Maui, Hawaii Camping Guide
Maui is one of the Hawaiian islands situated in the Central Pacific part of the world and is one of the very few places in the United States where you have the ability to camp inside a volcano or on a beach of black sand. There are good reasons why Maui is renowned for being an island of extremes. As an example, one minute the weather can be dry and hot, and then wet and cold the next minute. Therefore, it is recommended that if you are planning to camp in Maui, that you take the time to plan your trip and research the island’s weather and know what the climate is like in each part of the island.
One thing that is important to note is that you need a camping permit to camp anyplace on the island. So before heading out, make sure to get one first. After doing your research and obtaining your permit, it is then time for you to head on over to Maui’s diverse and beautiful landscape to pitch your tent. If you are searching for the perfect spot, the following are three of the best locations for camping in Maui.
Waianapanapa State Park
This is one of the top camping areas in all of Maui. This park is home to the renowned Pailoa, which is one of the black-sand beaches on the island. It is a destination that all visitors need to see for themselves. Camping there is a unique experience. Explore the hidden swimming holes, freshwater lava cava, tide pools, and pathways that were made for the ancient Hawaiian royals. Wake up in the morning on the jet-black beach of the island while listening to the sound of crashing wash. For those who want to spend the night outside, there is a grassy tent camping section as well as 12 furnished cabins. Available camping amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, and outdoor shoulders. Tent camping cost $18 per night and cabins are $90 per night. Admission is free for children under 2 years old.
This is a privately-owned camp and among the cleanest, highest-rated, and most comfortable camping places on the entire island of Maui. Given that this campsite is privately-owned, the amenities and facilities are maintained better than the public campgrounds are. There is also equipment rental that is available where you can get everything needed to go stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, or kayaking in the reefs nearby. There are several cabins at the campsite that are available. They cost from $750 up to $1,100 per night, and there are also ‘tentalows’ ranging from $80 to $110 per night. Finally, there are beaching tenting sites for $20 per night (bring your own tent). There are also car or RV camping spots for just $20 per night if you would like to camp in your RV or car.
This YMCA-run campsite features gorgeous views of the rocky, beautiful Keanae Peninsula. This campsite is just a short walk away from the Keanae Arboretum and an old Hawaiian village. Tent spaces (without tents) can be rented and they also rent bunks in cabins for $25 per person per night. The cabins in the campsite sleep 12 to 60 people. Or you can stay at one of the fully equipped cottages featuring ocean views at the campsite for $165 per night. There is also van and RV parking available. On-site facilities include a gym, a fitness center, a great pond for swimming, two bathhouses, and fire pits.
Maui Campers will have several options for their adventures. There will be plenty of reputable camping gear companies and camper rentals to chose from. Just make sure to read their Google and TripAdvisor reviews before booking.