Fully equipted kitchen . TV under counter faces to living room.Bathroom / towels and shower to right.
TROPICAL Cottage near Volcano NP !

Entire home/apt

4 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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Come live "Old Hawaiian Style" in this private and secluded one bedroom cottage with a huge covered lanai. It's Old Hawaii; wild and rejuvenating!

The space

Price Includes State taxes!! Free covered parking.
You can view the tropical landscape through the large picture windows in the main living area and feel comfortably in tune with nature, as the house was built with largely recycled materials and also makes use of the native Ohia logs.

This cabin is secluded in tropical landscaping and native forest but also hidden in the forest is a skylight opening to a vast underground network of lava tubes, so please stay within the cleared areas. Surveyed in the early 1990's, the Kazumura caves are believed to run all the way to the ocean.

A Hardwood floor in living room, tile in the entry, kitchen area and bathroom are just a few new additions. Newly updated interior paint. We try to provide everything you need with fans in living area and bedroom, TV/ DVD player, WiFi, new large refrigerator, new stove/oven, french press coffee maker in the kitchen, gas BBQ grill on the lanai, washing machine & clothes line under house and little extras like cooking oil, salt/pepper, coffee sample/ creamer & sugar, glad wrap, paper towels, kleenex and complete linen set up. We do not have a microwave.
The bedroom has a queen size bed with memory foam mattress and a sofa bed that pulls out to a standard size bed. There are also beach towels & chairs as well as masks & snorkels for those beach excursions. Flashlights and umbrellas also. We take care to make your stay special from having fresh tropical flower arrangements to candles and white Christmas lights on the lanai.
Our son-in-law, daughter, 3 children and 2dogs & 2 cats live next door up the back on 3 adjoining acres. They are friendly and you may see them about. The dogs would love you to pet them but you can also just tell them to go home! They like howling at night at times just to be warned. There are also frog noises at night also. We provide ear plugs as some of our quests have problems sleeping.

Fern Grotto Cottage, in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii, is centrally located between Hilo, Volcano National Park, and Pahoa (20 min each way). Just turn into Hawaiian Acres one mile north of Kirtistown onto Kuauli Rd.. We are 5 miles from the Volcano Hwy 11on a paved 8 Rd.

The Puna district is spectacular, with ragged sea cliffs, black sand beaches, overgrown rainforests, flowing lava, and quaint little towns. Wander the Maku'u Market near the little village of Pahoa on Sundays, Hilo's farmers market on Saturday & Wednesday. Take in Volcano Village and the National Park, and don't miss the great snorkeling at the Kapoho tidepools .

Hawaii Volcanoes NP is still the states #1attraction . Stop by the visitor center, walk the trails, trek through Thurston Lava Tube (although the ones at our cottage are nicer). A trip to the park at night is a must also as you can peer into the Halema'uma'u crater from the Jagger Museum along the Crater Rim Drive. Don't worry you get a map when entering the park. The fee is $20/vehicle and they are open 24 hours a day.

We have snorkel gear at the cottage (no fins) for beach excursions. The Richardson's Beach Park in Hilo is a great beach to snorkel (our personal favorite). The tide pools at Kapoho are great too.
Don't forget to see the waterfalls. Akaka Falls State Park has a self- guided 0.4 mile loop trail that takes you past Kahuna Falls and the 442 ft Akaka Falls. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on Scenic Drive is a must see. Trails, waterfalls, ocean vistas are a few of the things to see. Rainbow Falls and the Boiling pots in Hilo are also on my list (no swimming as there are dangerous under currents).
Hilo also has one of my favorite parks. The Lili'uokalani Gardens on Banyan Drive with views of Hilo Bay and Coconut Island. Also worth seeing is the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens. It is the only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States with over 80 animals. Both these parks are free.

Guest access

Just help yourselves into the house using the lock box keys by the door. There will be a flashlight on the step if you arrive after dark. Combination will arrive when booking is complete with full instructions.

Lava tubes are on property. Explore at own risk. We ask you to read information in quest book before you go. They are beautiful and worthwhile exploring.

There is a Short cut to Pahoa from property. See directions in guest book. It will save you precious time.

Interaction with guests

We live only 15 minutes away. You will have our cell number for any emergencies or if you just want to talk. Mostly we leave you alone and you have complete instructions on how to get to the property along with lock box key combination. You can come and go at your own convenience.

Other things to note

We are located in Hawaiian Acres on 8 Rd. (MohoRd) between E & F roads. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps works with map coordinates provided.

