Most people think of Hawaii and they think white sand beaches, big splashy resorts and cheesy luau at the hotels. Right?
Although this is mostly true (and there are some great not cheesy luau), there is another option! Camping! There are many who tent camp, and a few who RV camp. You may rent a RV at Island RV . Yup they are the only commercial rental agency on the island now. You can check their Yelp reviews but there are not many. They only have a 23′ class B so if you are used to the big guys, they do not have them.
This all said, any kind of camping around the Big Island is awesome. The Hawaii County beach parks are pretty easy to reserve on-line and the price makes for a nice budget vacation! Nothing better than making coffee and going for a quick swim while it brews! A family of four could camp for less than $24/night ($6 an under per person depending on age)
The other really good part, just like RV’ing on the mainland, you dont have to check in and out of hotels and hassel with any of that. In fact, at the beach parks there is no check in! Your name is on the rangers list, and just show ID when they came around the park!
If you are in the mood for an active volcano experience, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers a $15 – 7 day pass for the park and there is camping there too!
In HVNP, Kulanaokuaiki camping area is free and is available on a first-come basis. No reservations and No permits are necessary. Stays are limited to 7 days in a month and cannot exceed 30 days per year. Entrance fees to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park apply and may be paid at the entrance station.
The Big Island campgrounds have no electric or water hookups, and no wastewater disposal. The RV rental agency handles that or you may go to the Dept of Health in Hilo and they have a disposal site at a cost of $40 (last inquiry).
Temperatures at the ocean usually range from 80/85 daytime winter and summer to lows of 65/75 winter and summer nights. The east side of the Big Island will have more rain (it is a tropical rainforest but it is more lush and green) and the West side has beautiful beaches but more desert type climate.
So pick up some fresh Ahi, make a salad and enjoy a great dinner camping while watching a beautiful sunset!
Note: Hilo walmart does not allow over night parking of RV.