The landscape of The Big Island is insane. By the time we got to our Lava Rock House, it changed from the busy city roads and deep blue ocean into a landscape covered in ancient lava ash. Sudden green fields, scenic winding roads stretching for miles along the perfectly still Pacific and pink sky were soon replaced by a black desert.
A couple of hours later, while driving on Volcano Road at 3,500 feet above sea level, ears popping, we reached the edge of the foggy Volcano National Park, with signs warning about cracks in the road. What a drive! But our place was even better, it was like a Hobbit house in the middle of nowhere.
The wonderful Lava Rock House
Welcome to the Adventurous Lava Rock Hale! We found this amazing round house on Airbnb (click the link to get your free credit on us) and simply fell in love. We couldn’t wait to meet the host of this Lava Rock House and spend a couple of nights in this gorgeous and unique property.
The land there was beautifully looked after and we enjoyed the driveway every time we were heading out or coming back to our temporary home.
Diane & Eric were wonderful hosts and made the Lava Rock house a true tropical home. It was a project very close to their hearts. Diane told us how they built this piece of art during weekends and it took them 6 years to complete this perfectly round household complete with the solar panel outdoor shower just behind the house. We loved the outdoor showers in Hawaii!
To my delight, there was also a massive avocado tree in the garden, where the fruits were falling down to the ground like apples. They were delicious! We had a blast in this little tropical paradise while exploring the incredible land of The Big Island. Thank you Eric & Diane!
Adventurous Lava Rock Hale!
Railroad Avenue, Pāhoa, Hawaii, United States
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Wailua on the East Coast of Kauai is a place you should definitely visit. The green rolling hills, jungle landscape and stunning show stopper waterfalls on this part of the island are the things you should absolutely add to your itinerary.
Our last days in Kauai we spent on the East Coast of the island in Kapa’a – the only walkable town on the East side. The part of the town where we stayed sits along the Kulhio Highway, which makes it very unusual.
To me it seemed more like a film set, almost temporary, as if I came back the next day, it wouldn’t be there anymore. The tiny restaurants, serving organic spinach wrap sandwiches with cucumber water on the side were great.
We lived with crazy and super happy ‘T’ and Jennifer in their colourful, hippyish and very cosy house, which we booked through Airbnb (if you are new to Airbnb, click the link to claim your free credit on us.)
After a long day of exploring the East Coast, Charlie and I would relax with a beer on their comfortable lanai (deck in Hawaiian), look at the stars and listen to the strange tropical birds chirping in the dark.
Wailua oferring – 40 ft Opeakaa Fall
The 40 ft tall Opeakaa Fall is definitely worth a stop. The view point of this fall is on the Kuamoo Road. We jumped out of the car and had a little wonder.
A trail, apparently rather dangerous, down to the waterfall base used to be open for visitors, but it’s now closed due to the deadly accident of two women in 2006 who tried to take the hike.
Just across the road, you can see the beautiful setting of 20 mile long Wailua river. If you feel adventurous and have time on your hands, have a go at kayaking through the rain forest.
Opeakaa Falls view on Google Maps:
The 173 ft tall show stopper – Wailua Falls
The 173 ft tall Wailua Falls that feeds into Wailua River is definitely a show stopper and a must see waterfall. The legend has it that this is where in ancient times men used to dive off to prove their worthiness.
There used to be a path to the bottom of the falls, however, that’s also closed now to prevent accidents.
Wailua Falls on Google Maps:
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