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The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox

Wireless Internet

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $40
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM


1. This is a non-smoking unit.

2.Pets are not allowed.

3. No damage is done to unit or its contents, beyond normal wear and tear.

4. When leaving, all used dishes are cleaned and put away.

5. Keys are left in lock box and unit is left locked.


7. INCLUSIVE FEES: Rates include a one-time linen-towel setup. For a stay of over one week, two sets are provided.


Fern Grotto is privately owned:

The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premise or its grounds. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premise or others whom they invite to use the premise.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

148 Reviews

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Izzy User Profile
September 2017
A total retreat in the heart of the forest. Great to get back to nature.

Marcella User Profile
September 2017
This is the most beautiful location. Truly a hidden treasure for the price! I spent my birthday on the big island for a full week. When I first arrived, I was shocked at how beautiful the driveway is, deep through the rainforest! This location is for someone who doesn't want to be bothered, wants a piece of mind and to get away from close neighbors. Also when I first walked in to the house it took my breath away just opening the door and looking out the big bay windows. All you see is jungle/rainforest, awesome place for outdoor people who want to enjoy nature. Birds, frogs and geckos will also welcome you and help you sleep at night. This location is very close to volcanos national park which is a must for people wanting to see the number 1 attraction on the big island. Fern and Bruce also leave you with a book that has the best restaraunts and snorkeling sites. Even when I had questions they were a minute away with a reply. I looked at a hundred other locations on the big island and this one is by far a treasure <3 keep in mind your literally in the middle of the rainforest so be prepared so it will be very dark at night but fern and Bruce will have the lights on the Lana out up for you. Very tropical setting

Marcia User Profile
August 2017
Nice secluded area while being close to stores and attractions.

Tamara User Profile
August 2017
A beautiful retreat in the jungle! Come here to get away.

Kevin User Profile
July 2017
Awesome place to stay if you are looking for a remote vacation. Perfect for a couple who is looking for a relaxing getaway.

Dennis User Profile
July 2017
I spent three days on the property of Fern and Bruce. Location: As described, not too far from the next small town where you can buy groceries or eat out (about 15 minutes by car). The house is located about 50 meters from the main road in an area that could be described as jungle. Communication: The instructions of the host were very clear, the key was placed in a lock box for flexible arrival time. The house: When we arrived at the place we unfortunately found us in a house that was completely different from what the description made us expect. 1. The house is solar powered (which per se is a good thing) but that comes with many downsides like no possibility to blow dry your hair, no A/C etc. 2. Since the house has no A/C and there are just shades and some mosquito nets instead of proper windows two things happened: a) Everything was damp - that includes bedsheets, linen, floor, couch etc and b) was the reason we both got sick of something we believed was a flu but turned out to be something caused by the water as described below. No windows also meant excessive noise from the animals outside (louder than sleeping in waikiki with an open window) 3. The WiFi is not a proper internet connection but a mobile hotspot from a smartphone, which almost always worked. 4. The water for showering etc comes from a water pool (which is common on the big island and generally accepted) that was based directly on the floor under the house and was very dirty. The bad thing was that after getting back to honolulu i had to be treated for leptospirosis which is common on the big island if you swim in open water pools (which we didn't do) so the only possible source seems to be the water from the shower. While this could be a great place for people looking for a certain adventure i would not recommend it for people expecting the medium standards described in the listing. I would strongly advise against booking it for a business trip. Overall the stay was smooth, I just wish the host would adjust the description to match the house so anyone could assess the risk involved.

Rachel User Profile
July 2017
We had a great stay. The written instructions for finding the place are prefect! We came over to see Volcanos NP and explore the Puna District and this spot is perfect for both. The frogs singing drown out the sound from the road. We had no problems sleeping.

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Fern And Bruce User Profile

Bruce and Fern have lived on the Hilo side of the Hawaii Island" since 2000. It has been a pleasure for them to host quests. They are happy knowing guests arrive to a clean and welcoming atmosphere. Special touches given with care for their quests are present throughout.
It takes a good 21/2 hours to travel from one side of the Island to the other and with so much to see on both. Bruce and Fern suggest to anyone coming for the 1st time to stay both sides. More time in Kona if you are a sun-seeker, enjoy walking past shops and restaurants with great ocean breezes, views and white sandy beaches. On the East side stay at least 3 days to see the Volcano National Park, waterfalls, rain forest and tide pools at Kapoho. Also a fun thing to do at night is to go to Volcano and view Halemaumau Crater from both the lodge and museum along the Kilauea Crater rim. Be sure to wear something warm.
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