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Hilea, Hawaii

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30 Reviews of 11 Hilea, Hawaii Campgrounds

Jordan B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2021

Top-3 camping site

Halape is one of the most amazing places I've ever camped. Spent 3 nights there in January 2013 after about 15 miles hiking in from the west. Didn't see a soul the whole time, and we were in the national park for 5 days. The highlight of the trip was harvesting mussels off the rocks, climbing up…

Month of VisitFebruary
Reviewed May. 17, 2019

Best beach ruined

Beautiful and clean. 

Unfortunately, Locally run and corrupt.

I live here. I had a dispute with one of the "security/managers" of the park. I wanted to be treated with respect and he disagreed. Out of spite, he made up a story about me breaking rules.

I wrote a letter to the board and discovered…

Month of VisitApril
Christine N.
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2019

Great day trip

lots Of trails for a variety of levels

Month of VisitJuly
Sasha W.
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2018

Beautiful, plus great scuba diving

My husband and I really liked Manuka State Wayside. One thing we really loved about this place was that there was an awesome place to scuba dive close by. It was a company that took us out pretty far, and we were able to scuba dive with some turtles, and even saw some shark. I can't remember the…

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Month of VisitJuly
Karrieanne W.
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2018

Currently Closed

Due to the draining of the Lava Lake and constant earthquakes in Volcanoes National Park, this area is closed. At this time it is uncertain that it will open again.

Karrieanne W.
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2018

Closed due to volcanic activity

I love camping at this spot. Namakanipaio has wonderful views the Milky Way, and used to have a great view of the glowing lava lake. It was a short hike to Jagger Museum, that now is being consumed by the caldera. With daily earthquakes in the area, it is no longer safe. you can not even stop in…

Sasha W.
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2018

Great snorkeling

My family and I loved this part of Hawai’i and coming to this beach. We had some of the best snorkeling we have ever had, here. We saw turtles, tons of fish, and 1 shark!! The water was super clear and pretty warm. There was also a really cool cliff to jump off of. This beach Park is close to the…

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Month of VisitJanuary
Sasha W.
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2018

So beautiful

This beach park offers so many activities, views, and great places to eat. This is one of my families favorite places to visit when coming to Hawaii. It is a drive from the big island, but definitely worth it. We stayed here 1 night before heading back to the big island. So glad we decided to make…

  • Suba Diving
  • Such a cool fish
  • love the underwater life
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Month of VisitJanuary
Bryce H.
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2018

Wake up on a historic and pristine salt and pepper beach

My favorite place to camp in Hawaii. A small and isolated beach well hidden from the average person it seems. Ho'okena is a fun place to get a feel of local vibes for sure. Great and very accommodating staff. Real bathrooms as well as fairly clean port-o-poties they provide closer to the actual…

  • No dogs allowed but this one who lives up the road found me enjoying my coffee on the beach
Month of VisitJuly
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2018

Colder than you think

Awesome access to lots of trails and of course the volcano. Wouldn’t go right now with the eruptions but worth the visit in the future.

Bring extra warm stuff; can get windy and quite chilly at night.

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Reviewed Jun. 16, 2018

Popular, can be busy

Beautiful black sand beach, awesome sunsets and rises. Strong undertow, swim at your own risk. Sea turtles, mongoose, centipedes, and lots of birds!

Bring bug spray if you want to hang outside past sunset.

Walk up the beach to the rocks and see more

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Kristen P.
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2018

10 miles from anything you are used to (except a bathroom 😂)

This camping site is great! It’s 10 miles inside the volcanos national park. At the end of the drive there is parking for about 4 vehicles and a very clean and nice structure housing a pit toilet with paper. No running water, no fires allowed. Camping stoves ok. There are I believe 10-12 sites some…

Month of VisitNovember
Jessica E.
Reviewed May. 29, 2018

Daytime use

Went during the day to explore. Anywhere is Hawaii is pretty amazing!

Month of VisitJanuary
Tarah W.
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2017

A Volcano at Midnight

Pretty epic experience sleeping so close to Pele. The best entrance to see the volcano at night is a bit of a drive/back ride but well worth it! Talk to locals in Pahoa and Keaau for tips on how to see the best views of the volcano. Cheap site about like $15 i believe.

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Sharon N.
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2017

Walking distance to Volcano crater!

A friend came to visit from off island and I had to take her to see Volcano National Park. We tent camped one night at this campground. It has toilets and a large pavilion, that we utilized to cook and eat under due to early morning rain. The night we stayed was verily quiet with not many other…

  • Our site.
  • The glow on the crater!
  • Packing up.
Month of VisitJuly

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