Volcano House, Big Island (Hawaii), Hawaii
Perched on the rim of Kilauea caldera with a fantastic view towards Halema‘uma‘u crater, the historic Volcano House Hotel is set within the iconic Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; benefitting from a prime location opposite the Visitors' Centre and within an easy drive of the viewing points for the crater and the Chain of Craters Road.
Built in 1846, the hotel has two restaurants serving locally sourced meat and seafood, tropical cocktails and light appetisers. Communal areas also include a dining room, snack bar, lounge with TV and a gift shop, and the hotel regular holds cultural events and demonstrations to ensure guests gain an insight into the traditional Hawaiian lifestyle. In addition, guests can enjoy access to a lending library, board and card games, free bicycle rentals and daily guided walks around the park.
The 33 guest rooms each overlook Kilauea caldera; offering stunning views of the glowing Halema‘uma‘u crater beyond ohia trees and lehua flowers; which are part of the park's natural ecosystem. While there are no TVs in order to maintain the tranquillity of the area, rooms do benefit from complimentary Wi-Fi access and iPads; with the modern amenities contrasting with the rustic island decor. Due to the property's elevation of 1,219 metres, air conditioning is not necessary and heaters are provided; although a fan can be found in each room should guests require some cooling.
Volcano House Hotel also manages ten rustic cabins in the nearby Namakanipaio Campground; which also has space for regular tents for those looking for a more traditional camping experience.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Accompanied by a local guide, you'll visit some of Hawaii Big Island’s volcanic sites on this private tour, as well as its beaches. The tour starts in Volcanoes National Park, viewing an active shield volcano, and can end on the coast.
Manta rays feed most prolifically at night, and on this experience you can snorkel above them as they glide slowly through the waters around Hawaii scooping up plankton. The trip is led by a team of qualified guides.
Journeying to the summit of dormant volcano Mauna Kea for sunset, you can navigate the Hawaiian night sky by telescope under the expertise of your stargazing guide. On the way, you’ll see the lava flows of the volcanically shaped landscape.