Places to Camp near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

On the Big Island, you can experience some of the best camping adventures near Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The park is the home of two active volcanoes, along with several lava tubes. Hikers can explore a few of them, including the Thurston Lava Tube. Take a car or your RV and drive up Crater Rim Drive to see the Jaggar Museum’s volcano exhibit. There’s also a lookout point with a stunning view of the Halaema’uma’u Crater. Some campgrounds put campers close to extinct lava fields, while other campsites offer cabins and yurts. You can also take advantage of the nearby lagoon.

Best Camping Sites Near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI (37)

    Camper-submitted photo from Nāmakanipaio Campground — Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
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    Nāmakanipaio Campground — Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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    42 Saves
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

    Nāmakanipaio Campground is located 31.5 miles south of Hilo on Highway-11 at 4,000' elevation. It is a large, open grassy area with tall eucalyptus and 'ōhi'a trees. This campground has restrooms, water, picnic tables and barbecue pits. Campfires are permitted in the barbeque pits only. If there are more than 2 people in your party, you can expand to 4 people per site with another tent. Maximum stay is 7 days.

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    • ADA Access
    • RVs
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    Kulanaokuaiki Campground — Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

    Kulanaokuaiki camping area is free and is available on a first-come basis. No reservations and No permits are necessary. Stays are limited to 7 days in a month and cannot exceed 30 days per year.

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    • Picnic Table
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Halape Shelter — Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
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    Punalu`u Beach Park

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    43 Saves
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

    Nightly rates:

    Adult: $5 for residents, $20 for non-residents. Junior: $2 for residents, $20 for non-residents. Child: $1 for residents, $20 for non-residents.

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      Keauhou Backcountry Campsite — Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

      1 Review
      5 Saves
      Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

      Keauhou is located on the southern seacoast of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and is one of the favored destinations of hearty wilderness hikers. The campsite is 7.6 miles from the closest trailhead. The hike to Keauhou can be a grueling, hot hike through predominately non-native grasses to a small rocky bay where cold fresh water seeps to the surface and mixes with the ocean. Permitted campers may stay a maximum of 3 consecutive nights per site. A total of 16 hikers are allowed per night at Keauhou.

      The campsite may be accessed from several trailheads;

      Mau Loa o Maunaulu via the Keauhou Trail - 7.6 miles (accessed via Chain of Craters Road). Puʻuloa via the Puna Coast Trail - 9.7 miles (accessed via Chain of Craters Road). Hilina Pali Overlook (10+miles - not recommended)

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      Lava Rock Glamping

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      Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

      This Award-Winning off-grid retreat in native Hawai'i rainforest is the perfect oasis for those looking for privacy and relaxation. With all the amenities you need including a fully stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, and hot water shower, you'll have everything you need to enjoy your stay. Lava Rock Clamping offers 3 unique cabins, a Plantation Style Cabin ideal for a couple, a Treehouse that can accommodate 4 guests, and a spacious Big Cabin that can host up to 6 people.

      Conveniently located just 25 minutes away from the breathtaking Volcanoes National Park, which offers endless hiking opportunities with stunning views of the surrounding lava fields and the iconic Kilauea volcano. In addition to the park, the area is also home to numerous beaches and waterfalls, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or simply relaxing in nature.

      For those looking to explore the town, Hilo is nearby and offers plenty of options for shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. Whether you're seeking adventure or a peaceful getaway, this award-winning off-grid retreat offers the perfect blend of convenience and seclusion.

      Book your stay at this exclusive property today for an unforgettable rainforest experience!

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      $100 / night

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      Treehouse.Farm

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      Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

      The Treehouse Farm is the site of a small craft Cannabis garden that produces Cannabis products for licensed patients. We have a small parking area out front with a trail leading to the treehouse and camping areas in the garden. We offer Cannabis Tours, Surf Lessons and All Day Adventures.

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      $35 - $45 / night

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      Moon Garden Farm Getaway

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      Hilo, Hawaii

      Pitch your tent on a beautiful 25 acre farm located on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are located on the slope of Mauna Loa between Hilo and Volcano National Park. The 1500 foot elevation offers a lush, cool climate and a nice ocean view. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are visible on clear days. The Bathhouse has electricity. Suitable for phone charging only. A shower and toilet are available. Wifi is available. Enjoy the banana’s, citrus, jaboticaba and various other fruits when in season. We have fish ponds with tilapia, catfish and bull frogs! Cows and sheep in the pasture. A feral pig named Gwen Stefani and plenty wild ones in the pasture. Children love playing on the farm and catching fish with our fishnets. We also have frisbee golf and tether ball. Drive to the quaint town of Hilo or Volcano Village both about 15 miles in either direction of the farm. Volcano National Park offers great hiking trails and If hiking is not to your liking, just relax on the farm.

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      $55 / night

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What camping is available near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    According to TheDyrt.com, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers a wide range of camping options, with 37 campgrounds and RV parks near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and 2 free dispersed camping spots.

    Which is the most popular campground near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is Nāmakanipaio Campground — Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park with a 4.4-star rating from 16 reviews.

    Where can I find free dispersed camping near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 2 free dispersed camping spots near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

    What parks are near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 parks near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that allow camping, notably Pu'u O Umi Natural Area Reserve and Haleakala National Park.