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Top 10 Kauai Waterfalls Campgrounds & RV Parks

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Kauai Waterfalls

Kauai, often called the “Garden Isle”, is also known for it’s cascading waterfalls and dramatic beauty. You can see many of the Kauai waterfalls from your car, but if you are up for a little hiking, you’ll find quite a few. Many of the best Kauai waterfalls are in remote areas of the island and can only be seen by helicopter tour. Whether you opt for the helicopter tour or your own two feet, you’ll find dramatic views and plenty to do.

RV camping in Hawaii is different from the continental US. There are no official RV Parks in Hawaii, but camping is allowed in county and state parks with a camping permit on everyday except Thursday, unless otherwise posted. Some campgrounds and resorts also accommodate RVs. You probably won’t find any hook-ups, but you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery, nice weather, and a wide variety of outdoor recreation.

1. Black Pot Beach Park

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Black Pot Beach Park

A great place to enjoy the beach and friends, Black Pot Beach Park fills up on the weekends with local families. They camp, picnic, barbecue. You can enjoy scenic views of the Hanalei rivermouth, the beach, pier, and Kauai waterfall lined mountains. Rent a surfboard or take a stand-up paddle board up the Hanalei River when the water is rough. Camping is available on weekends only and you’ll need a camping permit.

Best Features

# of RV Sites: 0
Full Hookups: 0
30/50 Amp: 0
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: 0
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Other Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Pier, Boat Ramp and Parking

Why you’ll love Black Pot Beach Park

You’ll enjoy great surfing, including a beginners area on the west side of the pier where the waves are gentle during most of the summer. Access is easy, you can drive right up to the beach. Sunset are spectacular here and the Kauai waterfalls and  mountains in the background make it even more dramatic. The kids will love the beach and playing in the water’s edge.

Reviews of Black Pot Beach Park

We were told Black Pot Beach is the place to go in Hanalei Bay. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) it was 4th of July weekend, so the bay was packed with everyone on Kauai. Despite the crowds we enjoyed the main beach at night to watch the fireworks. Unlike other beaches on the island, here you have all the modern conveniences if you are looking for them – bathhouses, volleyball nets, kayak rentals, etc. It was fun, but not as relaxing as the other beaches.” – Rob, Trip Advisor

Black Pot Beach Park Information

Phone: 808-241-4463
Reservations: Not Available
Website: Black Pot Beach Park
Physical Address: Weke Road, Hanalei, HI 96714
Driving Directions: Take Hwy 56 down into Hanalei Valley. Turn right on Aku Road. In 1/3 mile, turn right onto Weke Road. Follow Weke Road to the end, parking is near Hanalei Pier.

2. The Lodge at Kokee in Waimea

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The view from The Lodge at Kokee

The Lodge is located near  Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. There are no RV parking places, but there is a level area with large spaces that easily accommodate an RV. You won’t have any hook-ups, but the retail store, bar, and restaurant is open daily. You’ll have mountain views with Kauai waterfalls in the background.

Best Features

# of RV Sites: 0
Full Hookups: 0
30/50 Amp: 0
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: 0
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Showers: No

Why you’ll love The Lodge at Kokee

For walking or hiking, you can’t beat the miles of hiking trails located nearby. Enjoy a little birdwatching or wildlife photography. There is plenty to do in the immediate area.

The Lodge at Kokee Information

Address: 3600 Kokee Rd, PO Box 367, Waimea, Kaua’i, HI 96796-0367
Email: [email protected]
Driving Directions: Located near Mile 15 of Waimea Canyon Road in Kokee State Park

3. Ha’ena Beach Park

Ha’ena Beach Park

Who could resist the intersection of sandy white beaches, turquoise blue water, and lush tropical jungles? Haena Beach Park has lifeguards, restrooms, showers and campsites. Have fun exploring the beach and the Maniniholo dry cave across the street. Kauai waterfalls are inland from the beaches. in the mountains.

Best Features

# of RV Sites: 0
Full Hookups: 0
30/50 Amp: 0
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: No
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Showers: Yes
• Pets Allowed: No

Why you’ll love Ha’ena State Park

This is a spectacular beach with good swimming and snorkeling when the surf is calm. Expect extremely large surf during the winter months, along with great beach- combing and shell collecting.

