From campsites nestled among the mountains to those skirting the edge of the beach, Hawaii is home to some of the best campsites in the Pacific. Is a Hawaiian summer complete without at least a weekend of camping on the beach? We think not, and though we profiled
12 amazing camping spots last year, we’re back at it again with 14 more incredible, rustic spots to pitch a tent. Some of these campsites are easy to reach, and others, well, let’s just say that you will definitely want to pack lightly.
1. Waimanalo Beach Park
Often touted as Oahu's greatest beach, Waimanalo is, quite simply, what dreams are made of. The picturesque beach is a popular spot to pitch a tent - or stay in one of the charming Waimanalo Beach Cottages.
2. Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park is Maui’s sparkling gem, and within the park are three lovely wilderness cabins and two campsites maintained by the National Park Service. However, you will need to put forth some effort in getting there – the cabins are accessible only via hiking a minimum of 3.7, or as far as 9.3, miles.
3. 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.
4. Waimanu Valley
Only accessible via the strenuous and treacherous Muliwai Trail, this picturesque valley is home to large, secluded campsites for anyone who wants to escape from the world - if only for a few days.
5. Malaekahana Beach Campground
Enjoy beachfront camping with food truck and fire pit access. Consider renting a kayak or paddleboard.
6. Kanaha Beach Park
This tranquil beach retreat with views of the West Maui Mountains and Iao Valley is an ideal spot to kick back, relax, and enjoy the ocean.
7. 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.
8. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, three miles from Volcano House, are the Namakanipaio Cabins, a beautiful campsite nestled in a eucalyptus grove 4,000 feet above sea level.
9. 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.
10. Kalalau Valley
Accessible via the strenuous 11-mile, one way, Kalalau Trail, this incredible beach camping spot is the definition of secluded.
11. Hapuna Beach
For a luxurious camping experience, stay in one of Hapuna Bay's charming A-frame cabins.
12. Kahana Valley State Park
With numerous hiking opportunities, this state park is the perfect camping spot if you want to enjoy a weekend getting lost in the wilderness.
13. 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?
14. Punalu’u Beach Park
Who wouldn't want to go camping near a beautiful black sand beach? Though be warned, you aren't likely to have the beach to yourself while camping here.