Halape Shelter
Laura H.
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

Great overnight backpacking trip

Who doesn't love camping on an isolated beach! Halape is a backcountry backpacking trip in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You have to go the day before or the morning of to get camping permits from the backcountry office on a first com first served basis. There are a few trails to take to get to Halape ranging from 8-11 miles - people choose them based on elevation gain and how bad it is on your knees when hiking with a full pack on. Check with the backcountry office when you get your permits about the water supply there. There is generally plenty of water available at the beach site but bring your water filter or purification tablets! Bring fishing gear or a knife to collect opihi to eat. Be aware of the earthquake/tsunami history of the campsite in the past - the park rangers are good about telling you what to do in case of anything! Overall it's a mini paradise with a gorgeous beach to yourself. Walk over to Halape Iki for another perfect little beach cove.

  • Cool off in the freshwater pool nearby.
  • Most of us hammock camped in between two palm trees.
  • Opihi for dinner!
  • Lava fields.
  • The trail goes over several old lava fields.
  • Afternoon swim to cool off from the hot beach.
  • Hiking over old lava fields