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Yurt in the Sky - great views

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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 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?

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

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 Ka'u District

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 busses around the entire island! Finally, our 150 degree view of the distant ocean below is spectacular.

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Jun 2015
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Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

Yurt in the Sky - great views
average rating of 4.1904764 based on 43 reviews


  • 3 of 5

The yurt was okay. For the price it was pretty good. There was an unpleasant surprise for the kids-we had to save all used toilet paper in the trashcan in the bathroom. The shower area had black mold growing on it. Also, a microwave is mentioned in the paperwork but there is not one there. The yard is just lava rock. I liked the round shape so that everyone was together most of the time instead of being off in separate rooms. The internet was good. We put our wet towels on the clothes line to dry them which worked out well. We spent most of our time out exploring Hawaii everyday and just spent the nights at the Yurt and that worked okay. The neighborhood dogs bark a lot at night and there is a road with loud vehicles going by late at night right near the yurt too. So it was a mixed bag for us- but worth it just to be able to be in Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved this place!

  • 5 of 5

Ok- so the term "yurt" can be off putting...but let me assure you- this is such a special spot! The yurt is located in Hawiaan Ocean View. This is a quirky, hippie little town close to South Point. It's essentially a very large chunk of lava that was once coined to be a fancy smancy neighborhood that kinda fell through. So the yurt is waaayyy up the mountain- about 4500 ft. Elevation. The view is stunning, the wind whips and keeps things cool, the Stars bling at night, and it is so very quiet up there. As for the yurt- it is a very nice sized well built structure. It has solar power, water catchment, and a hot water shower. The bed in the downstairs is a comfortable king size and the loft bed is an air mattress with a memory foam on top. We found the solar power easy to navigate. Just hit the main switch and have power. We conserved as much as possible during the day and at night mostly used the solar lanterns provided. The porch is huge and provides a nice stage for coffee drinking in the morning and star gazing at night. The people in the community are wonderful. We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I enjoyed staying in a solar powered yurt with WiFi.

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic night star viewing

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Yurt on a lava flow

  • 1 of 5

This lodging was one we should have considered more thoroughly. "In the sky" conjures up a very different feeling than stuck on the side of a lava flow in a huge deserted subdivision. Ocean View is the largest subdivision in the US, 11,000 lots and over 150 miles of gridded streets on a lava flow, a 50's land development scheme by an oil company that never succeeded. You do not feel like you are on a mountain, but on a huge black sloping crumble of lava with a very few plants poking through. The yurt itself needs some TLC, especially the bathroom which is very mildewed. There are a very few houses perched on the wide expanse, lots of dogs, some loose and wandering at night, a hazy smudge on the horizon makes the "Ocean View." Some people will really love this. I really did not. It was depressing, especially the open dump on the lava one lot away, the "colorful" encampments in some lots with chained dogs and No Trespassing signs. It feels post-apocalyptic. Cheap land though, apparently. The yurt's instructions are extremely lengthy and cheerful and include helpful tips like how taking your recycling to the recycling center 20 miles away can be like a fun party, but was so misleading about the solar storage system that we were afraid we couldn't even charge the cell phones so we kept the lights out. There were no back up candles or battery lanterns, just three small, dim solar lanterns that were more like party decorations, not much use to read or anything. The propane stove/fireplace did not work the first night which really left us in the dark and cold. The very obliging local caretaker got it going and brought candles the next day. But the fireplace created a propane odor in the yurt, unpleasant and unnerving. This place might strike your fancy but if you like plants and birds this place might leave you cold.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really want everyone to be happy with their stay Most people seem to appreciate the new experience of living off the grid at 3500 feet! But it is not for everyone. Just to be clear, the very detailed video (which appears in our description) was done without our even knowing! Feel free to take a look. We want you to know as much as possible! It shows every detail. Just for the record: There is nothing like a “dump” nearby. The solar meter has been fixed so there are fewer worries about power. A nice drive to the re-cycling station is entirely optional. . Usually (but not always) the view of the ocean and the stars is . . . spectacular. We fly out every year to stay at the yurt and love it. Hope you will enjoy it too.
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Wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the yurt was exactly as expected. We loved staying in a round 'home' for a few days. All amenities as provided in the website. Having a large fridge was a lifesaver. We prepared our meals easily, everything we needed in the kitchen was provided. We did have some concern about the low 'reading' on the solar gage, however this proved to be unfounded, as we had plenty of electricity. I would suggest bringing your own beach towels, cooler and beach chairs.

This is a charming getaway and makes for a nice change of pace.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Yurt!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the yurt. It had pros and cons like anything else, but we knew what to expect and we had a great time. Things to think about.

-The power was never an issue. We left it on most of the time because I needed it for my cpap. It was between 17-21 the entire time. Never higher, never lower.

-There isn't a whole lot to do on this portion of the island without a considerable drive, but the scenery makes the time go fast.

-The local towns had really good food and friendly people.

-The bathroom needs some TLC. There is a mold issue in there that could be easily cleared up.

-The king sized bed was very comfortable.

-We were there during a tropical storm, 6 inches of rain in one night, the yurt was rock solid.

I found the yurt to be really cozy. We had 6 people there and all slept fine and had plenty of room. We even had my 3 year old daughter with. The owner went above and beyond to take care of us and meet our needs. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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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Refundable damage deposit $100
cleaning fee $60
Tax Rate 13.41%

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Ocean View Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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