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Come live ' Old Hawaiian Style ' in this private one bedroom Fern Grotto Cottage with its huge covered lanai. The cabin is 900 Sq Ft of living space not counting Lanai and you have it all to yourselves. It's Old Hawaii, wild and rejuvenating!
Located in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii, is centrally located between Hilo, Volcano National Park, and Pahoa (20 min each way). Turn into Hawaiian Acres one mile north of Kirtistown onto Kuauli Rd. We are 5 miles from Hwy 11 (Volcano Rd.) on paved 8 Rd.
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. 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. Google for more information.
The house has everything you need with fans in living area and bedroom, TV/ DVD player, large refrigerator, stove/oven, coffee maker in the kitchen, gas BBQ grill on the lanai, washing machine & close line under the house and little extras like cooking oil, salt/pepper, coffee sample/ creamer & sugar, glad wrap, paper towels, kleenex and complete linen set up. There are also beach chairs & towels, masks & snorkels for those beach excursions. Flash lights for lava & lava tube exploring and umbrellas to have handy anytime. We take care to make your stay special from having fresh tropical flower arrangements to candles and white Christmas lights on the lanai. We even changed the shower head in the shower to give a better spray.
The Puna district is spectacular, with ragged sea cliffs, black sand beaches, overgrown rain forests, flowing lava, and quaint little towns. Wander the Maku'u Market near the little village of Pahoa on Sundays, Hilo Market on Saturday & Wednesday take in Volcano Village and the National Park, and don't miss the great snorkeling at the Kapoho tidepools. Most things 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 #1 attraction . 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 and scuba (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.
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Send an inquiry or feel free to call us to book your dates at Fern Grotto in the Tropical Forest. Check out our Panoramic Ocean View Kona Mansions condo VRBO/392825 in Kailua Kona on the west side of the Big Island! You can Book both Fern Grotto and Kona Mansions for a truly amazing vacation experience. Mahalo, Fern & Bruce
Fern & Bruce live on the east side of the Big Island in Hawaiian Acres.
Hawaii TA Tax I.D. NO. W40937572-01.
Keywords: Green house, Cottage, Cabin
Bruce and Fern live in Hawaiian Acres only 5 miles from Fern Grotto. We fell in love with this area because of the big 3/ac lots and cooler temperatures around high 70's - to low 80's day-time (a 7 degree difference from Hilo and warmer than Volcano). Night time Jan-March can be in the low 60's so bring some fleece PJ's for lounging. Summer is in the 70's at night.
Fern Grotto was built and landscaped keeping the 'old- style' alive. We have updated a few things for our guests. A new stove and refrigerator and more recently new hardwood flooring in the living room and tiles in the entry and kitchen. The bathroom floor has also received a new look. We try to keep the charm and character of the cottage unchanged.
Our guests have been great. It is the reason we keep doing this and hope to continue for many years.
Fern and Bruce Thompson purchased this cabin in 1992
The stay at Ferns Grotto was not a pleasent one. Opening the door we found about 14 cockroaches, dead or running slowly. After 4 or 5 days we had to catch again several cockroaches.
We think the fotos must be 10 or more years old, because everything (furniture, appliances) was very old and showed traces of years long using. Example: nice foto of the bathroom, other side of the room showed pipes.... Mirrors with lots of stains, tight drawers. There was only a small bar for clothhangers, but no shelf for other clothes.
The lanai was not useable because of thousands of moskitos, even after using repellent. Due to provided earplugs we could sleep: the noise of frogs is pretty loud.
The view from the living room into the garden was wonderful.
But by the end we never again rent Fern Grotto. Also we can't recommend to do.
Fern Grotto lives up to its name! Surrounded by rain forest trees and flowers, with huge windows looking out, it is a great place to stay if you want to be equi-distant from Hilo, Volcanoes National Park and Puna. The owners have provided many small touches that make it easy to stay here, from umbrellas to sun lotion to beach chairs. After several days on the road, we especially appreciated the washing machine underneath the house and the drying lines. The owners also live nearby and are available for advice or to help with problems.
The unit is also beautifully decorated and a joy to be in. Very comfortable seating.
There were just a few glitches that could be problems for some travelers. 1) the frogs do like to "sing" at night. Even earplugs were supplied so this wasn't much of a problem and some people will like the frogs very much. 2) the wi-fi is pretty weak. It wasn't crucial for us, but if you need to keep up with work while there, it could be a major problem. 3) the one small touch missing was a good coffee maker! In the heart of the Kona coffee area this seemed strange. There was only a very small French press and an old aluminum camp-stove percolator pot. No need for an electric maker, but a Chemex or larger French press would have been much nicer.
Overall, this is a lovely place from which to visit the area,with gracious hosts and a one-of-a-kind setting.
This comfortable cottage is in a secluded, tropical setting, and is just right for 2 people. Convenient to Hilo and Volcanoes National Park.
Mahalo to the owners for your hospitality!
Great, detailed instructions so that we were able to easily find it after our late flight. Wonderful, large space to watch nature through huge picture windows. Like we found at many other Hawaiian homes, the windows are not framed in with glass and therefore it can get cold at night. It was lovely that there was a second blanket at the foot of the bed that was readily available.
Knowing that the house is run completely on solar power, I was fine without a hairdryer and microwave. The house is well furnished with everything needed for your stay, and we appreciated the Kona coffee left for us. I don't really cook on vacation but was easily able to make coffee, tea and heat up some things.
The internet was a bit slow but we understood given its remote locale. The owners brought over a dvd player and some movies, and left it on the porch one day so we could use it if we wanted so we set it up.
It was very wet when we were there so missed the opportunity to explore the lava tube.
There's a large and great farmers' mkt nearby (Makuu?) that runs on Sundays - we stopped in for some great food and finds. We were at the Hilo Farmers' Mkt the day before and thought this one was even better.
When we return to the Hilo-side of the island, we definitely would like to stay here again!
We really enjoyed this simply lovely cottage. It is a beautiful and peaceful property, just what we needed.
Beautiful; clean and well-maintained. Wide variety of flora and fauna on the property. I enjoyed the sounds of the frogs and the rain and had no problem sleeping in the comfortable bed. This trip we visited Pahoa, Kalapana, Waipio Valley, Hilo town and beaches, and purchased our pendant lighting from 2400 F. The writeup and other reviews accurately reflect the property and activities, and I would recommend this charming and peaceful accommodation to others.
Viewing lava(when active) at the county viewing area at the end of Hwy 130 past Pahoa. We take the back road from Fern Grotto through to Hwy 130. It comes out on Ainaloa Blvd. Sometimes we pick up dinner on the way in Pahoa as viewing is best in the evening.
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2 night minimum stay
Check-in: 3:00 pm Check-out: 11:00 am
Tax ID No. W40937572-01.
We accept online payments through HomeAway and Paypal.
Additional fee $20/nt for dome tent sleeps 2 upon request.
Hawaii state tax of 13.42% is added onto rate. No cleaning fee.
cancellation policy: full refund 5 days prior to arrival, except fees.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.