Owner built and managed Balinese style stand alone cottage one block from the ocean and river. Ideal for couples who want to experience local life, and have easy access to Waimea canyon and the wide, unspoiled sand beaches of Polihale.
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.
Check in after 4pm and check out before 11 am.
What an amazing place! A perfect little cabin next to the beach in a peaceful and quaint part of Kauai. Neil and Sharon were great, attentive and welcoming hosts who made the experience so easy and enjoyable. This is highly recommended for anyone looking for a nice cozy and safe place with a 5-10 minute walking distance to great restaurants, long stretches of beach, historic town and market. Coming back to the cabin after a long day of exploration makes it all the more comforting.
Location: The location of the house is fairly good. Although it’s a bit far away from the airport (~50 min), it is in between the poipu beach and the north shore attractions. It is also very close to the salt pond beach and the Waimea Canyon. There is a beach right by the house too, but since it’s where river and ocean meets, the beach is not ideal for snorkeling or swimming for us. The house is within walking distance of a couple of grocery stores and restaurants, which is very convenient.
Hosts: The hosts are excellent! Neil is very knowledgeable about local events, attractions and restaurants. He’s very friendly and offered helpful advice on what to do and where to go.
The House: the house is clean, and the loft is lovely. Bath towels are clean. There are a variety of kitchen supplies. There’s a cute black outdoor cat that meows at you when it’s hungry. Very cute house in general.
Overall it was a good stay.
Our stay in Waimea was exceptional for several reasons. We had never visited Hawaii or Kauai and any preconceived notions we may have had were immediately dismissed when we woke up in their beautiful, clean home after taking a night-flight in. We could hear the waves from our loft style bedroom and enjoyed coffee out on their second floor deck. The location is close to ideal during winter, as beach going, water activities and weather is more favorable in the South in winter.
We learned wild chickens were the local alarm clock of Kauai at all hours, so don't forget earplugs.
We especially enjoyed the markets, the walkable locations, and the general serenity of Waimea. Don't miss kayaking/zip lining/hiking/snorkeling. We look forward to walking barefoot in warm sands on their island again.
We enjoyed staying at Neil and Sharon's house. Very local Hawaiian experience. Close to the canyon and Polihale! Rustic home.
Neil and Sharon's cabin was an incredibly relaxing and cozy place to spend our first trip to Kauai. The bed was comfortable and the kitchen (which we didn't really use) was well stocked with glasses, dishes etc. The enclosed patio is a great place to have coffee in the morning, read in the hammock and hang out with the local cat! It is only one block from a grocery store and a short drive to an amazing beach called Salt Pond with great swimming and no crowds. It's also close to Waimea Canyon where we took an amazing hike, the view up there are beyond compare. This is definitely the quieter side of the island and it is a bit of a drive to some of the more populated cities like Lihue and Kaapa that have more nightlife. We were pretty worn out by sunset each night so the location, while somewhat remote, worked just fine for us.
A breezy, Hawaiian style house a block from the beach. We had a wonderful time hanging out on in the open air dining room eating tasty food from the market down the road and playing with the neighborhood cat that liked to visit. Extremely laid back! Neil is a character. We enjoyed meeting him, and hearing about Kauai through his eyes.
Neil and Sharon's Waimea cottage was the perfect place for us to stay. It is conveniently located one block from the beach, and local shops and stores in Waimea. The Cottage was simple, clean and very comfortable. It is perfect for people who value outdoor living and love to hear the sound of the ocean in bed at night. Neil and Sharon were very welcoming and attentive of our needs during out visit. This is the perfect place to stay if you want to check out all the west and south shores have to offer. We can't wait to stay here again when we return!
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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!