Local WAIMEA cabin 1 block to beach

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Kahakai Rd, Waimea, HI 96796, United States
Neil And Sharon
Your host, Neil And Sharon
34 Reviews
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The Space

Surfers and people who like to be close to the beach; in amongst the locals; and away from the tourist centers, love this pad. Within walking distance (one block) to beach, the Waimea pier, the river and quaint town. Buy fresh fish and local produce from Ishihara's or the 'Big Save'. Enjoy a movie in an old fashioned movie house, browse a vintage store, see local art and enjoy a great cup of coffee. The Waimea pier affords wonderful sunsets and great night sky viewing.
Redwood cabin with loft bedroom (king bed), equipped kitchenette (stove, microwave, fridge, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans), bathroom, wide deck and a simple bbq. Cable and wireless. Car park. Safe, local neighborhood.
Easy access to hiking the many Waimea Canyon trails, and enjoying the beautiful sunny west side beaches of Kekaha, Polihale...snorkel at Salt Ponds and surf with the locals at Pakala. Forty minutes to popular Poipu Beaches. Fifty minute drive from the airport.
On Kauai a helicopter trip is a favorite with visitors as the beautiful Na Pali and its magnificent waterfalls can only really be seen from the air. The magnificent Na Pali can also be accessed by hiking or taking a catamaran picnic/snorkel or sunset cruise. Dolphins abound and in the winter whales breach, tail slap and enjoy Kauai's waters as they mate and calf. You can also bike down the canyon...zipline...horse-ride...kiyak to (email hidden)untain tube...surf...and of course soak up the wonderful warm weather and enjoy an abundance of excellent beaches that are good for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, walking, relaxing...
Limited local bus routes that run north from Lihue to Princeville and Hanalei and run south to Poipu and west to Kekaha. Renting a car is advisable.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $749 /week
Monthly Price: $2350 /month
Cleaning Fee: $60
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • This place was perfect! It was a great size for two people, with a beautiful porch and balcony. Super easy access to the beautiful views of Waimea Canyon and the beach a block away was a great spot to catch the sunset. It was wonderful to be able to cook some of our own dinners. We never met Neil or Sharon, but I talked to Neil on the phone and he was really nice and willing to give us advice on anything we needed. If you plan to stay here, definitely rent a car. While we enjoyed Waimea, it was also great to take a drive up to the North Coast and to other parts of Kauai. It's all so beautiful! We would definitely stay here again if we're lucky enough to have another chance to visit Kauai. Thank you for sharing this great place, Neil and Sharon!

    June 2014
  • I really can't say enough good things about this experience! The house was perfect for us. The neighborhood was mostly locals, so, quiet and chill. There were markets, coffee and places to eat (ISLAND TACO!) all within walking distance. Loved having the kitty around, made it feel like a home. I would definitely stay here again.
    Thank you for keeping such a lovely little hide away in paradise!

    June 2014
  • My wife and I rented this one bedroom house and it was perfect for what we had in mind. The house has large outside decks under cover and they ad a lot to the comfort. The bedroom is upstairs in a loft like location. It has a small outside deck as well. The kitchen is small, but it has everything needed. There is no formal dining area, but there is a large table and chairs outside on the biggest deck. The house was very clean and easy to take care of in terms of storage, etc. They have TV with a good selection of channels and internet wi fi that is easy to use.
    The little town of Waimea has two markets with just about everything one would need in terms of food, etc. We cooked at the house most of the time and took advantage of the two small BBQ's on the deck. There are also farmers markets in the area and we attended one in Hanapepe about 7 miles north of Waimea.
    The host, Neil, visited almost everyday and was very helpful with telling us about local attractions and restaurants. He also loaned us a bicycle since there did not seem to be anywhere in the neighborhood where we could rent one.
    We toured Waimea Canyon and pent the day in Lihue visiting the Kauai Museum. A visit to the Kauai Coffee Plantation and the North shore is also worthwhile. We saw pretty much all we wanted to see during our 10 day stay.

    May 2014
  • We settled in quickly and comfortably to our stay in this cabin and didn't want to leave when it was time! We spent a lot of time on the decks upstairs and down---eating, lying in the hammock, reading our books and having drinks. When you are in the bed upstairs it almost feels like a tree house with all of the branches right outside your window. In the morning, the birds are singing and the trade winds are blowing in and you know you are in paradise. The house is located right in town, so you can just walk to anything you need: grocery store, post office, shopping, etc. And of course the beach and pier are close and a great spot for the sunset. The town is small and quiet and definitely the least touristy town we saw. We found Waimea a great home base for our drives to the canyon, Polihale Beach, Poipu, etc. Salt Pond was the best place to swim nearby. We caught a boat tour to the Na Pali coast nearby. Neal was a great source of advice and interesting conversation. He stopped by a couple of times to check on us on his way to surf at a nearby beach. He surfs every day--how cool is that? We made good use of the beach chair, towels, cooler that they provided. Overall, a great experience. Thanks so much!

