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Hawaii Island's Best Campsites

6 sites 路 RVs, Tents8 acres 路 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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Luana Farm

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents15 acres 路 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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Yip Camp and Eco-Retreat Center

6 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres 路 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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Kula Manu Farms

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents2 acres 路 Holualoa, HI
Kula Manu is an organic farm located on the slopes of Hualalai Mountain in Holualoa, Hawaii. Kula Manu is one of the rare properties with a seasonal river that runs parallel to it, flowing out into the ocean. It is situated about 3 miles away from Kailua-Kona & white sand beaches such as Magic Sands, or snorkeling spots like Kahalu'u. This farm has been, and is, a place of refuge for many visitors - and could very well be called a co-op. Involve yourself as much as you'd like in the different gardens, or take advantage of the landowners intimate knowledge of the island. We will always be able to give advice for fun things to do (& maybe hidden gems!) of the island.
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Moon Garden Farm Getaway

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents25 acres 路 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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Wild Blue Water Ranch

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents7 acres 路 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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Arnott's Lodge

10 sites 路 RVs, Tents1 acre 路 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 Tranquil Homestead

2 sites 路 Lodging5 acres 路 Mountain View, HI
Our "Off Grid" campsite is nestled in the midst of a mini-Rainbow Eucalyptus Rainforest, with native Ohia trees sparsely located throughout our property. Hapu'u Ferns are also within our mini-Rainbow Eucalyptus Rainforest. Enjoy the stunning 90 - 100 degree ocean views of Hawaii Island's Western Coastline, as well as the new Volcanic Vent (Known as Fissure 8) created by the 2018 Eruption of the Kileaua Volcano. The Hawaii Volcano National Park (HVNP) is a 14 mile or 20 minute drive from our campsite. HVNP has a visitor's center to get information about the park, hiking trails throughout its boundaries, steam vents and the awe-inspiring caldera, which is the location of the volcano's lava pool. At night, the glow from the lava in the caldera can be seen at the park. Our campsite is also an 18 mile or 29 minute drive from the Hilo International Airport and the town of Hilo, Hawaii.
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Hamakua Christmas Tree Forest

5 sites 路 Lodging, Tents13 acres 路 Honomu, HI
Our campsites are situated on 13 acres off the Historical Hamakua Coast, and home of the Hamakua Christmas Tree Forest. Awesome ocean view of the beautiful Pacific are a guarantee. It is quiet, safe ,and private with easy access just 3/4 mile off of the Hawaii Belt Road, (Highway 19), up a paved county maintained road. At Waikaumalo Park, "roughly a half mile" walk or ride away, you can take a cool dip in the fresh water stream surrounded by tropical foliage. Papa'aloa Country Store and Cafe has a restaurant and offers a wide selection of grocery items only 5 miles away. Botanical World Adventures just 3 miles away offers the Umauma Experience with ziplining, biking tours, trails exploring tropical flora, and triple waterfall views and adventures. Akaka Falls is only 6 miles away in Honomu. Laupahoehoe Point is only 15 minutes away offering swimming, fishing, and relaxing in the lava rocks and waves. All this is just 20 miles north of Hilo!
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Hamakua Guesthouse

7 sites 路 Lodging5 acres 路 Pepeekeo, HI
The Hamakua Guesthouse is located on the south end of Hawaii's breathtaking Hamakua Coast. Established in 2012 we are easily accessible to all the Big Island attractions such as Volcanoes National Park (1 hour South), Waipio Valley (1 hour North), and the countless sights and adventures along the Hamakua Coast, it is the perfect location to base your Big Island adventure vacation. The legendary Akaka Falls State Park is only 4 miles away from the Hamakua House. Onomea Bay is only 4 miles away, which is the home of the Hawaii Botanical Gardens. It is an unforgettable drive to get there and the bay is a wonderful place to have a picnic. We are only 1 mile (easily walkable) from the quaint main street of Honomu, HI. This town was established in the sugar cane plantation era and remains today boasting some wonderful gift shops, two restaurants, a coffee house, and the Island's best Zip Line Tours. Guests have access to our open air full bathroom with running water and a stunning rainfall shower (located at the main house). They also have access to our covered outdoor kitchen with grills, a sink, prep space, dining area, dishes, cups, silverware, and cookware (also located at the main house).
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Misty Mauna Farms

6 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres 路 Mountain View, HI
This 3 acre Property is secluded in the Old Glenwood District or what鈥檚 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 鈥淓XTRAS鈥 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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Honua La'a "Sacred Land"

