About this listing
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.
We spend five nights on Kauai and we loved it. Neil and Sharon had some good tipps and the small supermarket around the corner has everything you need and some of the best Poke
The cottage was ideal for my needs. I could spread out there in privacy, and walk to town in a few short minutes. I enjoyed star gazing off the balcony and hearing the waves crash during the night. Took a naps in the hammock. It's rustic, but perfect island lodging if you're not looking for a resort atmosphere. You're in a working class neighborhood; the neighbors said "Aloha" and smiled. But, bring ear plugs for when the roosters get going. The little black cat was friendly and good company too. Excellent value.
Neil sent welcome mails, stayed in contact - explained a lot, was a hilarious host!
Did everything to make us feel good and to make our stay an unforgettable experience!
In all honesty, I can not recommend this place.
The house was nice, but the bed was not comfortable and the sheets were not a very good quality.
The beach is a block away, but it isn't a nice beach. The water was dirty all the time. And what I mean is that it was a brown color so you never go in to swim or do other stuff.
The town is too small. You can cover the entire downtown in less than 30 minutes.
We had to go elsewhere to enjoy a nice beach. We also had to go elsewhere for a nice meal.
And the chickens!!! OMG!! They are so annoying. And what I mean by that is that they are noisy at ALL HOURS of the day.
Mosquitoes too. Prepare to get bit. At least 20-25 times.
As I said, I can't recommend this place. Neal is a nice guy and he means well, but there where too many things that we looked forward to that didn't meet our expectations.
We had a great stay at the cabin! Neil was there to welcome us and show us around. The cabin is perfect for a couple. The lofted bedroom is great and the porch is perfect for relaxing at night. We sat on the porch and played cards every night and listened to the waves. The cabin is on the less touristy part of the island, which we really liked. It served as a great home base for some of our excursions to the Waimea canyon and over to Koloa for a zipline tour. We only wish we had stayed longer! We plan on coming back soon and hope we can stay here again!
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at your cottage. Thanks so much for your help in locating some hardwood to ship home, that was very kind. Wonderful hiking in Waimea Canyon area!
My husband (we got married while in Kauai) and I loved our stay here at this little rustic home. It felt like our own private oasis. We didn't get a chance to meet Neil & Sharon in person, but they made everything easy for us & seemed pretty laid back. We could definitely do without all the chickens/roosters and their early morning competitions, but they are everywhere you go on the island. If you are looking for a condo that is manicured, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a local house amongst the local people, this will be perfect for you, like it was for us. It was wonderful & we hope to stay here again in the future. :)
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About the Host, Neil And Sharon
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!