Besides hiking, Camping on Oahu is probably the next best way to get out and enjoy what the Island has to offer. There are plenty of campgrounds throughout the Island that range from mountain camp-sites to camp-sites on the beach. Since the temperature in Hawaii remains pretty much the same throughout the year, camping on Oahu is possible all year round. There are approximately 16 different campground throughout Oahu, State sites and county sites. If you choose to camp at one of the county sites, you need to get a free county permit. The permit is available through parks and recreation in Honolulu. Their phone number is (808) 523-4525.
When camping on Oahu at one of the state sites, you need a permit that costs $5.00 per night per family. This permit is available through the Division Of State Parks. Their phone number is (808)587-0300. You must get this permit 30 days in advance (no earlier that 30 days).
The maximum number of nights allowed for camping on Oahu at any campground is five consecutive nights within a 30 day period. All campsites are closed on Wednesday and Thursday. So you may camp from Friday-Tuesday and then not again for 30 more days.
Most places on Oahu do not rent camping equipment. So if you plan on camping in Oahu, you can bring your own or you can rent equipment at the only place on Oahu that does rent camping equipment and that is Omar the tent man. Omar the tent man is located on Leole Street in Waipahu. If you want to buy camping equipment, I suggest buying it at Wal-Mart or K-mart. Both of these store are located near the Ala Moana Shopping center in Waikiki. You can also get some really great deals online at Wal-mart or at Camping World. Walmart tends to be alot cheaper, but camping world has a better selection.(I have added a link on the right side of the page that you can use to search for camping items at walmart or camping world. Sometimes you can find used camping supplies at the Salvation Army down the street from K-mart in Waikiki.
The bus goes around the island so it can get you pretty close to any campground you want to visit, but you are only allowed one bag per person on the bus and it must fit under your seat. Another option to find camping gear is to check out the links below or in the column to the right enter what you are looking for in the search engines.
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OAHU STATE CAMPGROUNDS
There are five state campgrounds on the island of Oahu and believe it or not one is right in Honolulu.
Sand Island State Recreation Park
End of Sand Island access road
Off Nimitz hwy,
Sand Island, Hi.
This is the only state campground in Honolulu and it is really nice. It is a 102 acre park with grassy lawns, shade trees, sandy beaches and a fantastic view of the entire Honolulu coastline all the way to Waikiki. Even the best hotels in Oahu don’t have a view like this one. Activities include fishing, swimming, picnicking and board surfing. This site is tent camping only and it is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Permits are $5.00 per campsite per night. Bus # 19 stops one mile from the campground. Camping on Oahu was never so convenient.
Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area
End of Aiea Heights Drive.
This park is a 345 acre wooded park located at the southern end of central Oahu above Halawa heights. This is a cooler mountain campsite located in the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains. There are some ancient remains of a temple that was used for treating the sick and injured and there is a large variety of trees. Aiea loop hiking trail is located within the park (see Hiking). This park is for tent camping only and the facilities include: picnic tables, restrooms, cold showers, outdoor grills, dishwashing area, a covered pavilion, public phone and drinking water. The cost is $5.00 per night and a permit is required. This is a cooler place for camping on Oahu.
There are no buses to this area.
Waimanalo Bay State Recreation Area
This park is just outside the town of Waimanalo and is the most beautiful beachfront campgrounds on Oahu. Steep cliffs and miles of sandy beaches welcome the visitor. Rabbit island is viewable just off the coast. There is great swimming, surfing and fishing. Facilities include: open grassy lawn sites with shade trees, picnic table, barbeque and a trash can at each site, restroom, showers, drinking fountains and an area to wash dishes. This area is in close proximity to Hanauma Bay, Sea Life Park, Makapuu beach and Sandy beach. The Bus #57 stops about a mile from the campground.
Malaekahana Bay State Recreation Area
Off Kamehameha Highway
Maleakahana Beach, Hi.
