BAMBOO BEACH COTTAGE ~ 3 BR ~ Tropical, across Paniau Beach Park ~ Puako

Tropical Cottage across from Paniau Beach Park near the Mauna Lani Resort area

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Guests 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 3


Bamboo Cottage is great for adventure seekers and lanai loungers. This double story 2 bedroom 3 bath home feels like true island style living. Directly across the street from the famous surf spot of Paniau Beach, Hawaii. Only a short walk to the Mauna Lani and Fairmont Orchid Resorts as well as ancient petroglyph fields. Surfing, stand up paddle boarding, boogie boarding, kayaking, all in this area.

Please note that the two downstairs bedrooms are accessed by an outside staircase with no interior staircase.  This is a vintage cottage with some original features.  Almost on the beach without ocean front price!  Walk right across the street to the ocean and have your own private cottage on large grassy yard that backs up to wilderness.

2 bedrooms side by side each having it's own bath on the ground level.  King size beds with high quality linens for a good nights sleep after playing in the ocean all day.

There is a private garden shower on  the lower level as well where you can rinse your gear and yourself from the beach.
Upstairs through an outside staircase enter the Living Room/Kitchen area with an additional bathroom with shower as well as extensive covered lanai that looks across the street to peak of the ocean. Pass through kitchen window out to lanai.
This cottage is located on a large lot at the end of Puako Beach Drive and offers affordable accommodations for 4 people right across the street from the ocean!  Snorkel, watch the sunsets, BBQ on the lanai, watch the stars, the Mauna Kea and peace every direction you turn.

"The house is fantastic, and great snorkeling right outside if out door." from a recent guest

Puako Beach is a charming beach community nestled between the Mauna Lani Resort and Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. Puako is still the only ocean front residential community along the Gold Coast/Kohala Coast of the Big Island nestled between the Mauna Lani Resort, Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Kea/Hapuna Resorts.  

Hapuna Beach State Park, just a few minutes drive from here, has earned the reputation of being one of Hawaii Island's finest beaches.  It is the largest White Sands Beach on The Big Island and consistently rates on Top Ten lists internationally.  Hapuna Beach offers some wonderful opportunities for swimming, bodysurfing, bodyboarding, sunbathing and snorkeling and is just a mile from Puako.  You can even drive the back road to Hapuna Beach and not get on the Highway.  Local shore fisherman can be seen daily enjoying the great reef fishing.

Puako Beach Drive has no thorough thru access which keeps it virtually still undiscovered by many.  Original beach shacks next to stately homes as well as charming beach cottages that some owner's have preserved. There are homes along the ocean side as well as across the street from the ocean.  There are six separate 'beach'  accesses along this stretch of beach.  Although there is not a tremendous amount of sand, there are tide pools and the extensive protected reef is remarkable.  During low tide, small pools dot the entire coastline and these pools are filled with small sea life that make excellent areas to explore for all ages.    If you enjoy shore diving, kayaking and snorkeling you can find a spot along this stretch of shoreline to enter the water.  Offshore the reef is home to a wide variety of fish and many days you will see dolphins playing right from the shore.  Enjoy the Whales who return each year to mate and give birth in the tropical warm waters during the winter months. 

Puako is a place of activity and rejuvenation.  There is so much to do or nothing at all.  Sunsets are celebrated by most who live and visit Puako every evening.  

The views of Mauna Kea Mountain will take your breath away when you turn around to the East on a clear day.  In the winter months you might have the opportunity to sit at the beach and see snow not the mountain.  

Along the Kohala Coast, the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve features more than a thousand petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, lava rock carvings etched into stone centuries ago by Native Hawaiians. Although the true meanings of the petroglyphs are unknown, it is generally thought these carvings are records of births and other significant events in the lives of the people who lived on Hawaii Island long ago.

Just a short walk to the Fairmont Orchid Hotel, Holoholokai Beach (a well manicured beach-park with facilities) and the Mauna Lani Resort, or from the South end of Puako, start at Paniau Beach and walk along the coast to the Petroglyphs and you can see the carvings of human forms, canoes, turtles and others in the captivating petroglyphs fields of Puako. Take the kids on a petroglyph hunt and ask them what they think these ancient symbols could mean.  On a full moon some of has have been known to walk to the petroglyph field from the South end of Puako where the lava is so lit up from the moon that we haven't needed a flashlight.  It's been said that the ancient Hawaiians walked at night as it was cooler.  

