Malaekahana State Recreation Campground & Malaekahana Beach Campground are 2 separate campgrounds run by 2 different “owners” on the Island of Oahu-Hawaii. They are only a few miles apart.
The State Campground is State run requiring a permit (on line). No fires, no pets, tent camping. Reasonable pricing.
Malaekahana Beach Campground is privately owned. Tents sites are $9.00 per person per night with maximums based on site size. They also have Rustic cabins with one queen bed and a bunk. ($50+). No electric or water. Water nearby. Then they have the larger cabins with 2 queen beds, flush toilet and electric for approx $120. a night. All sites have fire rings and a picnic table. No pets.Outdoor showers and flush toilets various locations around campground. Very dark at night-bring flashlights, lanterns. Employees there have always been very friendly and helpful. Gate locked 7p-7a. Must call for assistance if emergency arises or you’re out late! I’ve camped here many times and love having the beach so close! Last time I camped there was in Feb. There was a big storm that Sat & Sun and on Monday-the campers were all out trying to clean up the beach!
Had two cabins right next to each other. The only bad things about this camping stay: was only one table with bench seats between the two cabins the tent campIng there seemed lIke the tents were rIght on top of each other but then again we dId not tent camp and the flies, so many flies! Bring an electric fly swatter and let the kids go to town! The great things about this stay : great view, beds to sleep in, toilet in the cabin, water spicket to clean stuff, hidden shower in the trees, fire pit and literally a min walk from the beach. I would definitely go camping there again!
Favorite spot. Camped here many times
I had a great time at this camp ground. Bathrooms were clean and they were flushies! Tons of families but very quiet at night. The only issue was the “locked gate” hours. They literally lock the front from 7 pm - 7 am and charge a fee if you need to go in late or leave early. During the day I wandered and hiked and stressed to get back to my site by 7 pm. They have fire rings, steps from the ocean and offer surf lessons (which I didn’t do but looked very popular). Make sure to bring big spray as their were mosquitos at night, tons of roosters so you will be woken up early but who really wants to sleep in when you have a big beautiful ocean to play in! I suggest this campground to anyone who is eaither camping solo like myself of bringing the entire family.
Really chill place to stay for few night. There is restrooms, showers, breakfast trailer, and of course the beach. I love it.
We had a perfect camp site right on the beach to pitch our hammocks. Wonderful stay! Only complaint is the smell from the pot smoking sites next to ours
if you are looking for a campsite next to the beach this is the one to see. it is lovely waking up to the sound of the waves hitting the beach
Camping next to the ocean what more do you need to know
We started camping on a Friday and probably because it is far from town it was empty the Friday night. Saturday night the campsite exploded with other campers and activities. Beach is great, a little windy but the campsites are blocked well by trees.
Two nights for a birthday weekend. Location: The location is great. Far from the hustle and bustle of Oahu's main tourist sites, Malaekahana is situated on the north shore of the island. Dark skies and large stretches of nearly empty beach make this campground fairly unique. Facilities: It feels a little cramped compared to mainland campgrounds. When you can look over and see directly into your neighboring site's tent is a little awkward. Site placement or more trees or barriers might help in adding to a little bit more privacy. Cost: This is what got me. A tent site is $9 per person, up to 6 people. Nearly $60 a night for a larger group is a little steep, especially when we paid $10 a night for a group of 7 at some of America's greatest national parks this summer. Overall: It's a nice way to get away from the mundane cycle of work and bills and responsibilities. Not too far away but a good distance away from civilization.