This is another nice wooded 110 acre beautiful beach park with two different campsite areas and over a mile of sandy beach. Activities include: Swimming, body surfing and fishing. Amenities include: picnic tables, restroom, showers, sinks, phone and drinking water. $5.00 per night and a permit is required. The Bus #55 stops in front of the park, which makes camping on Oahu pretty easy.
Kahana Valley Park
This is a scenic wild land valley that is 5228.7 acres. This park is for both tent and vehicle camping. You can swim, surf, fish, hike, go exploring the wilderness of beach or go body surfing. You can see the Huilua Fishpond at the beach area of the park. You can picnic in the coconut groves, pick fruit in the lush forest, or go pig hunting in public hunting area. Facilities include: restrooms, picnic tables, drinking water, public phones and boat launching ramp. There are no showers and the cost is $5.00 per night per campsite. Permit is required.
This list gives you plenty of places to go camping on Oahu. Whichever one you choose, you will be sure to have a great time.
Kualoa Regional Park
This park is on Kaneohe Bay on a beautiful beach setting. The golden sand beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Fishing is also allowed. The family campground is on the beach with a few shade trees. There are 30 tent campsites and the ocean views ore awesome, with views of Mokolii Island. Facilities include: restrooms, picnic tables, drinking fountains, showers and public phone. The Bus #55 gets you very close to the camping area.
49-479 Kamehameha Hwy,
Check out the camping gear at Wal-Mart. They have some really great prices on some awesome equiptment.
Mokuleia Beach Park
This campground is 9 acres on an isolated beach located on the north shore about 4 miles from Kaena Point. There is camping in a wooded grassy area or right on the beach. There are only 15 campsites, so this is one of the most secluded place to go camping in Oahu. Activities include: swimming, surfing and fishing. Facilities include tent camping, cabins and lodge accommodations. Portable toilet, outdoor showers and water. No picnic tables of barbeques. Cabins sleep up to 22 people in bunk beds for about $250.00 per night per cabin. Campground is on Farrington highway, west of Haleiwa, by the Episcopal church of Hawaii. For reservations, call camp Mokuleia at (808) 637-6241
68-919 Kaena Point Road
OTHER CAMPSITES ON OAHU
Bellows Field Beach Park has 50 beach campsites on the windward side of the island.
41-043 Kalanianaole Hwy,
Hauula Beach Park has 15 beach campsites on the windward side of the island.
54-135 Kamehemeha Hwy
Kaiaka Bay Beach Park has seven beach campsites on the north shore. This is real secluded camping on Oahu.
66-449 Haleiwa Road
Keaau Beach Park has 56 beach campsites on the leeward side of the island.
83-431 Farrington Hwy
Kokololio Beach Park Has five campsites on the windward side of the island. This is another place for secluded camping on Oahu.
55-017 Kamehameha Hwy
Lualualei Beach Park #1 has 6 campsites on the beach. Yet another area for secluded camping on Oahu. This Campground is open during the summer only.
86-221 Farrington Hwy
Nanakuli Beach Park has 14 beachfront campsites on the leeward side of Oahu.
89-269 Farrington Hwy.
Swanzy Beach Park has 12 beachfront campsites on the windward side of the island . The park is open on weekends only.
Waimanalo Beach Park has 23 beachfront campsites on the windward side of Oahu.
41-741 Kalanianaole Hwy
There is one more campsite that is a real treasure that is almost unknown. You will not find this one in any travel guide about camping on Oahu.
Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
The name Hoomaluhia means “Peace and Tranquility” and this is a perfect description. This garden is just outside of Kaneohe and covers 400 acres of lush garden with rare plants and large cliffs in the background. The garden areas are specific to different areas such as Tropical America, Polynesia, Sri Lanka, Africa and Native Hawaii. There is a 32 acre like in the middle of the botanical garden and there are numerous hiking trails. The camping area has restrooms, cold showers, dishwashing stations, barbeque grills, phone, water and picnic tables. Camping is allowed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. For more information, call Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens. Their phone number is; (808) 233-7323.
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