Top 17 Stunning Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals for the Best Experience in Hawaii

Say aloha to epic mountain and ocean views across the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaii is more than a beach destination. Beyond sandy coasts and legendary surf breaks, it offers coffee farms, hiking trails, volcanic landscapes, zip-lining adventures, opportunities to see dolphins and humpback whales, and the list goes on. Hawaii is also the place to try out unique accommodations, whether that means a treehouse in a fern forest, an off-the-grid cabin with a waterfall, or a studio in Waikiki. Full of charm and character, the best Airbnb homes and vacation rentals in Hawaii will make your trip an unforgettable one. 

Here are some of the top-rated ones to book: 

Best Airbnb and Vrbo vacation rentals in Hawaii

Oahu

1. The solar home in front of the Pipeline

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Airbnbs in the North Shore, Oahu Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: beachfront PIPELINE solar home
Listing type: Entire bungalow
Neighbourhood: Haleiwa
Max. number of guests: 7

Wake up to views of the ocean when you stay in this solar-powered home in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu. This Airbnb is located in front of the Banzai Pipeline, a famous reef break that attracts surfers. You can have a show of surfers riding the pipeline if you visit during the season with big waves in winter; on low seasons, you’ll feel as though you have a private beach at your doorstep. Moreover, the bungalow is equipped with a toaster, blender, microwave, oven, stove, and cooking utensils, so you’ll have everything you need to cook basic dishes at home. Otherwise, hit the food trucks a few blocks away for delicious meals.

2. The treehouse with the sound of the ocean

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Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: Treehouse Bungalow !!!
Listing type: House 
Neighbourhood: Haleiwa
Max. no. of guests: 2 

Step inside this treehouse bungalow for a home that blends in with the jungle. Situated on the North Shore, it makes a fantastic base for nature lovers, adventure seekers, surfers, and yoga enthusiasts alike. In fact, yoga classes take place in a communal yoga deck that overlooks the ocean. There are also kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards, bicycles, and snorkelling gear for visitors. Fair warning that the bungalow can be accessed via a flight of 80 steps — it’s quite a workout, but just imagine the views from the hilltop! 

3. The Waikiki studio facing Diamond Head

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Airbnb in Waikiki Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: The Best View Studio in Waikiki
Listing type: Entire condominium
Neighbourhood: Honolulu
Max. number of guests: 2

It’s one thing to hike up to Diamond Head, but it’s another thing to be blessed with views of this iconic crater right from your bedroom. Fortunately, this studio in Waikiki offers not just a balcony with a view, but also a strategic location in Honolulu’s most in-demand neighbourhood. Right across the street are Kapiolani Park and Honolulu Zuu, while Hanauma Bay, Queen's Beach, and Kuhio Beach are only a stone’s throw away from your condominium. For less than the price of a glitzy hotel, you can sip your Kona coffee in peace and pat yourself on the back, knowing that you just scored the best view in the entire city. 

Also read: 8 Honolulu Airbnbs to Bookmark for Your Next Hawaiian Holiday

4. The Honolulu waterfall retreat for group trips

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Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: Hawaii's Best Waterfall Retreat in Honolulu
Listing type: House 
Neighbourhood: Honolulu 
Max. no. of guests: 6

If you’ve never experienced having a forest pool in your backyard, then staying in a private home with a waterfall deserves a spot on your bucket list. Nestled in a rainforest, this three-bedroom residence lets you enjoy many exciting activities in Honolulu, from drifting off to the gentle sounds of the water to taking a quick drive to Lanikai Beach. Best of all, this vacation rental provides everything you’ll need for a long-term stay in Hawaii’s largest city, complete with high-speed WiFi and desk space for working remotely. 

5. The spectacular beachfront estate for a family-friendly escape 

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Oahu Vacation Rentals Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: Historic Hawaiian Beachfront Estate w/ Modern Furnishing and Park sized Yard
Listing type: House 
Neighbourhood: Waialua
Max. no. of guests: 14

Welcome to the ultimate beachfront escape on the North Shore: a sprawling five-bedroom estate right on the water’s edge in Waialua. Described as a “historic” country home, this palm-fringed getaway is perfect for multi-generational family trips because it has everything: complete amenities, ocean-facing bedrooms, and a feeling of exclusivity. Given the property’s ideal location, it packs in plenty of outdoor activities as well, including swimming in the beach and conquering the waves in North Shore’s famous surfing spots. Without a doubt, you’re looking at one of the best vacation rentals on the island of Oahu.