Reviews of Ha’ena State Park

“Most beautiful beach in Kauai reminiscent of Big Beach on Maui. Worth the drive and such a nice cove. You can walk pretty far or have a picnic and it’s not crowded. Directly across from the beach inland our massive caves which are fun to walk. Bring fluids and sunscreen!” – Jason M, TripAdvisor

Ha’ena State Park Information

Season Open year-round
Phone: 1-808-241-6670
Reservations: None
Website: Ha’ena State Park
Address: End of Kuhio Highway, Hwy 56, Kauai, HI 96714

4. Anini Beach Park

This is a large park with many amenities. Sink your feet into the fine grain sand or claim a shady spot to sit back and relax. The water is clear and shallow with a gentle current, a perfect place for children. Swim, snorkel, fish, or enjoy the clubhouse. This is a great place to stay on the beach after a long day inland viewing the Kauai waterfalls.

Best Features

# of RV Sites: 0
Full Hookups: 0
30/50 Amp: 0
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: 0
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Showers: Yes, cold
Pets Allowed: No
Other Amenities Pavilions, comfort stations

Why you’ll love Anini Beach Park

This park is a beautiful protected reef that is a great place to snorkel and swim. The waves break farther out, away from the shore. Close to the beach the water is calm, creating a nice swimming area year-round. You’ll see many varieties of small fish and, if you are lucky, sea turtles.

Reviews of Anini Beach Park

Anini Beach Park

“This came highly recommended. I went one time, and it was partly cloudy and a little drizzly. The beach and water didn’t look inviting. The snorkeling was poor. I wasn’t planning on coming back here. Nothing special here, I thought.

But then there was no parking at any other
beaches up here, so I decided to give Anini a second chance. What a difference the weather makes! It was a beautifully sunny day this time. The water the second time was beautiful and all shades of blue. It was calm and warm. The snorkeling was much better this time. It seems like this protected reef is a nursery of sorts, because I saw a lot of teeny juvenile fish, as well as juvenile eels. So cute. It got windy and the current got strong in the early afternoon. I came back here often, to swim and snorkel. It’s nice to have a beach like this near Princeville, with no 1-lane bridges to cross.

Sand is filled with rocks and coral, so water shoes are recommended. No soft sand here. On the weekends, much of the parking gets taken up by residents having events and get-togethers. Not only are they taken up, but I noticed they were being ‘saved’ by household items being put in the spaces to hold them. There was even a baptism happening here one Sunday that I was there. So come early on the weekends to find parking. Tip: don’t be too quick to swim across the sandy bottom to get to the reef. The turtles liked to hang out on the sandy bottom!” MK Campbell, Yelp.com

Anini Beach Park Information

Season Open Year-round
Phone: 808-241-4463
Reservations: None
Website: Anini Beach Park
Physical Address: Anini Road, Hanalei, HI 96714

5. Anahola Beach Park

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Anahola Beach Park

Located on the east shore of Kauai, Anahola is thought to be the safest beach on tthe windward coast of Kauai. The sandy white beach is protected from the surf by the outer edge of the reef. It is a calm place to swim. Surfing is permitted on the northern sign of the beach where it is less protected and has a closer break. Overnight camping is allowed in the park with a permit.

Best Features

# of RV Sites: 0
Full Hookups: 0
30/50 Amp: 0
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: 0
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Other Amenities Clubhouse, fishing, sports field.

Why you’ll love Anahola Beach Park

You’ll love the spectacular beach with a scenic view of the Kalalea Mountains. There is a fringe of trees which provide shade to beachgoers. Fish in the nearby Anahola River or snorkel the reef in the calm water. the Kauai waterfalls are just a short drive inland.

Reviews of Anahola Beach Park

Anahola Beach Park Information

Season Open Year-round
Phone: 808-241-4463
Reservations: NO
Physical Address: Anahola Road, Anohola, HI 4463

6. Salt Pond Beach Park

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Salt Pond Beach

Located on Kauai’s western shore, Salt Pond Beach Park offers great snorkeling for the kids. The water is clear and calm. There are a number of tidal pools that harbor an assortment of marine life. Restrooms, showers, shade pavilions, and a lifeguard are on hand.

