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7 best gay resorts and B&Bs in Hawaii

Stefan Arestis
7 best gay resorts and B&Bs in Hawaii

Our pick of the most gorgeous gay resorts in Hawaii, from clothing optional resorts, to gay owned guesthouse and gay hotels

Beaches beaches and more beaches…that's Hawaii in a nutshell!

You want a gorgeous white powdery sandy beach? Tick!
Green beach? Tick tick!
Black beach? Tick tick tick!
But what about a PINK beach? Quadruple tick!

No joke, this famous archipelago out in the Pacific Ocean is a paradise gay vacation spot for beach lovers. As if the golden white sandy beaches aren't enough, its history of volcanic activity and unique rock formations have both left a unique tint on some of its beaches, especially Papakōlea (the green sandy beach), Punaluʻu (the black sandy beach), and our favorite, Kaihalulu (the pink, yes PINK sandy beach).

As a huge bonus, Hawaii is a state within the USA making it one of the hottest USA gay destinations – especially in 2021 when international travel is unlikely to pick up in a hurry. In this article, we've set out some of the best gay resorts in Hawaii to help you decide where to base yourself during your gaycation in the gorgeous “Aloha State”.


Is Hawaii safe for LGBTQ travelers in 2021?

Oh god yeah!

Hawaii has a history of being super gay-friendly. Back in 1973, it was one of the first 6 states in the US to legalize homosexuality. It was also the first state to consider legalizing gay marriage as far back as 1993, which led to the Supreme Court of Hawaii passing the “Hawaii Marriage Equality Act” in 2013.

This has allowed LGBTQ tourism to flourish here over the past few decades, particularly for couples looking for a romantic beach getaway or a unique destination wedding. In addition, a gorgeous 2019 survey carried out by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that a whopping 73% of Hawaiians supported anti-discrimination legislation protecting its LGBTQ community.

Hawaii also has a fun gay scene in and around the capital city – Honolulu, with places like Scarlet Honolulu and Bacchus Waikiki hosting weekly parties and drag nights. And, of course, a ton of gay resorts and guesthouses, the best of which we review in this article.

Entry requirements for Hawaii in 2021

Travelers from the US mainland to Hawaii can avoid doing the mandatory 10-day quarantine by providing a negative Covid test before traveling. Note that some parts of Hawaii will require you to take a second Covid test on arrival at the airport. All travelers will also need to complete the Mandatory State of Hawaii Travel and Health Form 24 hours before their flight. Find out more detailed information about this on the Hawaii Covid19 website.

All-inclusive gay resorts in Hawaii

Hawaii has a handsome selection of gay hotels to stay. However, remember that Hawaii is not your traditional gay party destination like Fort Lauderdale, Key West, or Puerto Vallarta. Therefore, when it comes to gay resorts in Hawaii, they tend to be much smaller and more intimate here by comparison. The closest we found to a gay resort in Hawaii (similar to those you'd find in FL, KW, and PV) is the Gay Hawaii Guest House in Pāhoa (see below), which is both an all-male gay guesthouse and fully clothing-optional.


Gay Hawaii Guest House

Pāhoa, Hawai'i (Big Island)

The Exotic Paradise Adventure Guest House is one of the best gay resorts in Hawaii that we think you will love!

In a nutshell

  • Large gay owned guesthouse in Kalapana on Big Island
  • Entire house is clothing-optional
  • Heated AquaNirvana therapy pool and massage studio
  • Around 20 mins drive to the Kehena clothing optional black sand beach

Exotic Paradise Adventure in Dwight's own words…we'll leave the rest to your imagination!

Dwight is the fabulous owner of this large gay guesthouse, spread over two houses on an acre of oceanfront land. The water is a block away – you can see the waves from your bedroom. Dwight's gay Hawaii Guesthouse is arguably the most popular gay resort in Hawaii. It's certainly the biggest and in our humble opinion, the gayest!

The entire gay B&B is decorated in Balinese style and includes a mix of comfortable, spacious rooms. There is a heated AquaNirvana therapy pool, sundeck, massage studio and immaculate tropical garden. Dwight even grows his own fruit here, which he serves to guests for breakfast.

As well as being fully clothing-optional, Dwight's “Exotic Paradise Adventure” is on the doorstep of one of the best gay nude beaches of Hawaii: Kehena Black Sand Beach. Unlike any other beach we've ever been to, Kehena has its own assigned, “Gay Day”. Yup, you read right, every Monday, all the local Big Island gay boys gather at Kehena to hang out, play some volleyball, let it all hang out, and marvel at the ocean.

