Camping on The Big Island


Places to Camp

Lots of savvy travelers have figured out how to reduce their vacation expenses by shopping carefully for their accommodations, while some hardy vacationers have learned how to spare absolutely all expense by camping in the county and state parks on The Big Island. Camping is not for everyone, especially in a warm or wet climate, but if you are interested in doing so, the information on this page may help you plan your outing.

Please do your homework before thinking of camping on The Big Island. Many of our campgrounds are either in out-of-the-way places, or have few amenities. In most cases, camping requires a permit (see the links to permit information in the sidebar of this page), and the waiting list for a permit at more desirable campgrounds may be quite long.

Click on the area of the island you would like to make your home base during your vacation.

  1. The Kona Coast

  1. The Kohala Coast

  1. Waimea and North Coast

  1. Hilo and Hamakua

  1. Volcano Area

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Big Island Camping

Permits are required at most parks and campgrounds on The Big Island. Click below for specific information.

County Parks (Permit / Fee Info)

  1. Hookena Beach Park

  2. Isaac Hale Beach Park

  3. Kapa`a (no potable water)

  4. Kolekole (no potable water)

  5. Laupahoehoe

  6. Mahukona (no potable water)

  7. Miloli`i (no potable water)

  8. Punalu`u Beach Park

State Parks (Permit / Fee Info.)

  1. Hapuna Beach (cabins)

  2. Kalopa Park

  3. MacKenzie Recreation Area

  4. Manuka State Wayside

  5. Mauna Kea Recreation Area (cabins, high altitude)

National Parks (no camping fee)

  1. Volcanoes National Park

A Note of Caution

For personal safety camp near other campers. Keep an eye on your belongings, and don’t leave anything in your car that you cannot afford to lose.