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Betsy Reinard Tropical Destinations LLC

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Breathtaking View Oceanfront Cottage, Tidal Pools, black sand 1 Acre!

43 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 180 nights

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Oceanfront Large Studio Cottage With Outdoor Shower. Private On 1 Acre

Oceanfront cottage on very private 1 acre. Tidal pools to explore and cool down, while the waves crash into the reef you experience the freshness and invigorating effervescence of the fresh cleansing ocean bath.

Wander from your cottage through the grassy lawns, down the rock wall staircase, follow the black sand paths to the beach sand that has been deposited around the reef.

Cowrey shells and coral have been deposited by the recent storms.

Photograph, fish, whale watch, catch the pods of spinner dolphins and sea turtles bobbing in the surf. Whales and dolfins come in close for great viewing.

Watch the colorful sunrise over the ocean, the glow of the volcano in the distant night sky as you count your lucky stars and watch the bright moon rise.

The spacious studio has a comfy memory foam overlay on a queen bed with luxurious 550 thread count sheets to crawl into after a day of exploring the tidal pools in front of the property. Photo ops abound! Fish from the reef or just relax with a book. Use this peaceful beautiful place with the sound of the waves to inspire you. Be creative and write, paint or whatever your heart desires.

Make this vacation your health retreat! We have access to many therapists and practitioners in the area. The "library" is well stocked with all of the natural healing arts.

1.5 miles NE you will find a hidden black sand beach with tide pools and beautiful palm tree lined coastal view. Swim and sun.

Just 6 miles away to the East are the hot ponds. You may pack your lunch or buy from a vendor as you enjoy swimming and surfing at Pohoiki Bay. Watch the fishing boats launch and return with their catch. Travel on East to Kapoho to enjoy world class snorkeling. Just 7 miles west is Kalapana. Location of the 1980 lava flow that ran over most of the village,the developement ,& the black sand beach.

Walk out to the newly forming Kaimu or cocnut beach!

Uncle Roberts is a local family of survivors who did not lose their property to the 1980's flow. They have an open air market on Wednesdays, Fridays with food vendors and hula, music all kinds of excitement!

There is a convenience store and deli with a great outdoor sitting area +wi-fi as well! These are just a few things to do on Hwy 137 aka The Red Road

Did I mention the hilly scenic road is also a favorite for bikes and runners?

Kalani Resort and Spa is less than 1 mile away from the cottage and offers yoga, massage, healing touch, hula lessons, drawing, lahala weaving. A schedule is in the cottage "book" to look at. Kalani keeps sandwiches and serving food items in their cafe or you can enjoy their buffet meals.

There are many attractions to the Big Island. The Volcanoes National Park where the crater is glowing and attracting many visitors in the evenings.

Take your 4 wheel drive up to the observatories on Mauna Kea or go to the visitors center which is not so challenging a rental car can get there.

Rainbow Falls, The Botanical Gardens, The Imiloa Astronomy Center, Tsunami museum and The Palace Theater, the Panaewa Zoo, the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut plant are a few things to do in or near Hilo Town 30 minutes away.

On the way home check out the quaint historic Pahoa Town, 11 miles from the Cottage via Opihikao Road. The recent lava flow is accesable at the transfer station on Apa'a Street. Pahoa has the quaint old Hawaiian style buildings on the main street. Restaurants such as Kaleo's, Ning's, Luquin's are there to serve you.

The community center boasts of an Olympic size swimming pool complete with exercise programs and a community center with yoga or hula classes.

This property is equipped with a strong cell phone booster, Broadband internet, free USA and Canadian long distance Majic Jack voice over phone and Direct TV with the sports and movie channels provided. We believe you will be hard pressed to find time to watch TV with this view.

Disclosure: Inclement weather could interrupt internet/phone and Television service availability.

This property is Eco-friendly and is on solar power. That is adequate to run a bi-pap or sleep apnea machine at night. Bathroom is fully modern plumbed, detached. You will love the outdoor shower attached to the cottage with an ocean view. Enjoy on demand hot and cold running water while you experience a million dollar view. We recently put in a new hot water heater for the cottage and I am hearing rave reviews from our current guests!!

The cottage is appointed with many wonderful books and reading materials. There is an assortment of Hawaiian history , folklore, customs along with stories. Plants and flowers can be identified.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Betsy Reinard Tropical Destinations LLC (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Betsy Reinard Tropical Destinations LLC

I fell in love with this amazing property. The minute I walked onto this place I was in awe of it and totally blessed to have it.

An ICU nursing background with complimentary medicine interests.

I have always wanted to be involved with healing through natural means. To connect western technology & medicine with the mind body connection. This teaches us that environment can be great medicine for someone with a stressful lifestyle. Mermaid's Oasis offers a respite from the daily grind and have seen the effect this has on guests that arrive stressed, nervous, agitated and leave rested, with serenity, tranquility,peacefulness.

