The best camping near Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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Flowing lava, crater hikes, and rainforests await campers at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  

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Hawaii Island's Best Campsites

6 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Naalehu, HI
This epic property was built by a Dillingham daughter and her husband in the early 80's. Transformed into a bed & breakfast in the 90's it is now known as Hawaii Island Resort. This consecutive guest review award winning facility capitalized on the 2018 eruption by starting Hawaii Island Macadamia Nut Company. The orchard has been left alone for more than 20 years with only wild pigs and poultry to tend it. This remarkable property now boasts above organic macadamia nuts just beginning to reach global markets. You can buy cheaper macadamia nuts but you can't buy better nuts. We love to share our abundance with others and opening the property to travelers that love to camp seemed like a perfect addition to our current program. We look forward to meeting you :) We have firewood. Please do not bring any outside sourced wood in. Thanks!
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Yip Camp and Eco-Retreat Center

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres · Fern Forest, HI
Yip Camp provides a setting that promotes immersion in nature. The property is located on the Kilauea Volcano at about 2700 feet in elevation and in sight of the majestic Mauna Loa volcano rising at the peak at 13,680 feet. Both volcanos have been active recently. There are several trails at the National Park nearby; trails and several species of birds live on the property including Japanese Pheasants. On clear nights the skies provide excellent ambient viewing of the moon, planets and constellations. The campsites and cottage are located in the woods near a shower and flushing toilet and the property is off grid with the goal to establish an example of sustainable lifestyles and ecosystems. Camping equipment is available upon request and the cottage is furnished with a basic kitchen. The grounds also include a screen room with a grill, tables, chairs and a fire pit. Local fruits and vegetables are grown on the property and the greenhouse provides food. Solitude is available for those who seek silence and immersion in nature and a number of state and county beaches are within a forty minute drive. The focus is providing a quiet environment and an opportunity for solitude away from the distractions of urban lifestyles.
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Wild Blue Water Ranch

4 sites · RVs, Tents7 acres · Pahoa, HI
We've got whales!! They've been breaching and playing typically within 150 meters from the property. Mauna Kea snows on and off during this season and you can see that from the property too! Immerse yourself in nature while soaking in the hot tub. Discover the night sky and its abundance of stars. Smell the fragrance of tropical flowers, savor the fresh fruit, feel the crashing waves and overhear the whales playing amidst them. Appreciate the freedom of the turtles and fish swimming. Listen to the wild birds singing. The calming nature of this location will evaporate your worries. Lay poolside, roam the property, and explore the Island. This is a great launching point to enjoy the treasures that the Big Island has waiting for you. Some places provide more privacy than others, but all are equipped with fire rings. There is a common bathroom and an indoor and outdoor shower with hot water. **All water used on location is derived from an on site well which is refreshed daily, plenteously, from the cool mountains above as the water makes its attempt to return to the sea.
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Luana Farm

3 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Captain Cook, HI
As all the land here is born of lava, many moons ago this land began to host plants and critters. Long after, it was sculpted and a number of families and farmers have contributed to what we have today. An abundance of fruit and vegetables within sight of the ocean. Peaceful breezes and warming sun make for unparalleled tranquility. Today the land still gives back to its visitors. Come recharge. As this is agricultural lands, there are many critters. Dogs, chickens, pheasants, peacock, mongoose, and many birds. Tge invasive coqui frog is annoying to some and calming to others. The micro climate here swings from warm and dry to wet quickly. Best to always prepare for rain. There is snorkeling, beaches, local food, Cafe, BBQ, poke, fish-n-chips, grocery, Sunday farmers market and hiking nearby. It is peaceful here, but also an active farming community. As an organic farm, we put alot of effort into soil building and as such, there are soft places that will be damaged by the weight of a vehicle. Staying on the driveway is best. We will guide you to where you need to go. Our road is paved, but bumpy. Any vehicle will make it without damage if driven slowly. 1 to 4mph tops. *Be sure to avoid the camper rental companies that restrict certain roads. Aloha and have a great day.
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Hawaiian Rainforest Glamping

