Camping in Honolulu and Oahu
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For a more rugged escape from the resorts of Waikiki, consider pitching a tent on the beach or in the mountains, where you have easy access to hiking trails and the island's natural features. Camping here is not as highly organized as it is on the mainland: expect few marked sites, scarce electrical outlets, and nary a ranger station. What you find instead are unblemished spots in the woods and on the beach. With price tags ranging from free to $5, it's hard to complain about the lack of amenities.
There are four state recreation areas at which you can camp, one in the mountains and three on the beach. All state parks' campsites can now be reserved up to a year in advance online at www.hawaiistateparks.org. The fee is $18 a night per campsite for up to six people. As for the county spots, there are 15 currently available and all require a permit. The good news is that the permits are free and are easy to obtain, as long as you're not trying to go on a holiday weekend. Visit www1.honolulu.gov/parks/ for more information.
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