    April 2014
  • This is a cute Balinese style cabin about one block from the beach. It's very rustic but comfortable with everything you could ask for in a place for two people.

    If you are looking for a relaxing holiday away from the crowds... this town is it. You are close to Polihale Beach, Kekaha Beach, Waimea Canyon & Interisland Helicopters (highly recommend). When you are done with any of these activities check out Island Taco or Shrimp Station as both are great - but they are only open for lunch.

    The only negatives I had about the place is that the bathroom is on the main floor which meant having to go down stairs in the middle of the night - definitely not ideal.
    The other complaint is that it's noisy at night. The cabin is close to the road so you can hear big trucks & vehicles going by at all hours. As well, the rooster's start at about 4:30am every morning. They are unavoidable in Kauai so take some earplugs.

    All in all, a great, affordable place to stay in a low key town.

    March 2014
  • We were a little bit disappointed by the cabin and surprised that it is scored so highly. Perhaps our expectations were off. There is a fairly fine line between a cute beach-y cottage and an unkempt rental property near the beach. This has the potential to be a very cute beach rental, but it needs a little bit more attention.

    Neil and Sharon were flexible when we changed our plans last minute (checking in one day late). We didn't actually get a chance to see Neil or Sharon, but they were easy to get in touch with, and we had phone numbers for both them and the person who was taking care of the house if we needed anything.

    While other guests seem to enjoy the cats that appear to live at the house, we did not. They were loud, leave lots of hair on the outdoor furniture, even sit outside the bedroom window and loudly meow throughout the night, even though we fed them and gave them water.

    Waimea is a sleepy town. We knew this from the guidebooks and expected it (it was our first time to Kauai). .

    The location gives you great access to the Waimea Canyon, Polihale Beach, and even Poipu if you want to go out for dinner if you don't mind driving a short bit.

    Some other input:
    After spending a day on Polihale or any of the other beaches, go try Island Taco. Unless you're a competitive eater, don't get more than 2 tacos.
    Aloha-n-Paradise is a nearby coffee shop with good coffee and great local art.
    Also, go to the Hanapepe Art Night if you're there on a Friday night.

    February 2014
  • Spacious, well equipped. Good indoor outdoor space, lovely lanai, hammock and garden. Lots of interesting reading material about Hawaii. Neil was a very friendly host who gave us good recommendations re snorkelling, grocery shopping and sightseeing. We would not have done the Interislander Helicopter tour of the island without his enthusiasm for it. We are really glad we did. What a beautiful island! Delicious poke at Ishihara Market just a block away. Our stay was too short.

    February 2014
  • Wonderful! Waimea was so friendly, we didn't feel at all out of place. The proximity to the beach was outstanding for early morning walks and evening fishing. Cottage had all we needed for a relaxing stay and the nearby market was fully stocked with fresh foods.
    We're looking to purchase a place in paradise - this would definitely be the place we would want for ourselves - it was that enjoyable.

    February 2014
  • M. Stewart est un homme charmant. L'appartement est correct et bien situé dans un village très paisible. Mais il y a trois chats et ça rend l'appartement moins propre.

    January 2014
  • Thank you Neil for the awesome accommodations, location, your visits, nice town, nice neighbors, mostly great weather, your suggestions on what to see & do including boat ride to Napili shores, the whales, dolphins & turtle sightings, temples, beaches, restaurants, etc. ..... We, my sister and I, had such a great time in Kauai! We loved coming home each night to our hungry cats which we fed with the food that Neil had left us. The cabin had ample SPACE for all .... carport for car, various sitting areas and decks & roof for sunning or just hanging out... it was our home away from home!! We loved it & we THANK YOU!! Anke & Daisy

    December 2013
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Colston's School
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Thirty year resident of Kauai who has built various simple Balinese/Polynesian/ Swiss Family Robinson style timber homes in beautiful island settings. First came to Kauai in 1980 as part of long world wide surf odyssey - was on his way to Australia, but fell in love with the island, the way of life and spirit of aloha. Met South African born wife, Sharon, in 2003 on the island. They married on the beach in Poipu in 2005. Both love the island, love hearing the varied fascinating stories people live, and both love to read and travel!
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