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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?
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
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.
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.
Very satisfied with our stay at Yurt in the Sky. We weren't sure exactly what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised at how roomy and comfortable it was. Plenty of space for our family of 6. A great place to stay while exploring the southern part of the island. Would stay again and would recommend.
My husband and I stayed at the yurt for a week. At first I thought it would be too long without a tv or radio. I was wrong. It forced us to actually talk to each other. By the end of our stay we were sad to leave. Everything was very comfy and spacious. The only suggestion I would make is to add a couple of luggage racks for convenience. This is a different type of property and in a location that is not extremely convenient. You feel like you are on the moon. This is part of the experience we appreciated as it was so quiet and peaceful. We very much enjoyed our stay.
This was something very different for us, it was very quiet and comfortable... Reminded us of Alaska being that you needed to be so careful with your resources, the place was clean with a primitive view of Hawaii, yet close enough to the stores and restaurants... A bit of a drive to beaches, but hey, you're on an island so we could have driven a bit. I'm not complaining because it was a time for us both to relax and read and sleep in comfort. The owner was very helpful and easy to contact.
My family and I stayed at Yurt in the sky for four days. We had a wonderful visit. There was plenty of room for all five of us and everything was really just as described. The property was very clean and there was no problem with pests of any kind. It was a wonderful blessing to have some items left behind from other guests as we did the same when we left. We loved the nearby bakery and black sand beach as well.
I would recommend to new guests that ear plugs may be a good idea as neighborhood dogs bark at night and could be a bother. However this did not take away from the views or restful location.
We loved our stay at the yurt, but we must be honest, it is not for everyone. If you enjoy camping, you're going to love it there. The yurt is very comfortable, we were cozy considering the altitude. We would definitely recommend arriving during day light on your 1st night. Information provided by the owner was helpful. Living off the grid was an educational experience. The kids loved it. The yurt was well worth the rental price.
What an absolutely wondrous experience! All the conveniences of home? no - however, we were sheltered, warm and comfortable. I love the outdoor sounds of the wind and rain making the outer material of the yurt flap. The stars at night are truly outstanding (you were right, Marilyn - the darker it gets, the brighter the stars get)! The gas fireplace worked great and provided much warmth. The beds are very comfortable. The loft was so much fun for my young adult sons. The couches are a bit worn but served their purpose for sleeping on. Unfortunately, there were some plastic utensils; however, there were not enough forks and knives for the six of us. Must bring enough flashlights, and I brought candles to light the yurt especially once the sun goes down at night and in the early morning hours. One of the three solar powered units failed to work. Found ourselves cooking breakfast and dinner by flashlight most nights; however, we made it through and found it to be adventurous! The french press, I believe, is on its last legs, but we made it work. The volt meter never got above 24.5 during our whole five days there - maybe not enough sun during the day to replenish the energy? When it did reach atleast 24 - it didn't last long - makes one extremely mindful of energy use - that's for sure. I brought extra towels (although one set/person was provided for showering, I felt the need to bring another set for everyone if we needed it for the beach). Don't expect showers to last more than 1-2 minutes. I, personally, was the lucky one in the family and had a decent length (i.e. 5 min) shower; however, the other members of the family didn't fare as well. Just know to have the "ready, set, go" mentality. The yurt provided quality family time together. We learned to all work together to get meals on the table. Division of labor is key. We heated hot water on the 2 burner stove so that we could wash dishes in a hot environment (if you like that sort of thing). Honestly, it was challenging to do without the creature comforts and conveniences one may be use to when one is at home; however, I am so thankful my son found this unique "Yurt in the Sky". Would not have missed out on this experience. Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing this peace of heaven with others. It will be a vacation we will not forget. Your directions to the Yurt and all the specifics we needed to know were extremely helpful, accurate and informative. Many thanks!
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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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|