There is a certain amount of danger in staying at Lava Lane Cottages.
Namely, there is a good chance that you will swear off your hurried life of Blackberries and lattes for a hammock life of tropical fruit and beaches. You THINK you’re just renting a beach cottage for a week. That you will inhabit it and then, as planned, you will go home. In truth, the place begins to inhabit YOU, and you find yourself forgetting why your job is so important, what needs to be done on the house, and why you don’t live in Hawaii.
I’ve seen it all too often. No one wants to go home — because nothing is better than a one bedroom cottage a stone’s throw from the most awe-inspiring beaches you can imagine. There are fruit trees and barbeques scattered around the property and every so often you get a glimpse of the local wildlife.
Nora and Michael are excellent hosts, they make you feel right at home! They know the area super well and can show you the best island gems that no tourist map could. This place is so much better than staying in some resort that could be exactly the same anywhere. Stay at Lava Lane cottages and you’ll find your own slice of Aloha. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Our stay at Nora’s Bamboo Cottage has been a highlight of our trip. I could have spent the entire day on the cozy screened lanai overlooking the beautiful grounds & ocean. Nora was great at suggesting places to explore and things to do in wild & wonderful Puna district, many that we would not have discovered without her help. She is also a lifesaver– my husband forgot his laptop in a local restaurant; she went out of her way to ensure its safe return. Mahalo Nora! 🙂
My husband and I really loved staying here. If you’re looking for a restful, quiet, peaceful, and relaxing place to stay on the island, you’ve found it. We could just feel our stress melt away once we got to the property. The cottage itself is beautiful and comfortable. Nora and Michael were incredibly helpful and welcoming to us, could not have asked for more gracious hosts.
My friend and I stayed in the Palms cottage for 4 days recently while visiting that side of the island and it was wonderful. The property and cottages are beautiful and well kept. All amenities in the kitchen, and many things for us to use during our stay such as beach towels, cooler, icepacks. The drive to the cottage is amazing, I could drive that road forever. Within a few miles there is live lava viewing, and black sand beaches. 30 minutes to tide pools and more beaches. 45minutes to an hour to several waterfalls worth seeing. Pahoa is not too far and is a charming little town with everything you need and the best Thai food i have ever had. Nora is a wonderful host very familiar with the area and happy to share if asked. I would surely stay there again. When I return to the Island 🙂
Now returning for the second time from Germany I have to write a review and share how amazing this place is!
I first came in 2009 for 3 weeks. My husband, 1 yr old son, and I, stayed in the Bamboo Cottage, and my husband’s family stayed in the Palms Cottage. The two cottages were the perfect arrangement for a two family vacation, especially with the in-laws. We had them close but with full privacy when we wanted it.
It has been a year since our visit and my in-laws are still talking about this place!
When my family began planning our return trip to the Big Island, the first thing we did was reserve as many nights as we could at the Bamboo Cottage. We love everything about it. There is plenty of space to relax and unpack. It has an open kitchen with wide granite counter tops for family cooking, and all the amenities you need to feel at home. The bathroom is much bigger than it looks in the pictures. The shower-head is great and there is plenty of shelving and towel space. What is really fantastic is the big privacy screened outdoor shower, my two year old thinks our big family showers after the beach are great fun. Not to mention every room has large windows looking out to lush green Hawaii. I love drinking my coffee every morning on the day bed in the sunroom and looking out over the trees to the ocean – this is what I call paradise. This property is so peaceful and soothing to my soul.
This is what my husband loves about the place: He can watch the World Cup and get 4 bars of WiFi all on solar power 🙂
My sister and I stayed here 5 days and 4 nights and it is heaven. A short walk down a road lined with flowers and trees to the ocean. To just sit and listen to wonderful sounds of life all around you. Quiet, and super nice Palm cottage. There is soo much to go see and experience, but mostly you just want to sit and enjoy the property at Lava Lane Cottages. Thanks for a memory of the heart.
From our little cottage on Lava Lane, all one can hear are the sounds of birds calling to one another and the occasional large wave pounding on the shore . The cottage is nestled on the edge of the jungle overlooking a maintained yard where your naked toes wondered why shoes were ever invented. The one bedroom cottage is clean and bright, with windows offering ocean breezes to fan your skin.
All within short driving distances, we were able to hike to the lava flows, explore old undergrowth, swim in tide pools, and swim at a beach that dolphins visit regularly. At Kehena Beach our daughter was able to swim with a pod of 7 dolphins and played with them for 15 minutes or so. I do have to warn you that if you are not a strong swimmer, entry and exiting may be iffy depending on the temperment of the sea.
But if you enjoy living like a local, getting off the beaten track and have an experience you will never have staying in a condo on the Kona coast, Lava Lane is the place for you.
Our hosts are so pleasant and accommodating, Nora and Michael have so much information they readily share. We found places we would have never known about as a visitor driving the old roads. Plus the rates are so reasonable you wonder if you’ll ever want to stay anywhere else on the Big Island.
So bring a good book, leave your work at home (WiFi is available for those unfortunates who must work) and spend your time in the real Hawaii.
Easily the best part of our long weekend in Hawaii. The Bamboo Cottage really feels like the home that you always wanted… at least the one that we always wanted. Full kitchen, living room, screened sitting and dining area, and both an indoor and outdoor shower. Everything is very clean and convenient. Internet works great and AT&T has reasonably good service around the general grounds. The property is just a tropical paradise with nice soft grass around the cottages with jade vines, flowering trees and fruits (mangoes, oranges, lemons, etc.). It’s directly across the street from the ocean on a very beautiful tree lined street. After the first day, we realized that we could actually stay here forever. This part of the island is definitely a lot more laid back than the Kona side.
Nora and Michael are fantastic. Besides being genuinely good people, they know the area really well, and can give you tips on what to do and where to go. At the same time, they really respected our space, which I think is a very difficult balance to have. We’re looking forward to making it back soon!
Make sure you go snorkel in the tidal pools, swim on the black beach, visit the lava and check out the farmer’s market at Space if you’re there on Saturday morning.