June 21, 2021
the cabins were rad, great spot, super calm and quiet, very accommodating, great space, great vibez.
June 16, 2021
The place is green and beautiful, hosts were amazing and welcoming, facilities were on point - off grid, yet you have access to warm water when showering, nice kitchen, and you’re very close to Waipio Valley!
December 28, 2020
Could’ve been better...
This place is overpriced considering the messy facilities, broken amenities (no power) and lack of hospitality. I love rustic camping, but this wasn’t priced accordingly. Sorry, but we didn’t get good vibes here. No one was there to greet us when we arrived and the few farm interns who were around weren’t friendly or really helpful. The place has great potential and looks like it may have at one point been run smoothly- but it’s now quite rundown.
Overall, we loved our stay at the farm as it was a great rainforest experience. Spending time with the woofers (very nice people), living the reality of tropical forest, wet, sunny and flowered all at the same time was a great moment. We don't regret it.
But, there are several things we didn't like.
We were surprised not seeing hosts at all, even for a small greating. We had a nice welcome from the woofers, but we didn't heard about Annick or Baxter. Perhaps just walk by to say "hi" would have been a good idea. There were not even enough mattresses in the cabana : not sure someone cared about us coming that day.
I sent a message few days before to order a basket, but I had no answer... and no basket. I told Annick one of the things that triggered my booking was the picture of Baxter on the swing with a nice cup of coffee. Without woofers, I couldn't even have smelt coffee.
Regarding the cabanas, it does the job. I guess we were not in the high mosquito season because we didn't see many. Looking at holes and open space around the roof and the door, not sure the bug screen would stop anything anyway. Living in Québec - with lot of mosquitoes too - such screens would be a nightmare. Could be a good idea to improve the finish : pretty sure workers and hipcampers would appreciate. Bulkbeds are far from beeing comfortable too (and yes, I compare to other basic bulkbeds, as you can see in WMCA (Kauai), parks or other dorms). Ladders are not easy to use : please add a step. Bulkbeds are not even safe : no fence on the upper level : a simple plank would help. Mattresses are strange too. Green ones were not even even : a big bump on one side makes it almost impossible to use. Blue ones are much better, but barely fits the bed. If it would have been a plain wood plank under, we could have used our camping mattresses instead, it would have been almost more confortable and definitely cleaner.
And last but not least, cleaning fees added over booking fees : 10$. It's a joke. I'm curious to understand what it's intended for.
Showers were with a lot of hairs, sand and leaves. Sinks also with hairs. Composting toilets had no more sawdust or ashes left, and bowl was not clean. Let's be clear, we have no issues with dry toilets - we used such toilets half our stay in Hi - but ones you provide are not exactly "clean non-smelling composting toilets". And mattresses were covered of dust or stains, both sides. 10$ is not much compared to the price of the booking, but in our case, looks like a fraud.
If it wasn't for the woofers, we definitely wouldn't have liked our stay as much. As mentioned earlier, we loved our experience, but considering all the "areas of improvements" above, we considered it overpriced. Our overall experience wasn't even half friendly as we felt it looking at the website and that was highly disapointing.
Melanie E.doesn't recommend
March 14, 2020
This place had horrible sleeping accommodations, we were provided with only 2 air mattresses for 3 people, one was not even functional. Good thing we had our own pads. The kitchen area was filthy and it was extremely difficult to find dishes to cook with though it was advertised that there was a complete kitchen. The showers were dark and dirty. There were no private areas for urinating, the composting toilets we were told were for number 2 only. So you were expected to pee out in the open. I will not recommend this place to anyone!
Heidi E.doesn't recommend
March 13, 2020
Does not meet website description.
Rustic cabanas and group kitchen left much to be desired. Slept on our own camp mats, as only one air mattress was functional for three people. Little privacy for peeing, composting toilets for #2 were fine. Shared kitchen area for hipcampers not stocked with dishes/utensils/pots as advertised on website. Unsanitary.