Hapuna Beach offers some wonderful opportunities for swimming during calm seas offering crystal clear water and beautiful scenery, bodysurfing, bodyboarding during periods of high surf with waves reaching 3 feet high for experts!  During these high surf times there are dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks so those not familiar should stay out of the water.  There are Lifeguard services.  Sunbathing (and looking at all of the sunbathers) with limited shade, so if it's not windy, umbrellas can be seen lining the beach.  Snorkeling is a favorite activity at Hapuna Beach and is just a mile from Puako.  You can even drive the back road to Hapuna Beach and not get on the Highway.  It is located off Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Highway 19, 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae Harbor and is open daily during daylight hours.  There is a coastal trail called Ala Kahakai Trail that goes from Kawaihae-Anaehoomalu mostly along the coast.  61.8 acres with restrooms, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, showers, trash cans, drinking water, and lifeguard services and lots of parking.  In recent years there has been a beach hut cafe to purchased food.

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-Beach View
-Rocky and some Sandy Beach with Lava Tidal Pools
-Ocean View
-Beach walk to
-Surf spot of Paniau Beach right across the street
-Walk to Historic Petroglyph Park
-Walk to Mauna Lani Fairmont Orchid Resort along Coast
-Gas Grill
-Covered Lanai
-Open Air Lanai
-Beach Chairs
-King Bed: 2
-Wireless High Speed Internet
-DVD player
-CD Player
-Ceiling Fans
-Coffee/Tea Maker
-Coffee Grinder
-Small, efficient kitchen
-Linens, Beach Towels
-Outside Private Garden Shower
-Private Bathrooms
-Air conditioning Window Units
-On-Site Outdoor Parking
-Lei Greetings Available

Golf, Tennis, Resorts, Lu`au`s Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin and Whale Excursions, Sunset Cruises, Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Kayking, Horseback Riding, Botanical Gardens, Cultural/Historic Experiences, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Volcano Excursions, Helicopters, Parasailing, Zip Line in Rainforest, Mauna Kea Summit, Bicycle Rentals Available for rent nearby.

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* Rates are subject to change without notice. Pricing excludes taxes, additional options and fees.
Season Start End Night Month Min Nights
Summer / Fall - 20185/1/201811/21/2018$250 5
Thanksgiving - 201811/22/201811/30/2018$275 7
Winter - 201812/1/201812/17/2018$250 5
Holiday - 201812/18/20181/5/2019$395 14
Winter Peak - 20191/6/20194/30/2019$295 5


