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IntroductionThe reasons you'll want to choose Bamboo Orchid Cottage for your Big Island Hawaii vacation at the Volcano are numerous.
Location, location, location!
Bamboo Orchid Cottage Bed & Breakfast is located in the storybook village of Volcano, Hawaii, a community of artists, writers and scientists. We are secluded in the forest yet just 5 minutes to the entrance of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with its spectacular hiking trails , scenic vistas and lava viewing. Volcano is 27 miles from the Hilo airport and 96 miles from Kailua- Kona.
Our central island location makes it a perfect home base for day trips and adventures. Ocean sports, hot springs, waterfalls, farm and cultural tours, antiquing, hiking, museums, golf and great dining are only a short drive away.
In the evening you will return to a peaceful, cool, mountain retreat, scented with wild ginger, where you can snuggle up under a cozy down comforter and awake to a symphony of forest songbirds instead of road noise or a maid pounding on your door.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gary Benoit for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
This question is best answered in the many 5 star reviews we have received over several years. Visitors worldwide stay with us for a variety of reasons, but the consensus of the majority highlight that we are friendly, quiet, comfortable, relaxing, well appointed with attention to detail, informative and close to the park.
What are you best known for?
We are best know for our Papaya Boats, Theme Rooms, Luxurious Bedding and High Thread Count Linens.
What makes your inn unique?
BOC in uniquely designed as a B and B with consideration to individual space, yet with warm and roomy common areas to socialize and relax after a full day in the park.
What do you love most about your inn?
Synergy- BOC in conjunction with our guests seem to bring together all the elements providing the foundation and atmosphere for a most memorable experience of Aloha, so often missed in Hawaii. Experience the real Hawaii here atop Kilauea at 4000 ft (1200 meters).
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Big Island of Hawaii was created by five volcanoes, Kilauea being the most active in the world. It is the main point of destination, with rivers of lava flowing into the ocean. The longest lava tubes in the worlds, a balance of rain forest with unique plants and animals and high desert terrain.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Guests want to return and often will. Over the past seven years we've seen guests return three and four times.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
We are a mini continent with 11 or the 13 major climate zones in the world. Two of the five volcanoes which created Hawaii rise over 13,000 ft (4000 meters) above sea level. Nature and it's many wonders are everywhere to explore and discover. Volcano and Hawaii National Park is a once in a lifetime experience for most visitors
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
a. Hike the many variety of trails in the park, dine on the creators edge while Madame Pe'le, the little mother of volcanoes and goddess of fire puts on her show.
b. Helicopter Tours of waterfalls and volcanoes, lava boat (ocean view of new island being created)
c. Zip lines, bird watching, visually explore the magic of the nights sky which consists of northern and southern hemispheres to name but a few
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
No, two and four wheel drive vehicles are necessary to view these vast areas.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We are fortunate to have the best variety of restaurants on the east side of the Big Island.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Big Island Revealed.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Five individual theme rooms with private baths.
Do you accept pets?
About the Inn
Bamboo Orchid Cottage is an art-inspired, relaxed atmosphere where you can just kick off your shoes and be yourself. Watch a movie, listen to music, read a book, stroll the garden paths, spend quiet time with your partner or just be lazy. You deserve time off, enjoy it!
All rooms feature deluxe handmade artisan beds, quality Sealy bedding, fine linens and a range of spa amenities you'd find in an expensive resort hotel , but at half the price. Choose from a variety of rooms at the main house or from unique private cottages at our sister property Volcano Tree-House or our two-bedroom one-bath Koa Kottages vacation rentals. There is something for every budget. Afternoon treats, an assortment of beverages, and personalized service to help make your vacation memorable are always complimentary.
Great breakfast included
Be sure to bring an appetite! The complimentary all -you- can- eat breakfast is a gourmet delight of local tropical goodies featuring local ingredients you'd never find in a hotel. And if you appreciate a cup of good coffee or tea like I do, you'll get to sample some unique flavors of Hawaii. Breakfast is served at 8 A.M.After a refreshing night's sleep, and the anticipation of a great day ahead, what could be better than to arrive at the table with a sumptuous breakfast all ready for you. In the cool rainforest we like to start our day in style. A warm fire in the fireplace, soft wake up music and steaming cups of that famous estate grown Hawaiian,coffee or tea.Save your appetite for a hearty and mouth-watering breakfast spread served each morning in the sunny dining room overlooking the forest and gardens. A bountiful table brimming with tropical goodies awaits you.The menu is seasonal, but always includes a bounty of fresh picked in -season island fruit from local farms. Try juicy mangoes, delicious papayas, sweet Ka'u oranges and grapefruits, Waimea strawberries, exotic rambutan, loc al apple banana, island grown melons and sugar- sweet pineapple like you've never tasted before.Our decadent European -style breakfast buffet includes an assortment of home-baked breads, scones, Danish or coffeecakes, exotic tropical fruits, served with local made jams and fresh creamery butter. Indulge in a healthy island smoothie, or a yogurt, granola and fruit parfait. Choose from a lavish spread of local delicacies, or hard-boiled eggs.After breakfast, you'll be ready to take on the Park, or maybe just retreat to the Jacuzzi!
Volcano Area, within 10 minutes
Explore a variety of hiking trails. See rainforest wildflowers, steam vents, giant scenic vistas and lava tubes both inside and outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a designated World Biosphere Preserve.Photograph the rare and endangered Nene Goose in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or on Mauna Loa Mountain trails.Treat yourself to a wine tasting at nearby Volcano Winery and sample the only wines made with exotic tropical fruits, nuts and mountain grown Symphony grapes.Play a round of championship golf at the Volcano Golf and Country Club with the backdrop of 13,000 ft Mauna Loa, snow-capped in winter. You may have to shoo away the Nene geese that also enjoy the lush golf course.
Kau Region and the town of Naalehu within 30 min drive
Explore the nearby Punalu'u black sand beaches with nesting sea turtles.Hike or ATV to a remote and unusual green sand beach at the Southern most point in the USA.Take a guided tour of Kula Kai Caverns, a complex underground network of ancient lava tubes.Visit the Buddhist Temple in beautiful Wood Valley.
Hilo Town, 40 minute drive away
Take a walking tour through downtown Hilo and experience a glimpse of pre- WWII Hawaiiana with it's art deco and Old Hawaii architecture, both original and restored.Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a helicopter tour over an active volcano, or cascading waterfalls.Swim, snorkel or body surf at one of Hilo's sandy beaches.
Puna District 45 min. to 1 hour drive
Bathe in a natural hot springs pool adjacent to the ocean.Visit lush, lowland rainforest and see lava tree molds in Lava Tree State Park .Take a workshop at Hiiaka's Garden, a garden of native Hawaiian Healing herbs and plants.Wander through colorful old Pahoa Town.