Fall asleep to the sound of frogs and wake up in a botanical garden. Common area with electricity, shared refrigerator, coffee maker, hot water, sink, stove, and barbecue. Hot shower and outside soaking tub too!
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
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Nice place to camp close to Kona with all the amenities. I booked a few nights here and ended up staying a few more, a great homebase to explore the West side of the island.
-20 mins to Kona
-open air hot shower is really nice
-safe and quiet
-tented outdoor common area with coffee/toaster, etc
-nice shaded property complete with avocados falling from the trees
I left all my stuff at my camp here unattended including my bicycle for most of my stay and didn't have to worry, no way you can get away with that at the state campgrounds. Also because the property is at some elevation (~1500') above Kona, the temperature is really nice at night compared to hot down below. The shower uses a propane flash heater and the water is piping hot. The heater actually went out while I was there, and Adriano went into town and replaced it right away, I was impressed. They really care about the guests here and Adriano and Julia were both very nice. Rainforest sounds at night (frogs) are nice to fall asleep to. If I had to choose one con, I'd say some people may be put off by the tent sites, just gravel clearings on the side of a long gravel driveway shared with a neighbor, but it's really not an issue, still quiet and reasonably private. I had a pleasant stay and would stay again. If my girlfriend had joined I may have upgraded to the glamping tents which looked quite nice.
The bathroom and kitchen facilities were a bit further away than we expected (a bit of a walk down the driveway) but the campsite was good for a couple nights. We enjoyed using the fire pit.
The campsite itself is off to the side of a driveway, comprised of small gravelly stones, a fire pit, 2 seat bench, wood piles, and some flora. It is mostly private. I have mixed feelings about the campsite because the gravel doesn’t make it as cozy as it could be... We purchased dry firewood and had a nice campfire the second night (would recommend). The amenities were clean and accommodating. A minute walk to them. The luxury tents seemed more friendly for the sight layout, but maybe less private. Bring a headlamp for sure!
Don't stay here.
We arrived and nobody was here. The place they described as the campsite was next to a big pile of landscaping waste, plus had garbage all around and a full trash can. We called and the hosts just blamed the prior campers. They said they don't do any cleaning between campers. We didn't want to stay there because obviously its unsanitary in the middle of a pandemic, plus there were so many bugs due to the landscaping waste (just in this part of the property), and the tent pitches weren't even flat. It is also a long way to bathrooms and showers (my watch counted 3 flights of stairs). The host finally let us pitch our tent somewhere else (near some tents they rent out on AirBNB) but only after my husband put up a fight about it. Even that area was not flat, or good for camping. They first told us that beyond picking up the garbage and charging a cleaning fee, they wouldn't do anything, that they didnt need to provide it because the camping is so cheap - oh, and the host said that we don't need to worry about the virus here because everyone did a quarantine before they came to Hawaii, he doesnt even wear a mask because we could never get COVID here. He is so oblivous and putting his campers and his family in danger. Other things that made the camping bad - they kept turning the electricity off in the kitchen so we had to cook with flashlights (the main house did have power), there is a lot of road noise, and the shower is weirdly very far away from the toilet so you have to run around getting ready in the morning. If you read all this and stay anyways, just know what you're getting into - i have stayed in some cheap places all over the world with no complaints, but I would not come back here again. At least they had hot water and were pretty close to Kona.
It's a place to crash near kona
For the record, it was the cheapest "camping" (besides backpacking/camping in HVNP) that I could find on the island. I came prepared with all of my camping essentials, but this would have been an entirely different experience if I had not already been camping for prior days.
The HIP camp site is up the driveway (past the house) on this little gravel patch. It's up a very steep hill, and in order to access the toilet, you have to walk behind the house. For the shower, you have to go further down the driveway near all of the 'fancier' AirBnB tents. You're literally pitching your tent on a gravel patch, so if you are just looking for a place to crash then it's fine. No water or electricity by the site, you have to walk down to the common areas which are shared with the AirBnb 'tents.'
The host (Adriano) was friendly to me when I checked in since I was confused on where the HIPcamp site was. According to their memo in the kitchen, they are a Christian couple (Brazil / Michigan) who have lived in Africa for the past decade, and are looking to cultivate a 'diverse' Christian community in Hawai'i. They are essentially building a 'sanctuary,' or getaway for their Christian compadres who will visit over time.
There was a few neighbors jamming outside, a few louder motorcycles driving on the road next to my tent, and their TV that I could hear until around 11pm. Nothing too major though!
The fire pit was nice (I didn't actually use it because the wood provided was wet), and the second night it absolutely down-poured. Overall, I'd recommend for a night or two, but that's only if you have plans to get out and explore during the day!
Cheap but not well maintained
Campsite was a turnout on a long uphill gravel driveway.. it was somewhat seculded with trees surrounding but with loud neighbors and limited space. The gravel camping area had dog poop and trash all around it. Also with slanted terrain, we kept sliding to the edge of our tent. The fire pit was decent but the firewood was all too wet to burn. We couldn't find the outdoor shower and the host was unresponsive.