Reviewed: Apr 19, 2018
Property Manager
Thank you so much for hosting us. We loved the (Bamboo Cottage) space and we had a wonderful trip.
Ideal location, terrific, quirky space, and the best set of knives that I've ever used in an airbnb :) We're big cooks, and we were super impressed by the kitchen equipment. Thank you!
Reviewed: Jan 25, 2018
If you havent been to the big island of Hawaii before, this is great location. We don't like big mega resorts, and that is many of the nicer places to stay on the big island. Since you are on Airbnb, you probably are not the typical big resort traveller! The other place to stay we considered Kona, which is an urbanized/suburbanized area, and if you are hitting bars at night is probably a good area. There are lot of smaller hotels, hostels, etc. In Puako, you have to drive a few miles to get to things, but that is pretty much the norm. Puako Beach is a quiet residential neighborhood of (mostly) single family houses right on a road next to the beach, literally you are accros the road from a public beach. By beach in the big island, we don't necessarily mean sandy beach, this mostly not. That could be a rocky/volcanic entrance which is what Puako Beach is, which is just across the street. Snorkeling is great, there is a drop off 100 yards out from the beach. Fish everywhere including the shallow areas. In Hawaii, when we were there, it is common the waves are big, and is best left for calm days, or may get shoved up against rocks. Don't expect to be going everyday snorkeling. You need to pick the calm days. However, what is great about this place is just a couple of miles north is the best beach on the big island. All beaches are public, and you can go to any of the resort beaches or the parks. Just south of this house is several miles of big resorts/condo/house complexes that have a gated community feel. You can walk about a half mile down the shoreline and get to them. There are bunch of restaurants, shopping areas, grocery stores, all in a nice gated community feel. We used this as the base camp to visit all corners of the island, which is a bit of driving. Go see the volcanos, Hilo, Kona, indigenous Hawaiian ruins, the telescopes, rain forests, waterfalls. Lots of things to see. Spent a few days at the sandy beaches up the way, and a few days at the house snorkeling, and hiking around to the resort areas. The house is very accommodating, if the setup is a little dated. The bedrooms are on the ground floor which are two king size beds. The place is best for 4 people and probably not many more. It is very comfortable with lots of patio/deck space, clean, organized manicured. Everything you need for cooking, a grill, spices, dishes, cookware, etc. Most of the time we went and bought food at the grocery store at the mega resorts and ate at home, and prepped what we needed for our day adventures. Plenty of beach stuff was there as well in the outdoor cabinet. You will want a car. Hawaii is an island but it is big and is the only way to...
Reviewed: Dec 15, 2017
Comfortable, clean, cozy, authentic, well appointed, beautiful location, lots of little extras. Not a sterile, modern resort, but a comfortable, clean, cozy home that gives a genuine Hawaiian experience. Beautiful location on Puako Drive, Hawaiian furniture and decor, very comfortable beds, everything clean. Caretaker next door was convenient but not intrusive. All the kitchen and household items we needed plus special touches like flowers and treats to get us started. Books and information in the house were very interesting and useful.
Reviewed: Sep 2, 2017
This quaint beach cottage is in a truly magical location and any "funkiness" is quickly over-ruled by it's incredible location and ease of inhabiting. We quickly got used to the 2 levels and locking up one to access the other situation. The upstairs kitchen/livingroom area is more than adequate, super comfortable with lovely furnishings, and has a very lovely lania for outdoor dining with a glance at the ocean. The kitchen is well stocked and we so appreciated the pantry that accumulated past resident's fine provisions. The caretaker (Sheila) who lives next door is so incredibly helpful and friendly and made us feel quite welcomed. The location really can't be beat. There is a wonderful shoreline access just across the street with such an easy access into the ocean for great snorkeling. Just 2 miles away is what we believe to be the BEST beach on the island. This is a lovely place to stay on one of the most revered spots on the island!
Reviewed: Jun 8, 2017
Great place to stay; highly recommended! 5 minute walk on the beach to Fairmont Orchid hotel. Can truly live like a Hawaiian in this space/area!
Reviewed: Mar 2, 2017
This is a lovely home in a great location and sitting on a located a sweet piece of property. Private and quiet...well, except for the morning birds :) Clean and equipped with whatever you might ordinarily need. We had several small problems and the response and repair was immediate. For us one of the delights about the property is that one really gets the feel of living in Hawaii, rather than being a tourist. We really loved our stay at Bamboo Cottage.
Reviewed: Aug 22, 2016
The cottage is perfect! It's across the road from the ocean in a very chill part of the island. The caretaker took such good care of us! She helped with suggestions and even found a coconut for my mom who was desperately looking for one. Thank you for such a great stay! We hope yo visit again.
Bellingham, US
Reviewed: Mar 3, 2016
Property Manager
Living for two glorious weeks in Bamboo cottage was a dream come true. Magical, and inspirational and energy-giving!
Reviewed: Apr 15, 2015
The house is fantastic, and great snorkeling right outside if out door.
Reviewed: Jun 11, 2014
Pattie, it was EXACTLY what I hoped for!!!!First am I got my coffee (thanks for supply that!) and met the sun across road on the beach. Most mornings that's how we ==started our day. Cara had forgotten about the beautiful beaches nearby! She and friend Debbie used to go there when they got off the ship in Hilo. Oh my, there's too much. I need your personal email address. Sheila was wonderful. One of our last dinners on the deck with old friends (who I want to connect you with) Cara severed two kinds of ? (it will come to me), she also did shishimi, and ahi. I also need to talk to you about putting you in touch with potential clients who became captivated listening to our stories about Hawaii. Patti, I couldn't get over the development! In short, I didn't visit the Big Island that often when we lived in Hawaii; after this experience I have to desire to visit Oahu, Maui. This visit, the location, the beach, the gentle local environment, Cara's joy, brought back for me the feelings I had the first time I landed in Oahu, 1976.
Reviewed: Jun 11, 2014
We had a WONDERFUL stay at the bamboo cottage. Are there any other comparable properties on Puako Rd (cost, sleeps 4-8) that you can suggest as well? -cindy

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