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Best Airbnbs in Hawaii

We’ve cherry-picked the best of Hawaii’s Airbnbs, from off-grid treehouses to volcanic havens. Get ready for paradise.

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Lori A May

Whether you love it, loathe it, or are generally ambivalent towards it and simply want to book your accommodation in peace, it is impossible to ignore the impact that Airbnb has had on the travel industry. Since its inception in San Francisco way back in 2008, the vacation rental application has changed the way people approach their hotel choices, for better and worse.

Despite being the very embodiment of a secluded paradise, Hawaii has not been immune to this. The accessible islands of Hawaii have fantastic Airbnb options that come in at lower prices than the expansive resort hotels and make for excellent bases from which to explore the best things to do in this beautiful part of the world. Our selection of the best Airbnbs in Hawaii will help you make the most of your time in paradise.

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Where is it? Maui

Why go? If ‘relax more’ is on your to-do list, do yourself a solid and get down to this glorious… bamboo temple. With breathtaking panoramic views and a location that is only a stone’s throw from a waterfall, this property allows you to immerse yourself in the dreamy Hawaiian scenery during your stay. Better yet, you’ll also be looking after it by staying in an eco-cabin. This is paradise done the sustainable way, and boy does it look beautiful.

Where is it? The Big Island

Why go? 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 specialises 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 cosy couples’ escape.


Where is it? The Big Island

Why go? You’ll be off-grid and about eight feet up in the air at this gorgeous eco-conscious treehouse. The building may be cosy, but the sensation is one of never-ending space when you look out of the windows and gaze into the endless jungle. The bespoke house has been designed with many beautiful flourishes, including a lava-themed bathroom. And, just to make you feel like a kid again, there’s a swinging bridge and a zip wire!

Where is it? The Big Island

Why go? 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.


Charming riverside cottage

Where is it? Kauai

Why go? 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.

Where is it? The Big Island

Why go? 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.


Where is it? The Big Island.

Why go? Nature really doesn’t get much more epic than this. If you dare, you can book to stay just four miles away from one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. No need to worry (no, really): you’ll get all the striking views, blazing sunsets and natural beauty without any real danger. This secret sanctuary is also just ten minutes from a black sand beach where you can swim with dolphins before watching the sky illuminate with millions of stars.

Bed & breakfast lodge

Where is it? The Big Island

Why go? 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.

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