We are in touch with the reputable healing centers and therapists on this island. There are massage therapists close by and will make house calls.

Kalani health retreat less than 1 mile away teaches art, yoga, hula, cocnut and lahala weaving , ecstatic dance, 12 step programs, massage therapy with lomi lomi, hot rocks and has great food too!

Betsy Reinard Tropical Destinations LLC purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Betsy Reinard Tropical Destinations LLC chose Puna District

Whats not to love? Ocean front, no visible neighbors or road, seclusion, privacy, the ultimate destination for serenity, peace, tranquility.

Eye candy views, the tidal pools, expansive lawns and the jungle canopy of flora that keeps the road far away from the guest. There is a peaceful uplifting feeling for those that come here. Many people comment on the 'good feeling' spiritual experience they get here. Let the surf lull you to sleep every night! Watch the pink orange sun rise over the ocean each morning.

What makes this cottage unique

Oceanfront, unobstructed views, no street or houses between the cottage and the beach, tidal pools to play, examine and soak in. Abundant sea life such as whales, dolphins, sea turtles and reef creatures to marvel at. Very private on all 4 sides, so unique! Not visible from the street. Play croquet or volleyball or just dig your toes in the lawn.

There is a kayak and a paddleboard to rent along with the snorkel equipment, boogie boards etc. to use free of charge.

Camping is available for the extra guests. There are tents available for rent. There is a 3/4 bath detached. A delightful bamboo and river rock outdoor shower with hot and cold running water.

The kitchen is Jimmy Buffet style (complete with the parrot picture) outdoor and open with a propane stove and refrigerator, stainless steel sink,large cupboard to stow away your goods. All with a million dollar view!!

Our guests have a commercial stainless steel propane grill at their disposal with a side burner to grill, roast, make rice and cook a complete meal.

Enjoy your gourmet meal or snack on the open lanai/kitchen/dining room with the best view in Puna.

DISCLOSURE: This is a lava zone 2. The lava flows on this Island which many people are counting on when visiting. The flow is stopped and not progressing for many months. The alternate routes have been done in case of future needs. Insurance and mortgage companies are offering sales in the areas of the previous threat. There are 9,000 residents who all need a route to do commerce here. I know of 2 alternate routes being opened up. One will reconnect hwy 130 to Volcano and the other to Hilo will be a shorter distance then the current route. This is the Big Island experience as it happens!


based on 43 traveler reviews

Breathtaking View Oceanfront Cottage, Tidal Pools, black sand 1 Acre!
average rating of 4.860465 based on 43 reviews

The best nine days of our lives

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been to a Hawaiian island four times, twice to the Big Island. This stay was our best; we did not want to go home.

We spent 9 days at this location. For those who are looking for a high-end resort this is not the place. For those looking to unplug and enjoy the beauty of the Kalapana are this is it.

The cottage is a single room, with bed and futon inside. The kitchen area is out front on the deck. We enjoyed cooking breakfast with an ocean front view, taking our morning coffee and tea down to the chairs by the lava rocks beside the ocean watching the waves come in. Betsy is the owner and host, and she was the best. She has a couple of dog and cats, and they were welcome guests with us (against Betsy's rules, but we couldn't help ourselves...). Her house is on the property as well, but she is very good about giving privacy to her guests. Her main goal is to make sure that her guests are set in the cottage and educated about all of the excellent locations to see nearby.

We were able to leave our four sons at home (college and late high school age) while we traveled. It was nice to be able to relax together, not having to worry about the day-to-day of work and family life. The Hilo side of the island has a lot to offer.

The Big Island has coqui frogs, which are loud at night but surprisingly good for sleep. There is a lot of rain as well, but in short bursts, typical of Hawaii. When done the sun dries it up quickly. All of this for us enhanced the experience.

I would highly recommend a stay here if unplugging and a dose of tropical Hawaii is what you are looking for.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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10 Year Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

WOW! What a unique experience. My wife and I spent a whole week here and everyday was a new adventure. Betsy welcomed us and made us feel right at home. The drive down to the cottage was amazing. You really feel like you are going into another world. The views from the property are worth the price and then some. The outdoor kitchen and shower were brand new experiences for us, but it was awesome! Betsy hooked us up with places to go, things to do, snorkel gear, and showed us how to open a fresh coconut. If you want to see the real Hawaii, then this place is right on the money. Thank you again Betsy for everything. We cannot wait to come back!