Prices at Gay Hawaii Guest House start from $150 per night:


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Gay clothing-optional private cottage

Waikiki, O'ahu

This private cottage in Hawaii is perfect for those who just want to lounge around in the pool

In a nutshell

  • Gay owned cottage B&B
  • Clothing optional
  • Pool and patio areas shared with hosts
  • Walking distance to Kahala Beach + short cab ride to gay Waikiki Beach

Victor and Rick are the gay hosts who rent out their beautiful and stylish cottage, located minutes walking distance from Kahala Beach on the island of Oahu (also home to the capital city, Honolulu).

In terms of location, this is probably our favorite pick. It's close to the gay scene of Honolulu as well as Waikiki Beach – both around 15 minutes away by cab. Let's be honest, you'll most likely want to be spending most of your gaycation on Waikiki Beach, which is what makes this remarkable cottage a top pick!

Victor and Rick are also super chilled. They welcome nudists and have a clothing-optional policy throughout the cottage including the communal spaces they share with guests – the pool and patio. For complete privacy, the cottage has its own enclosed private garden area in the back. Pup lovers, you'll be in paradise here – Victor and Rick have two adorable playful pooches that also love welcoming all guests!

Prices at this private cottage start from $149 per night:


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Isle of You Hawaii Naturally

Pāhoa, Hawai'i (Big Island)

You can stay with a gay couple on their banana farm at the Isle of You Hawaii Naturally guest house

In a nutshell

  • Gay owned eco-farm and retreat
  • Fully clothing optional
  • Book a cabin or a Yurt
  • Walking distance to Kahala Beach + short cab ride to gay Waikiki Beach

The Isle of You Hawaii Naturally is a gay-owned naturist eco-farm and retreat spread over 70 acres of lush rainforest and banana groves. It's massive – the ideal place to live out your Tarzan jungle fantasy, except here you don't even need to wear a loincloth to cover up the Crown Jewels because it's all completely clothing optional!

The owners are gay couple Normand and Kelly who just want guests to feel free to be themselves here – the name Isle of You Naturally is a play on the phrase “I Love You Naturally”… see what they did there? The guys are particularly proud of their (ahem!) bananas, which they grow fresh on their farm – SO proud, they are nicknamed “Da Banana Boys” locally!

Accommodation options here include a choice of a cabin with a full kitchen + two lanais (patios), or, one of the more private yurts (yes, a YURT in the middle of Hawaii!) for a bit of upmarket glamping.

Normand and Kelly encourage a communal feel amongst guests by putting on some hilarious events which are also popular with the local gays who attend as well. Their most famous is the clothing-optional non-competitive volleyball every Saturday afternoon (affectionally named – “Big Girl Volleyball”), which turns into a big fun gay farm party afterward…

Prices at Isle of You Hawaii Naturally start from $100 per night:


Kane Plantation

Honaunau, Hawai'i (Big Island)

Kane Plantation is a gorgeous and gay spot for your Hawaiian vacation

In a nutshell

  • Luxury gay owned B&B
  • Not clothing-optional
  • Sauna, hot tub and large private gardens
  • Stay in the guesthouse on a 16-acre avocado farm!

As gay vacations go, this one's a steal! Located on a massive 16-acre avocado farm, gay couple Michael and David established this impressive tropical plantation on the west side of Big Island.

The guys offer a choice of 3 luxurious suites – the magnificent Kane Suite (includes water garden + private terrace with hammock), the grand Kanaloa Suite (outdoor shower, private Lanai with hammock and coastal views), and the elegant Kawainui Suite (large private Lanai with sun lounges and hammock). A sumptuous gourmet breakfast is served every morning to guests – it's so good that it's become famous throughout Hawaii – it includes 100% Kona coffee, espresso, leaf teas, and fresh, organic produce from the farm itself!

The owners have a super cute story – originally from Canberra, Australia, they moved to Washington DC back in 1995 to begin a diplomatic assignment at the Embassy of Australia. The 2-year assignment turned into a 16-year lifestyle change over to their new home in Hawaii where they purchased the Kane Plantation – the former home of the famous artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kane.

Prices at Kane Plantation start from $265 per night:


Horizon Guest House

Captain Cook, Hawai'i (Big Island)

The incredible infinity pool and views are just part of why Horizon Guest House is one of the best gay resorts in Hawaii

In a nutshell

  • Gay-owned B&B on 40 acres of land!
  • Not clothing-optional
  • Infinity pool + solar heated pool with Jacuzzi
  • Impressive coastline views looking out to the Pacific Ocean

A hidden gay gem in Hawaii with arguably the most spectacular view ever – right by the gorgeous infinity pool. Quiet, peaceful – the ultimate relaxation retreat and perfect back shot for your Insta feed.

