TROPICAL Cottage near Volcano NP !

House - Entire home/apt · Rd, Kurtistown, HI 96760, United States

The Space

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!
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. (website hidden) Kazumura caves for more information.

A Hardwood floor in living room, tile in the entry, kitchen area and bathroom are just a few new additions. We try to provide everything you need with fans in living area and bedroom, TV/ DVD player, WiFi, new large refrigerator, new stove/oven, coffee maker in the kitchen, gas BBQ grill on the lanai, washing machine & close 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. 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.
No cleaning fees! Price includes taxes!! Free covered parking, WiFi & same rate for 2-4 people.
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 .
Most places you can see by car. But if you want to do a once in a life-time adventure check out lava ocean tours. They also go to Halape Hawaii's most exclusive snorkel.
Roberts Hawaii does the big bus thing from grand circle island tour to Volcano and waterfalls tours.
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 $10/vehicle and they are open 24 hours a day.
The public lava viewing area in Kalapana is at the end of Hwy 130. To get there from the cottage go to the right out of the driveway and follow the pavement down to Hwy 130.(7min.) Turn right and Pahoa is just 5 min up the road. We usually get Subway sandwiches for the trip which is only another 15min drive. The county lava viewing area is open 4-10pm daily. Listen to recorded updates as the lava is not always flowing and conditions may change daily .
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.

NO CLEANING FEE. Rates include 13.42% Hawaii State taxes.

Permit Number: W40937572-01

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $659 /week
Monthly Price: $1989 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • This place grew on us. Right in the middle of the rain forest. There were lovely bird and frog calls. Location was great, being in the middle between Hilo and Volcano national park. The place itself was clean and had everything a traveler would need. The host was considerate and provided items for our special needs. Would stay here again next time we visit Hilo.

    April 2014
  • This was just about a perfect little getaway. The frog noises at night and the bird songs during the day were honestly delightful, I could listen to that everyday. If the weather is likely to be chilly during your stay, bring a warm sweater and pants. Like most places in Hawai'i, there's no heat and the windows don't seal, so it can get nippy if the weather isn't great.
    We really enjoyed our stay, I just wish the sun had been out so we could have enjoyed the lanai and grounds!

    March 2014
  • They were great hosts. Location was perfect between Hilo and the Volcano. Frogs are loud at night, but it's kind of like a sleep machine.

    February 2014
  • The place is great for any nature lover. It's secluded and surrounded by tropical forest. Loved large glass windows/walls in living room. This is what a vacation home should be. Communications from Bruce from enquiry to check out was always very prompt and detailed. Kids loved the place and spent a lot of time at Lanai!
    Great place to explore Volcano NP and east side in general.

    February 2014
  • The cottage was just what we were looking for. Perfectly situated for our needs it was nestled in a beautiful natural surrounding and was a great place to start and end our days on Big Island. Fern and Bruce were great hosts and there was everything a traveller could want.

    January 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay at Fern & Bruce's cozy cottage. It's comfortable, attractive, and the views of the rain forest are great. Not shown in their photos is a comfy recliner. The kitchen is equipped nicely for people who like to cook. There is even a propane grill on the lanai. Our time there was too short. It would be fun to cocoon there for a few days relaxing and enjoying good food. We loved the wonderful sounds of the forest at night (there are ear plugs available for people who don't want to hear the frogs). We didn't spend time with Bruce & Fern other than chatting briefly with Bruce when he dropped off some water. They made sure, though, that we knew they were available if we needed anything. We would definitely like to stay there again.

    January 2014
  • A very romantic, well equipped jungle cottage with a large terrace - perfect for nature lovers like us.
    We would not have been much astonished to meet a dinosaur on the driveway. Very inviting!
    We did not meet our hosts. They must be professionals, because everything was so carefully thought of, perfectly clean, nice and cozy. Nights were very comfortable in our large bed. Birds (no roosters!) were singing nearly all night long - we loved it.
    Issues? Not really. Some remote traffic noise sometimes during rush hours only. Water pressure for those who always need a strong massage from the shower. It was not recommended to drink water from the tap but good water was provided in big container bottles - no problem.
    We enjoyed our stay so much despite the often ugly weather.
    A strong recommendation for nature lovers and those who want to go on tour in the volcano region.

    November 2013
  • The Tropical Cottage is an experience in itself. Beautifully located in the countryside , beautifully decorated , a jewel on the Big Island. I would go back tomorrow. Thanks to Fern and Bruce for letting us stay there.

    November 2013
  • We never met Bruce and Fern but we communicated a lot per email. After founding a time which we could check-in (it was not so clear), we found the cottage thanks to their useful description. Arrived to the cottage, we found the key in the keybox. The cottage was nice and cosy, the kitchen could be a little bit cleaner (still water in the water boiler, still a bit of coffee in the coffee machine). Ah and concerning the tropical sounds: you are in jungle and it's part of it. We enjoyed them!

    October 2013
  • Such a lovely place to stay on the east side of the island! Super clean and cared for. The little touches of welcome made us feel comfortable in the charming space. The binder full of info and guide books on the shelf were terrific and came in very handy. We followed the directions to the lava tube, which was very exhilarating and a bit scary. The yard is full of wild orchids, hibiscus and ferns forever, beautiful.
    It was a touch difficult to find in the dark. We found the distances felt further than the directions and the driveway sign was not easy to see in the dark. We used a combo of the directions given and (website hidden) maps GPS which got us there quite well and any map stress was quickly forgotten once we arrived in the cottage! I'm sure it would be easier to find in the daylight.
    Overall, I highly recommend a visit. Thanks again for a lovely stay!

    October 2013
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Bruce and Fern have lived on the Hilo side of the "Big Island or Hawaii Island" in Hawaiian Acres since 2000. Fern Grotto cottage vacation rental is only 7 miles away. In 2011 they bought a condo on the west side in Kailua- Kona at Kona Mansions V. It has been a pleasure for them to host quests on both sides of the " Big Island". Bruce and Fern see to both Fern Grotto cottage and their Kona condo themselves. 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 2-3 days to see the Volcano National Park, waterfalls, rain forest (and yes Fern Grotto cottage does have a lava tube). 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 bring a fleece jacket for those cool evenings. Bruce and Fern provide umbrellas and flashlights at the cottage. Just some of those thoughtful touches your hosts think of! Bruce and Fern have Fern Grotto cottage vacation rental on the east side and now the Kona Mansions condo also a vacation rental on the west side for everyone to enjoy!
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