About This Listing
This nicely kept workers cottage is in the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt, yet we grow delicious avocados, citrus, cacao, coffee and an assortment of citrus, al the while integrating it into the natural landscape. We use no pesticides ever.
Newer private fully appointed cabin awaits the chance to spoil you Hawaiian Style. In S. Kona near the best snorkeling spots in the islands. Plush king bed, full kitchen and "green" design.
This is a working farm as are the neighboring parcels. Visitors are invited to learn and participate in the farm activities as part of your stay We pay a nice wage or it can be credited to your account if you elect to join in. This is what we call Agricultural Tourism.
The ocean views here are spectacular and we are only less than two miles to the nearest and quite private beach, Kaohe aka Pebble Beach.
The cottage is nestled in forest and coffee plantation land and in season guests are free to pick fruit, avocados and bananas.
We have just added a LED TV and its gets the local channels. If you have a laptop and a HDMI video connection you can stream all kinds of movies and shows via our internet WIFI.
The kitchen is huge and with the full size stove one could even bake something BIG.
The well known beaches and diving snorkeling spots are 6 to 12 miles away. Dont leave here without snorkeling Honaunau Bay aka Two Step. Its is the best in the islands.
We are at 1500 feet and winter nights can be cool 60"s so come prepared.
The nearest convenience store is 7 miles aways and a full market 12 in Captain Cook.
Please read the cottage terms and become familiar with Air BNB terms and fees. In the BNB terms, please note "As a Guest, you are responsible for leaving the Accommodation in the condition it was in when you arrived"
The cottage occupancy is 2 only. Do to local restrictions, I am not able to grant exceptions.
Also be advised included in the rental fee inclusicve is 13.25% state taxes ( accommodation and GET)
Local knowledge will help make for a pleasant stay............. Aloha Kakou !!
Guests are welcome to hike around the farm and experience the integration of agriculture into the natural environment.
Interaction with Guests
I very much enjoy sharing Hawaii nei. I am happy to teach our guests the in and outs of farming in Hawaii as I am earner to get people out on the land to appreciate how unique agriculture is in the Islands.
The adjacent parcels are agriculture too, yet many natural forests and plants abound.
A car is a must. Just please drive slow on our community road. There are some children and lots of wild birds.
Other Things to Note
Access to the ocean is nearby in several spots. Don't miss them.
Sorry no pets and NO smoking inside or out. Completely off the grid and self contained so conservation of power and water is the key to the realm.
Have no worries it works well and has plenty of power for simple needs of the visitor. The terms of the rental cannot be altered once the rental has begun. Please keep the cabin clean to avoid pest problems. Please be reminded the Air BnB terms of agreement require the rental be left in the condition it was in on check-in. This excludes the linens they may be placed on the table on the lanai.
We spent four days at Rick's place and loved it! This is an experience of Hawaii that you will not get in your condo or your resort. It is far enough south to be off the beaten tourist track. When you sit on the lanai to watch the sunset (and sip your glass of wine) you will not hear another human sound. There are birds and frogs making their music but no cars or noisy neighbors. The view is stunning: you are looking down a verdant hillside, rich greens and reds, fruits and flowers growing everywhere and the view rolls out to the Pacific. We loved this place. It is accurately described. It is off the grid but everything worked beautifully. There was always power and warm water. Rick visited and let us know he was available if there were any questions or problems. He left us oranges to make fresh juice for breakfast but otherwise he was respectful of our privacy. If you cannot be without your microwave for a few days then this is not the place for you but if you want to get a feel for the non-tourist version of Hawaii and if you want to see how comfortably you can live with barely a carbon footprint, this place will amaze you.
This farm cottage is the perfect getaway if you want to be surrounded by nature, have a great view of the ocean and be totally off the grid! Rick was an excellent host, he is so knowledgeable about Hawaii and sustainable farming. I loved staying here, highly recommend it!!
Rick was a fabulous host - generous, helpful, and respectful. He made us feel at home and comfortable, and thoroughly enjoyed our conversations with him. The description of the place was accurate, and we loved the rural setting and being removed from the tourist centers. Also loved the sounds of birds during the day and the frogs at night. We made the most of our days exploring the island, but it was so nice to come home to our own private accommodations at night to make dinner and relax. Great views and delicious fresh fruit for the picking.
A great holiday, thanks Rick!
Ocean Vistas Farm Cottage was not only what I expected, but I began to think of it as 'home'. Anyone who thinks 'eco', means lack of comfort should take a look at Rick's cottage. This hidden gem delivers on the comfort, and the views. [The view from the lanai is one of the things a miss most about the island.] My flights were severely delayed, and I didn't not reach the cottage until after 10 p.m. Hawai'i time. Rick left the doors open, and a light on in the parking area. He was more than accommodating in meeting me the next day, and giving me tips on local places to go. The only point I would pass on is the animals. This location is on the side of the mountain, and the wild life abounds and the roosters are more than a few. I loved the birds and the frogs, but someone not used to such may find the 'night song' disturbing. Should my path bring me back to the Big Island, I will be planning on another stay at Ocean Vistas Farm Cottage.
