Shipman House Bed and Breakfast is on Reed's Island, an historic neighborhood just across a wooden bridge from Historic Downtown Hilo...and worlds away. A rainforest of bamboo, palms and mango trees separates your inn from town and Hilo Bay, yet just a ten-minute walk takes you to restaurants, museums and the Farmers Market downtown. Rocking chairs beckon you to the lanai (veranda) for a good read, a chat or a snooze. Hear the birds twittering and calling nearby and across the gulch below, singing for a mate or just enjoying the day. If it rains, grab one of the inn's umbrellas and go for a walk...it's a warm rain, and could be over in minutes. You may be surprised at how raindrops sound on our huge tropical leaves!
Shipman House is ideally located for sightseeing, and your hosts can help you plan your stay, sharing tips on where to visit, how to get there, and where to lunch...or pick up a picnic lunch. Maunakea, Maunaloa, Rainbow and Akaka Falls, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puna, hot lava viewing, black sand beaches, Waipi'o Valley, and Parker Ranch are all less than one hour from your inn.