Since the new eruption phase that started on May 3, a number of guests have expressed concern about visiting Volcano Village. Rest assured, Volcano Village is safe to visit and here are some recent reviews from guests:
Enjoyed our stay, plan to return
Posted May 26, 2018 on Expedia
We had a lovely stay. The rooms are nicely furnished, very clean, and the owners are very organized and responsive. They kept us up to date on the local status on the volcanic activity (everything was fine). We were greeted with a warm welcome and yummy homemade breakfasts including a combination of fresh fruits, homemade banana or pineapple-coconut bread and a protein such as a frittata or yogurt. The linens, towels and shower products are nice. The breakfast nook is well thought out and included items for coffee & tea, full place settings, salt and pepper as well as a micro and fridge. There is a beautiful rainforest walk and the lanai faces a large yard. We appreciated the detailed area/accommodation information provided in the room (the most complete we have ever seen). About the volcanic activity - the air quality was better here than in Kona.
Wonderful and relaxing place to stay
Posted June 6, 2018 on TripAdvisor
We stayed in the Red Ginger Room at this B&B, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was closed during our visit, Hale 'Ohu is perfectly situated for visiting not only the Park but many other attractions on the island, including Panulu'u Beach, Naalehu, and Pāhoa. The breakfast each morning was fabulous, the rooms are very high quality, and Gabrielle and Nicole are charming and knowledgeable to boot. We fully recommend staying here, but you'll find that one night isn't enough!
Posted July 18, 2018 on TripAdvisor
We loved the place because of its well appointed impecable rooms and beautiful surroundings. The gardens are green and lush. I booked our trip before the current park closure but decided to still go to Volcano. That was a great decision. The place was so beautiful we decided to stay-in the day after check-in so we could just relax and enjoy the property. Even though the park is closed this is a great 1 or 2 day stop to enjoy the climate and flora. It is so different from the rest of the island (such as the arid Kohala coast). Additionally there are day trips possible from this location such as to Hilo or to the south (black sand beach etc). The only effect we felt from the eruption are the frequent but mostly light earthquakes.
Best Stay in Hawaii
Posted Aug. 2, 2018 on TripAdvisor
To anyone hesitating on going to the big island (namely the southeastern part) because of the volcano activity, don't hesitate, just go! Stay in here in Volcano Village. It is a perfect location to take in the sites of Hilo, Pahoa, and black and green sand beaches. We did two nights and wish we would've done three. Even with Volcano National Park closed, we had quite an adventure doing a helicopter tour over the lava flow and checking out the brilliant red sky at night in Pahoa. Plus with tourism way down in the area (albeit unfortunate for the businesses), there were no crowds to fight. As for the Hale 'Ohu, it really is a gem. It's clean, updated, and owners take great pride in the property. The homemade breakfasts were a great way to start the day - the banana bread was amazing - and be sure to take the short walk around the property as it's like visiting a botanical garden. The minor earthquakes felt just added to the exotic ambiance. Overall, it was a memorable stay. Thanks Nicole and Nicole's sister (sorry, forgot the name)!
Comments from guests:
"The best banana bread ever!"
"It was a perfect stay, unfortunately just one night..."
"Fresh fruit, guava juice, banana bread. Delicious."
"Thoughtful attention to every detail."
"The shower is a highlight with those little stones on the floor, everything just perfect."
"Lovely entrance with the road through the jungle, we loved the property!"
"Great location. Close to everything in Volcano Village."
"It cannot be better located for visiting the Volcano National Park."
"Thank you very much for your warm welcome. We really enjoyed our stay, the room was very nice and clean. We really enjoyed staying there so thank you very much for everything. I wish you all the best for the future."
"We love the patio best, the garden view is amazing. Also the breakfast is good too. Just love everything overthere!!"
"So happy I found your property. The location was perfect for the national park area and for a little solitude from a busy schedule! I hate my stay was so short."
"Mahalo for this beautiful staying experience - should be more places like yours!!!"