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“Volcano Bungalow”
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Volcano Places
Ranked #10 of 32 Volcano B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 August 2014

My wife and I spent 3 nights in the Bungalow which was very cozy. It has a nicely equipped kitchen for cooking dinners at "home", and we enjoyed them on the peaceful lanai in the backyard.

It is very secluded here - dark and quiet at night, and the Park is only a few miles away. We hiked during the day, and went to the Jaggar Museum to see the fiery glow at night and again at sunrise, which is not to be missed.

It was a perfect base camp for our trips around the park, and we look forward to visiting again in the future. We highly recommend staying here, and thanks again Kathryn for all of your tips!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

After discovering Volcano Places on a trip to the Big Island in 2011, we returned with our grown sons 3 years later. Our family of five stayed very comfortably in Kahi Malu cottage. On our prior visit we stayed in Kate's Cottage. Both options are cozy, charming and beautifully situated in the rainforest just a few miles from the national park. We especially enjoyed the cottage's lanai with Kona coffee in the morning or an exciting round of cards in the evening. Kathryn, the owner, has thought of everything down to the smallest detail. And our 22-year-old triplet sons thought it was special, too.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank pfeifavs7
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

You can stay in the Park in a hotel room for a lot more, or you can stay in this charming cottage where you feel you are in the rainforest and enjoy much more space. You will need a car to explore the park in all cases, so being 5 minutes away by car is no issue. You do not need a four wheel drive. We easily went back and forth to the park throughout the day and night.

This cottage has two bedrooms and one bathroom, so would be perfect for a small family. There is a full kitchen with some basic supplies and a spot to eat under a covered porch or in the house. This is not a traditional b&b as you are responsible for your own meals. But that is exactly what we wanted so we could explore the Volcanos at our convenience.

I doubt you would need it, but If is is raining and you choose to stay in, there is an entertainment center including a docking station, tv and DVD.

Take advantage of the owner's local expertise before you come. For example, she was helpful in providing advice on where to shop in Hilo on our way up to the village. If you have picky kids, this will give you some choices. There are not many options in this area otherwise.

If we are back in the area, I would not hesitate to stay here again, and would recommend for couples, families or individuals looking for as comfortable spot to call home for a couple of days while exploring the Park.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Travelplatypus
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We stayed in the Nohea last week (July 1 & 2, 2014). When we drove up, we were absolutely blown away by how beautiful the cottage was -- far superior in this case to the pictures on the website (usually, its the other way around). We liked the cottage so much, that we decided to get carry out from local restaurants so we could experience the cottage as much as possible - including for lunch between hikes and for dinner.

The owner, Kathryn, is extremely helpful - she gave us great ideas on where to hike. But even better were the restaurant suggestions. Since we are vegetarian, She noted Cafe Ono (which is a fantastic lunch place) and Thai Thai for dinner. We also got carry out from The Rim, which had delicious veg dinner entrees and appetizers.

There are breakfast cereals, granola and oatmeal stocked in the pantry and we bought eggs & almond milk for the cereals to make. Everything you need is there. NOTE: There is not a hot breakfast like many B&Bs, but in this properties case, I highly recommend you stay here regardless because of the amazing experience of it -- its unique, memorable and place you will likely cherish. It was the big surprise highlight of our vacation on the Big Island.

The entire cottage is exceptional inside - Kathryn and her husband have put immaculate detail into everything. The cottage backyard is a beautiful tropical forest setting - the linai is a great place to have lunch with the views. Kathryn stocked supplies you will want like flashlights for the night viewing of volcano at Jaggar museum and hiking trail maps. Everything is superbly clean and the bathroom is first class (resort quality tiling included).

The cottage is located about 10 minutes from the entrance to Volcano National Park and restaurants, and is in a very nice quiet street where you cannot see any neighbors.

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My wife and I have stayed at over 15 B&Bs over the years. We rarely want to stay at the same one again (as we like variety) even if it was an exceptional experience. This is the one exception: We would stay here again in a heartbeat -- the experience was just magical and unbelievable in that cottage. We look forward to returning.

Room Tip: Nohea is definitely fantastic (we didn't see the other cottages for Volcano Places). Pictures o...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SiliconValleyRamMan
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We stayed at The Volcano Bungalow for 4 nights during our honeymoon this summer, and would gladly stay here again (or recommend it to friends). The bungalow is a charming 2-bedroom quiet, secluded cottage in the rain forest, just minutes from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's very clear that a lot of attention went into this place. The kitchen and bathroom were recently renovated, yet still has the same look and character as the rest of the cottage. The pantry is well stocked with all sorts of snacks, seasonings, and coffee (good coffee from a local roaster), and Kathryn clearly put a lot of effort and thought into keeping the place stocked with all sorts of items that we didn't think we would have needed, such as trail guides, field guides, eruption update videos, and umbrellas. We enjoyed being so close to the park, yet being able to enjoy home cooked meals on the (covered!) lanai.

As other reviews have mentioned (Kathryn will tell you this as well, but I must reiterate), there is a very good farmers market nearby on Sunday mornings (strongly recommended), but for any other food needs, you will want to buy groceries on your way in; you will find better prices and selection outside of Volcano Village.

Room Tip: The bungalow was a great place to stay, with two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a secluded lanai.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Incredible experience in the Nohea. 4000 ft elevation on the volcano mountainside in the middle of the rain forest. We were so entrenched, the fronds of the ferns were hanging into the lanai. Kenneth painstakingly hand build this super clean, beautiful cabin. Kathryn supplied it with everything you could think of and more. Flashlights, gloves (for the hot volcano rocks), binoculars, bathroom supplies, food snacks, local coffees, area maps, movies for the Home Theater and the list goes on. The first welcome was a box of local macadamia nut chocolates on the built-in shelving unit. They are about 1 mile from the Volcano Park entrance. Very convenient. there is also a wonderful Farmer's Market down the block on Sunday mornings. My only regret was not being able to stay more than two nights.

Room Tip: The Nohea was the higher priced one and was separate from the others and probably a little bigger.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Don B
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We arrived in our rainforest setting at the Nohea cottage. It is wonderfully built and very clean. It is large with a one bedroom and small adequate kitdchen and nice living area. Katherine is very nice and knowledgeable about the area and history.
It is a little hard to find as we got lost several times getting back to it from our exploring but enjoyed our stay as it was quiet and you don't ever see any others who are staying in nearby units. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Susan A
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Additional Information about Volcano Places

Address: Volcano Hi 96785-0159, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785-0159
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Volcano
Price Range: £82 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We own and manage three vacation-rental cottages in the village of Volcano, adjacent to the entrance of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, just an 8-minute drive from our cottages, on the "Big" island of Hawai'i. Two are studio cottages, each with a private bathroom; one is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage. They are homes-away-from-home, with very well-equipped kitchens, stocked with hot and cold cereals, granolas, regular and decaf coffees, green, black, and herbal teas, and condiments (salt and pepper in grinders, extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sugar, stevia, and CoffeeMate), comfortably furnished, with books and maps about the Park and this island, WiFi, and cable TV. We, the owners, live on or very near the cottages' properties; guests are greeted after they check in but are given privacy during their stays. Each cottage has its own free parking spot. Guests may use the washer, dryer, and laundry soap in the laundry room in the afternoons and evenings. ... more   less 
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