The vans are allowed anyplace on island (except Polihale State Park and other dirt roads, unless specified) but camping must be done in campgrounds. There are 6 county campgrounds, with 1 allowing car camping, 3 private campgrounds which all allow car camping and 1 State campground.
Want to check out the Napali coast and hike the infamous Kalalau trail? Or swim at the crystal-clear waters at Ke’e beach? You can! But there are new rules to do so. If you want to park at Ha’ena State Park to hike or swim you need to reserve a parking space ahead of time at Ohaena.com or if all the parking spaces are taken or you would rather not drive you can reserve a seat on the shuttle at Kauainsshuttle.com. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance and no less than the day before. If you are planning on hiking into Kalalau and will be camping overnight you cannot leave your car overnight anymore at Ha’ena State Park. You need a camping permit ahead of time, to check availability for camping permits for Kalalau visit the Napali Wiki Permits page. If you don't want to travel with all your camping gear we rent out camping equipment! We have a wide variety and offer backpacking sizes as well check it out here. And please remember no walking on the reef and wear your reef safe sunscreen.
INFO: As of now the north shore past Hanalei town is officially open! However, Haena and Black Pot county campgrounds are still closed.
The only van camping legal county campground, Haena is the most northern camp on Kauai. It is just a few miles form the Napali coast trailhead and is great place to swim, with lifeguards on duty.
Beautiful beach and the iconic Hanalei Pier, with amazing sunsets and good surfing. Set at the end of a long stretch of beach on the north shore.
Some of the calmest waters on the island, thanks to the barrier reef that protects it even from the large winter swells. Stunning crystal mornings and great for long walks.
Laid back, small town campground with minimal amenities but has everything from a serene bay of calm waters to great surf year around.
Set on the east side of the island, and one of the tent only campsites, Lydgate is close to Kapaa town and the airport and Lydgate park.
On the south-west side of the island and the only campground from Lihue to Kekaha (We do not recommend Lucy Wright Campground) , Salt Pond Boasts the best sunsets, with calm waters for the Keiki (kids) and a lifeguard on duty.
These private campgrounds are some of the best Kauai has to offer and are not well known. No permits required. Reservations can only be made online for Kumu camp and should be gotten in advance, while the YWCA does not take reservations but just needs a call a few weeks in advance to check for availability. They are usually quieter, cleaner, you can sleep in the vans and they have hot showers!
In Anahola, this campsite is right on the beach (like you park in the sand!). Great sunrises, fun beach to swim, with a river right next to it. Lifeguard down the beach at Anahola Beach Park.
Located in the lush, cool Kokee State Park, this Campground is great for getting away. No cell service, no distractions, plenty of nature and great star gazing on clear nights! Does get chilly at nights because of the elevation, but hot showers help and the large fire pit is great for roasting those marshmallows!
Kokee State Park is set in a large grassy area with tall trees and ample space. Next to the Kokee lodge and museum, you can grab a bite to eat, get a trail map and head out on an adventure on one of the many trails. Great lookouts, great hiking and peace and quiet. You can get a permit online and either print it out or take a picture of it with your phone as there is no cell service once up the mountain.