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The best Airbnbs in Hawaii

Heading to paradise? Make sure you check out our selection of the best Airbnbs in Hawaii first

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Lori A May
Rosemary Waugh
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte

Heaven is a place on Earth. Yeah, and it's called Hawaii. A red-hot tropical paradise that truly is as beautiful in person as it is in the pics, Hawaii is a place that basically demands you make your vacation address something a little bit out of the ordinary. Not only are these Airbnbs largely cheaper to stay at than the expansive resort hotels, but they’re also a whole lot more interesting. Beach vibes all around. 

Reconnect with nature on a mango farm, near a volcano, or in a bamboo temple, and thank us later for those deep feelings of relaxation that keep spreading through your entire being. You'll be begging to stay. Who could blame you? Here's our pick of the best Airbnbs in Hawaii. 

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Best Airbnbs in Hawaii

The Cliffhouse in Hawaii County
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1. The Cliffhouse in Hawaii County

This stunning Airbnb in Hawaii hits next level at every turn. From the mindblowing ocean views on your doorstep to the luxurious interiors complete with unique design, the Cliffhouse has it all. The outdoor pool is perfect for splashing about all day while the ocean's your backdrop but if you fancy chilling indoors, there's plenty of space to do it. Special mention goes to the double walk-in stone shower – complete with even more sea views. Bliss.

The peaceful treehouse retreat in Volcano
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2. The peaceful treehouse retreat 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. 

The mango farm house on Big Island
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3. 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.

The lava temple in Pāhoa
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4. 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.

The bed and breakfast lodge in Volcano Village
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5. 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.

The charming riverside cottage in Kauai
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6. 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.

The nature retreat in Pāpa‘aloa
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7. 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.

The tiny house on a volcano in Pāhoa
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8. 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.


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