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Yurt in the Sky - great views

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


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 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

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 Ocean View

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 buses 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
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • 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.


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average rating of 4.0923076 based on 66 reviews
Madison, WI

Unique, adventuresome, beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

It is “off the grid” but has almost all the conveniences. When you read the instructions and figure things out you appreciate them all the more. We loved it and are sorry to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yurt in the Sky Feb 2018

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend anyone to stay here. It is so wonderful. You will never see the stars anywhere like you do here on a clear night. The yurt is very cozy. The beds were comfortable. We would not hesitate to stay here again. We all could not have been happier. It had everything we needed. We Loved It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brainerd, MN

Yurt so good

  • 4 of 5

A unique property high above the ocean. Great stargazing when it's clear, which it was for us.

Our boys really enjoyed the place, and we were comfortable in the master bedroom under the loft. The place can get a bit chilly at night due to the elevation, and we took advantage of the propane fireplace to warm up.

Some of the negative reviews came from people that were comparing this to a standard apartment or hotel, which it is not. It should be compared to camping, and it's certainly an upgrade from a typical tent.

Reasons I didn't give it 5-stars. There was no drinking water available when we arrived. In a place with no potable water, it would be nice for the caretaker to have a gallon of water in the fridge (if not the 5 gallon tank). The water dispenser leaked at the faucet. The furniture is pretty beat up. It wouldn't take many touches to upgrade the experience to "glamping."

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this nice review. We have now put some new covers on the couches. As for water, we usually have at least enough on hand for the first night and directions on how to fill the water dispenser down the hill in Ocean View. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We love it there.
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Excellent location, peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Worth the stay - very spacious, comfortable, nice views at night (when clear skies stars look amazing), small but sufficient kitchen with all utensils etc included. We had a comfortable stay. No problems in finding the place, instructions were very clear.

One thing good to have - a light in the bathroom (though plenty of solar batter lights around the yurt to use) and also shower needs a better pressure.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cool little place if you’re into camping.

  • 3 of 5

The place is exactly how it looks in pictures, so that was a plus. Clean in most places, but not all, the freezer and under the sink was questionable. We stayed for a week. It’s wayyyy out there with lots of hills which was annoying and took a lot of gas. If you want to explore the whole island like we did maybe stay somewhere closer towards Kona or Hilo. Or anywhere else, there’s nothing really to do in Oceanview. We didn’t mind that since we were planning things in Kona and Hilo but there’s not even a nearby beach access. We would leave early in the morning and come back late at night, so we never ran out of power and the internet worked fantastic. We got attacked by mosquitos every night, which was annoying and there were spiders all over. The shower area is very moldy but the water was hot. (I used sandals every time I showered) The master bed was comfy and I don’t know about the air mattresses on top I was too scared to go up the creaky ladder. They supply only the bare minimum, so be ready to spend a lot of money on shampoo + conditioner, drinking water, and food. (Prices are way higher here) But she told us that from the beginning. You have to hand wash your dishes in the sink which wasn’t a big deal but there’s no hot water, so if you like washing dishes with hot water to be cleaner you can’t. No food can get inside the tiny pipes they used for the sink so you have to throw that away when it gets caught in the little strainer provided. (Touching mushy food always grossed me out so my boyfriend did it for me) The driveway is a pain if you get stuck with a big rental car like we did, the overgrown tree almost scratched the car, and is growing over the solar panels. The toilet is old but clean as it could get, it was so hard to remember not to put the toilet paper in, I had to fish it out a lot. The owner responds within a few days which was nice. Everything in the yurt is explained in depth in the binder inside and we figured it all out without calling anyone. The stars were gorgeous at night, and the noises the yurt makes when the wind hits it were indeed relaxing. We wouldn’t stay here again but it was a once in a lifetime experience. You can interpret that in any way you please.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An interesting experience

  • 3 of 5

This is a great place to learn to live with the mindset of using less of everything- water , electricity, appliances, entertainment distractions, convenience appliances, etc. It was a good experience for us as we are striving to go off grid ourselves. Our teenagers changed their apprehensive minds after a few days because of the open atmosphere of the yurt so everyone was always in touch with everyone else and we had to work together. We all concluded it was like camping in a very luxurious big tent .

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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




Additional information about rental rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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