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The 10 best Airbnbs in Hawaii from stunning treehouses to inviting cottages

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Hawaii: where paradise meets reality. This tropical gem isn't just postcard-perfect; it's a siren song for those seeking an extraordinary vacation. So why not ditch the predictable resort scene for a slice of uniqueness in these captivating Airbnbs? These gems not only offer a more pocket-friendly stay but also weave a tapestry of unforgettable experiences. Seriously, get ready for endless beach vibes.

Whether you can picture yourself amid a mango farm, close to a volcanic wonderland, or perhaps in a serene bamboo temple, these retreats offer a reconnection with nature that will leave you awestruck. Prepare for a tidal wave of relaxation that permeates your soul, leaving you yearning for an extended stay. With options like these, you might just find it tough to leave. Here's our curated list of the top Airbnbs in Hawaii.

Updated May 2024: If Hawaii has been on your travel bucket list for a while, you deserve to have all the best properties to choose from for your once-in-a-lifetime trip. This is why we've added two new Airbnbs to the list: a jungle yurt and a luxury cabin in the forest with a hot tub. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts, and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best Airbnbs in Hawaii

1. The peaceful treehouse in Volcano

A treehouse Airbnb in Hawaii is a must. A getaway for relaxing and reconnecting with nature, this treehouse retreat is ideal for a couple's trip (honeymoon, perhaps) to the gorgeous island. Completely off-grid, it's also only eight miles from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You'll be sleeping in a queen-sized bed, elevated to provide you with a more regal experience. The entire area is very zen so expect to be at one with nature and leave feeling refreshed and revitalized. There's a bathroom on the property (so you don't have to worry about peeing behind a tree) and a private deck so you can sit out and enjoy the evening as it seeps into the daytime. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Treehouse retreat. 
Location perks? You're in a literal forest. Dreamy AF.
Budget range? A great deal.

2. The mango farm house on Big Island

This ground-floor retreat is an Airbnb Plus property, promising abundant space, light, and the freshest of fresh air. Located in Captain Cook, the house is just a mile away from the stunning Kealakekua Bay, where you’ll find luminous ocean waters and coral-covered reefs. Perhaps best of all, you’ll be staying on an organic mango farm and your living quarters are in the heart of an idyllic orchard.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Tropical vibes.
Location perks? Just a mile away from the stunning Kealakekua Bay.
Budget range? Mid-range but soooo worth it.


3. The lava temple in Pāhoa

Nobody comes to Hawaii for nature-writ-small. They come for the epic. And that is precisely what this unforgettable Hawaiian cottage offers. Stay here and you’ll be a mere four miles away from an active volcano. But don’t imagine you’ll be sweating all that much. The name of the game here is pure relaxation, both inside and outside the house. Best feature? Possibly the nearby black sand beach where a quick dip might just see you making friends with the local dolphins.

Rooms? Three. Sleeps five guests.
Mood? A slice of magic.
Location perks? Wake up to the stunning views of the volcano. Yes, really.
Budget range? A steal.

4. The bed and breakfast lodge in Volcano Village

Get swept away in this romantic hideaway near Volcanoes National Park. Kilauea Lodge was built in 1938 and retains its historic charms while offering modern comforts like an indoor fireplace, hot tub, and Wi-Fi. A king-size four-poster bed and two-person shower set the scene for a romantic retreat, while the private balcony offers beautiful fresh morning breezes to enjoy alongside your first cup of coffee.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Big honeymoon energy.
Location perks? Grab a coffee on your private balcony and watch the morning sun rise over stunning natural landscapes.
Budget range? On the pricier side.


5. The charming riverside cottage in Kauai

The cottages at Fern Grotto Inn have been completely remodeled and host Paul is extraordinary at ensuring guests feel welcome at this riverfront oasis. Guests are invited to use the kayaks and paddleboards provided by the inn or bike down to the beach just one block away. The cottage is super cozy with sustainable flooring, bamboo accents, a breezy ceiling fan, and a dreamy full-size kitchen. Bonus points: enjoy fresh fruit, grown in the inn’s own garden.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Canal cottage core.
Location perks? Ideal for exploring Kauai.
Budget range? Worth it for a boujie romance.

6. The nature retreat in Pāpa‘aloa

If you’re in search of an adventurous holiday stay that will immerse you in the outstanding nature of Hawaii, then look no further than this back-to-basics retreat. You might not get all the creature comforts, but who needs them when you’ve got access to your own private waterfalls and swimming holes? You can also make friends with the owner’s two horses, Mahina and Shy Girl.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Say aloha to the farm.
Location perks? In between the Volcano National Park and Waipio Valley.
Budget range? An absolute steal.


7. The tiny house on a volcano in Pāhoa

You’ll be blown away (very much metaphorically) when you stay at this teeny tiny house at the foot of an active volcano. Designed by ArtisTree, which specializes in bespoke treehouses and unique small structures, it provides uninterrupted views of the mysterious volcanic landscape nearby. It’s also saturated with natural light and, thanks to its dinky size, is the perfect place for a very romantic, very cozy couple's escape.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Tiny home, larger than life. 
Location perks? Off-grid bliss in the middle of nowhere. Magic.
Budget range? A decent price for what's on offer. 

8. The tropical paradise in Mountain View

Nestled in the heart of a Hawaiian jungle, this Airbnb promises a serene retreat surrounded by vibrant flora. Relax on the suspended bed or unwind on the expansive lanai offering a mesmerizing 360-degree vista of the lush jungle. Complete with stunning interior touches like soft yellow tones, vintage brass lanterns, and mosquito nets, this hideaway is all about the tropical charm. With thoughtful additions like a local coffee selection and snacks, every detail here whispers tranquility.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? A genuine tropical escape.
Location perks? Just 10 miles from Hawaii's Volcano National Park, home to two of the world's most active volcanoes.
Budget range? An affordably luxurious setting for a romantic getaway.


9. The jungle yurt in Captain Cook

This secluded, five-acre coffee and fruit farm is home to a gem of a yurt – and it can be all yours for a conveniently low cost. The space is fully furnished and champions a rustic feel that's also luxurious and stylish. The location allows you to explore the local markets, shops and restaurants for a true taste of Hawaiian culture, and you'll be able to have breakfast on your own private balcony for mornings you'll never forget. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps three guests. 
Mood? A treetop excursion with extravagant views. 
Location perks? Tucked away at Tara Farms, in the heart of Kona coffee country overlooking Kealakekua Bay. Some of the island's best swimming, snorkeling and kayaking spots are also close by, as well as Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. 
Budget range? Very reasonable.

10. The A-frame cabin at Volcano

Simultaneously immerse yourself in natural beauty and kick back in a luxury cabin with a stay at this unique Airbnb in Hawaii. Your surroundings will consist of Ohia trees and wild foliage, which you'll be able to look out on from the property's 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to let the outside in. Bluetooth speakers and a 4K TV will help you forget your seclusion, and the outdoor hot tub is there for when you want to enjoy the natural landscape in style. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps four guests. 
Mood? Peaceful forest retreat. 
Location perks? 5 minutes from Volcanoes National Park. 
Budget range? A high price for a high-value property. 

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