Escape to where Earth Matters, we live on the 1989 lava flow and there is not a lot of earth, yet! We are out in the country, with country noise... Enjoy Four Star Camping in a Pacific Yurt. We are conveniently located close to Volcanoes National Park and isolated black and green sand beaches; equidistant from the charms of downtown Hilo and the excitement, nightlife and surfing beaches of Kona.
We are an Alternative Vacation Destination on the most Southern point of the Big Island of Hawaii, We also own Earth Matters Farm, organic gardens for your produce needs and salads, let us know if you would like to come visit the farm or have a produce order for your stay.
Explore the Kahuku forest preserve and desert hikes. Discover for yourself isolated beaches where you may snorkel with spinner dolphins, swim in coves where hono, green turtles graze and stand amazed as whales traverse the sweeping coastline in front of you. Kayak through coves and over reefs and gaze at the sealife visible through clear blue waters. Visit Puuhonua 'O Honaunau, Kealakekua Bay, coffee plantations or macadamia nut farms. Visit our local farmers markets and shop to pick the freshest produce and local gifts to create great meals and memories. After a glorious sundown, stand on the deck beneath a crystal black sky and watch the constellations unfold above you on a nightly basis. Or just relax and unwind away from the stress of everyday life.
The 30 ft Yurt is 500 sq ft and has 2 Queen beds, Kitchen & Dining Area with cookware and utensils provided & dining area.
This yurt can sleep up to 4 persons with shared deck & BBQ, ocean view, private sink/toilet, shared large shower. We have i-pod dock available - boogie boards & ice chest are available for our guests.
OTHER UNITS AVAILABLE... 24 ft yurt...
The 30' yurt was very comfortable, clean and private- a well- placed tree hid the the view to the home but not to the ocean! The landscaping was amazing, beauty abounds there. Gail and Greg are welcoming and interesting and we even toured their well- maintained farm and made friends with their dogs... Can't wait to visit again!
Gail and Greg's space is absolutely a dream. The yurt was huge, beautiful, homey, and fully equiped with lighting and a small kitchen. The view of the ocean and landscape was as described, lovely plants and privacy made the experience feel like the perfect escape, and the stars at night were crazy! I've used Air BnB for many trips with friends and boyfriend and this was truly my favorite accomodation! The location of the property is also great- close to the green sand beach, and equal distance (approx) between the volcano and Kailua-Kona. There are roosters and windy sounds but earplugs do the trick. We spent 3 nights and felt very bummed to leave the beautiful, breezy yurt. Thanks for everything Gail and Greg! We had the perfect stay with you on the Big Island!
The yurt was great! Lots of space and had everything we wanted. Was also located in a good place for exploring the south point of the island. Gail was really helpful and gave us some great tips about the local area. And had amazing dogs!
Only thing to consider - if you are a light sleeper, the rooster neighbours are quite vocal, and yurts are not know for being soundproof. This wasn't much of a problem for us, though.
Overall, very enjoyable.
We really enjoyed the spaciousness of the yurt. The deck was a nice spot to relax and BBQ a meal at the end of a fun day. The location up on the hill above the main house felt private while giving a view out to the ocean. Our hosts, Gail and Greg, were very helpful, and suggested some wonderful places for us to see. The southern part of the big island of Hawai'i, offers a unique and different experience from the north or east sides of the island. We enjoyed being in a perfect location for heading either northeast toward Volcanoes National Park and Hilo, or northwest toward Kailua-Kona. Our two-week stay was comfortable, with a nice feel of being independent of the more tourist-like Kona area. For us, that was an appeal that influenced our choice to stay at the yurt. We met nice folks staying in the other yurt while we were there, which added to the enjoyment of our stay. We would choose to return to this bnb in any future trip to the big island, which we fully intend to make. Some people might not want to stay in a yurt, because, after all, it is a like a big tent. We'd experienced yurts at state parks and knew what to expect. The walls are strong canvas over a visable frame, the ceiling is like numerous spokes on a wheel. Because of the canvas, we heard and felt the trade winds come and go, flapping at canvas, and the rain on the roof. For us this was exciting. The interior is nicely equipped with a kitchen area with a table and chairs, a seating area, and an extra bed. The only drawback, for us, was arriving from the airport with our wheeled suitcases and having to get them up a flight of stone steps to the yurt. However, Greg was there and helped us. A big thanks to Gail and Greg for their part in making our trip so great!
My family stayed in the larger (green) yurt. This is a beautiful place to lay back and relax. The area is peaceful and the animals are not bothersome at all. Best sleep I had in weeks-- the bed is fantastic and comfortable. Bathroom is clean, well stocked with quality towels and decor. Kitchen is adequate for preparing a small skillet meal (even for our family of 4) and the fresh fruit is a grand addition to breakfast. Hosts were friendly to my family--they are not present on the property but are available by cell if you can get service in 'town'-- this could be a plus or minus depending on what you want from your stay. We appreciated their honesty about the size of the island... and that we would probably like to stay in multiple areas rather than just booking the whole two weeks at their property. This turned out to be great advice as driving takes up alot of time between coastlines.
We did not find kayaks or gear on the property (I'm assuming this is to avoid theft since it is somewhat remote) so if you intend to use that I would contact them before arrival just to make it easier. Because of airline hold ups I didn't have adequate time to sort all that out when I arrived.
Things I wish I had known before I came: When they write 'camping' they mean it. This is not a cheap hotel- its more like a permanent tent structure. It really is COLD AT NIGHT. As I stated, I slept very well BUT in the morning layers were necessary and I didnt bring very many. This is at a higher elevation so think more like desert/mountain air at sunrise. Might pack some lightweight long-johns for when you want to get out of bed.
The shower requires your assistance to make it hot. There are complete instuctions to set the pilot light before each shower use. (Water is precious on the island so be prepared for 'water conservation' efforts everywhere you travel.) It was also quite windy.
These yurts are not insulated and the location is a very quiet place. This was okay when we were alone, however, when the other couple arrived next door we could hear every word spoken in their yurt- and they could probably hear us as well- even in the bathroom. Just a heads up: think noise barrier of a tent. Again, not a complaint, but just wasn't something I expected to find.
Hope you have a great journey--- yurts really are a cool place to be-- we're thinking of building for ourselves just may look to make more permanent style structures. Mahalo for a good nights sleep!
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