Best Features

# of RV Sites: 0
Full Hookups: 0
30/50 Amp: 0
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: No pull-through
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: No

Why you’ll love Salt Pond Beach Park

Salt Pond Beach Park is ideal for families with small children. The water is protected by the reef, so the water is calm and warm. The park gets its name from the natural salt ponds next door.

Reviews of Salt Pond Beach Park

“Hubby and I had a good time out here on one of our last days on the island. We originally came to have some water gun, snorkel, swim and enjoy the sun and then catch the sunset. It was quite windy when we were out there and our stuff kept flying all over the place but while we were on the sand everything was good and when we were in the water, we just didn’t care. Snorkeling was easy. The water has some protection so the waves aren’t so strong close to shore. We were able to easily put on our gear while in the water and swim out to the rocks to check out all the cool colourful fish.

We could have had free boogie boards during our stay but thought we wouldn’t use them. Next time I think we’ll take them anyway…better prepared than not. The snorkel equipment would have been a lot cheaper also, again, that darned hindsight.

We still had a good day out and the sun was shining. We dried off and left for some food and ended up driving to Kekaha Beach for our sunset viewing which was just as good.” – Amanda G, Yelp.com

Salt Pond Beach Park Information

Season Open year-round
Phone: 808-241-4463
Location: Lokokai Rd off Highway 50, Hanapepe, HI 96716

7. Niumalu Beach Park

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Niumalu Beach Park

Niumalu Beach Park is a 3.4 acre county park popular for camping, picnicking, and launching kayaks. Swimming is great when conditions are calm. You’ll find 50 dedicated campsites, a boat ramp, pavilion, playground, and restrooms.

Best Features

# of RV Sites: 50 campsites
Full Hookups: No
30/50 Amp: No
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: No Pull-through
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: Yes
Showers: No
Pets Allowed: No
Other Amenities Boat ramp, pavilion, restrooms

Why you’ll love Niumalu Beach Park

Nature abounds here. The Huleia National Wildlife Refuge is next door to the west and the Nawiliwili Beach Park is to the east. Nearby is the Menehune Fish Pond, an ancient fishpond with mythical beginnings.

Reviews of Niumalu Beach Park

“This beach provide a combination of the beach with lava rocks and terrific ocean views. An easy walking beach and not to crowded.” – Annette H Tustin, TripAdvisor.com

“Niumalu Beach Park is really a spot to launch canoes or Kayaks. it’s got a bathroom, which of late has been working but no real beach to mention. Your better off walking over to the Marriott.” – KauaiBlueJay, TripAdvisor.com

Niumalu Beach Park Information

Season Open Year-round
Phone: 808-241-4463
Physical Address: Niumalu Road off Highway 58, Lihue, HI 96766

8. Kahili Mountain Park

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Kahili Mountain Park

Camping at the base of a volcano, surrounded by mountains, it is easy to understand why Hawaii has a reputation as a paradise. During the winter, the clouds back up to the mountain top and it rains frequently, but the weather is perfect just a few miles away at the beach. This is one of the few RV parks in Hawaii with electric hook-ups, but it is for groups and members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church only.

Best Features

Full Hookups: No
30/50 Amp: 30 amps
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: 0
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Other Amenities Laundry

Why you’ll love Kahili Mountain Park

The area is swarming with wildlife and farm animals, you’ll see a lot of nature. The Kahili Mountain Trail is very steep, but when you make it to the top, you are rewarded with a gorgeous view of the island.