Hawai’i or the Big Island

6. The bamboo treehouse in a fern forest

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Airbnbs in Hawaii Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: Dreamy Tropical Tree House
Listing type: Island
Neighbourhood: Fern Forest
Max. number of guests: 2

This one-of-a-kind treehouse, as described by a past guest, is “glamping at its very, very best.” It brings you closer to nature in a remote and secluded location, yet it's as luxurious as a treehouse can be. With a cosy space and a comfortable bed in peaceful surroundings, it's exactly the kind of place that makes a memorable honeymoon. To make things even more special, this treehouse was hand-built by the Airbnb host herself; you can find a book where she pens down the construction process. While there’s no WiFi, this Airbnb in Hawaii comes with coffee, snacks, card games, and a pair of binoculars for birdwatching. 

Also read: Treehouse Airbnbs: Fall in Love with These Listings from Around the World

7. The Aolani House with a resort-style infinity pool

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Best Airbnb and Vacation Rental on the Big Island of Hawaii Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: "Aolani House" Resort Style Home w/ Infinity Pool
Listing type: House 
Neighbourhood: Holualoa
Max. no. of guests: 8 

Some accommodations are worth travelling for, as many guests will tell you about the Aolani House. Setting the gold standard for vacation rentals on Hawaiʻi or the Big Island, this massive four-bedroom oasis in Holualoa creates an effortless harmony between indoor and outdoor living. It blows nearly every luxury hotel out of the water with its resort-style amenities, including a private spa and infinity pool with epic views of the ocean. If you’re planning to visit nearby Kona coffee farms and taste the best coffee in Hawaii, this is the place to be. But if this Hawaii vacation rental is already fully booked for your travel dates, try the Aolani Coffee Cottage for a similar experience.

8. The charming guest suite in a mango farm

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Best Airbnbs in Hawaii Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: Tropical Garden Retreat on an Organic Mango Farm
Listing type: Entire guest suite 
Neighbourhood: Captain Cook 
Max. number of guests: 2

Why choose between lush gardens and the beach when you can have both? This private guest suite in an organic mango farm lets you wake up to the most amazing views on the Big Island. Capturing the warmth of aloha, this Airbnb in Hawaii features Pinterest-worthy interiors and island-themed décor for a relaxing getaway. More importantly, you’re just a mile away from Kealakekua Bay, a black-sand beach with beautiful coral reefs and spinner dolphins. If you're coming to Hawaii for the beaches, then look no further — this Airbnb is an excellent jumping-off point. 

9. The dreamy treehouse overlooking the sea

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Treehouse Airbnb on the Big Island, Hawaii Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: Kona’s 1st Luxury 1 BR/1B Treehouse w/ Ocean View
Listing type: Treehouse
Neighbourhood: Kailua-Kona
Max. number of guests: 2 

Have you ever had the childhood dream of living in a treehouse? Now is your chance to turn that fantasy into a reality. Take your Hawaiian vacation to new heights at this handcrafted treehouse on the Big Island, which lets you sleep 15 feet above the ground while taking in jaw-dropping views of the ocean. This Airbnb in Hawaii features many unique touches, such as the tree trunks growing through the open floor plan, a wrap-around lanai, and a private hot tub that you can access from a spiral staircase. Better yet, it’s only a 10-minute drive from Kona Airport, so you’ll have no trouble finding this treehouse as soon as you land. 

10. The secluded cabin near a national park

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Best Vacation Rentals and Airbnbs in Hawaii Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: Kuono at Volcano
Listing type: Cabin 
Neighbourhood: Volcano 
Max. no. of guests: 4 

Located in a native forest, this modern volcano cabin sits only five minutes away from the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. This isolated retreat in Hawaii is available for rent on Vrbo and Airbnb, and it has a fire pit, a minimalist living room, and a cedar wood hot tub. But the real highlights are the experiences it offers. Guests at this vacation rental in Hawaii can enjoy a wide range of activities, from drinking Kona coffee on the patio to blasting their favourite songs on the Bluetooth speakers. Perfect for couples or a family of four, this hidden gem will rekindle anyone's love for the great outdoors. 

11. The off-the-grid cabin with a private waterfall

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Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: Aloha Nature Lovers
Listing type: Entire cabin
Neighbourhood: Pāpa‘aloa
Max. number of guests: 2

Want to go off the grid? This cabin located between Waipio Valley and a national park offers just that and more. It’s best to rent a four-wheel drive to get here as access is along the back roads. Just a few minutes away from this Airbnb in Hawaii are hiking trails, private waterfalls, and swimming holes you can easily walk to. Wildlife lovers will be delighted to know that there are horses and free-roaming peacocks and chickens in the backyard. Meanwhile, the gas stove and fridge in the cabin are available for your cooking needs. And fret not about your comfort: hot showers are available as well. 

