The Best Camping in Hawaii

Looking for the best camping in Hawaii? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Hawaii. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Hawaii

  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Backpack the Na Pali Coast via the Kalalau Trail

    4.9
    22 mi / 900 ft gain
    NOTE: The Na Pali Coast is currently closed indefinitely due to flooding This hike begins at the parking lot of Ke'e Beach at the Northern most point you can drive to on the island. This is where the Kalalau Trail begins. From there, you immediately start hiking upward, with great views of the...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Camp and Hike in Nualolo Valley

    5.0
    6.2 mi
    This 6.2 mile hike leads you through a forest reserve filled with native dryland plants and ends abruptly above the sheer cliffs of Awa‘awapuhi and Nualolo Valley. You will often hike in clouds and mist through the forest, but the clouds tend to part near the ocean, giving you spectacular views o...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Backpack Waimanu Valley

    4.3
    15.3 mi / 7300 ft gain
    Prep: Before you go, you must book purchase a permit/campsite for the number of nights that you wish spend. You can get the permits online from the State of Hawaii Department of Natural Resources Website. There are 9 sites located within the valley and some are most definitely better than other...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Camping on the Beach at Polihale

    5.0
    Polihale Beach is at the western most point of Kauai and it's perfect white sand shore stretches for over 15 miles. Come here to avoid the notorious Kauai rain, as Polihale is typically sunny and cloudless throughout the year. The sunsets here are some of the best around and the island of Ni'ihau...
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  • Hāna, Hawaii

    Camp at Wai'anapanapa State Park

    4.0
    5 mi
    Wai'anapanapa State Park is located at mile marker 32 on the Hana Highway. The park has limited parking, but many of the tourists are making quick stops on their journey to Hana and the turnover for parking is fast. Once parked, check in at the office to obtain your overnight permit (must be orde...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Kayak or Sail the Na Pali Coast

    5.0
    Enjoy the view of the Garden Island from the crystal clear waters of the pacific ocean. Experiencing the coast by water allows for private beach access and exploring amazing sea caves! You have a few options to go by boat to see this enchanted terrain.Guided Kayak ToursYou can rent a kayak and pa...
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  • Kula, Hawaii

    Hike the Lau'ulu Trail to the Kalapawili Ridge

    3 mi / 2200 ft gain
    If you are looking for something akin to true backcountry travel and scrambling in Maui, the Lau'ulu trail and the Pohaku Palaha summit on the north/north east rim of the Haleakala volcano is a great option. You will find solitude, unparalleled views of the crater, surreal high-altitude tropical ...
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Camp at Anini Beach Park

    5.0
    The shallow nearshore ocean bottom makes Anini a great beach to visit if you have kids. Anini Beach Park is also a snorkeler's delight - here you may spot Hawaii's state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a (triggerfish) and uhu (parrotfish), kala (unicornfish) and other tropical fish. On the downsid...
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  • Hanalei, Hawaii

    Kayak Camp on Miloli'i Beach

    17 mi
    NOTE: The beach is closed in the winter months due to high surf. Be sure to work with a local guide to insure you do this adventure safely.The only way to reach Miloli'i is by Kayak.  Unless you are going to be bringing your own kayak to the island chances are you will need to rent one from a com...
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  • Kula, Hawaii

    Backpack the Haleakala Wilderness: Halemau'u to Sliding Sands Trail

    5.0
    19 mi / 3643 ft gain
    Day 1, the trailhead begins just off the highway at 7,990 feet elevation and takes you to the north and east to an opening in the ridgeline. After 1.1 miles, you will begin your 2.6 mile descent from the crater ridge south, into the heart of the wilderness area and where you will arrive at Holua ...
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  • Hanapepe, Hawaii

    Hike Kawaikoi Stream

    1.75 mi / 40 ft gain
    Kawaikoi stream trail starts 3/4 mile beyond the Forest Reserve entrance sign on the Mohihi-Camp 10 road & across the stream at "Sugi Grove". It's a DLNR maintained trail, so there's signage & mile markers for the trail.At 1.75 miles total-roundtrip, it's a very easy walking trail, great ...
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Backpack to Hanakoa Valley

    14 mi
    Hanakoa Falls is one of two large waterfalls along Na Pali Coast. While most set out for a high-paced hike on Kalalau Trail, rushing past Hanakoa Valley, those who choose to explore Hanakoa Valley and Falls will not be disappointed. To reach the beautiful Hanakoa Valley, you will take the same tr...
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  • Kula, Hawaii

    Camp at Hosmer Grove

    Hosmer Grove is the closest drive-up campground to the Haleakalā summit. Camping at 7,000 feet you should be prepared chill, fog, and rain during the evening and morning. Nighttime temperatures can drop close to freezing while daytime highs average around 50-60s.As soon as you turn onto Highway 3...
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  • Kahuku, Hawaii

    Camp at Malaekahana State Recreation Area

    Want to visit the beautiful North Shore but on a tight budget? Camping is the trick. On my last two trips to Oahu this has been our primary base camp for our adventures. The campground sits only a 5 minute drive east of Turtle Bay resort, right next to the town of Laie. This means is only 10-20 m...
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  • Kaneohe, Hawaii

    Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

    Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden is on my list of the top ten most beautiful nature places you can drive to. Hoʻomaluhia means "to make a place of peace and tranquility."  This breathtaking gem was built in 1982 by the US Army Corps of Engineering to prevent flooding.  There’s a lot to do here, you...
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  • Waimanalo, Hawaii

    Kick Back at Bellows Field Beach Park

    5.0
    Bellows Field Beach Park is near the Bellows Air Force Base.  It has a campground, but remains relatively uncrowded when compared to other beaches on Oahu.  It has lush trees and beautiful mountain views.  There are small waves, good for boogie boarding. Note:  - Look for signs warning of Portugu...
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