Clem is the handsome gay owner of Horizon Guesthouse, an upscale B&B situated on 40 acres of land right by the Kona Coast in Captain Cook on Big Island. Surrounding Horizon is the historic McCandless Ranch, which therefore lends the guesthouse a great deal of privacy and tranquility. The big highlight here are the views. The reason is that the guesthouse is situated at a 1,100 ft (335m) elevation, which gives uninterrupted panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean.

The gay guesthouse includes a choice of 4 aptly named King and Queen Suites. Each one is lavishly decorated and also comes with a refrigerator, coffee press, electric kettle, ceiling fan, and even electric blankets, should you need them. Horizon also includes a custom-designed infinity swimming pool with a built-in Jacuzzi hot tub. The ultimate romantic highlight: use the outdoor BBQ in the evening and then look up in awe at the magical night sky!

Prices at Horizon Guest House start from $295 per night:


Hilo Bay Hale Bed & Breakfast

Hilo, Hawai'i (Big Island)

For a truly local Hawaiian stay, you can't go past the gay Hilo Bay Hale bed and breakfast

In a nutshell

  • Gay owned B&B in a restored plantation home
  • Not clothing-optional
  • Communal front porch, kitchen, and outdoor shower
  • Located in downtown Hilo on the east side of Big Island

Gay couple Danny & Matthew spotted this property back in 2008, which was originally a classic single-family plantation home built in 1914, but about to be demolished. Instead, they rescued it and quickly converted it into a charming gay B&B.

What we love about it the most is how the guys have kept much of the historical architectural features, including the original hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets. They've also furnished the rooms with antiques and collectables, which gives every room its own story.

There are three unique rooms for guests to pick from, each with its own private bathroom. Communal facilities include a shared kitchen/dining area as well as a front and back lanai, each with views of Hilo town.

Hilo Bay is located in downtown Hilo (east side of Big Island), which is Hawaii's second-largest city after Honolulu. The Hilo Farmer's Market is close by, as well as lots of shops, museums, and galleries. It's also a short drive to Keaukaha, Rainbow Falls, Honoli'i, the Hamakua Coast, and the Volcano area.

Prices at Hilo Bay Hale start from $159 per night:

Spotting turtles on black sand beaches is just one amazing thing you can do in Hawaii

What to do in Hawaii?

There's plenty to keep you entertained in Hawaii, once you've had your fill of lazing by the pool or on a beach. From spotting turtles on black sand beaches to learning to surf or hiking in the jungle, you will find the ideal mix of relaxation and excitement here!


Aloha Guest House

Captain Cook, Hawai'i (Big Island)

The views from the gay Aloha Guest House in Hawaii are a real highlight

In a nutshell

  • Eco-friendly gay-friendly guesthouse
  • Not clothing-optional
  • Large shared lanais with spectacular ocean views
  • Located on a 5-acre organic tropical fruit farm at 1,500 ft!

Lee and Svetlana are a gay-friendly couple who welcome everyone to their eco-friendly B&B in Captain Cook on Big Island. The most eye-catching thing about this place is its location on a small cliff, around 1,500 ft (457m) elevation, which gives it some breathtaking coastal views of the South Kona coastline.

The gay friendly B&B is also part of an impressive 5-acre organic tropical fruit farm, and nowhere is this more prominent than in the divine breakfast served every day at 8 am with immaculate attention to detail! Get this: everything they serve is freshly picked from their farm or purchased from local health food stores and farmer's markets. It includes high omega-3 organic eggs from their own free-range, pasture-fed, very happy chickens! Coffee lovers, listen up: their coffee is organic, 100% Kona, and freshly roasted on demand by Hala Tree Coffee Farm.

The Aloha guesthouse has a choice of 4 rooms: the Kohola Whale Room (with King-sized memory foam bed + ocean view), the Halawai Horizon Room (with a view of the South Koa coastline), the Honu Green Sea Turtle Room (the largest and most opulent room here), and finally, the smallest, the Nai'a Dolphin Room (the smallest room here – ideal for budget travelers).

Prices at Aloha Guest House start from $145 per night:

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These are the best gay resorts, guest houses and bnbs in Hawaii for your next "staycation"

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor, and author of the gay travel blog As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times, Pink News, and Attitude Magazine. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practiced as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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