Read our reviews! Located in the heart of Volcano Village and only 5 minutes from the Park, our unique rainforest cottage, named Explorer's Rest, is a sunny, orchid-filled 1 bedroom/1 bath with its original hardwood floors, perfect for solo travelers or couples. It reminds you of a simpler time while having all the amenities for a relaxing stay. "Perfect", "Lovely", and a "Real Gem" is how many of our guests describe our wonderful cottage. We are proud to share that we are consistently rated as one of the top 3 VRBO holiday rentals in Volcano Village. Just read our reviews to discover why!
The comfortable living room, with its gas fireplace and arm chairs, provides a romantic ambiance during chilly nights. The large, covered deck in the back, with its high roof and amazing fire table, sets the scene for discussing the day's events; or, checking your email while sipping a glass of wine and listening to our native birds. The bedroom has a queen bed with luxury all cotton high thread count bedding and thick cotton robes in the closet. Lots of pillows!
The study includes a built-in desk, free Wifi, USB ports, books, a comfy futon sofa and Shoji screen doors that provide privacy between the living room and study as needed. The study is a brilliant place if you have to work during your holiday. The bathroom is a shower/ tub combo with complimentary shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. We also provide beach towels and mats.
The charming old fashioned kitchen is fully equipped and includes a coffee press, Bialetti expresso maker, electric kettle, blender, rice cooker, freshly ground coffee and local teas. There is a soft-sided cooler with ice packs in the freezer for your use too. The front-loading washer and dryer is available for stays of three nights or more.
Apapane and Kalij pheasant can often be spotted in the yard and we are lucky enough to be in the territory of a Hawaiian thrush, known as an O'mao. You can hear his police whistle-like call, whenever he is nearby. Common mynas, little zebra doves and ring-necked doves wattle around the yard. Hawaiian hawks (I'o) can be seen flying above the tree tops or sunning themselves on a branch.
Our cottage attracts quite a few honeymooners, and they love it! The little house is also available for snowbirds looking for a comfortable home for longer stays. We aim to give an outstanding experience during your stay, and from our reviews, we do! Again, please read our reviews!
Our lovely front garden is full of exotic orchids, colorful anthuriums, tree ferns, and a killer Japanese Maple.
NOTE: We are not affiliated in any way with a new rental named Explorer's Bungalow.
Tours and Surprises!
We offer private astronomy tours to Mauna Kea! Only $199 for two guests. Ted is an astronomy geek and everyone is amazed by his knowledge and guest loves his tours. A commercial tour usually costs over $200/pp. Water and snacks are included. Contact us for more details!
We also offer private Park tours tailored to your interests on weekends. Again, please contact us for more details. Cost is $150 for two people for about a 6 hour tour. Water and snacks are included. Commercial park tours usually cost that much for one person.
We have reduced rates for stays of one month or more, please make an inquiry for the most up-to-date rates!
Explorer's Rest is a brilliant place for writers. See photos of the study. The cottage is only 5 minutes away from the entrance to the famous World Heritage Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (soft opening expected Seot 22!!), local restaurants (yum), grocery stores, arts and crafts venues (wow), lava tube caves (cool) and the famous Volcano Sunday morning market (scrumptious).
Anuhea Circle Drive, where our cottage is located, is a tranquil street. It's fun to stroll around and see how we live up here at the 3,600ft level in all the green on the side of Kilauea Volcano. However, what is most excellent is just sitting on our deck and listening to all the morning bird song! Our area is a very safe place to stay while visiting the Park.
We look forward to helping make your vacation experience up here in Volcano a special one! We look forward to meeting you!
Ted & Lisa
(As required by law, we are a permitted vacation rental, license number: TA 070 800 2816 01).