5 Best Camping Places in Oahu

5 Best Camping Places in Oahu

 

If the idea of waking up to the sound of crashing waves on a white-sand beach only a few feet away from you, or opening your eyes to a picturesque botanical garden is appealing, we encourage you to bring or rent a tent and check in to any of these top-rated campgrounds. Keep in mind, camping in Hawaii isn't like camping in Yosemite, or Yellowstone.


Oahu, the most populated island, is a little more restrictive on camping than the other Hawaiian Islands, there are plenty of great, picturesque spots to pitch a tent.

 

Malaekahana Beach Campground & State Recreation Area

Amenities include outdoor showers, fire pits at each camp site, a food truck Thursday through Monday, and a camp store if you forget things like batteries, lighter fluid or essentials. The water is calm enough to swim, paddleboard or snorkel during the summer months, and there are kayak, surfboard and body board rentals available on-site.  

Amenities include outdoor showers, fire pits at each camp site, a food truck Thursday through Monday, and a camp store if you forget things like batteries, lighter fluid or essentials. The water is calm enough to swim, paddleboard or snorkel during the summer months, and there are kayak, surfboard and body board rentals available on-site.

 

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

The lush, 400-acre rainforest park, backed by the majestic Koolau mountains, is aptly named "a peaceful refuge." The only city-run campsite on Oahu that isn't on the beach, the garden was designed and built in the early 1980s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kaneohe. The site has 20 weekend campsites with restrooms, outdoor showers and picnic areas, where you can hike, fish and feed ducks at the lake.  

The lush, 400-acre rainforest park, backed by the majestic Koolau mountains, is aptly named "a peaceful refuge." The only city-run campsite on Oahu that isn't on the beach, the garden was designed and built in the early 1980s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kaneohe. The site has 20 weekend campsites with restrooms, outdoor showers and picnic areas, where you can hike, fish and feed ducks at the lake.

 

Bellows Field Beach Park

The gorgeous white-sand beach park with 50 campsites has two sections: One that requires a military ID and one run by the City and County of Honolulu that's open to anyone. Bellows Air Force Base does offer some additional amenities: Basic beach cabins sans electricity, plus group and RV campsites, equipment rentals, more restrooms and showers, a mini mart and fast-food restaurants.  

The gorgeous white-sand beach park with 50 campsites has two sections: One that requires a military ID and one run by the City and County of Honolulu that's open to anyone. Bellows Air Force Base does offer some additional amenities: Basic beach cabins sans electricity, plus group and RV campsites, equipment rentals, more restrooms and showers, a mini mart and fast-food restaurants.

 

Ahupuaa O Kahana State Park

The popular campground with 10 sites on Oahu's windward side is one of just a few publicly-owned ahupuaa (a traditional Hawaiian land division that connects the mountain to the ocean). The relatively untouched valley presents hiking trails, a bodysurfing beach and archaeological sites to view, including remnants of a Native Hawaiian heiau (temple), house sites, fishing shrines and a prehistoric fishpond.  

The popular campground with 10 sites on Oahu's windward side is one of just a few publicly-owned ahupuaa (a traditional Hawaiian land division that connects the mountain to the ocean). The relatively untouched valley presents hiking trails, a bodysurfing beach and archaeological sites to view, including remnants of a Native Hawaiian heiau (temple), house sites, fishing shrines and a prehistoric fishpond.

 

Kualoa Regional Park and Campground

Two campgrounds occupy the 150-acre peninsula on Kualoa Bay: Campground A and Campground B. The smaller, more shaded Campground A is closed during the summer after Memorial Day Weekend for a children's camp and reopens on Labor Day Weekend. Campground B has 14 campsites with bathrooms and outdoor showers, and a breathtaking view of the iconic Oahu islet known as Chinaman's Hat.  

Two campgrounds occupy the 150-acre peninsula on Kualoa Bay: Campground A and Campground B. The smaller, more shaded Campground A is closed during the summer after Memorial Day Weekend for a children's camp and reopens on Labor Day Weekend. Campground B has 14 campsites with bathrooms and outdoor showers, and a breathtaking view of the iconic Oahu islet known as Chinaman's Hat.

 

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