You’ve got your dream Maui Camper Rental, and you’re ready to hit the open road. You are looking for surf or snorkeling, endless turquoise water, and white sand. Lahaina might be your first destination. Lahaina town is full of amenities and eateries and a bustling harbor where you can catch whale watch boats and ferries to the nearby island of Lanai.
The cliff-side and shoreline drive from the airport town of Kahalui to Lahaina is breathtakingly scenic and will check all the boxes on your list. If you are looking to learn to surf, these are some of the spots. There’s even camping at a few beaches along this main road. Here are the details you will need for camping near Lahaina:
Papalaua Wayside Park
Conveniently right off the road, pass through a grove of kiawe trees to access this strip of white sand beach. Call well in advance (808.661.4685) for your camping permit. On Thursdays, camping is not permitted. Papalua is ten minutes away from Lahaina town. You’ll find picnic tables, bbqs, and port-o-potties. Pretty good snorkeling and great beginning surfing when conditions allow.