All inclusive luxury lodgings: ⛺

We’d done camping before Hawaii but with rented or borrowed equipment. For this trip we decided to invest in our own tent and other necessary stuff. My guess is that it all paid off in just this one trip.

The first and last night in Hawaii we stayed in Honolulu in Waikiki Beach hotels. Nothing exciting there…

The first four nights on the Big Island we stayed in a hotel in Kona. It was called Big Island Retreat. I don’t have any good pictures of that place, but it was awesome. The owner Gigi was a great host, the place was beautiful and conveniently located. And right across the street there was one of the best places to snorkel. What can I say… I made an excellent choice at picking this place LOL

From Kona, we drove east for our Waimanu valley adventure. That’s when we tested our ⛺ for the first time. I am happy to report that our tent is awesome. It is well designed​, easy to set up and I believe (carrying it was Matt’s responsibility) not too heavy.

After Waimanu, we drove south to the Volcanoes National Park. However, during our first night it was more convenient and significantly cheaper to stay in a hotel in Hilo, second biggest city in Hawaii. I’ve heard Hilo is worth checking out, but we were anxious to get to the park.

For the next night​ at the park we booked a cabin. The bathroom and the shower were in a separate building 100 feet away.

It was actually quite comfortable inside. And for $90, it was an excellent alternative to local hotels at $200-300 a night. We actually stayed in a cabin again a few days later even though I was craving hot shower in a warm hotel room. But I agreed with Matt that this craving wasn’t worth extra $200…

We would have stayed in a cabin for the third night, but they were all booked. Instead, we had to set our tent on a neighboring campground.

It rained all night, but our tent remained dry. So I can’t complain 🙂

And of course there was a night in Halape, secluded beach with no one around for miles. But this time, our tent was protecting us from 4-inch centipedes and Indian mongoose…

I think it’s time to plan more camping vacations to get more use out of our fabulous ⛺!

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