Listed in Big Island
P.O. Box 52, Hawai`i National Park, HI 96718, USA
This is a free campground, but, a $10 entry fee is needed to be in the Park, good for a week. It is located nicely to tour the park, take your best hiking boots, the lava is not the easiest to walk on. The campground has nice restrooms, but no hot water. Part of the campground does have hot showers, but they are suppost to be for folk who rent the wooden "tents", at $50+ a night. Picnic tables are provided at this wooded campsite, and firelaces. All the volcano hikes are very close by, it is an inexpensive way to see this part of Hawaii
This Campground is located near the end of the road on the north shore, the big dome rock from the film Bali High rises above it, so close you can't see the top. This site is busier than many of the others, as a lot of folks driveing to the end of the road, stop here to explore the caves across the road from the campground, and to walk out to the water to see the view, passing thur the camping area. This campground has a huge beach, and has lifeguards, and is popular for surfers, who go out a long way to get the best waves, beyond the protecting reefs. This campground is used as a staging camp, for those who hike the Kalalau Trail, to the very remote campsites there. We found this campground is overcast a lot, as the clouds back up here behind the mountains, and showers are usually daily, though not lasting long. There is a food van that parks here most of the day, with sandwiches, drinks and snacks. The restrooms were old, needing replaceing, the worse we saw on the Island, and has outside cold showers, with a privacy fence. Picnic tables are available, camping is on a lawned area. We'd probably skip this campground, Anini was much nicer, quieter.
This is a Kauai County Campground, at $3 a head, reserve early, open to camping only on weekends. This is one of the best surfing beachs on the Island, from the camping area, one can watch dozens of surfers up and running at any given moment, dust to dawn. Camping is on a grassed lawn, parking is mostly on the beach, above high tide mark (cept in storm times). Surfers start to arrive with the first rays of sun, and come and go all day, many taking a quick break from work, the last leaving at dark. This beach has bathrooms, with outside cold showers, with privacy fence around the showers. It has a long fishing pier, with a covered picnicing area out at the end, with tables. It has swiming areas, and a great place for beginner surfers to learn at. Lessons on surfing are available, as are board and gear rentals, and kayaks to rent, and has a food truck that is there most of the day. Entertainment is often performed at this beach, check schedules. Skeeters can be found on any Kauai beach, but the trade winds keep them at bay most of the time, can be bad in the evening if the winds die down (these are beach skeeters, hiking in the mountains is bug free). The town of Hanalei is a beautiful little place, many shops, restaurants, all within walking distance. The big rock outcrop, seen in the movie Bali High, is very visable from this beach, looking north. I'd highly recomend a weekend at this campground for anyone camping Kauai.
Another Kauai County campground at $3 per head per night, well worth the price. A great place to see this side of the Island from, pleasant weather usually, and a great swimming beach. A extra at this beach, is that it is often used by the protected Monk seal, easy to see here. Watching the seals isn't much to talk about, as the seldom move, just lay there and rest. Do not get close to these, as they are protected, & are usually roped off as soon as they come ashore. Camping is allowed on the left side of the beach, a well marked grassed lawn area, under the palm trees. One problem with this campground is that the outside cold showers do not have privacy fence.
At $5 per site, this State park won't break the bank to camp. This is a very remote campground, and the road in can become inpassable during wet weather (seldom rains here), so take everything you'll need for your stay, including drinking water, when you go in. The campground provides water, restrooms with cold showers, picnic tables, some with shelters, and an endless beach. The beach streaches for some 13 miles, but a military base breaks it in the middle. At the campground, the beach is hidden behind huge sand dunes, very hot sands during the day, soft, so, don't drive on it unless you have 4 wheel drives with the special tires like the locals use, weckers are miles away, and cell phones won't work here. This is not a good swimming beach when the surf is high, and kids would find little to do, unless they enjoy playing in the sand. The web site listed with this campground is wrong, it is a state campground, not a Kauai Couny, http://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dsp/index.html is the right one.
Best campground on the Island (yes, been to them all). At a rate of $3 per head per night, Kauai can be inexpensive. Site has perfect protected beach for snockeling, picnic tables, rest room with outside cold showers (they do have privacy fence aound them), we used solar water bags for nice warm showers, just lay on picnic table till afternoon. During the Winter, whales come from Alaska to give birth in the warm waters, watched one breach once without lifting head from pillow. Some homeless use the beach, they are friendly, respectful, all watch over everyones sites, we left stuff on picnic table (stove, dishes, etc.) not one bothered anything. We met campers from all around the world as well, was interesting. Being from Maine, we carry LLBean credit cards, we ordered new camping equipment from them, useing card got it shipped to Kauai free. We needed a address to ship to, rented a room ($50 night) at International Hostel, they stored our stuff till we arrived, LLBean sent it there so they got it just days before we arrived, as we asked. Campground wasn't crowded, locals don't camp in the "winter". Temps ranged from highs in the high 70's to low 60's at night (we thought perfect). Some rain showers can be expected, but we found this beach to have less than many further along the north shore, as when the clouds backed up from the mountains, they didn't quite reach the campground. The roar of the breakers out on the protecting reefs soon put us asleep nights, we missed it when we moved inland. Would highly recomend this campground, hope to stay there again. This is a county campground, and as all county campgrounds on the Island, closes one day a week to camping (differant days for differant campgrounds).