- Lane and Melissa from Louisiana

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love meeting my guests. this was a 10 yr anniversary for these folks. They were here to see and do everything they could. The passion fruit vine had climbed into the kitchen space and shower but the guests loved the beauty of the flowers. there was a romantic vine covered cottage theme going on. I just recently did a major pull back of the vines. the flora is amazingly beautiful even the "weeds" can awe us. Loved having these guests and hearing about their trip. May all their anniversaries be as special as this one.
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Oceanfront cottage that exceeded all our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 3 lovely days/nights at this oceanfront cottage which truly has a breathtaking view. The cottage is very comfortable and the outdoor (covered) kitchen has everything you need. The owner is so warm, welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable, we didn't want to leave! The owner's tips/suggestions for daily activities were spot on - from the best hike in the national park, to the coolest beaches (beach chairs, coolers, boogie boards and snorkel equipment free to use!), to the Wednesday night food and music at Uncle Roberts. Now that we are home, we are asking ourselves why we ever left! We highly recommend a stay at this lovely oasis as you will feel so welcome, so comfortable and will have everything you could imagine! The outdoor shower was the icing on the cake!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests did more in 3 short days than most do in a week. Definitely hit some of the best options on the must do list with volcano day trip and the local beaches all a short drive 1-5 miles. They also did a Hilo waterfall day trip including the Botanical Gardens and the waterfalls. It's not hard to plan your days with so many options and just staying here all day basking in the sun is a great choice. Many guests become good friends and return. Will you? The open kitchen lanai is covered in a Lilikoi vine that is in full bloom . It's beauty and fragrance makes this a romantic getaway for any couple.
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Lovely getaway

  • 5 of 5

The property is a lovely, basic setup right by the water. We loved cooking and eating on the porch. Showering outside with a view of the ocean was wonderful. Betsy is a great hostess who thinks of every possible thing you could need-beach towels, snorkel gear, bug spray, french press, coconuts. We miss Yoda, Penny, and Pharaoh, our four legged hosts;) It was a blissful trip and we plan to come back. It's perfect for those of you who want to unplug and relax. Great for a couple, a family with 1-2 grade school age kids, or one person who just wants peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The staff at Mermaid's Oasis (the pets and myself) wish to graciously accept this review and comment on the snorkel gear. Now available include a paddleboard, kayak along with 2 bikes. I see the bulky towels are hard to bring and may require some shopping to find a perfect one so providing these things to help folks have the best vacation ever is my goal. Each visitor becomes a friend and a return guest if desired. Opening a coconut with my guests is fun and a great experience for them as well as an opportunity for some hands on skills.
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Great oceanfront cottage with a great hostess

  • 5 of 5

Had such a great time in this rustic yet very comfortable cottage. Breathtaking view is a step away, the outdoor shower and lanai surrounded by palm trees, ocean waves and birds singing all night were quite something I would never forget. Betsy is a great hostess, very helpful and thoughtful. Can't wait to go back. I would prepare a mosquitos repellent next time.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: aloha and thank you for the review. I love to respond and hopefully we can stay in touch with many members of the Mermaid Oasis fan club. I do like to provide towels and snorkel gear although that can be very hard to fit so if can bring your mask and snorkel. The chairs and coolers give you opportunity to have a picnic anywhere you like to go. the day trips can be fun and coming home to a nice comfy cottage with this view and great bed will make the vacation worthwhile. I have stayed in very posh places but felt isolated from the outdoors. that wont happen here. You are part of the great views and ocean breezes.
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  • 5 of 5

This property was perfectly as described. Don't expect to check into the Ritz. We enjoyed every minute of it. Authentic lush Hawaiian landscape. It was great to eat meals while watching palm trees and ocean. Betsy is a great hostess, very helpful and gives you the amount of privacy that you want. I miss Penny and Yoda(sweet puppies) and Farrel(if it's possible to miss a cat). It was nice to spend time on this side of the island this year. We would definitely return to this great rental!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The jungle canopy meets the ocean at this pristine location which would be forever altered with a Ritz Hotel . We do have private driveway and canopy to park under. Park 20ft from your cottage. Something the hotels don't provide. A newspaper is provided to help keep you posted on the temperature, weather tides, the local events and news if you care to tune in. Keeping it simple is the theme here for peaceful relaxation, de-stressing, exploring and learning the flora, fauna,( the land , aina). i try to share a coconut opening with each guest and give them tips on the hidden treasures this area has to offer. I often learn of new ones from them. I listen to their experiences with great interest and pas along the tidbits to the next guest. Each guest takes away memories that will stay with them forever and they leave the host enriched by their experience and friendship. Aloha is a broad term and when I practice it a peaceful feeling comes over all involved
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Kaimu Store & deli, Uncle Roberts awa bar, Pahoa
Nearest Golf
35 Miles
Hilo, Volcano
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Kalani Resort, Kalapana, Kaleo's, Pahoa, Hi
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Kehena, Pohoiki Bay, Kapoho, Kalapana, Ahaalanui
Car: necessary

Paddle boarding is a sport like surfing . You stand up on an extra wide board and paddle it. Sounds easy? Try it at Pohoiki Bay the boat landing is awesome for geothermal pools, snorkeling, surfing and swimming. Paddle board and single kayak are available to rent at the cottage!!