Rick was such a kind host. If it weren't for Rick, I wouldn't be aware of my love for snorkeling. Not only did he let my mother and I borrow some snorkeling gear, he also VERY generously and patiently offered to show us Honaunau Bay (about 15 minutes from the property) and teach us to snorkel. If you get a chance, I HIGHLY recommend snorkeling here. I was nervous at first, but it was completely fine.
When we arrived, we were thrilled to find fresh oranges and avocados from Rick's farm in the kitchen. Being able to make fresh squeezed orange juice was so awesome. The place is so much bigger than it appears in the pictures. Be sure to bring warm clothes for the night and morning, as it can get a little chilly. There are plenty of blankets to keep warm with.
I absolutely loved the huge lanai, spending mornings with my coffee and computer out there, and watching beautiful sunsets at night, with ample seating. Often I'd have company from my little gecko friends :)
The location is, in a round-a-bout way, central, though not overly close to anything but my two favorite places (Honaunau Bay (aka Two Step) and Pu'ohonua O Honaunau National Park). This place is best suited for being a time away from the main centers. It's good to have things for breakfast to make yourself, as the closest restaurants are at least 25 minutes away. You're at least an hour from the more popular beaches on the northwest part of the island, and about an hour and a half to the volcano from here. If you're prepared to do a lot of driving, this is a wonderful place to make your home base (which I did for close to a month). I am really glad that I did. If not, I would really recommended spending at least a few nights here for the beautiful oasis that it is. Sunsets here are beautiful.
Couple all this with the fact that you are staying in a place that is making no negative impact on the environment, and you're in for an overall win.
Thank you, Rick, for everything!! I miss it already.
The cottage was very much as expected, thanks to all the photos posted on the listing. Kitchen was well stocked with dishes, etc, which made it easy to save some money by cooking breakfast and dinner at the cottage. If we had known about the nearby Kealia Ranch Store and its grass-fed beef, we would have planned for that and used the bbq grill too.
The location is several miles south of Captain Cook, but for us it was perfect as we wanted to be close to Honaunau (Two Step) for snorkeling. Setting is very nice; we enjoyed relaxing on the deck in the evenings. Bring earplugs if you think roosters crowing at 3:30 am will wake you up; other than that it was very quiet.
Be aware: if your only experience of "green" or "eco" lodging is when the hotel asks you to reuse your towel for a couple of days, you are going to need to step it up several notches. Being off-grid means watching electricity use closely, and if it's cloudy you might need to run a generator to recharge the batteries. Solar hot water means you will probably have only lukewarm water in the morning for dishes or showers. A composting toilet may take some getting used to, and you may occasionally smell it. We live off grid full-time, so this was all fine for us.
Rick was a great host- left us to ourselves but was very responsive when we had questions. We really enjoyed our tour around the farm and oh, the avocados! SOOOO good. This was a perfect place for our first trip to Hawaii.
We really liked this cottage. Fun with a great overlook of the ocean. Great place if you want to go to beaches which are close. Visiting other cities are good as well.
Liked the host and treated us well.
Happy and we will recommend this to others.
Glad you liked it. The smell is disinfectant used to sanitize the shower to help kill people germs and prevent tropical mold growth. We have found that the common bath fans are largely useless as the air flow is far too low. Hence why we have sliding glass door in our showers here.
About the Host, Rick
I am a semi retired academic yet still working as a small farmer and consultant in the health and nutrition sciences. The Hawaiian culture and spirit is a blessing and inspiration. I love this life, the culture. Just wish I had a lovely Hawaiian wahine to share it with.
Our closest beach less than 2 miles down hill. Smooth rocks beach. Safe if there is no surf, summertime. Good snorkeling too.
Nice clean grey sand beach. Family friendly, rest rooms and good snorkeling.
A locally owned convenience store with some local treats. Of course beer wine chips etc.
Best snorkeling in the entire state. Rocky shoreline so use the natural "two step" or Pae`a entrance please.
You got to try our raw fish dish called Poke. Its ono! Delicious.
This is a nice sandy beach and easy ocean entry. The road in is rough and make sure your car has good ground clearance. More than one car has punctured the oil pan on high rocks. Go slow .
This is sweet beach park with a safe place to enter the water. Grassy area with plenty of shade.
Great calm bay for swimming but the entry is from a shore with large round slippery rocks. If the sea is calm its ok to get in.
Nice store and the only good size one this side of Kailua Kona
Good if you are interested in Hawaiian history and culture
Nice hiking trail in true Hawaiian forest. Where good shoes, its rocky
Nice classy restaurant. Good local food. Cash only tho.