Oahu has several state and county campgrounds. You must obtain a permit prior to your arrival at the campground. You cannot obtain a permit at the park. County and State camp grounds now have online permits.
Please note if you want to stay at the State and County parks you must put up a tent. We will provide that for you if you would like to stay at these parks.
County of Oahu Campgrounds www.camping.honolulu.gov/
Twelve beach parks are open for camping year round, Friday to Tuesday (no camping on Wednesday/Thursday).
State Park Permits can be obtained online at www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/oahu/ https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/welcome.html;jsessionid=5ACA7EB26D64EC52C5AB8FA16A992657.olomea
Reservations can be made 30 days in advance. Camping fees for Hawaii State parks are $18.00 per campsite per night
(less with Hawaii ID).
From ancient times, Malaekahana has been known as a magical place, serving as a “Puuhonua” (Place of Refuge). Today, as the first native-run Hawaiian State Park area, it is still a haven (and one of the safest campgrounds in Hawaii). No pool, no TV, no phone-only the sound of the surf to distract you.
Reservations to Malaekahaha can be made online. Enter dates you want on Oahu and it will take you to there site. Note you must make a mimimum of 2 nights. This is a very beautiful place to stay and they have Hot showers which is nice! http://travel.camping.com/ Note: As of 12/14 this Campground has closed temporarily. Make sure to check for an update if you plan to stay there.
You can also camp at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. They are only open on weekends but it is very easy to get a free permit if you arive no later than 3:30. For more information, contact 808-233-7323.
Camp Mokuleia is a nice choice for the North Shore. It is a private campground with Hot showers! www.visitcampmokuleia.com
We have found many places that there is no need for camp permits. It’s nice to be able to just pull over and sleep on a cliff overlooking the sea!
Want a fun filled day for kids and big kids alike? Visit our friends at Wet-n-Wild Hawaiians Adventure Park www.hawaii.mywetnwild.com
We can’t forget to mention the surf in Hawaii. From novice to pro, Oahu has something for everyone.
Hawaii is the true birthplace of surfing and the surfing capital of the world. There are more than 150 excellent surfing sites around the island with many options for every level.
If you are looking to surf, or maybe just see the most massive waves, then the winter months are for you. From November through March, North Pacific storms bring Oahu’s north shore the biggest and baddest waves around.
If you come to Hawaii to learn to surf, you will find the conditions at Waikiki beach to be ideal. The water is warm and clear. The waves are gentle and long, and you will find that after a few tries you may just catch a wave and you’ll be sitting on top of the world. There is no better rush than to catch your first wave! Just think you will go back home and tell all your friends, “I surf . . . I’m a surfer!”