1 site 路 Lodging20 acres 路 Hawaiian Ocean View, HI
Enjoy the country life in Kau on the Big Island and the lovely red Lehua flowers blooming. We live on 20 acres on Road to the Sea, which has a remote green sand beach at the end of the road (4 miles down from us). We call our slice of paradise, Honua Laa (a sacred place). Straight down to the coast is a beautiful black and green sand beach and a huge tide pool. Rent a four-wheel-drive to get there, but you don鈥檛 need 4WD to get to our place, just go slow the road is gravel and bumpy. Off the grid. Rustic, but fun. If you are a Eco tourist or seeking adventure, you will love our spot! The silence is golden and the stars are amazing. Don't expect a hotel...this is upcountry glamorous camping. Shared bathroom (see photos). Hipcamp kitchenette includes a propane single burner, ice chest (bring ice), No fridge. No oven. Small BBQ grill. We have an outdoor fire pit, if you like campfires! It's one-of-a-kind! Most of the parcels are 20 acre parcels around鈥 But a few smaller parcels across the road. We have nice neighbors who keep an eye on things. The nearest grocery store is about 3 miles away. The Hele-On Bus is just 1.2 miles up the road. If you want to drive to the green sand beach at the end of our road, rent a 4 wheel drive. If you are athletic, you can walk, but it is 4 miles down and 4 miles back. I recommend going early in the morning and take water. Hot water shower is propane. Bring ice for your ice chest. Bring drinking water. There is plenty of coffee and tea in the kitchenette and a gallon of water to get you started. DRIP COFFEE -Boil hot water in the kettle, put cone filter with a paper filter and ground coffee inside and on top of thermos. Drip. It's delicious! This is off the grid solar and there can be days without sun, or other glitches. You can charge your phone and have a lamp in your cabin. No wifi. I use ATandT and I understand that Verizon and T-Mobile work here also. The panoramic ocean view is spectacular! Very peaceful and relaxing! Our glamping cabins are in the front 3 acres. The back 17 acres is an old Ohia forest with 500 year old trees and lots of birds. You might even see a wild goat or a wild pig. There are small caves and gorgeous rock formations. It backs up to Manuka Forest Reserve.
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The best camping near Mauna Loa guide



The largest active volcano in the world has climbed over 13,000 feet above sea level to overlook the otherworldy landscapes on the Island of Hawai'i. Known for its frequent activity and larger lava flows, Mauna Loa has produced over half of the Big Island's land mass. This mass is so substantial that it compresses the sea floor beneath it, giving the volcano a total height of 56,000 feet from the depths of the ocean to its peak. 

Alongside a treasure trove of interesting facts stands the immense beauty of Mauna Loa. The glowing lava flows pour into the ocean under the backdrop of the night sky, offering a mesmerizing experience for visitors. Experienced hikers enjoy summiting Mauna Loa along a forged path that is not for the faint of heart. Alternatively, driving the Scenic Byway will wind you through the landscapes along the volcano's base. Just be sure to check for active lava flows and road closures! A must-see for anyone camping near Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa's central location makes it an easy day trip for anyone camping on the Big Island.

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  • Located on the big island, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is where you go to say mahalo to Mother Nature for 70 million years of volcanism and what it has bestowed on Planet Earth. The park was created to preserve the natural settings of K墨lauea and Mauna Loa and serve as a refuge for native plants and animals.
  • All jungle-covered cliffs and sparkling seas, Hawaii is one of the top vacation destinations in the U.S. This tiny state packs in a staggering amount of breathtaking landscapes.聽
  • Swimming with sea turtles and exploring the sacred lands of ancient Hawaiians? With its rugged shoreline, historic sites, and adorable wildlife, Kaloko-Honokohau has something for everyone.
  • A lava-covered coastal park, K墨holo State Park Reserve features small bays, a sparsely vegetated coastline, historical lava flows, and plenty of wide open space to roam.
  • Breathtaking natural beauty with all of the amenities of a bustling city, Hilo and the surrounding area are known for their many waterfalls, lush rainforests, and blooming wildflowers.聽
  • With towering palms, lush greenery, and鈥攐f course鈥攖he beautiful blue Pacific Ocean, H膩puna Beach State Recreation Area is home to some of the most vibrant flora and fauna on the Big Island.
  • Get the best of both worlds at Kal艒p膩 State Recreation Area, whose green forests sit right on the edge of Hawaii鈥檚 classic tropical beaches. A picturesque trail鈥攖he Kal艒p膩 Nature Trail鈥攚inds through the park and showcases some of the Big Island鈥檚 incredible diversity.
  • This sacred spot of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau was once a refuge for ancient lawbreakers. Today, you can explore the lava-rock beach鈥攅ven if you're not on the run.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Hawaii's King Kamehameha I when you visit Pu鈥檜kohola-Heiau National Historic Site. The Helau, a huge stone temple, is one of the last sacred buildings ever constructed in Hawaii before Westerners arrived.

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