Volcano Village is one of those places that seems to be made for vacation rentals. The numerous private cottages tucked away in the rain forest offer wonderful opportunities to spend your evenings telling stories in front of the fireplace or soaking away in the hot tub after a full day of exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HVNP).
There are no large resorts close to the national park and only a few hotels scattered around the area. We love that this allows Volcano retain its unique character: that of a small mountain village hidden away on the slopes of a volcano.
This is an overview of the places we recommend for a good night’s rest at any budget:
Vacation Rentals in Volcano
As mentioned before, we have an immense preference for vacation rentals when it comes to spending the night in Volcano Village Have a look at some of our favorite places to stay at to see why:
Other accommodation options in Volcano
There are some alternatives to staying in a vacation rental such as an upper end hotel in the village and in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as well as a couple of very reputable bed and breakfasts.
What to think about when choosing your rental
Below, we offer a word or two of advice on choosing your perfect rental, as well as a few considerations and practicalities to prepare you for your stay.
Know your location
The most desirable neighborhoods for vacation rentals will offer very close (5-10 min. driving) proximity to the park, as well as easy access to the limited amenities in the area such as shops, restaurants, etc. Obviously, rentals in Volcano Village itself are our favorite, but there are also wonderful options to be found in the nearby Mauna Loa Estates, Volcano Golf Course and Country Club, and (though slightly less) Ohia Estates subdivisions. Because of the micro-climates on the island, venturing just a bit further toward Hilo will put you in an area with less developed native forest, but also much more rainfall. Alternatively, the slightly higher elevation and location just on to the leeward side of Mauna Loa means the Golf Course & Country Club area often enjoys more sun and colder nights/early mornings, though also less dense and lush rain forest. It’s all a matter of tastes here.
Groceries and supplies
The isolation that makes Volcano such a lovely, pristine destination also necessitates some preparation before your arrival. We advise that you stop for groceries before making the journey, as the two small convenience shops in the Village have limited and pricey selections, and eating out 3 times a day gets expensive fast. Same goes for medicine, sunscreen, extra batteries, or anything else you think you might need. If you can get it elsewhere, try to do so.
Weather, clothing and heating
We cannot stress enough the need to bring warm, layer-able clothing, a few pairs of good socks and a rain jacket when visiting this part of the island. Because of the high elevation, nights in Volcano get cold all year around, but the months of November-March are especially chilly.
Central heating is simply not a thing in this part of the world, so most homes are equipped with fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, gas/electric heaters and dehumidifiers to keep the air inside warm and dry. All the same, if you do not have the proper clothing with you, you trip will simply not be as enjoyable.
That being said, it is worth inquiring beforehand as to what heating sources are available at your rental before booking. If building a fire yourself sounds more nightmare than dream vacation, a home with a fireplace as it’s only heating source might not be a good option for you.