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Yurt in the Sky - great views

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

The “Yurt in the Sky” is above and away from the bustle of civilization. Here you have wide open spaces – ocean, sun, sky and the contrast of the rich lava rock with the delicate red Ohia flowers. ( (We've never seen a mosquito or a bee) Here you can live simply but very comfortably -- off the grid but with almost all the conveniences of home. Stock up on your favorite foods and enjoy meals on the deck gazing out at sky and sea, feeling the cool breezes from across a thousand miles of unobstructed ocean. Then, you can descend from your 4500 ft. retreat to Big Island’s beaches, botanical gardens, volcanoes (30 beautiful miles away) snorkeling, adventure attractions or entertainment spots. South Big Island Beaches are about 30 minutes away, greatest snorkeling in the state is about 45 minutes and Kona with all its beaches and activities is about one hour.

When you come back, sip some wine or some freshly brewed tea as the sun sets, cook up your favorite meal on the propane stove or microwave oven and get ready for the best show on the Island: the stars! You can lie on the deck or view them all night inside through the circular skylight. If the air is chill, just turn on the romantic fireplace. You will be warm in minutes. Curl up with a book, or stay in touch with the distant world with high speed internet.

Why stay in one more conventional resort room, when you can experience first-hand a whole new way of life – off the grid? Why not give it a try?

Keywords: Yurt

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About The Owner

Hi future guests! I’m a retired community college teacher from Wisconsin in partnership with my son David, who fell in love with these islands as a student at the University of Hawaii. Designing and building our “Yurt in the Sky” has been a fun joint project. This year David is going back to school in Hilo, so we’re happy to share our retreat with you. About me? I keep busy here in Wisconsin with outdoor sports, movies and playing music. I'm always here on my cell in Wisconsin to answer questions or our very capable local cleaning person is very nearby.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2007

Why The Owner chose Ka'u District

We looked at many lovely lots on the Big Island and at first were drawn to the lush jungle atmospheres of the lowlands. But when we visited the exhilarating height of this little-known area, with its spacious views and friendly, laid-back people, we decided within a day.

What makes this cottage unique

This “Yurt in the Sky” is very different from other rentals. First, we can offer you a low price because we have little overhead. This frees up your vacation budget for more fun. Second, in contrast to other yurt rentals, we offer total privacy and independence. There is no sharing of any facilities. Third, we have NO bugs or other pesky creatures. Just leave the door open all day! Fourth, although we are 'away from it all,' it’s easy to get around. The paved roads to the yurt are excellent and from down in the nearby village of Ocean View there are free busses around the entire island! Finally, our 150 degree view of the distant ocean below is spectacular.

Guestbook comments from the owner
Jun 2015
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Ocean View Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • PC
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is directly attached to the yurt and has a hot shower, flush toilet and mirror. It is lighted by a skylight or you can take in one of our solar powered lamps at night. For our special system, toilet paper needs to be put into a closed can next to the toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) This is a double foam mattress with linens which can be moved in and out of the living area., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There are two very comfortable sofas that do not convert to beds, but you can use our sheet sleeping bags, covers and pillows.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Cell phone access is excellent. The attached bathroom with skylight has a flush toilet with paper disposal can, and a hot shower.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

Yurt in the Sky - great views
average rating of 4.163265 based on 50 reviews

Fun at the yurt!

  • 4 of 5

Our family of five stayed for a week in the yurt and we loved our time in the area! We are campers so the yurt was a familiar environment which was extra comfortable since it had the comforts of a cottage more than a tent! ;-) My husband and I found the King bed very comfortable and there was room for our youngest child to join us when she wanted. Lots of cozy blankets, lots of living space for a family to spread out, great hot shower and plenty of light and electricity for our needs. Marilyn was excellent to deal with, accomodating and quick to respond to any requests. Her page of suggestions was extremely helpful. We stocked up on the bulk of our groceries in the Costco in Kona before going to the yurt and then we used the grocery store to fill in the extras. We used the yurt as a home-base for a ton of adventures and exploration of the area such as the fantastic hike to the Green Sands Beach (followed by whales!), a few trips to the Volcano National Park (amazing!), some beaches off the beaten path (ex. Honomolino), and snorkelling in Captain Cook (Two Step Beach and Ho'okena). We are a family of runners and it was a little tricky running in the neighbourhood due to steep hills (good for hill training!) and loose dogs but that was easily solved by driving down to the main road and running around that area. Overall, such a wonderful experience and great home-base for some time in Big Island! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Staying in the yurt was an amazing experience! I loved every minute there. I would have stayed longer if time would have allowed. It's exactly as the description.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better than we expected!

  • 5 of 5

We got what we wew told! Beautiful and confortable place, clean and well taking care of. Beautiful night skies, great views, absolutely quite and romantic. Plenty of amenities, no problems with shortages of gas or electricity; the solar power system was fantastic. Bathroom was basic, as expected, but very nice hot showers! We saw comments and blogs that this was just a tent, but if this is just a tent, then a confortable home is just a shack. Absolutely loved our stay at the Yurt in the sky.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glampling with a view

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here 2 nights with the intent of just "chilling", and it was a great choice for that. A deck with a view, a fireplace, good wifi and cell service - a good place to relax and catch up on 10 days worth of email and work. Close enough to the green sand beach for an outing - but we didn't. Grocery is down (way down) the hill, so we stopped on the way up; plan your cooking for whatever you can do over 2 burners - which is actually a lot.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location to stop for a few nights between Kona and Hilo

  • 4 of 5

Loved this little spot. Great stop over location is traveling the long way from Kona to Hilo. It was a but windy due to being located on top of a hill but the view and star gazing made it worth it.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not What We Expected

  • 2 of 5

Had the idea this was a yurt in a peaceful outdoor setting surrounded by nature; instead, our view to the front was a neighbor's house & kids on a trampoline. We listened to their laughter & their dog's bark for a couple hours. To our immediate right was an old abandoned ice-cream truck or aid- car or something similar with boarded up windows and colorful old signs & artwork leaning against it. It was quite close to the yurt (10'-15' close) and a little creepy. The air mattress was noisy but fairly comfy and there were ample blankets to keep warm. No one wanted to sleep in the upper loft because there were several spiders hanging out up top.

On the upside, the stars were a beautiful site and we are grateful for the experience!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Ocean View Cottage Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
cleaning fee $60
Tax Rate 13.41%

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Ocean View, Ka'u District, Big Island, Hawaii, USA (One Hour 15 Min South from Kailua/Kona Airport - Big Island)

The recent Lava Flow near Pahoa is a safe 40 minute drive away, so don't worry.

Other Activities: Exploring lava tunnels. Being away from it all! Exploring back roads. Fishing, shopping, kayaking


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