With endless summer weather comes endless opportunities for summer activities: swimming, surfing, hiking, and perhaps my favorite – camping trips. And when you think of camping in Hawaii, you imagine pitching your tent in the sand, where you can fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves, and jump into the ocean the moment you wake up. From secluded beaches you can only reach via an arduous hike to easily accessible campsites nestled along the coast, here are 11 phenomenal beach camping spots throughout the Aloha State.
1. Bellows Field Beach Park
During the week, this beautiful beach is used as a military training area, but on weekends, fifty campsites open up for residents to enjoy splashing in the ocean during the day, and listening to waves crash against the shore at night.
2. Salt Pond Park
Ideal for anyone who plans to explore the nearby Waimea Canyon State Park, this Eleele destination is as pretty as it is practical.
3. Anahola Beach Park
Located on Kauai's northeastern coast is this picturesque spot - can't you imagine setting up your tent between these two lovely trees?
4. Hapuna Beach
For a luxurious camping experience, stay in one of Hapuna Bay's charming A-frame cabins.
5. Anini Beach Park
A favorite camping spot for locals, this beachside camping is perfect for a weekend getaway. But be sure to have a durable tent, as it rains frequently, and can get pretty windy here too.
6. Hulopoe Beach Park
As the only legal campsite on the small island of Lanai, Hulopoe Bay is a 20-minute coastal hike from the island's famous Sweetheart Rock.
7. Kalalau Beach
Accessible via the strenuous 11-mile, one way, Kalalau Trail, this incredible beach camping spot is the definition of secluded.
8. Kea’au Beach Park
Located past Waianae on Oahu’s west shore lies Kea’au Beach Park, a popular camping destination for those who enjoy beautiful blue water, stunning sunsets, and the simplicity of nature.
9. Kiholo State Park Reserve
The stark, coastal, lava-covered park offers camping off an unimproved gravel access road, with no amenities, and no water – recommended only for those serious campers who prefer isolation over large, close together campsites.
10. Malaekahana Beach Campground
Enjoy beachfront camping with food truck and fire pit access at this phenomenal campground located on Oahu’s northeastern shore. Consider renting a kayak or paddleboard while you’re there.
11. Polihale State Park
At the end of a long dirt road off Kuamuali’I Highway, Polihale is the largest stretch of sand in Hawaii. While often overlooked for more accessible Kauai beaches, the secluded spot is the perfect place to for a weekend retreat into wilderness.