3 sites · Lodging3 acres · Mountain View, HI
Hawaiian Rainforest Glamping is located in Fern Forest, a rural neighborhood, on three verdant acres of ōhiʻa lehua trees, tree ferns, banana plants, and fruit trees at 2100 feet. There is also a large communal kitchen (a 16' x 16' kitchen cabin) that you can use free of charge. In the summer, the greenhouse in the fenced paddock is full of vegetables. Free-ranging ducks and chickens supply eggs. There is an outdoor lounge area complete with a six-person picnic table, four hammocks, a fire pit, and torches. This is a peaceful place to relax and recuperate from the din of city life. There are no street lights, just the stars and moon after sunset. On a clear night, the sky is full of stars. Those nights are perfect for lighting a small fire pit (wood is available for a small charge). It rains often in this area and the sound is soothing to fall asleep to. The owner lives on the property premises in their own cabin, which is next to the yurt. The homestead is run by 6,000 watt solar-power and a rain-catchment system with a 4,500 gallon water tank. The yurt has its own bathroom with a flushing toilet and vanity sink. The shower (hot water) is an outdoor shower. Several places of interest are within a 1.5 hour drive. Volcano National Park is only 15 minutes away by car; Punaluʻu black sand beach is 30 minutes; Ka Lae (South Point) is about 1.5 hours; and Hoʻokena Bay is about two hours. Note—now that the the holiday season is over, the Christmas decorations have been taken down.
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Misty Mauna Farms

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres · Mountain View, HI
This 3 acre Property is secluded in the Old Glenwood District or what’s called Fern Forest. This property is unique because it was never excavated and ripped apart. Since 2022 Misty Mauna Farms is working to regenerate Hawaiian BioDiversity and offer modern comforts in an Off-Grid location. Our HipCamp sites and Hiking Trails are customized creations. Misty Mauna Farms provides Farm to Table packages and other amenities found in the “EXTRAS” Tab. Our Campsite receives a full morning Sunrise.! The Lomi Lomi Loft completed in early 2024, allows for complete privacy and amenities on par with expensive Hotels, Our Misty Mauna Farms is a Palm Tree Nursery specializing in rare Duck Breeding. During heavy rainfall watch the waters rise and Ducks enjoying Paradise with you!
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House of Light Glamping & Bathhouse

2 sites · Lodging, RVs4 acres · Hilo, HI
We have 4 pristine acres of land on the outskirts of the town of Hilo, with 3 acres of private forest, bordering on the Mauna Kea watershed, in the foothills of Mauna Loa volcano. Located in the Highlands of Waiakea Uka, at 1000-foot elevation, we are high above the humidity of Hilo. The glamping tent is situated right between the meadow and the forest. It's mostly peaceful here and it feels like being in the country. You can walk into the woods or up the road. There are no street lights, so there is a great view of the night sky. It's a great place for a Retreat, a Writer's Retreat, a Vision Quest or a Medicine Journey. We also offer Holistic and Vibrational Healing with Joy Gardner and others, and Rejuvenation through Body Work and Water in the Bamboo Bath House (see also RMAMysteryschool.com) Location: 15 minutes from the Airport, 15 minutes from Target and lots of good restaurants in Hilo, 20 minutes from Rainbow Falls, 20 minutes from Richardson Beach with great snorkeling, 20 minutes from good surfing at Honoli'i Beach Park, 40 minutes from Volcano and the Caldera.
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Camp Pua Loke