Reviews of Kahili Mountain Park

“We visit Kauai every year and typically stay at ocean front locations. Wanted to try something new and absolutely loved the beauty, peace and serenity of Kahili Mountain Park. Ridge Trail hike directly from the park has an amazing view of Kauai, perhaps the best of all hikes we’ve endured on the island First time ever taking a shower outside under the stars and moon. Water was perfect temperature for outdoor showers. The property has dozens of chickens, ducks and peacocks that love to be fed directly from your hand and they love to follow you in a bird parade. We had three baby pigs visit the trees right behind our cabin several nights. This is definitely a place to get in touch with nature and all the other beauty of Kauai that is not centered around the ocean. Would definitely come back.” – Dina H, Tripadvisor.com

Kahili Mountain Park Information

Phone: 808-742-9921
Physical Address: 2-4035 Kaumualii Hwy off Highway 50 West Kolao, Kolao, HI 96756

9. YWCA Camp Sloggett

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YMCA Camp Sloggett

Camp Slogget is an unusual lodge, cottage, campground, and hostel located in the stunning Kokee State Park. It features over 45 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers. The area is secluded, in a tropical evergreen forest at the top of Waimea Canyon. You’ll see rare birds such as the beautiful red fiwi bird and other endangered species.

Best Features

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $15 and up
# of RV Sites: N/A
Full Hookups: No
30/50 Amp: No
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: N/A
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: ?

Why you’ll love the YWCA Camp Sloggett

Camp Sloggett is inland in the tropical forest of Hawaii. It is close to the Waipo’o Falls, the Alakai Swamp Trail, and Canyon Trail. There is a barbeque area, covered lanai with a ping-pong table, volleyball, and other activities.

Reviews of YWCA Camp Sloggett

“Wonderful camping area with lots of shade, great facilities. $10 per a night, per a person. If you are lucky someone will be staying in the sloggett lodge, therefore doors are left unlocked so you can use that kitchen and bathroom., or you can pay the extra $10 a night, a person. Otherwise they lock it up and you have to use the bunkhouse, which isn’t really clean and is used by local hunters. There is a frig for your food that everyone can use. Also a cabin that looked nice… but with all camping on Kauai.. the roosters are everywhere and will wake you up not bright, but really, really early.

Great location in the park, walking distance to numerous trails, the Koke’e lodge and museum… has a creek to the left that was great to listen to. Also a HUGE temperature relief compared to other camping on Kaua’i.. it was in the 50’s at night.. so bring a warm blanket.” – E-lizard, TripAdvisor.com

YWCA Camp Sloggett Information

Season Open Year-round
Phone: 808-245-5959
Website: Camp Sloggett
Physical Address: 3094 Elua Street, Lihue, HI 96766
Email:  [email protected] for information or [email protected] for reservations

10. YMCA Camp Naue

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Camp Naue. Picture from Wikipedia.org

Located on the North Shore of Kauai, Camp Naue is a short walk from excellent snorkeling at Tunnels Beach. Beachfront camping under mountain peaks with cascading waterfalls, what could be more beautiful? The YMCA also offers educational program and activities at Camp Naue.

Best Features

Daily Rates: $15 per night
# of RV Sites: N/A
Full Hookups: 0
30/50 Amp: 0
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: N/A
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed:
Other Amenities picnic tables, BBQ area, camp fire areas, volleyball court, and playing field

Why you’ll love Camp Naue

This family friendly camp offers basic amenities for campers along with activities designed for children. The property is owned by the YMCA and supports local educational and sports programs.

YMCA Camp Naue Information

Season Open Year-round
Phone: 808-826-6419
Reservations: YMCA of Kauai, PO Box 1786, Lihue, HI 96766
Website: YMCA of Kauai
Location: Located on Kuhio Hwy., 4 miles west of Hanalei

Camping Permits On Kauai

When camping at a county park, you must have a camping permit. These permits are $3.00 per adult/night for non-residents and free for Hawaii residents. For more information on Camping permits, visit Camping on Kauai.

Renting an RV near the Kauai Waterfalls

There are very few RVs for rent on Kauai. For the best selection, visit RVshare.com listings pages. We list RVs for rent by owners and by dealerships or RV rental companies, so you can get the best information available. The competition also helps keep prices reasonable. Kauai is an excellent place for RVing, especially when visiting the Kauai waterfalls and local beaches.

 

For more information about RV Parks and campgrounds near the Kauai Waterfalls, visit RVparking.com. If you are interested in other RV trips in Hawaii, we can help you with that also. You’ll find more information on RVs for sale and the top 10 dealers nearby on RVshare.com.

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