As you would expect from the other reviews, our 2 night stay at the Crater Rim Cabin was fantastic and Barry and Jim are wonderful hosts.
We had the unfortunate timing of going to Volcano during the government shutdown and so we couldn’t enter the actual park. Barry was very helpful giving us tips for other things to do and letting me run my potential itineraries by him to get his feedback. The cabin is also stocked with maps and guides if you want to plan while you’re there.
The cabin itself – It is meticulously maintained and the surrounding grounds are gorgeous. Barry even personally asked us if we had any ideas of ways he could make the cabin even better (we had none). The cabin is next door to the owner’s house but there is plenty of privacy between the two. They have a phone with an intercom to buzz them if needed. We did use this once and they were extremely accessible to help with any questions. The cabin has so much character. They do provide Internet but not cable, but I’m not sure how much you would be expecting to spend time watching TV in the cabin.
The area – Volcano is very small but has some great eating options. We ate at Thai Thai our first night which was awesome and pretty affordable compared to other Hawaii restaurants. And we ate at Café Ono for lunch the other day which was also delicious (vegetarian).
Activities – Since we didn’t get to go into Volcano or do the chain of Craters Road we spent our time going to other places around the island. On our way to Volcano from Kona we stopped at a coffee farm for a tour and tasting, went to the green sand beach (the hike is about an hour from the parking lot but there are 4 wheel drive vehicles there offering a ride) and the black sand beach where there are sea turtles. The following day we drove up to Akaka falls, then down the coast to Kapalana to view the lava fields. There was no active visible lava when we went to Hawaii but the black lava fields I found to be incredible. On your way up from Kalapana you can drive on a road out to the point where the lava crosses the road. There are many signs telling you it’s the end but you can continue until you see the guards. The guard all the way at the end actually has a house on the lava field and was very informative about how the lava took out the area and the rebuilding process. On our way back we stopped in Pahoa and went to Kaleo’s for dinner. I think that was the best meal we had on our 10 days on the Big Island and Maui.
Is there enough to do? I know on their website, Jim and Barry make an “immodest” statement about guests often wanting to stay more than 2 nights. We were almost lucky that the park was closed because we had two packed days without Volcano and there was still more we wanted to do outside of the park, not to mention all the Volcano activities we would have wanted to do inside the park.
I know this is a long review but I hope it’s been helpful.
Thank you Barry and Jim for an amazing visit to Volcano (even while the park was closed)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A secluded, private cabin in the forest at the edge of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Close to the National Park entrance. Perfect for couples and families with small children. Full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and great room. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crater Rim Cabin Hotel Volcano
- Crater Rim Cabin Volcano, Hawaii