We stayed here for 7 nights in order to explore Volcanoes National Park and southern Hawaii. Very close (5 minute drive) to park entrance, and easy to find off highway 11. About 45 minutes from Hilo downtown. Owner is very helpful.
Note that the property is about 3500 feet above sea level, so temperatures will go down (we had mornings at about 55 degrees in January). You will need warm clothes and rain gear if you plan to explore the National Park.
Set in a private property with locked gate, this offers great privacy (you can’t see the neighbours) thus allowing you to have an open air shower in the forest (very cool experience, big enough for two, and with hot water!)
The cottage is indeed tiny. Would suit a couple (like us), a family with kids, or a group of very good friends. There are 3 double beds. Two beds share a room as bunk beds (never seen a double bunk bed before!). The other bed is in the loft over the kitchen. The only internal door in the house is for the bathroom, so not a lot of privacy if that’s a concern.
The kitchen is galley style but well equipped with full size fridge and stove, coffee maker, microwave, pots and pans, small table, plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, kitchen utensils etc.
Sheets and towels are supplied.
TV gets Netflix. Free wifi.
There is a washer and dryer. Detergents, soap, shampoo all supplied and there are kitchen basics such as coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, coffee filters.
Lovely wraparound veranda so you can sit and watch the birds while you have your morning coffee.
If you have kids the property is very safe for them to play outside.
If you like to stay away from tourist traps and to cook for yourself this is a perfect place.
Volcano village has some stores but prices are high and they don’t have much fruit and vegetables. Suggest you stock up elsewhere before arriving (there is a Safeway on the road from Hilo airport).
Volcanoes National Park is amazing and you can easily spend 3 or 4 days hiking there. Other places accessible from this location include green sand and black sand beaches and tide pools at Kapoho.