Great spot and accommodations!
My daughter and I spent a week on the big island and at stayed at Dave and Beth’s Blue Grotto Master Bedroom Suite. The accommodations were clean and as advertised. Plus we took advantage of the available paddle boards and snorkeling gear. It’s just a bedroom suite but the attached screened in porch provides an extra sitting space and was mostly where we hung out when at the suite. If you can be a little flexible don’t be deterred by the fact that this is a non-cooking suite. There is a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Plus a grill outside by the pool just a few steps away. Breakfast we just snacked before heading out for the day. Avocados, macadamia nuts, fresh fruit, etc. Lunches were usually out. But who wants to go on vacation and cook all the time anyway? We managed dinners quite nicely with the grill. Most evenings we grilled the local fish, grass fed burgers or steaks alongside a foil pouch full of vegetables or grilled pineapple. A big plus for us was the central location on the west side of the island. Not too far from Kona but far enough away from the main tourist area. From here you can easily head south to Volcanoes National Park, Pahoa and around to Hilo if you want. The restaurants we most enjoyed (lunches): Annie’s Burgers – one of the nicer places in terms of décor and good food too. Da Poke Shack – We didn’t eat here until the last day and both thought we would have come here more had we tried it earlier in the week. Kona Brewing Company – a bit touristy but the beer and food was good and seemed like some of the locals hang out there too. Activities we enjoyed: Paddleboard over to the Capt. Cook Monument. We didn’t take snorkeling gear on our initial trip and wish we had. We never made it back for the snorkeling because the surf was too high later in our stay. Dave showed us how to load the paddleboards on the rental car and gave us some good tips to get us started. Snorkeling at the Tide Pools outside of Pahoa and Two Step. The Visitor’s Center on Mauna Kea. Great sunset viewing and a free astronomy program with multiple telescopes to look through after dark. Hiking in the craters and the after dark glow in Volcanoes National Park. Hiked into the Green Sand Beach. And there is a 60’ cliff jump nearby if you’re so inclined. The Sunday Maku’u Farmer’s market outside of Pahoa. Local crafts, food and the people watching is quite interesting. Easy hike to some petroglyph’s north of Kono.
$75 night June - Nov. $110 night Dec - May Kayaks & Paddle boards included