Babette is so nice and her place is lovely. Pretty, airy, and peaceful in a sort of lava garden. A good kitchen area. Just a block from the coast, and very short drive (and nice walk) to beaches, warm pools, tide pools with excellent, safe snorkeling, Easy drive to Pahoa. Very comfortable bed and lots of nice touches. Very tropical area, my favorite on Hawaii. I did not see a single mosquito, by the way. Perhaps because the area is breezy and well ventilated.
I wanted to stay 3 nights but she had only one available so found me another very good place very close by, what a gift to a weary traveler. Thank you, Babette!
(Pahoa is closest town, 13 miles away, nice drive, grocery stores, drug store, etc. Good restaurants - they are very nice inside.)
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A lovely guest cottage at a private residence. I enjoyed the location on Hawaii. Everything on this side of the island seemed very relaxing. There are not a lot of tourist activities nearby. I chose this rental as my main purpose for visiting the Big Island was to visit Volcanoes National Park. The cottage was clean and well maintained. It included lots of extras you would never get at a hotel or timeshare. In addition to all the kitchen items, there were beach towels, beach chairs, snorkeling gear and an ice chest in the unit. The owner was very nice and was there to greet me even though I arrived after 10:30 pm.
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My husband and I stayed at Babette's Oliana Cottage for three nights in early July and had a great time. It was exactly like the online photos and spotlessly clean (which I really appreciated) and the perfect spot for exploring Puna and the south east of the Big Island.
Even though it was a 45 min or so drive up to VNP, we loved being off the beaten track down in Kehena. If you're a light sleeper you may need to factor in is the noise from the Coqui frogs at night. Imagine *considerably loud crickets. However, as it's a constant noise, kinda like white noise, it didn't keep us awake. Otherwise, the surrounding bird song and peacefulness of the jungle during the day- especially during an early morning light rainfall- is gorgeous! One thing about the cottage is that there's no hand sink in the bathroom so you have to wash your hands and clean your teeth at the kitchen sink, but that wasn't a big deal. Just a bit odd.
The cottage is a five minute walk to Kehena Black Sand Beach which is totally worth checking out if you're up for the climb down to the sand. We met some nice locals there. They said the water conditions were mellow the day we were there, compared to how they can be most of the time. The break was still pretty intense and some people did get pounded trying to get out of the water.
Kalani, a nearby yoga retreat, serves a good value vegetarian breakfast buffet and sells snacks and coffees to go. It's just a few minutes drive east of the cottage on the scenic road to Kapoho and the tide pools area.
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