Best Camping on Hawaii Beaches

Hawaii Beach Camping

Sea Turtle on beautiful beach
Sea Turtle on beautiful beach | Source

Hawaii beach camping - $3-8 per day!

There are state beach campgrounds like this all around Oahu and Kauai
There are state beach campgrounds like this all around Oahu and Kauai | Source
Bantam roosters, hens and chicks visit the camping areas and are sometimes very noisy.
Bantam roosters, hens and chicks visit the camping areas and are sometimes very noisy. | Source
Large sea turtles sun themselves on the beach in a Kauai turtle reserve.
Large sea turtles sun themselves on the beach in a Kauai turtle reserve. | Source
Marsh's 91 year old mom wanted to camp also.
Marsh's 91 year old mom wanted to camp also. | Source
Camping in the little tent on green grass facing Kauai surf. A  large cooking shelter with electricity is closeby also showers and toilets house are closeby.
Camping in the little tent on green grass facing Kauai surf. A large cooking shelter with electricity is closeby also showers and toilets house are closeby. | Source
A short day hike to a warm waterfall near campground on Oahu's north coast.
A short day hike to a warm waterfall near campground on Oahu's north coast. | Source
A spacious campground with lovely grass picnick tables campsites and spotless clean facilities on Oahu's eastern coast. Beautiful clear water and sheltered beach.
A spacious campground with lovely grass picnick tables campsites and spotless clean facilities on Oahu's eastern coast. Beautiful clear water and sheltered beach. | Source
There are no shortages of clean beautiful state camping beaches.
There are no shortages of clean beautiful state camping beaches. | Source
Taro ponds in Kauai's northern coastal area near Hanalie campgound
Taro ponds in Kauai's northern coastal area near Hanalie campgound | Source
Early morning yoga class.
Early morning yoga class. | Source

Camping at Hawaii State Beaches $3per day

You can rent a luxury beach view room in a Oahu or Kauai Hotel starting at about $350. per day or you can rent nice condos in Hawaiian towns for about $100 per day, or you can rent a beautiful clean beach side campsite with great views of the waves for about $3.-$8 per day per person depending on services at the campground. If you are a permanent resident of Hawaii you can camp in the state parks free of charge.

QUIET BEACHES

We wondered why the campsites on Oahu and Kauai were so quiet with just a few campers. "Well its winter. Hawaiians don't like camping in December. They'll come for picnics on the weekend." Winter in Hawaii is like summer in Vancouver. Lovely sunny days, some clouds, temperature in the 70's. Some rainy days. We were lucky it only rained at night the whole week we were camping.The campsites are usually in public beach side parks and have showers with tepid water, clean toilet facilities, nice picnic tables and sheltered cooking areas with electric hook ups for your kettle, camera,TV whatever. Some locals actually do bring along electric appliances.

My 91year old mother stayed with us in a condo for a week before we sent her home and went camping. But when she saw the beautiful campgrounds she wished she could come along and camp out. I was enchanted by the quiet beaches. Some had rough surf, others had protected swimming areas. Some had reefs where you can snorkle in the feeding areas of a wide variety of tropical fish. At one campsite I snorkeled with two gigantic sea turtles. Some other campers told me they swam at a beach with seals.

TRIP PLANNING:

1) You can look up campsite locations on line and book the campgrounds on line through the Hawaii State Parks website.

2) You can rent a car inexpensively through Hawaii discount car brokers websites.The islands are small and you can easily drive to town for supplies or a hamburger. More important you can lock your stuff in the trunk of the car when you leave the campsite. Its not safe to leave valuables in your tent unattended. Some people rent a Van and sleep in the van if it rains.

3) You can take cheap public buses from the airport to the campgrounds, or even hitch hike to them without much trouble. But without a car you don't have a secure place to leave your belongings when you go swimming or hiking. Also some public buses wont allow you on with a gigantic pack-so pack light.

4) Each campsite is closed for cleaning one day per week so on that day you need to book a different campsite.

5) You need to bring a rainproof tent, sleeping bags and mats, small cook stove and pots, food. Though some campsites have food stands.

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marshacanada 3 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

HI Marlin 55, thanks for your comment. Hope you get over to Kauai soon.


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Marlin 55 3 years ago from USA

I really enjoyed this article.Thank you. My wife is from Kauai and she is always telling me how beautiful it is. I can't wait to go and see for myself.


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SamTravels 4 years ago

Hmm...roosters should be last of your worries! :) Sometimes there will be a few random characters roaming around, but just be cool/friendly and they will, too. It can get chilly at night, so bundle up!


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marshacanada 4 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

Hi Sam. Glad you enjoyed camping at Mokuleia. What gets sketchy-the other campers or the wild roosters???


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SamTravels 4 years ago

Camping in Mokuleia near Haleiwa is always an adventure. Make sure you have at least 5 people because it can get sketchy at nice. But, beautiful sunsets there!


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC Author

I hope you get there soon agusfanani. It was much nicer than I was expecting. Easy to get around by bus-and GREAT Camping and Hiking.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

Hawaii is my dream place of visiting. I hope I can do that someday.

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