Camping on the cheap on Kauai

May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
Week of February 6-12, 1997
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Camping on the cheap on Kauai
Question: I would like to figure a way to go to Kauai and camp for a week. I have three kids who live in Kilauea and I can't afford to drop $1,000-plus for a one-week visit. Please give me any hints which could make for an inexpensive yet reasonably comfortable visit. I'm preoccupied and dedicated to the preservation of the motion of hips!

Oregon City, OR
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There are plenty of affordable camping options right on the beach on Kauai
Adventure Adviser: If convenience to Kilauea is your top priority, consider pitching your tent at Anini Beach, about 7 miles west of town, one of the best swimming beaches on Kauai--and, good news for your pack-weary hip, only a short 30-yard hike from the parking lot. The snorkeling here is ideal, thanks to an offshore reef that's one of the longest in the state. Campsites are sprinkled in among the almond trees, a stone's throw from showers and picnic tables. To reserve a spot ($3 per night, per person), call the Division of Parks and Recreation in Lihue at 808-241-6660 for a county camping permit. Keep heading west on Hawaii 56 and you'll hit Haena Beach Park, about 15 miles west of Kilauea. Strong currents make swimming next to impossible, but there's good surfcasting and Cannon's Break offers expert-only surfing. Camping here can get crowded, and you'll need to pick up a county permit for $3 per person per night. Aesthetically-speaking, it's hard to go wrong on Kauai--especially if you're camped on the 300-foot-wide beach at Polihale State Park, on the island's far west end. Camping is free, but you'll need to reserve a permit in advance by calling 808-274-3444.
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