We are located near Volcano National Park and the Pu'u O'o Vent, from which the lava is currently flowing. Our property is in the Rainforest on 3 acres full of indigenous Ohia trees, fern trees and many other native plants. We work with our environment, living close to the land by incorporating solar power, gardening, farming and permaculture. The Jungalow is a two story Dormitory House with 7 beds. There is an outdoor shower and bathroom located on the back patio. The kitchen and common area is a large outside covered patio. Great for enjoying the lush rainforest during your meals. Also on the property is a fully equipt Yoga Studio for guest to use. The whole house is powered by solar and completely off the grid. Public transportation, The Hale On Bus, drops and picks up at the top of our subdivision and travels around the Island. We are excited to have you as our guest and extend a warm Aloha to you during your stay on the magical Island of Hawaii. There is wifi available.
|Room type:||Shared room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$35 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$300 /week|
|Neighborhood:||Island of Hawaiʻi|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s) and Cat(s)|
I really enjoyed my stay here at the rainforest retreat. It's very close to volcano national park, and the property itself is very interesting to walk around. As mentioned, the property is eco friendly and runs on solar power. This never caused me any problem and I was able to charge my phone and tablet at night without the solar battery ever getting low. Recommend highly if you are looking for a retreat like atmosphere. Great alternative and a unique experience compared to the large resort hotels.
Rachelle was very nice and has a beautiful home in the middle of the jungle. It is conveniently located close to the Volcanoes park so we stayed there two nights while visiting the park. It is off the grid and uses propane and solar power but due to being so rainy the solar power could be a problem. You need to manually turn on the electricity in the house and constantly check every hour or so to make sure to turn it off so the battery does not completely die. The water is also hooked up to the battery so if the battery dies then you have no water as well. We were lucky and only used the place to sleep but only using the battery from 6pm to 9 pm it went from fully charged to dead.. So I imagine if you stayed there for a while and it was raining for a few days and can not recharge you might run out of electricity and water very soon. The kitchen is outside so gets pretty dark at night and lots of mosquitoes. The wifi has a slow connection so be aware if you need decent internet speed. There is a Yoga studio for use so if you are into yoga it would be a great place. It also can get very cold on the mountain so you should probably bring many layers of clothes.
The place is located very close to the Volcano Park.
The place is really basic, but really enjoyable of you want to stay close to the nature.
Absolutely wonderful. I loved Rachelle's place. It's set up like a retreat centre and I felt like I was on a retreat while I was there. In the rain forest, off the grid, surrounded by lush vegetation and the sound of the coqui frogs from late afternoon to early morning was so divine. Staying here makes you realize just how much you waste energy even if you consider yourself energy conscious. Close to the volcano, but a bit far from everything else mostly because roads don't connect or there is a round about way of getting to where you want to go. Rachelle was a wonderful host. Very pleasant in nature and willing to help with anything that was needed. If you're into yoga this would be a great place to stay as she has a yoga studio that could fit about 15 people.
Rachelle's Jungalow was just the experience my brother and I were looking for after a week in a resort on the Kona side of the island. The accommodations were basic, a few twin beds powered from on-site solar. The outdoor kitchen, bathroom, and shower were all we needed to be very happy there.
The yoga studio in the main house was absolutely beautiful and a great place for morning sun salutations. Rachelle is a lovely person. We appreciated her advice on local attractions, and enjoyed the short time we were able to spend with her.
Beautiful setting in a Hawaiian Rain Forest. Paradise for bird and tree lovers. Rustic yet elegant, basic but comfortable accommodations. Open-air cooking and eating on covered porch. Bathroom and shower have enough privacy, though they feel very open to the forest. This would be a wonderful place for a small group retreat or reunion. My mother and I stayed in the Jungalow for 3 nights. Fell asleep to the sounds of rain on the roof and frogs chirping. Rachelle was very welcoming and helpful. She offered the use of the yoga studio on the property for exercise or meditation. She carefully explained how to use the solar power system, and left written instructions as well.
We did lots of driving and went to the beaches, Hilo town, Volcanoes National Park, the town of Volcano, etc. The Jungalow is not your typical tourist accommodation. It's a bit out-of-the-way. Though Rachelle's directions were very precise, I don't recommend trying to find it in the dark!
We spend 3 days in the jungalow and had a great time. Rachelle was very nice and take care of everything.
If you are looking for a real experience in Big Island, far from resorts and hotels you find the perfect place. This place is exceptional. Just note that the jungalow it is located in a rain forest, thus it is probable that you will have some rain and humidity but this is not a problem to enjoy your stay.Moreover it is close to some of the most amazing spots in Big Island.
If you enjoy leaving some of the cities advantages behind and lead a more puristic life for a couple of days, you might consider her place as a great opportunity to do exactly that. The nice thing about spending vacation of the grid and at her place is that what ever you do, you do it with more awareness that you usually do. No matter if it's cooking, reading a book or maybe just sunbathing. The lack of distracting things out there is a blessing, especially for all who want to try a "more decent life". I lived there for 1 and 1/2 month and enjoyed every single day. Even if you don't spend most of you time on her property, like I did, you will love the place as long as your expectation matches Rachelle's description of her place.
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Oh, and before I forget to mention that: Rachelle is awesome!
Very nice place in the middle of green district. I mean really green district - you need to get gravel road to get there, you have so many trees around! House very nice and clean, it is bungalow, no doors, but it has hot shower, clean outdoor bathroom and INTERNET in the middle of the jungle :)
Generally very nice place but make sure you are not looking for hotel, but for bungalow. And READ CAREFULLY ALL directions how to get there, moreover make sure you print the map! It is not easy to get there!
Oh my. I expected a rugged experience, but this was truly rugged. This wonderful wonderful compound is situated in the middle of the Big Island jungle and requires you to traverse on a dirt road off the main freeway (you need a car to get around the island anyway). When they say off the power grid, they really mean it. When they say outdoor shower, they really mean it (though it is possibly the most charming little outdoor shower I will likely ever to see). The compound is really a yoga center, so you're presumably bound to meet some very friendly and interesting people, as my girlfriend and I have. In the jungle night, you'll hear an intoxicating cacophony of birds, insects, and frogs, and though the roof leaked when we stayed, it did not at all dampen the experience. Recommend a car with 4 wheel drive though.
Rachelle was away, so we meet Sarah the property manager instead, the sweetest and kindest property manager you'd ever likely to meet. 10 minutes drive away from Volcano and Hawaii Volcanoes NP, and you have a one of kind place to stay. My only regret is that I stayed here for only two nights. So awesome.