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!
On our arrival to Honu Reef, it was clear that Heather & Ian wanted us to feel at home with a welcome note/ house instructions and a box of chocolates - a really lovely touch!
The apartment was immaculately clean and tidy and looks exactly as the pictures. Everything was also in excellent condition and working order. The distant ocean views are nice with lovely sunsets and the whole neighbourhood is very peaceful (you will hear the birds singing in the days and frogs at night). You will just need a car for exploring as there is nothing within walking distance from the apartment.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and thank Heather & Ian for their hospitality.
We stayed in the upstairs two bedroom Honu Reef apartment, and couldn't have been happier. The place was beautiful and clean. The views were amazing and leaving the many windows open invited in the loveliest breeze. For us, the location is perfect, as we love that part of the island and we also appreciate the quiet. We felt free to adventure or lounge about as we pleased, and the kitchen was perfect for cooking and staying home, which we did quite a bit. They even provided tupperware, so we could save our leftovers!
Heather and Ian were prompt in their communication and always sweet and accommodating. Ian even brought me tweezers when I needed to pull a sea urchin spine out of my finger (ouch!). We made use of their beach supplies (towels, mats, bag, and even sand toys) and snorkel gear and were very glad to have them. We were also able to do laundry before heading home, so we didn't arrive home with a suitcase full of dirty clothes.
We will count ourselves lucky if we can come back and stay at Honu Reef again!
Sehr schöne, großzügige Unterkunft, nur leider etwas weit ab vom Schuss. Die Wohnung war toll ausgestattet, sehr sauber, die Gastgeber überaus freundlich und hilfsbereit.
Besonders toll: der große Balkon mit Blick auf das Meer!
We stayed at Honu Reef for several weeks while our future home was being renovated. Heather and Ian are gracious hosts and also very helpful with suggestions for everything from where to eat to where to grocery shop wisely. They are very warm and personable. We can't say enough about how pleased we were with the house and the area! The photos don't do justice to how lovely and clean the house is. Everything we needed was there and we felt very much at home. It was very peaceful at night. We loved sitting on the lanai for breakfast in the morning and watching the sunset at night. The kitchen was well-equipped and there is access to laundry as well. Our stay at Honu Reef definitely exceeded our expectations. We HIGHLY recommend this rental to others. :-)
Heather and Ian's nice studio was fantastic and my best accommodation! Also my last place from 5 other accomidation by my airbnb experience in the Hawaiian islands! I loved the view from the lanai and saw beautiful sunsets. It was quiet and peaceful and I slept very well. I can highly recommend it and would come back if I visit big island again.
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.
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.