Live 'Hawaii Style' in this large tropical and private one bedroom cottage with a huge covered lanai.
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, these tubes are believed to run all the way to the ocean. Let us kn...ow if you want more information on the Kazumura Caves.
Some new things happening at Fern Grotto; a Hardwood floor in living room, tile in entry & kitchen area and new flooring in bathroom are just a few. 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. There are also beach towels, chairs and masks & snorkels for those beach excursions. 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! Free covered parking & WiFi. No extra charge for 3 or 4th person.
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.
Something about the Puna district; it 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, 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 #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 (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 Rainforrest Zoo and Gardens. It is the only tropical rainforrest zoo in the United States with over 80 animals. Both these parks are free.
Email us for more information. Check the availability calendar below. The dates in green are available! Also ask us about our Kona condo on the west side of the Island. Get the best of both sides!
Hawaii Tax I.D. NO. W40937572-01 Hawaii State Taxes of 13.42% are added to rate.Read more
Overall rating:5.0 / 5.0based on 6 reviews and 2 properties
PRIVATE COTTAGE & TROPICAL FOREST Near VOLCANO NP Kurtistown, Hawaii
Additional Location Information
The property is central to all East Hawaii activities. 20 miles in any direction will get you to some spectacular viewing. The cottage itself is secluded in native and tropical forest with lava tubes. Turn onto Kuauli Rd. past Kurtistown. We are 5 miles off Volcano Hwy on paved Rd 8.
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Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways
Last updated on April 02, 2014
Not available for your dates? Check availability for 2 other Kurtistown rentals
Year Round Fees: 2/nt minumum
Stays of 2-6/nts for $95/nt
Stays of 7-27/nts for $87.86/nt
Stays of 30+ for $75/nt
A tax rate of 13.42% is added to all rates ( GE & TAT). Registered Hawaii Tax I.D. # W40937572-01
There are no cleaning, parking or other fees added on.
Cancellation policy:Full refund 5 days prior to arrival, except fees.
On-line payment through HomeAway. Will take Paypal or Check also.
Check-in 3:00pm Check-out 11:00am
Left on 09/02/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Aerin and Mike
We stayed at Fern Grotto in august 2013 as part of our first trip to the Big Island. The cottage was great. The big picture windows in the photos drew us to the property and it didn't disappoint. The driveway alone is breathtaking. The grounds are amazing. Some of the prettiest scenery photos from the entire trip came from the yard here. We enjoyed listening to the singing frogs at night. The property was very private and a really nice place to unwind after a day of exploring local sites. The house felt very away from it all, but was located conveniently between the volcano and Hilo. Fern left directions for the nearby lava tubes which was an extra treat. The house was cozy but had everything we needed. The beds were very comfortable for the four of us. The kids enjoyed watching a dvd from the collection on our first evening there. And the available snorkel gear was much appreciated. Bug repellent was provided although the mosquitoes were not an issue in mid-August, nor was rain which fell just briefly late at night. Fern was great to work with. When we return to Hawaii again someday, we will definitely stay here again. We miss this place already!
Perfect Rainforest Getaway!
Left on 04/05/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Astrogirl88
This is a beautiful little cottage. It is surrounded by rainforest with not another person or building in sight! There is a handy car port next to the lanai so you won't get wet coming or going in the rain. The lanai itself is huge, but we didn't sit out there during our trip (March 2013) as there were a lot of mosquitoes, but perhaps that varies with the time of year. You can hear many tropical birds at all times of the day at night which both my partner and I absolutely loved! It gives you a real sense of nature.
The kitchen is kitted out with a stove and oven (we used both), spacious fridge/freezer (again we used both), plates, bowls, cups, cutlery and cooking pans. For oven baking, push bake, set the temperature, press start, and then it does a countdown to when it's heated up. Then just press cancel to turn it off. There is also a coffee maker; we drank the lovely Kona coffee left for us by Fern and Bruce.
They also left us basic condiments, drinking water, snorkelling equipment, beach towels, torches, and Spf70 suncream - thanks! There's a 7/11 not far, for basic foodstuffs (at the end of the road where Hawaiian acres joins the highway, turn right towards Hilo - it's a mile or two down the road).
The bed was comfy and the bathroom was in full working order with nice hot water for the shower. It may catch some unawares that the walls of each room in the cottage don't actually quite reach the ceiling - there is a foot or two gap - which didn't bother us as a couple, but for others you may wish to be aware that there won't be no secrets with whatever you do in the bedroom/bathroom!
The cottage was quite clean, just the one cockroach while we where there which is fantastic given you're in a rainforest. The mesh on the windows clearly works well. I am a little squeamish so this was a relief! :)
In the living room, the sofa and chairs are super comfy and the TV works well. There's a Mifi for wifi internet around the cottage.
To sum up - stay at this cottage!!
Nice, Quiet and Beautiful Cottage near Volcanoes on Big Island H
Left on 10/13/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Raj
We (family of 4) stayed at Fern cottage during first week of October-2012. This cottage is really nice at a secluded quiet location very close to Volcano National Park. It was spacious with a nice fully equipped kitchen and a very nice bedroom. There were 2 beds and our kids could sleep well. Only things I would ask for is a better shower and perhaps a microwave in the kitchen. However, the rustic beauty made up for these deficiencies. Fern was very good and was kind enough to give us directions and also show us the lava tubes that run through the property. Overall, very good cottage and we had 3 days of great time while visiting the Volcano and then driving across to Kona on the second day. I would highly recommend this place.
Bronx, New York
Wonderful stay at Fern's Grotto!
Left on 09/17/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | kuliosh
Our 6-night stay at Fern's Grotto was absolutely amazing! The house is located in Hawaiian acres, a tropical forest area that seems to be not affected by tourism yet. The property is a cozy 1-bedroom home with a lot of character, and one immediately feels that it was designed with much care and love. One of the best parts is the huge picture windows from the floor to the ceiling (they almost look like glass walls) providing views of a lush tropical forest that surrounds the property. Near the house, you can even find an entrance to lava tubes which stretch for many miles. For the more contemplative folks, a huge lanai (terrace) outside is a perfect place to have breakfast, listen to birds at night, and take in the amazing Hawaiian untamed nature. If you are looking for nature at your doorstep without sacrificing comfort this is an ideal place. The drive to the nearest town (Hilo) is about 20 min. and it is very conveniently located to volcano sights, botanical garden, new active lava sights, etc. and was a great home base from which to explore the whole island. The owner, Fern, is a great pleasure to deal with and has been very helpful. We are very grateful and wish to come back! (One thing we wished for was the internet connection -it was not there yet at the time of our stay).
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