The Ahaalanui geothermal hot pond is just 1 mile past the stop sign at Isac Hale Park 5.5 miles from the house! Pohoiki has a smaller delightful geothermal pond just past the red house right of the boat ramp.

Kahena beach is the famous clothing optional black sand beach just 1.5 miles down the street mile marker 19. Dance to the drums on sundays.

Near or in Hilo Town there are Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, boiling Pots, the Botanical Gardens, several great beach parks including Carl Smith Park, Richardsons. Queen Liliokulani japenese garden is just past Suisan fish market on Banyan Drive

Near Keau via hwy 11 you will find these attractions

Panaewa has an excellent zoo and is free!! The Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Plantation has free tours and samples at their gift shop YUM!

Near Kalapana on highway 130 the Steam Vent Inn will offer steam rooms from Mother Pele to give you a real "feel" of the volcanic geothermal action.

At Kalapana stay on 130 to the lava viewing area. There you can walk on the lava, go to Uncle Robert's Wednesday night market starts early at 4:30 with food and live music, dancing,vendors selling clothing, pottery ,jewelry, vegetables, star gazing and entertainment. Have a glass of the Hawaiian herbal kava root drink. Talk story while under the thatched roof of the kava bar.


Rates & Availability

Pahoa Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer sizzle
Jun 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
2017 6 month rental
Mar 6 2017 - Sep 6 2017
180 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.75%

Awesome snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, boogy boards,beach mats and fishing tackle at no charge.
LOOK! a kayak and paddleboard are available with a refundable damage deposit of $50. Must rent a vehicle that can carry these items if you wish to use these.

There are no refunds for the deposits unless the flow affects this property directly. Alternative routes have
been established in case of lava activity. a refund will be given if the flow cuts off the road access.

Environmentally sound recycling is done on this property. We ask for sorting of recyclables and veggie/kitchen waste compost containers are provided on unit. Its your vacation you let me know if you cannot do this.

3/4 bath detached just a few steps(20ft) from the cottage entrance is fully modern plus an outdoor shower make a full private bath. The shower has a million dollar view with instant hot water. YES to Flip flops!!
Laundry facility is available for guests over 4 days.
Wifi, direct TV, cell phone booster in cottage + other hot spot on property. A VOIP phone is available on request.
Electric appliances like drip coffee maker+ grinder are available/provided. Even though we are off the grid the power is adequate for all basics and most extras! Most folks don't even notice we are solar powered here. Also a VOIP phone available on request.
Tents and camping available for extra paying guests. Owner lives on the property for guest convenience. I am available as a "what is the very best stuff to do here"advisor. I have gone snorkeling and to Uncle Roberts with guests on several occasions. You can also be private as you wish. This is your vacation and I am here to assist in any way possible. That includes giving your space, discretly calling out WhoooooOOOOooooo! When approaching your place. :)
Hawaiian tax ID no. W71786305-01

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Puna District Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , toilet and sink are detached and just steps from cottage
  • The bathroom toilet and sink is detached but private to the guests of the cottage. Outdoor shower is on the private side of the cottage attached will be an experience you wont forget!
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Very large studio with all the comforts of home
  • This cottage is a studio however the open air kitchen is on the lanai. The shower is outdoor attached to the cottage. The 3/4 bath is detached just 20 steps from the cottage. Besisdes the super comfy bed there is A futon, coffee table and a bistro table for 2. The QUEEN bed is positioned to see the stars and the moon. There are 2 large dressers to stow your things There are bathrobes, toiletries, towels and linens for your comfort and use. The cottage has an outdoor kitchen and dining on the lanai complete with propane stove and oven, a large 10cu ft refrigerator, sink and cupboard. Many guests have mentioned washing dishes with the ocean view right there is no chore at all!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
This is a unique one of a kind property. the opportunity to stay here is coming to an end after february 2017. this will become a long term rental. Meditate! The perfect ambiance for solitude,reflection, writing,reading or seeing the local tourist attractions up close, with nature. Many people come to the Big Island to get connections with spiritual, and or health issues. We can even help with a massage therapist or other local practitioners. This property is eco friendly and is its own power company. We feel you wont miss 'the grid' after this experience. We are powered mainly by the sun/solar panels. When extra power needs arise our generator does the trick. We also charge solar batteries as needed via the generator. Maybe 1 hour per day average. We use LED and solar lights, conserve energy, yet have ample electricity for refrigeration, water pump, lights and TV, cell phone PC's and all necessary appliances even a drip coffee maker.

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