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Affordable Jungle Paradise

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Hawaiian Beaches

Ohana apartment under private home in nice, safe, comfortable neighborhood. Adjacent lots to house are rain forest. Has one large bedroom which sleeps three (queen and twin). Small screened in lanai. Kitchen w/ fridge, microwave, stove, blender, coffee pot and necessities. Wi-fi and tv w/ cable. Small, but perfect for three people. 500 sq ft. Beach equipment available inc towels. Bicycles. Books and puzzles also available. Carport space. Washing machine and clothesline for drying. Large avocado trees, coconut palms, macadamia nut trees, lychee trees, and loads of flowering plants on property; also pineapples and bananas in yard. Lots of orchids! Only 2 mi to the ocean! Within 30 minutes to Hilo and beaches. Under 40 min to Volcano Nat'l Park. Maku'u Sunday Market only 10 min away. Beautiful scenic drives in Puna area.

Occasional little guests (geckos) visit for your enjoyment.

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Rick and Mary Woodbury
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016
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About Rick and Mary Woodbury

I am a retired school teacher and my wife a retired RN. We love Hawaii, as we had both lived here as children. We found the house before we retired and now frequently come to stay.

Rick and Mary Woodbury purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Rick and Mary Woodbury chose Hawaii

This property was affordable, although it was a true fixer-upper. Over the years we have put many hours into adding on to the kitchen in the ohana, adding a back porch area, putting in tons of cosmetic work. We love our second home, and our neighborhood and want to share it with you!

What makes this apartment unique

Puna is a very large area, and you will find the Big Island to be very large indeed compared to the other islands. This house is in a good location for seeing the Hilo sights, the Puna sights, and Volcano National Park. Even though the house is located in a neighborhood, because so many lots are undeveloped (rain forestation), one feels they are out in the country. Only four miles up the road is Pahoa with some very good restaurants, groceries, and gasoline.


based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Affordable Jungle Paradise
average rating of 4.2222223 based on 9 reviews

Quiet Hawaiian Home

  • 5 of 5

The ohana had all the basics and while not fancy, was clean and placed just far away from town to enjoy the quiet Hawaiian nights while being close to all the amenities and signts of Pahoa, Hilo and Volcano. I'd recommend this to anyone needing a base of operations to venture forth sightseeing and adventuring on the Big Island, yet not wanting to spend a lot of money on housing. This was the perfect balance of utility and price!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are delighted when travelers enjoy staying at our ohana.
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General disrepair and not clean (live and dead cockroaches).

  • 2 of 5

Although the owners were very prompt with their Emails and seemed nice to communicate with, the abandoned building is in general disrepair. Live and dead cockroaches, open and non-labeled (!) poison containers in various places of the apartment. Mold everywhere and not enough light (and/or switches) available to navigate the pitch dark place at night. Broken wooden door frame was sharp and not looked after, although the splinters showed signs of age. Hot water tap in the shower was broken and very sharp, which was dangerous. Washing machine was nice, but not very useful as clothes take 3+ (!) days to dry. Dryer is needed in that climate. Simple accommodation for a budget price is fine, but should not pose health risks. Not recommended for people with mold allergies. Nice to wake up to the birds, frogs and lush blooming jungle yard.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel badly that you were not satisfied with the apartment. It is NOT an abandoned house. It is our second home and we come multiple times a year and is used frequently by our family and friends. We have a car parked in the carport and radios and lights go on by timers. Our house is located in a rainforest, which makes the area very beautiful, but unfortunately increases the bugs and mildew. We do have cockroach bait around the ohana, and when there are rainy days for any extended time then they make their way in. We have even encountered roaches in a luxury hotel! Our housekeeper "bombs" the apartment frequently. We are not sure about the damaged door frame, we will have this checked out. This is the first we are aware of it... Mildew is also a continuous problem. We have to keep the Windows partially open to ventilate and prevent mold. If we had been appraised of these complaints at the beginning of this period, we would have gladly cancelled and refunded the rest of the remaining nights and permit you to find other lodgings. Electricity is very expensive and most people in this area do not have dryers; but we will add info about the laundromat which is available in Pahoa to the website. It is important to us that our travelers enjoy the apartment.
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The title says it all

  • 5 of 5

I thought "jungle paradise" referred to the Pahao area, but it actually refers to the property itself - it is a huge backyard filled with flowers. The apartment is spacious and comfortable. We were able to explore the whole island from here. We would gladly stay here again - but next time, we hope to stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Not fancy but efficient and it had everything we needed. We stayed a month and got to know so many people. A wonderful time. Incredible yard with fruits and orchids... wonderful owners. Good advice about where to go snorkeling and many other activities.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Zurich, Switzerland

Affordable, clean, beautiful garden, wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about Rick and Kathy and their place.

Very honest, good people. I came for a quick stay and ended up extending my stay considerably because I loved it so much. Rick is an avid colorful gardener, making for a lovely property complete with tropical fruit. They have wonderful neighbors. You really feel as if you are in real Hawaii.

Their offering fits a rare, real need in the market. Affordable great base for Volcano, Puna, Hilo (and Hula Festival), even Mauna Kea and North Coast. At first we stayed in a Waikoloa resort but my stay at Rick's gave me a completely different, deeper, more authentic experience of true Hawaii. I was then a woman staying alone and felt very comfortable, safe and looked after.

Lots going on in Puna. Easy to stay and get involved in many different local activities. Beautiful Coast with park five minutes drive in one direction, Puna town with amenities five minutes drive in other direction.

Other logistical details: offer washing machine, beach gear, complete kitchen with amenities, nice shower, private patio front (screened in) and back (surrounded by garden), parking, helpful with travel advice.


  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver Idland , BC

Affordable Junglel Paradise

  • 4 of 5

This basement suite had all the necessary amenities., was conveniently located, and had a great yard. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 30
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Kaleo's Restaurant and Luquin's Mexican
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Car: necessary

Ahalanui Warm Pond

Kapoho tide pools

Volcano National Park

Isaac Hale Beach Park (Po-iki)

Lava Tree State Park

Maku'u Market on Sundays

Akaka Falls

Rainbow Falls in Hilo, also Boiling Pots

Kahena Black Sand Beach (clothing optional)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Hawaiian Beaches, Puna District

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3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £41 + Tax
Tax Rate 4.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment on Hawaiian Beaches, USA

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large space. Has a shower, sink and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • A large bedroom with a queen size bed and a separate twin bed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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