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The 9 Best Glamping Destinations in Hawaii

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Known for breathtaking nature, year-round sunshine, and consistently warm weather, it’s easy to see why Hawaii is one of the best destinations in the U.S. for glamping.

There’s already a lot to love about the Aloha State, but one way to make your trip just a little bit more special is by glamping in Hawaii, rather than staying at a hotel or standard airbnb. Visitors can find unique glamping-style accommodation in Hawaii that range from treehouses to yurts to tiny homes. No matter which you pick, all wil leave you a little more immersed in Hawaii’s nature and beauty without sacrificing comforts or modern conveniences.

To make it a little easier to find the best of the best, here’s a round up the best places for glamping in Hawaii to take your trip to paradise to the next level.

Related: 14 Life-Changing Hikes on Hawaii’s Big Island

1. Tropical Garden Retreat

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Why you should stay: Relax on a mango farm in a unique open-air home near Kealakekua Bay.

  • Location: Captain Cook, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $132/night

The Tropical Garden Retreat is a wonderful way to feel at one with nature during your visit to Hawaii. This glamping-style vacation home features a spacious outdoor living room furnished with comfy seating, multiple tables, a hammock, and a bar area. There are also on-site laundry machines, a full-sized fridge, and a grill surrounded by native flora and fauna.

The bedroom is an enclosed space with a queen bed and a smart TV. During your stay, you can enjoy fresh fruit from the farm, zen out in the relaxing outdoor shower, and live life in the Hawaiian sunshine. This picturesque vacation rental is located near beautiful attractions like Kealakekua Bay, the Painted Church, Ke’ei Beach, and Kahaluu Beach.

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2. The Ohana House

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Why you should stay: Off-the-grid tiny home in a lava field a short drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

  • Location: Pahoa, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $145/night

The Ohana House is a stunning modern home, lovingly designed and custom-built by local craftsmen. It’s one of the more uniquely designed places for glamping in Hawaii, with two separate living spaces united by an open-air lanai. There are two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a full bath.

The quirky property is on the hardened Kalapana lava beds and treats guests to an epic view of the still-active Kilauea Volcano. This Hawaiian tiny home is located a short drive from the vibrant town of Volcano and is about 45 minutes from the Big Island’s airport.

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3. Rainforest Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Live like a parrot in an open-air rainforest treehouse.

  • Location: Volcano, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $110/night

Experience the joy of staying in a secluded rainforest treehouse with nothing but the sights and sounds of Hawaiian nature to help you drift off to sleep. Stationed about 15 feet off the ground, this treehouse features a ground-level covered patio and an upper-level balcony. Inside, an open-air kitchenette welcomes freshly cooked meals while the open-air design ensures you can always hear the nearby tree frogs. This lovely vacation rental is also equipped with a fully enclosed bedroom and a downstairs bathroom with a spacious rain shower.

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4. The Sunset Yurt

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Why you should stay: A simple and cozy yurt located steps from Oahu’s Sunset Beach.

  • Location: Haleiwa, Oahu
  • Sleeps: 2 nights
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $250/night

The Sunset Yurt is a cheerful Hawaii airbnb that offers guests a private place to glamp in style. Sunshine radiates throughout the yurt via the dome’s multiple windows and skylight, creating a bright and inviting space. Although technically a tent, this yurt is outfitted with all the comforts of home, as well as yurt-like aesthetics.

When it’s time for a bit of R&R, there’s a comfortable sofa and a queen bed for lounging. The hosts also provide two bikes, paddle boards, surfboards, goggles, and snorkels for guest use.

“Beautiful yurt, we loved the outdoor shower and the space was great. Quick walk to a quiet beach, comfortable bed and the temperature in the yurt was always comfortable.”

Kyla, Bend, OR

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5. Superstar Truss Cabin

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Why you should stay: A modern ocean-view tiny home on a local organic coffee farm.