12. The Bali-style cottage steps away from the bay

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Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: Kealakekua Bay Bali Cottage -steps from Bay
Listing type: Entire guesthouse
Neighbourhood: Captain Cook
Max. number of guests: 2

Tucked away in Kealakekua Bay, close to Manini Beach, this gorgeous cottage emanates a tropical vibe with its Balinese-inspired design. This Airbnb in Hawaii is built with teak panels and hides behind a large Ficus tree. Keeping up with the location, there are surfboards mounted on the ceiling of the bedroom as decorations. Rustic as it is, there's a fully functional kitchen with a rice cooker, waffle iron, blender, and more. The beautiful yard, which feels like a private little jungle, is a huge bonus!

Kauai

13. The Hawaiian plantation home with incredible scenery

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Stunning Vacation Rentals in Hawaii on Vrbo Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: Air-Conditioned Hawaiian Plantation Home with Breathtaking Ocean Views
Listing type: House 
Neighbourhood: Kalihiwai
Max. no. of guests: 8

For a calming retreat overlooking the waves in Kauai, it’s hard to top this Hawaiian plantation home. Named the “Kaohe Sunset View House,” it stands out among other Kauai vacation rentals with its art-filled bedrooms and highly-rated amenities, which include a hot tub, a fire pit, a covered lanai, and a telescope for stargazing. Spend your days and nights at the gazebo outside, where you can drink in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. If you’re lucky, you just might spot dolphins and whales emerging from the water. 

14. The seaside condo with stunning views

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Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: Gorgeous, Newly Remodelled Ocean Front Retreat-Sea Lodge II G6
Listing type: Condo
Neighbourhood: Princeville 
Max. no. of guests: 3

Ready to embrace life on a tropical island? Breathtaking views of Kauai’s North Shore will greet you in every corner of this seaside condominium in Princeville. From your bedroom windows overlooking the sea to the private lanai with a hammock, this Kauai vacation rental can be summed up in one word: paradise. Nearby attractions include the town of HanaleiAnini BeachKilauea Lighthouse, and the Napali Coast Trail.

Maui

15. The tropical treasure studio

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Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: #1 TRACY’S TROPICAL TREASURES:VOTED #1 IN MAUI!
Listing type: Studio
Neighbourhood: Kihei
Max. number of guests: 2

If you’re planning to visit Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, check out this apartment which proudly claims to be the #1 vacation rental in all of Maui. The space looks fantastic, designed with accents of blues to fit the tropical theme. Even the bed itself exemplifies this: a plush king-size mattress that's covered with a 100% bamboo bed sheet, a 1,200 thread count duvet, and fluffy down-filled pillows. Two flat-screen TVs allow you to stream videos and choose from over 150 movies on DVD, and there’s even a PlayStation to keep you entertained. Evidently, the host has gone above and beyond to furnish the house in a manner that pampers guests to the fullest.

16. The Insta-worthy condo

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Airbnbs in Hawaii Image credit: Airbnb

Listing name: Everything you need to enjoy true paradise!
Listing type: Entire condominium
Neighbourhood: Kihei
Max. number of guests: 4

Now, here's an Airbnb in Hawaii that screams gorgeous. Every corner of this modern home is pleasing to the eyes. Close to downtown Kihei and Wailea in Maui, this condo is a short stroll to the beach and has excellent dining options nearby. Furthermore, the hosts provide beach towels and chairs, which is a testament to their attention to detail. Plus, the queen-sized bed in the bedroom is brand new, and there's a fold-out couch in the living room for extra sleeping space.

17. The adorable gingerbread house

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Gingerbread House Vacation Rental in Maui Image credit: Vrbo

Listing name: Adorable 1930's Gingerbread House....Permitted!
Listing type: Cottage
Neighbourhood: Makawao
Max. number of guests: 2

A gorgeous hideaway surrounded by greenery, this remodelled 1930s cottage is the ideal place for travellers who'd like to spend quiet time alone. It's fully equipped with a kitchenette and a spacious bathroom with custom tiles and woodwork. Though you'll be greeted with rustic cabin vibes, fret not, there's still wireless internet and a TV with Netflix access. Still, it's best to have a rental car to get to the cottage; from there, it's only 10 minutes to the beaches and two minutes to shops and restaurants in Maui.

Also read: 15 Dreamy Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals in Maui That Are Worth the Splurge

Have you picked a favourite among these Airbnbs and vacation rentals in Hawaii? Enjoy the experience, but don’t get too comfortable; you’ll need to eventually set foot outside and explore the outdoors!

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