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We had a lovely stay at the Poi 13. Pam was great and the home was spotless. It's a real getaway from the regular tourist areas but convenient to the store (about 20 minutes) and to fantastic snorkeling. I agree with other reviewers that "sleeps 6" is a stretch. Also, with being on the catchment system it would have been nice to have some water to get us started since we did not arrive until about midnight and stores were closed. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Mama and baby humpbacks right from the porch and were so pleased we stayed at the Poi 13.
The screened in patio area had amazing views of the ocean and it was great to wake up hearing the ocean. The kitchen and bathroom had everything we needed for our stay. The neighbor was very quiet and peaceful. Overall a very good experience staying here.
The house and the view from the lanai were nice. Some things that should be noted before booking this place. It is 2 hours away from Hilo and just over an hour away from Kona and there is a treacherous 3 mile road to get to the property once you leave the highway. It is advertised as "a stone's throw from ocean", but is two blocks away. Also, "snorkeling steps away from back yard" is a 45-minute walk or 8-10 minute car ride to a safe snorkeling location. The area just two blocks away is a steep cliff with many rocks in the water and I can't imagine this is the area they are talking about for snorkeling. The property uses rain-encatchment so you will need to bring your own drinking water...which we were not told before we got there so we had to go back out to closest grocery store, 14 miles away, to get some. We tried to contact hosts 3 weeks before our arrival to receive pertinent details and got no response. I tried again a few days before arrival and once more on day we were to arrive. Once we arrived and I called Pam she gave us the internet password and I saw that Tim had written us me that day. Finally "accomodates 6" is a stretch. There is a small futon chair, but it is not a traditional fold out and would only be comfortable for one small child. The other option is a small chase lounge chair that is part of the sectional sofa, again only suitable for a small child.
Our hosts were great right from the start. Their place was as advertised. The community was great, friendly and we felt safe and secure. Having a local contact added so much more to our stay.
This place was exactly what we were looking for. We did experience a problem with some wasps but we eventually won. Watching the whales and waves from the enclosed deck was wonderful.
Overall this was a great place to stay and we would recommend it to others who like privacy and solitude.
Neighbors and caretaker checked in on us to make sure all was ok. All was organized to make it easy to find all we needed. Judging from the books on hand, we and Tim share many of the same values. He and his wife are people we would like to get to know better. It was a joy to be with members of my family who live so far apart that we do not often have the opportunity to be together. Our hang out time was wonderful.
We had a great time at Poi 13! It was a ways away from any major towns or cities but was a good base to explore the South Island, which was amazing! House was clean and hosts were very nice, even though we didn't see them face to face. Pam, the property manager, came by to meet us and take care of anything we needed. We would definitely come again. Thanks!
we had a great stay at Poi13. it is a very pleasant, quiet area, very far from the touristy crowded Kohala type of areas. the house is big, very well equipped.
the mosquito net around the Lanai is useful (even if I personnaly prefer open Lanai and mosquito repelent) my parents liked it!
even if neibourghs are very very close on both sides of the house, we could not hear any music or TV at night which was really nice. perfect place to rest and listen to the very close ocean. great snorkeling spot in front of the house as well.
the house is a bit far from captain cook "center" (about 40minutes) but on the contrary, it's very close to the very wild and beautiful untouched south point (green sand beach is great , as well as the turtle spot in the extreme south!!).
I recommend this place, we had a great time!
Tim, the host, was very welcoming and communicative. The manager of the house lived close by, and she was a great help also. The house was beautiful and cozy, and had a great view of the ocean. The large, screened in porch was an added bonus. The pictures were quite accurate, and the neighborhood was nice and peaceful. Definitely a unique area of Big Island, away from the loud tourists but close to the ocean with wonderful snorkeling nearby. There was a nice beach 20 minutes walking when we needed to lay out. Another plus was that there was snorkeling gear at the house, so we didn't have to rent any in Kona.
We did not have a chance to meet but our home was obviously cared for.