Say "Aloha" to wonderful ocean views & light breezes from the lanai of this South Kona home in the heart of coffee country. Located in a quaint & quiet neighborhood just 19 miles south of the airport & 15 minutes from downtown Kailua-Kona, you're in for a true Hawaiian delight!
Honu reef is an upstairs, non-smoking property with an open floor plan of 880sf, 2 bedrooms, a living area with a large cable-equipped tv, free Wi-Fi, a dining area & a fabulous covered lanai. We're located in the heart of Kona Coffee country @ 1200 ft elevation, where there are at least 10 different coffee farms in a 5-mile radius where you can sample some of the area's best brews! We also have a 1 bedroom version of the same exact space available to book for $10 less/nt if you only require 1 bedroom. It is listed as Honu Reef 1 Bedroom With Ocean Views.
In the garage closet there are straw beach mats, a beach bag, folding lawn chairs, snorkel equipment & a picnic cooler bag for those beach-perfect Hawaiian days.
Interaction with Guests
Guests basically have the entire place to themselves, but if they'd like some detailed info on the area, we're more than happy to help them out.
Great family neighborhood on a private road.
There is a bus stop near the McDonald's where Ke'e Ke'e St & Hwy 11 intersect, but bus service is VERY limited. Having a rental car is much more convenient.
Other Things to Note
The 40 ft of private road to Honu Reef is paved asphalt with a steep 20% grade.
Because the house is upstairs and has an open inner stairwell, families with small children are advised to exercise prudence before reserving our home. Additionally, any child over the age of 1 should be considered an extra guest for reservation purposes.
A late check-out of 4pm may be possible with advance notice at time of booking (which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis & may not be available for every stay) for an additional $20 cash payable at time of service. Any guests wishing to check-out after 4pm will be assessed another full night's charge, also payable in cash at time of service.
Unfortunately, due to our location on a small island in the middle of the Pacific & our 3-night minimum stay requirements, any late arrivals after the 1st day of your reservation or early departures before the last day of your reservation can not be refunded.
1) Additional guests beyond the number provided on the Airbnb reservation at check-in time can NOT stay overnight and must leave the premises between the hours of 9pm-7am.
2) Upon arrival, you will find our home neat, clean & in excellent condition. We expect it returned to us in a similar manner. The cleaning charge assessed is for normal sanitizing, laundering & cleaning, not to fix a mess left after departure. So please show respect for our home and return it how you found it!
3) This is a family-oriented neighborhood of hard-working people, so please be considerate of others by not making loud noise during normal sleeping hours (ie 10p-7am).
4) If anything breaks during your stay, PLEASE notify us of it immediately so that we: a) Can repair/replace it asap to make your stay more enjoyable, and b) Don't have to scramble after your check-out to repair/replace it before our next guests arrive.
5) Please be respectful of our home & Hawaiian culture by removing your shoes when inside the house.
6) Absolutely no parties, celebrations, gatherings, etc. permitted on premises at any time. The maximum # of guests on the property at any given time is limited to 6.
7) NO SMOKING or ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES on the property at any time. A forfeiture of your security deposit, an extra cleaning charge, & immediate expulsion from the property will result! No refund will be made available for any days left remaining on your reservation.
Failure to follow the above house rules at any time may result in your immediate eviction from Honu Reef without a refund. Mahalo!
Heather and Ian were great hosts! We stayed here Feb 3rd to 7th for our honeymoon and it was perfect. They communicated well prior to our arrival and gave us some suggestions on activities while we were there.
They left the place immaculate for our arrival and even with a 'honeymoon gift' including a nice note and some chocolates - a very nice touch :).
They made some beach gear available to us during our stay (snorkel, cooler, towels, mats, etc.) as well as a guide book and giving personal recommendations for places to eat.
We didn't see them at all during our stay which was okay for us and I'm sure they would make themselves available if you wanted to meet in person.
It was a beautiful place with a nice view, removed from the traffic but within a short drive to many of the west side attractions (near Kona). We highly recommend staying here!
Ian and Heather were excellent hosts- welcoming, gracious, and friendly. The two bedroom top floor apartment was clean, lovely, beautifully appointed, with a magnificent view of the Pacific. We're very glad we selected this spot.
Ian and Heather were very easy going about whether our son joined us or not, which made it very easy for him as he made his plans. We highly recommend this well appointed apartment.
Thanks Heather and Ian for calling us the day we left to tell us we had left our camera charger and to make arrangements for us to pick it up.
We felt right at home at Honu Reef from the first day. The neighbourhood was very quiet and laid back. The rooms were very clean, comfortable and everything in order. Ian and Heather were very friendly and excellent hosts especially helping us out with local information. We would like to stay here again if we ever come back to the Big Island.
Heather and Ian were great hosts! The apartemtent is extremely well equipped (they even have binoculars for whale watching and a recent travel guide for the Big Island) and spotlessly clean. We especially enjoyed the incredible view over the ocean from the lanai. It takes about 15 min to get to "downtown" Kona by car, but you are a bit up the hill and profit from the light winds to cool the temperatures.
Honu Reef really felt like a home away from home for my husband and me. It's clear that Ian and Heather have put a lot of care into making their guests feel completely taken care of. The upstairs (where you'll stay) feels very homey with its decor, but also super tidy and organized - a perfect blend of home and hotel. The view from the balcony is twice as glorious as it seems in the photo, and they have a Netflix account that you're free to use. They also opened up their garage to us for laundry use and for borrowing some of their beach gear (fins, snorkel mask, boogie boards, etc.). Even though they live in a separate downstairs unit, you'll hardly know they're there; at the same time they're more than willing to answer any questions/help if there are any issues. We never had to contact them in the four days we stayed - everything was really easy to find and use. Highly recommend!
Although we haven't really got a chance to meet our host, they are super friendly and considerate. Their house is super clean, nice and cozy. They provided us everything we need during our stay there, actually I should say everything we possibly need. They greeted us with nice chocolates, and there was a flashlight, a small telescope, raincoats, beach stuff and many other small but useful thing, they have a nice first aid kit which turned out to be super helpful for us.
Honu Reef is an excellent place to stay! The entire place is beautifully updated and clean with a lovely lanai, full kitchen, and generally everything you would need for a very comfortable stay. We had the opportunity to meet Ian who was a kind and welcoming host and let us know we could be in touch with anything we needed. We really hope to return here and would highly recommend it to anyone, it's a very special place and we're grateful to Heather and Ian for sharing it with us!
I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area & Heather is originally from the Kansas City area. We really enjoy traveling & have been all over the U.S. and the Pacific Rim. I love fish tacos (& most seafood in general), she loves anything with cheese involved (typically the more the better), and we're both pretty laid back.