You’re a traveler, not a tourist. While others might be happy with a totally planned, predictable resort experience, you prefer to make your own experiences. We totally understand… we’re just like you. Hawaii is a very special place, and Maui is our favorite island. The island is surrounded by clear blue water at a perfect temperature for snorkeling. The reefs are filed with an amazing variety of tropical fish and sea turtles. Humpback whales flock the Maui waters for half of the year, and it’s not unusual to spot dolphins from the shore. Tropical flowers bloom year-round. Shouldn’t you have a vacation as special as Maui?
This island is No Ka Oi (the best) in Hawai’i for a camping adventure, especially in a campervan or Honda Element! The campsites are scattered along the beautiful coastline, facilities are convenient and comfortable, and the people are friendly and welcoming. There is a tradition of respect for the ‘aina (land) in Hawaii that we request every guest adhere to: that is simply respect the ‘aina, and leave the area cleaner than you found it! This way, we all do our part to keep Maui beautiful for years to come.
Maui features a number of public and private campsites that are easily accessible for your VW camper-van. These are all located along the coastline with breathtaking sceneries, and offer stunning premium ocean front views! The only difficulty will be to make a choice…
To help you organize your trip, we have summarized the fully legal camping options below with details on location, facilities, rates, and procedure to obtain a permit (prices range from $5-30 per night for couples). Permits can be obtained once you arrive on Maui, but for certain times of the year, we recommend you arrange them in advance.
Even-though we stay on top of the most current information, the below details are subject to change without notice. Please contact the applicable local office for current information.
East Maui & Hana
Camp Keanae YMCA, Keanae
Camp Keanae is located on Hana Hwy, about halfway to Hana. It is nestled along the rugged North Shore coastline and offers breathtaking views of the sea cliffs and rough waters below. There is an expansive grassy area where you can park your van and enjoy the views.
Facilities: hot showers, toilets, sinks, drinking water, fire pits.
Camping information: Open daily. Reservations are required. Call in advance as they often sell out with group events, especially during school holidays, and cell reception is spotty in the area. Camping fee is $20 per person per night, $35 for families (2 or more).
+1 (808) 248-8355 – www.ymcacampkeanae.org
Kipahulu Campground, Haleakala National Park Kipahulu
The Kipahulu Campground is 10 miles past Hana, near the pools at ‘Ohe’o (Seven Sacred Pools), within the Haleakala National Park. It overlooks ocean cliffs, facing sunrise, and is a prime spot to start the Pipiwai Trail hike (free guided hikes on Sunday mornings).
Facilities: Picnic tables, grills, pit toilets. No water supply available at the campground. Water fountains and toilets available at the Kipahulu Visitor Center, just a short walk away.
Camping information: Open daily. No reservation required.
Camping fee is included in the park entrance ticket, $25 per vehicle, valid for 3 days (keep your receipt). If the ranger station is closed upon arrival, you may pay on your way out.
+1 (808) 248-7375 –
CENTRAL & WEST MAUI
Papalaua Wayside County Beach Park, Olowalu
Papalaua Beach Park lies along Honoapiilani Hwy # 30 on the way to Lahaina, a few minutes past Ma’alaea Harbor, along a sandy beach with excellent snorkeling. There are shady parking spots under kiawe trees.
Facilities: portable toilets, grills, picnic tables. No water supply available.
Camping information: Closed Wednesday and Thursday for maintenance. Permit required. Camping fee is $8 per person per night on week days, $10 on weekends and holidays ($2 and $3 for minors).
+1 (808) 661-4685 – www.co.maui.hi.us
Camp Olowalu, Olowalu
Camp Olowalu is a private campsite located right on the ocean off Honoapiilani Hwy # 30 about 6 miles south of Lahaina. It is one of the best snorkeling areas on the island, and a good launch spot for a kayak, paddle board, or canoe trip.
Facilities: enclosed cold water showers, outdoor showers, sink, portable toilets, picnic tables, grills, Wi-Fi, laundry.
Camping information: Open Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM. After hours check-in available (instructions at the check-in window). Campsites are first come first served, no reservations. Camping fee is $20 per person per night, $7 for children 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and younger.
+1 (808) 661-4303 – www.campolowalu.com