet lanai overlooking Puako Bay! What a treat! And the turtles.....OMG - they were everywhere! The quaint cottage was just enough for the 2 of us. Puako is a wonderfully quiet little neighborhood. We really enjoyed going to the two farmer's markets in Waimea - we got lots of fresh veggies, fruit, bread, and the view on the way was nice, too. The FoodMart in Waimea was great, too - just as far as driving to Waikaloa Village, not quite as pricey. Just remember to keep your food sealed or in the fridge, and your dishes clean or the ants will have their way! We had a wonderful time snorkeling on the Puako reef when the surf was calm, and also spent some time on 69 Beach, which had excellent snorkeling as well. All in all, the cottage was adequate, clean, and we were able to relax and unwind just as we had planned. Although we cooked at home for the most part, we did enjoy and would definitely recommend a trip to Hawi for lunch at Sushi Rock! It rocked! Aloha!
This was the perfect location for our family of 4 (two adults and two children ages 3 and 5) for our stay in October. The home was the perfect size and location for us. We loved exploring the tide pools just past the seawall every morning. Simply enjoying the ocean from the hammock each day was priceless and the best relaxation possible. It doesn't get any better. The home is located within just a few minutes to fantastic beaches like Hapuna, Mauna Kea, and Beach 69. The house is also well located for trips to Hawi, Kealakekua Bay and Kailua-Kona - all while enjoying the quaint peacefulness of Puako. We were very comfortable, loved eating outside each night and had everything we needed. We would without a doubt stay here again – and hopefully will in the future.
Main road through Puako is lined with HUGE multi-bedroom vacation palaces, while this cozy home sits 30 yards from the ocean on a huge piece of manicured lawn with shady palm trees. No A/C, but constant breeze from ocean and multiple fans keep one comfortable even in heat of day. Photos do little justice to how close you are to the ocean, and we did spot turtles daily from the lanai. Two day beds in living room could allow for a small family, but perfect for couple. Plenty of linens, walk-in shower, tasteful decorations, handy W/D. Some of the best sand beaches on Hawaii with terrific snorkeling are a mile or so away. Owners are helpful, and local handyman came by in person late at night to warn us of a Tsunami coming! Highly recommend for couple seeking serene, quiet, comfy place right on the ocean. Local market within walking distance down street, but restaurants and night-life will require a drive to a resort or local town (10 minutes to the north or south).
This Puako Hale remains my favorite place to visit. Thanks to the owners for preserving the authenticity of a simple beach getaway.
I wanted to take a moment to say we really enjoyed this darling cottage. We found the seclusion and quiet to be perfect and even though the trade winds were howling, we got some snorkel time in off the house. Lovely place to stay. We hope to come back again!
When you are ready to leave the serenity of Puako you can visit some of the most premiere resorts on the Island, such as Mauna Kea Hotel, Mauna Lani resort, the Fairmont Orchid or the Hilton Waikoloa, which are just minutes away. They provide first class dining and entertainment, spa treatments, shopping and golf. Sunset sails, snorkeling tours, deep-sea fishing are all available nearby.
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