  • Location: Kealakekua, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $150/night

The Superstar Truss Cabin is an incredible tiny home offering guests a stunning place for glamping in Hawaii overlooking the ocean. The house is in Kona, Hawaii’s premier coffee-growing region, and features an elevated bedroom encased in screens so you can enjoy the ocean vibes without the mosquitoes or neon lizards. Enjoy excellent views of the surrounding coffee farm and the lapping waves of the ocean on the horizon. This cabin also features a fully stocked kitchenette, a walk-in shower, and complimentary toiletries.

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6. Hale Ulu

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Why you should stay: A farm stay on the outskirts of Pahoa near the Mermaid Ponds.

  • Location: Pahoa, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $58/night

Hale Ulu is a on of the more affordable places for glamping in Hawaii and is an excellent option for people who don’t want to pitch a tent, but don’t need a posh hotel room, either. This little home has a cozy lanai furnished with a cafe table and two Adirondack chairs surrounded by lush greenery and tropical plants.

The kitchen is open to the outside and is equipped with a large sink, cooking basics, a mini-fridge, and an electric stovetop. The bedroom has a queen bed decked out in colorful textiles and tall windows that allow natural light to stream inside. Other fabulous amenities include an outdoor shower, a cedar sauna, and a semi-secluded location conveniently close to Pahoa. Pahoa is one of the best places on the island for spotting wildlife, so you may even see a wild big ducking through the brush.

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7. Secluded Bungalow

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Why you should stay: A solar-powered bungalow surrounded by fruit trees and friendly lizards.

  • Location: Pahoa, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $78/night

Go off the beaten path to this unique secluded bungalow designed with nature in mind. Looking somewhat like a 20-sided cube, this minimalistic airbnb features an outdoor shower, a hammock chair on the porch, and fantastic jungle views all around. The bungalow is located down a jungle path away from the hosts’ primary residence for a bit of privacy. You can use the Wi-Fi from their front porch, or just focus on nature at the cabin — which has crystals built into the walls, if that’s your thing.

During your stay, enjoy relaxing in the loft, sipping fresh well water, and dining al fresco.

“The open-air kitchen looks out on a private garden which lit up with the sounds of coqui frogs in the evening. A wonderful place to relax and commune with nature.”

Tenshi, Minato, Japan
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8. Ocean View Cabin

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Why you should stay: Glamp near Kulaniapia Falls, the state’s tallest private waterfall.

  • Location: Hilo, Big Island
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $98/night

This ocean view cabin is a studio on 40 acres next to a local farm and a few other airbnbs. The exclusive Kulaniapia Falls, a 120-foot-tall waterfall, is located on the property, so guests get the falls all to themselves via the private hiking trails. This hardwood cabin unit has screens for windows and has a single room with a memory foam queen mattress. Spend your downtime lounging on the wrap-around lanai.

The cabin has access to a community barn with a full kitchen, dining table, and living space. Guests rave about the friendly farm animals that roam around the property, as well as the peaceful location just 15 minutes from Hilo. There are a few extra fees you’ll have to pay on-site, including a $10 a day amenity fee, but it gets you everything from paddleboards to bicycles to a glass of champagne each evening.

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9. Suite Vans Maui

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Why you should stay: The ultimate home on wheels so your bed can go wherever you do.

  • Location: Makawao, Maui
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $208/night

Try your hand at van life in this mobile airbnb dubbed the Suite Vans Maui. The interior is expertly optimized to include a plush queen bed, plenty of storage, a toilet, and a kitchen, too. In the kitchen, guests will find tall enough ceilings for comfortable cooking, as well as coffee supplies, cookware, and a mini-fridge.

There’s a shower head in the back for easy washing when the van is parked, and guests will appreciate the free Wi-Fi onboard, too. The hosts provide beach essentials like chairs, towels, and a sun umbrella. You can even arrange for airport pick up with your booking, so you can get on your way as soon as you touch down. Just make sure to familiarize yourself with rules about where you can and can’t park and how to properly dispose of waste water to help protect the island’s sensitive environment.

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