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“Oliana Guesthouse”
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Oliana Cottage - Surrounded by Nature
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Oliana Cottage - Surrounded by Nature
Your path from from the parking area to the cottage, now with  new privacy screen.  Outdoor shower with bench at right. Tropical flowers and new privacy screen greet your entrance.
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Oliana Cottage - Surrounded by Nature
Your path from from the parking area to the cottage, now with  new privacy screen.  Outdoor shower with bench at right.
Tropical flowers and new privacy screen greet your entrance.
Enjoy a panorama of sky and nature
Glass dining table - Bathroom is behind the louvered door.
Everything you need to dine in rather than going out.  Electric grill & toaster oven not in photo.
Or sit outside in the garden.
Garden at sunset
red hibiscus
Bathroom is behind the louvered door.
Bath and beach towels are provided.
Indoor shower
Buddha mask, straw Ganesh table and Music Circle Hawaii posters grace the wall outside the louvered door.
yellow hibiscus
Mirrored closet holds kitchen utensils. books, games and more.
Oliana Cottage
Oliana Point - literally across the street
Kalapana lava flow - see hikers near the edge
Walk or drive along the Red Road
Red Road scenery
Kalapana surface flow at night
People up close to the flow
Lava flowing into the ocean at Kalapana
blue sky seen through palm leaves
favorite ferns and tiny white flowers
Gecko peeking out at you on the outdoor shower
Awesome  coastline photo by C J Kale
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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Jon_and_S...
Idaho
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Oliana Guesthouse”
Reviewed 16 March 2018 for a stay in February 2018

This is a great little place to stay if you are looking for a laid back studio in a laid back part of paradise. The frogs are loud in the evening, but sometime in the night they turn off and the waves crashing on the rocks and sand are the perfect way to wake up. Babette is a wonderful hostess--she leaves you alone most of the time but she's always helpful with local knowledge and makes you feel like an extended part of her community. We love Puna and the Kalapana area, but it's probably not for everyone: we've stayed here many times and you have to be ready to embrace a little rain, an eclectic local culture (eclectic is an understatement sometimes) and being a long way from anywhere. But that's why we love it. The jungle isn't as popular as the white sand of Kona, but it's got another kind of charm, just like the Oliana Guesthouse. Expect to embrace the natural experience and you won't be disappointed.

It's not a 'granite countertops and hot tub' style place, but the essentials are all there: clean bed and towels, outdoor shower, mini-fridge, microwave and cooktop, toaster, coffee maker, blender etc. We bring bottled water but we always have what we need when we cook dinner etc. The walk outside is on cinder and the floor is colored concrete, so it's important to leave the shoes and slippas outside. Good Wi-Fi and while the cell phones don't work right in the room, we always got a signal about 5 minutes down the road around Kalapana.

If we stop on the way at Costco and the Hilo farmer's market (great prices for papaya and other local fruit--try the coconut drinks!), the expensive little store in Kalapana has always had us covered for anything we forget. Smoothies are good down there, too.

The lava might be spectacular or barely there, but we've rented bikes and ridden out to shorten the hike the last couple of years and found it worthwhile--just don't bother renting anything expensive, there are lots of vendors and none of the bikes are special. The snorkeling at the tide pools and coffee at Hilo Coffee Mill (on the way to Volcano) are also favorites in the area. Good Thai food and Long's Drug in Pahoa.

Highly recommend contacting Babette directly to reserve; she manages that well, is very responsive to emails and seems to cost a little less that way than going through some of the listing services.

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Management Response
18 Mar 2018
Jon and Shana, thank you for being delightful guests and for writing a great review with lots of good detailed information about this area. Looking forward to your next visit! Aloha, Babette
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WorldAliv...
Great Falls, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lovely, spotless, peaceful, very close to beaches, such a nice proprietor!”
Reviewed 19 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

Babette is so nice and her place is lovely. Pretty, airy, and peaceful in a sort of lava garden. A good kitchen area. Just a block from the coast, and very short drive (and nice walk) to beaches, warm pools, tide pools with excellent, safe snorkeling, Easy drive to Pahoa. Very comfortable bed and lots of nice touches. Very tropical area, my favorite on Hawaii. I did not see a single mosquito, by the way. Perhaps because the area is breezy and well ventilated.
I wanted to stay 3 nights but she had only one available so found me another very good place very close by, what a gift to a weary traveler. Thank you, Babette!
(Pahoa is closest town, 13 miles away, nice drive, grocery stores, drug store, etc. Good restaurants - they are very nice inside.)

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Liked best: Very pretty place, furnished nicely, very clean and fresh.
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
20 Feb 2016
Thank you Sandy for writing a great informative review. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I hope you are able to return here soon for a longer vacation. Mahalo!
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Suzette S
Cucamonga
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Relaxing island hideaway”
Reviewed 8 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015

A lovely guest cottage at a private residence. I enjoyed the location on Hawaii. Everything on this side of the island seemed very relaxing. There are not a lot of tourist activities nearby. I chose this rental as my main purpose for visiting the Big Island was to visit Volcanoes National Park. The cottage was clean and well maintained. It included lots of extras you would never get at a hotel or timeshare. In addition to all the kitchen items, there were beach towels, beach chairs, snorkeling gear and an ice chest in the unit. The owner was very nice and was there to greet me even though I arrived after 10:30 pm.

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Liked best: The location and that is was not a hotel
Liked least: There was no sink in the bathroom. Only sink was in the kitchen.
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
20 Feb 2016
It was a pleasure to meet you Suzette, and to host you as a guest on this off the beaten path side of the island. Thank you for writing a kind review with detailed info. Mahalo nui loa, Babette
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Fiona K
Laguna Beach, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Clean, comfortable - and away from it all”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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My husband and I stayed at Babette's Oliana Cottage for three nights in early July and had a great time. It was exactly like the online photos and spotlessly clean (which I really appreciated) and the perfect spot for exploring Puna and the south east of the Big Island.

Even though it was a 45 min or so drive up to VNP, we loved being off the beaten track down in Kehena. If you're a light sleeper you may need to factor in is the noise from the Coqui frogs at night. Imagine *considerably loud crickets. However, as it's a constant noise, kinda like white noise, it didn't keep us awake. Otherwise, the surrounding bird song and peacefulness of the jungle during the day- especially during an early morning light rainfall- is gorgeous! One thing about the cottage is that there's no hand sink in the bathroom so you have to wash your hands and clean your teeth at the kitchen sink, but that wasn't a big deal. Just a bit odd.

The cottage is a five minute walk to Kehena Black Sand Beach which is totally worth checking out if you're up for the climb down to the sand. We met some nice locals there. They said the water conditions were mellow the day we were there, compared to how they can be most of the time. The break was still pretty intense and some people did get pounded trying to get out of the water.

Kalani, a nearby yoga retreat, serves a good value vegetarian breakfast buffet and sells snacks and coffees to go. It's just a few minutes drive east of the cottage on the scenic road to Kapoho and the tide pools area.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Coeur d'Alene Idaho
Reviewed 6 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

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San Francisco
Reviewed 5 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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Terrapin Station, USA
Reviewed 27 February 2014 for a stay in March 2014

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