We spent a lot of our time on the Big Island of Hawai’i in the rain. Cold. And hiking. Sore.
We went to some Big Island hot springs right after biking and hiking to the active lava flow area of Volcano National Park. It was a really exciting, exhilarating day, which also means I was due for an emotional crash. That’s the life of an extroverted introvert- I love doing exciting, new things, but I really need to retreat and regenerate afterwards!
Our evening at the hot springs was one I had been looking forward to, but didn’t realize quite how much I needed it after 3 days of hiking, biking, diving, and rain.
There is a saucer-shaped aquifer under the Big Island of Hawai’i which is warmed by geothermal activity. Sacred Source Hot Springs pumps the heated water from over 500 feet below the Earth’s surface to fill custom made cement tubs for soaking. Some people (cough cough, me) believe the water has special purifying properties which help you skin and soul.
Don’t even try to tell me that’s not true- we need as much belief in soul purity as we can get, in my opinion!
Sacred Source Hot Springs was the perfect place to recoup from the rain, cold, and activity we’d been having. It’s a community of 6 housing units, a communal living space, and the outdoor hot springs soaking tubs on 30 acres of pristine Hawaiian land right down the street from the active lava flow area.
To be honest, I didn’t even realize they rent out rooms for visitors to stay on site. If I had that would have been where we spent our three days in Pahoa!
Big Island Hot Springs
We found the hot springs experience via AirBnB, which also includes access to the community living space. This place is gorgeous! It’s a giant, open building with a custom made wooden dining room table, an aerial yoga sling, musical instruments, books, comfortable couches, floor tea service, hanging plants, a reading loft, and just about any other spiritually healing element you could think of. I felt rejuvenated just walking in. I can’t even imagine how relaxing it would be to spend extended periods of time reading on those couches with the uninterrupted view of the Hawaiian rain forest!
After spending some time in the living space we were shown the outdoor prep area for the hot springs. There is a fully covered outdoor shower, two toilet rooms, and outdoor sinks and mirrors to help you clean up before or after entering the tubs. It’s a beautiful area, which really sets the stage for the luxury of sitting in those tubs!
Sacred Source Hot Springs
Around the corner from the bathroom (and hidden from view of anyone driving in) are the main feature of the community: 8 hot tubs which fill with water directly from the underground aquifer. Oh. My. Word. Heaven. I could hardly wait the few minutes it took our tub to fill!
There was plenty of room in the standard tubs for Ben and I to both lay in. It was relaxing, romantic, and healing. The heated water felt so great on our sore muscles, and being in the deep tub was a fun experience for us!
Seriously, I can’t imagine how nice it would be to sleep on the grounds and have access to those tubs anytime.
Time machine, anyone? Anyone?
*Our Big Island hot springs experience was complimentary for publication consideration, but our opinions are all our own.*
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