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Mountain View, HI
The coordinates are (19.49746° N, 155.14574° W) This property has no physical address. These coordinates will bring you right to the front of the property. You’ll pass a red house on the left then my property is the jungled lot right past it. There is plenty of space to park and set up a tent. When arriving at the property from the Hilo direction/East, you’ll turn right on Lehuanani St. then take the first left onto a dirt road. It has no sign. Long term camping and vehicle storage available. Discover the untouched beauty of Camp Pua Loke, a pristine .41-acre jungle retreat nestled in the heart of Mountain View, Hawaii. Perfect for the adventurous soul, this off-the-grid camping sanctuary offers a true return to nature. With no amenities on-site, campers are encouraged to fully embrace the wilderness, packing in and out all necessary supplies. We welcome both tent camping and RV/car camping, providing a versatile experience for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Revel in the tranquility of the surrounding jungle, the warmth of a campfire under a starlit sky, and the freedom to explore Hawaii’s wilds. For added convenience, the vibrant town of Hilo is nearby, offering everything you could need. The closest grocery store is about 20 minutes away, while Black Sands Beach and a Beach Park with Hot Springs are both just a half-hour drive. Don't miss out on the snorkeling opportunities available in Hilo. When arriving at Lehuanani St., take the first left down a dirt road. Follow the road to the end, where you'll find the property on the left with a sign in front that says Pua Loke. It's your gateway to an authentic and adaptable camping experience.
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Farm life

1 site · RV, Tent50 acres · Pahala, HI
Ancient Valley Growers is a unique place for farming in the most south district in Big Island, surrounded by beautiful mountains and spring water from the tap. This is a perfect spot for decompress, pitch your own tent, we are 28 minutes drive from the volcano park, 15 minutes to black sand beach and 30 minutes from south point, the kau coffee mill which is a really tourist spot is 5 minutes from us, The wood valley temple is on a 6 minutes walk down. if you need a place for do laundry, take a hot shower, cook a meal, decompress and take a breath of fresh air far away from the city and take a minute to explore the forest this would be a great spot for you. A farm in which you are welcome to harvest some vegetables along with squeezing fresh mandarine juice during your stay and learn about the natural techniques we use on the process. Also you can enjoy a farm tour to the biggest mamaki farm in the world (please schedule ahead of Time is encourage) $30 tour farm per hr. We have a camping stove available for you to cook, BBQ grill or wood for make a fire and blankets. Enjoy a stargazing Learning about farming in Hawaii Do a stress free hike in our 50 acres farm it gets chilly at night but nothing below 60 which is a perfect weather for us and the vegetables. Please check our adds on like fresh farm eggs, propane for your cooking, tours and more.
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Secluded Sunrise Cabanas

4 sites · Lodging7 acres · Naalehu, HI
Welcome to our off-grid glamping rental in beautiful Naalehu! Deep within the lush and remote agricultural landscapes of Hawaii, our food forest thrives, with its vibrant tapestry of over 100 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts, canoe plants, veggies, herbs, and medicinal plants. Surrounded on all sides by cattle fields, our secluded 8 acre property and farm is the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature. The farm, restaurant and cottages are 100% solar powered and ensuring an eco friendly stay. Throughout the farm, sustainable practices are followed and Permaculture techniques are employed to maximize natural resources and minimize waste, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem that thrives without the need for chemical pesticides or fertilizers. When it's time to unwind, step outside onto your private deck and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the top of Mauna Loa, the Ka'u Coastline, Kilauea Volcano, the Pacific Ocean and lush Hawaiian landscape. You'll also find a small outdoor seating area, where you can relax and soak up the sun, take in the expansive view, or gaze at the stars. The cottages are powered by solar energy and have an eco-friendly outdoor shower and washing station, and porta potty. We supply fresh and filtered spring water for drinking. Our glamping site is located on a private 8-acre property situated on the luscious east side of the Big Island. You'll be surrounded by a vibrant tropical oasis, teeming with wildlife and native flora. Take a guided edible farm tour, hike through the surrounding food forest, take a bike ride on our road with the best views on the island, or an off-road excursion to the Green Sand Beach. If you're looking for a unique and sustainable way to experience Hawaii, this is the perfect option for you. Come stay with us and escape the crowds and noise of civilization while enjoying luxury accommodations , incredible farm to table food, and breathtaking natural beauty. We look forward to hosting you soon! Nearby Attractions: Green Sand Beach is a unique location famous for its unusual green sand created by volcanic eruptions. It is one of the few green sand beaches in the world and is popular with tourists and locals alike. Punalu'u Beach is a beautiful black sand beach with abundant Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. South Point - The southernmost point in the USA is a popular spot for cliff diving, off-roading, fishing and taking in the epic views. Kawa Beach - a good beach for intermediate surfers with a fresh water spring and ancient Hawaiian ruins. Kahuku Unit: A section of Volcano National Park that boasts native plants, hiking trails, and spectacular views.
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Moon Garden Farm Getaway

