Quiet and peaceful home near South Point
Ron and Karen's bungalow was a great home base for our trip to the Big Island. We stayed for a week and enjoyed the hosts' kind hospitality, their friendly advice and their laid back aloha style. When we arrived, Ron and Karen drove our luggage down to the rental from the parking space at the top of the property next to their home. It's a short walk down to the unit, but it was helpful they valeted the suitcases through the garden, a kindness they repeated on the day we left. On the way, Karen answered our questions about the fruit and flower trees on their lovingly cultivated property, and gave us ripe mangoes right from the tree! The unit is well maintained, private, clean and decorated with friendly but minimal decor, letting the sights and sounds of nature really shine through here. We enjoyed watching a variety of songbirds eating from the bird feeder next to the lanai, (including a trio of pheasant chicks who made their first appearance the morning after we arrived!) and seeing all the exotic flowers in bloom. We were on the Big Island to explore, and explore we did, so we didn't spend much time at the rental beyond evenings and mornings. We slept peacefully in the very comfortable bed, and made use of the kitchen and grill on the few nights we weren't driving back from some other piece of paradise. Karen and Ron let us cart around their snorkeling gear and wake boards all week, we borrowed an ice chest that we kept in our car, and they also had beach chairs and mats available. They make it super easy to enjoy the island by providing these things you'd otherwise have to rent or buy. The peaceful solitude we enjoyed here is because Ocean View is a really quiet, rural area: not touristy, at all. It has two small grocery stores and a handful of fast food restaurants and gas stations. These suited our needs, but it's good to be aware. Its closest attractions are South Point and Black Sand Beach - both fascinating places for different reasons - everything else is about an hour drive away or more. The good thing about its location is that since it is halfway between Kona and Volcano, you can get to both areas in about the same amount of time. We spent a 14 hour day at Volcano (including doing the evening hike out to see lava falling into the Pacific! UNREAL! ) and only had an hour drive back to home. You can expect a much longer drive if you were staying at the resorts. Would recommend.

August 2016
Private & Peaceful with Ocean & Coastline views
Private & Peaceful with Ocean & Coastline views
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