The Best Camping in Hawaii

We’d choose a sweet campsite or cabin over a hotel room any day, but especially in Hawaii. Hawaii is home to some of the most dramatic and diverse ecosystems in the world. Waterfalls, rainforests, deserts, coral reefs, waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs, tide pools, lava sand beaches, waterfalls… Did we mention waterfalls? Well, you can camp right next to one at a Hipcamp on the Big Island (check it below!) ✨

Camping is also a fun way to travel on the cheap. Save your money for banana bread, surf board rentals and snorkel boats, not an overly expensive place to sleep!

Below are some of our favorite campsites in Hawaii! These all happen to be on the Big Island, but you can see all Hipcamps on this colorful archipelago here.

Mauna Kea Cloudforest Retreat

Big Island – $40/night

Photo by Brooke Lambe.

Photos by Brooke Lambe.

*Jaw drop* This Big Island campground boasts 14 acres of private riverfront property with waterfalls, several swimming holes, and tropical jungle, where you’ll camp right on the river. Plus, there’s a damn fine outdoor shower.

“What could be better than waking up and looking it out of your tent to see a picturesque waterfall and going for a quick dip? Not much. What makes it even better is that it didn’t cost an arm and a leg to experience it.” – Hipcamper Michael

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Glamping in Beautiful Kapoho

Big Island – $50

Photo by Brooke Lambe.

This is the cutest little A-frame! This campsite is close to the Kapoho Tidepools (great for snorkeling!) and Champagne Ponds (great for swimming!)

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Chic Eco Bus Camp

Big Island – $25

Photo by Anita Yung.

Photos by Anita Yung.

Budget vacation rental meets hippie haven paradise. This converted Blue Bird 1999 school bus comes with a kitchenette, queen sized mattress, DVD player and all the old movies worth curling up with after a long day out in the sun.

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James Cottage

Big Island – $289/night

Photo by Brooke Lambe.

Photos by Brooke Lambe.

This cottage runs closer to the price of an 3-to-4 star hotel on the island, but offers a totally different experience than staying in a resort! The cottage is a historic plantation home on a private ranch—with a hot tub and a beautiful natural swimming pool. ?

“This ranch is MAGIC. The James Cottage is a beautiful place to stay, and the sky is super dark making star gazing from your private hot tub a total dream. The bed is super comfy and the kitchen is nicely set up, it’s really everything you need (even laundry!) I love wandering around the ranch in the morning too, I got to meet baby piglets and watch horses wandering amongst the trees with the ocean behind them. My only wish is that I could have stayed longer!!” ~ Alyssa Ravasio, Founder and CEO of Hipcamp

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Deluxe Glamping Hammock Cabana

Big Island – $43

Photo by Brooke Lambe.

Each of these hammocks can sleep two and be adjusted for flat or cradled sleeping.

“Don’t waste your Hawaiian vacation cooped up in a hotel room. Come enjoy the real Hawaii, where the gentle breeze and tree frogs will lull you to sleep each night.” – Hipcamp Host Mathew

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Hawaiian Coastline Jungle Camp at Ewa-Wava Farm

Big Island – $30/night

Photo by Anita Yung.

Camp amongst papayas, monkey pod trees, mangoes, papayas, bananas, avocados. The farm is across the street from a beautiful black sand beach and 4 miles away from active lava viewing.

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Pua Lani Jungle House

Big Island – $125/night

Photo by Brooke Lambe.

Photo by Brooke Lambe.

Where to explore from this wooden cedar home in the rainforest jungle: active lava flowing into the ocean, black sand tide pools on the Puna coast, and warm ponds. But with a house this beautiful, will you ever want to leave? ?

“Paradise. This place is now my favorite place in the world.” – Field Scout Brooke Lambe

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Nature Cottage

Big Island – $60

An iconic jungle cabin—run solely on solar! ☀️

“My stay in the Nature Cottage was absolutely perfect. It’s tucked away on the most beautiful property surrounded by nature… This is a farm so there are workers living on sight whom are the nicest people you will ever meet. There are friendly animals roaming about and sooo many fruit trees!! This place is just perfect all around and I can’t wait to go back.” – Field Scout Brooke Lambe

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Ola’a Rainforest Property

Big Island – $20

Set up camp amongst native Ohia trees, Hapuu tree ferns, avocados and bananas.

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See all Hawaii campsites.

Know landowners in Hawaii who would be interested in hosting campers? Direct ’em here.

Hipcamp Staff

Hipcamp is an online marketplace where you can list, discover, and book campsites and accommodations on private and public land. Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. If you’re a landowner, Hipcamp creates new revenue streams for your business, which can help conserve your land and keep it wild. #FindYourselfOutside #LeaveItBetter

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