2 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Mountain View, HI
Moon Garden Farm is a 25 acre farm, located off Highway 11 near the town of Mountain View. Beautiful views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are visible on clear sunny days. The 1500 foot elevation gives a great view of the ocean as well. Mountain View is located between beautiful, quaint Hilo and the spectacular Volcano National Park, each about 15 miles in either direction. Sheep, cattle and feral pigs can be seen in the lower pasture. There are 4 ponds and two are stocked with tilapia and catfish. Fish nets are provided for the children. The grounds are beautifully manicured with creative topiary's and lends itself to great photo shoots. Jaboticaba, bananas, lemons, calamansi, and several other fruit trees can be found on the farm. Yours to eat when in season. Moon Garden Farm is a magical place and I'm sure you will feel it too. For larger organizational groups please contact me and let's make it work for you.
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Arnott's Lodge

10 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Hilo, HI
Our campground is located by our main lodge, Arnott's Lodge, which has been in operation for 30+ years. We have been hosting campers on our lawn for a long time, and are able to offer wifi, parking spaces, charging stations, bathrooms and showers, coin-op laundry, and a small outdoor cooking area, all in a safe location. Our check-in hours are between 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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The best camping near Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park guide

Overview

About

The volcanic hotspot that has been steadily constructing the Hawaiian Island chain for the past 85 million years is still busy under the Big Island. Here, at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, you can get up close and personal with two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, where glowing orange lava is frequently visible, and Mauna Loa, the world’s largest subaerial volcano. Aside from those two standout spots, Hawai‘i Volcanoes is known for hiking and camping, both of which give visitors adventure access to crater rims, alpine deserts, lava tubes, oceanside lava flows, rainforests, and beaches. In addition to preserving the natural settings of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, the park serves as a refuge for endemic Hawaiian animal and plant species like the Nēnē goose, the ‘I‘iwi honeycreeper, the Hawaiian monk seal, and the iconic ʻŌhiʻa tree.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families: Nāmakanipaio Campground is centrally located with water and restrooms.
  • Best for glamping: The Volcano House lodge or its cabins in Nāmakanipaio are perfect for extra comforts.
  • Best for rustic camping: The primitive Kulanaokuaiki Campground has nine campsites.
  • Best for backpacking: The park has multiple backcountry campsites, including coastal sites.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. The campgrounds at Nāmakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to snag a spot!
  2. Backcountry camping permits are also issued on a first-come, first-served basis at the Backcountry Permit Office. Get in touch by calling (808-985-6178).
  3. The Volcano House lodge is the park’s only formal hotel. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance online.

When to go

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open year-round. Summers run slightly hotter and drier than winters , but the Big Island’s tropical temperatures and trade winds make for comfortable camping in all seasons. In general, it’s smart to prepare for hot days, cold nights, and rain no matter when you visit. Snow is common on Mauna Loa in winter.

Know before you go

  • As part of an active volcano system, the park’s lava presence and flows are always changing. Visit the National Park Service’s “What’s Going On With the Volcanos?” page for current info on seismic activity and lava visibility.
  • A range of extreme environments and conditions exist with the park, meaning all visitors should be prepared for UV exposure, heat, and rain. Vog, or volcanic smog, can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system when present. Certain hiking areas on sharp lava rocks require sturdy hiking boots, and hydration is critical year-round.
  • Many sites within the park are sacred to Native Hawaiians, including Kīlauea, which is considered the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. Accordingly, all visitors are required to treat these sites with respect and aim to leave it better.
  • Campers should do their part to prevent the spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), a fungal disease that has been killing the park’s ʻŌhiʻa trees. Stay on established trails and spray your shoes with a 70% rubbing alcohol solution before and after hiking.

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