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About Hawaii Camping

Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning views of Diamond Head, and relaxed way of life. But one thing that is often overlooked by visitors (and really shouldn’t be!) is the amazing experience of camping in Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Islands are made up of eight main islands, including Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai and Niihau. Each one offers unique camping experiences and different activities.

Oahu, home to the city of Honolulu, and the most populated island, offers a unique blend of city comforts and tropical vibes. The southernmost coast is where you’ll find popular tourist destinations like Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and Hanauma Bay. Due to the number of people that live on this part of the island, there are limited camping areas, but just a short drive makes a big difference.

On Oahu’s Windward coast, expect stunning views of the Ko’olau mountains and the turquoise waters of Lanikai and Kailua. Bellows is a great camping spot right on the beach away from the bustle of Honolulu, and only a few minutes drive from the popular Maunawili hike trailhead. Permits are required to go camping in Hawaii, and sites usually book up in advance, so be sure to call a few weeks ahead if you want to get a spot.

If relaxing in nature and getting away from the crowd is what you’re after, Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area, located inland near Aiea, provides visitors with lush forest views, and is the site of a former temple of Hawaiian healing. It is also near the trailhead for the Aiea Loop Trail, a popular 4.5 mile hike with stunning mountain vistas, and is just a short drive away from Pearl Harbor.

The Big Island, the largest of the Hawaiian islands and known for its diverse landscape and constantly flowing lava, is another great option if you are looking to do some camping in Hawaii. Camping permits are available for Punalu’u, Hawaii’s famous black sand beach, which has a reputation for great snorkeling and fishing and for sea turtle sightings. You can also snag one of 16 campsites in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis, and although it’s a little more rustic (there are restrooms but no showers), it’s probably worth it to be able to camp at “one of the most unique campsites to visit in the world”.

Whether you’re camping in Hawaii for the first time, or just looking for a new favorite spot, The Dyrt has you covered.

Recent Reviews In Hawaii

296 Reviews of 78 Hawaii Campgrounds

Perrin M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2021

Best ever !

I love this place!

Month of VisitNovember
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2021

No park entrance fee

There is no park entrance fee but there is a cost to some. The views here are amazing and Molokai is a very uninhabited island, so this place is very peaceful.

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jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2021

Peaceful place

It’s super peaceful with very few people, but they don’t currently have the facilities open. Make sure you bring snorkel gear as well. great place for snorkeling and in the “winter” months, there’s a chance you will see whales.

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jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2021

Camping costs $6

All beaches in Hawaii and especially the big island are considered public property so the fact that they charge to camp on the beach is ludicrous.

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Month of VisitOctober
Shauna M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2021

Olowalu oasis!

Staying in the tentalows for a week and I do not want to go! The royal palm entrance is a beautiful indicator of what’s ahead at camp Olowalu! Fully enclosed yurt like cabins with a sink, mirror, towels, linens, hooks, lights, outdoor shower, and keyed entry CLEAN bathrooms near every tentalow.…

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Month of VisitOctober
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2021

Be prepared for the hike, a swim, and an amazing campsite

You have to hike down a hill to get there, but it is super pretty. It’s in a valley, so it will get cool at night and is warm during the day, but it’s super quiet, and an amazing spot.

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Month of VisitSeptember
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2021

The most beautiful spot on the Kona side

You can camp right on the sandy beach under the stars. You need to get an overnight parking pass at the stand, but it’s worth it to sleep on a beach in Hawaii.

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Month of VisitOctober
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2021

The cabin is closed. Bring a tent.

The cabin is closed. Make sure you bring a tent. There are some shelters there if you need it. It’s a hike via the Hilina Pali Trail to get there. There is an amazing view of the ocean. Permit is required. Get this at the ranger station. There are some insects along the way so be aware of that.…

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Month of VisitOctober
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2021

Great Hike. Great camping. Great wildlife.

4 mile hike down to the campsite. There are honu (green sea turtles) all over. Don’t touch the turtles. They are friendly and curious, but don’t touch them. Make sure you bring lots of water and sunscreen. The shelter is the only place for shade. You need to get a permit to camp. Water…

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Month of VisitOctober
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2021

Love this Site + The hiking

This is a beautiful campsite. It’s near lava rocks and right by the ocean. There is a 7 mile hike to the shelter. So bring lots of water and supplies. There is also a water tank there but you need to get a permit to be able to get the water. Practice LNT. Bring sunscreen and enjoy. You can camp…

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Month of VisitOctober
jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2021

Beautiful spot near Akaka Falls

Beautiful spot for a camp and a picnic. Very near Akaka Falls. Highly recommend this spot. Super peaceful and a great spot to connect with the planet.

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jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2021

Amazing Hike-In Camping

It’s about a 7 mile hike, so bring loooottttsss of water but it’s one of the quietest back country camping spots in Hawaii you will find. It’s right by the beach. Bring sunscreen, water, first aid, all the regular supplies for a hike. As always practice LNT.

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jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2021

Lovely beach Lovely spot to stay

Great facilities. Shower, restrooms, etc. You can camp right on the beach. And wake up to the ocean. Definitely stay here when you go to Hawaii

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jThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2021

Love way to Stay on a Beach in Hawaii

There are sooo many things to live about this park. The hiking. The proximity to the ocean. Make sure to make a reservation and camping is available on weekends only.

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