Maui features a number of public and private campsites that are easily accessible for your VW camper van. Maui’s campsites are scattered along the islands coastline and most feature premium ocean front views. To help you organize your trip, we have summarized Maui’s camping options below with details on location, facilities, rates, and procedure to obtain a permit for each site.
We try to stay on top of the most current information, but the below details are subject to change without notice.
East Maui & Hana
Waianapanapa State Park, Hana
Waianapanapa State Park must be booked in advance. It is located right along the ocean, about half a mile off the Hana Hwy 360, right before Hana. As one of our favorite campgrounds, it is lush, shady and incredibly beautiful. Wainapanapa features a natural blowhole, a black sand beach, a lava tube, a short hike to magical freshwater caves, and access to part of the King’s Trail along the sea cliffs. Wainapanapa is definitely a place you want to spend some time exploring, even if you don’t stay overnight.
Facilities: picnic tables, grills, restrooms, outdoor showers, drinking water.
Camping information: Open daily. Reservations are required, and can be arranged by phone or online (below). Do not wait until you get there as there is no cell reception. The ranger on duty will come to your campervan to verify your permit–it is strictly enforced.
BOOK IN ADVANCE:
+1 (808) 984-8109 – Visit Website
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.
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. Reservations are required in advance.
+1 (808) 572-4400 - Visit Website
Central & West Maui
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, with vast coral reefs and sea life and is a great spot to kayak, stand up paddle board or venture out with a canoe.
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).
+1 (808) 661-4303 – www.campolowalu.com
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 and camping is right along the beach, so you will wake up to the sound of the ocean in the morning. A popular camp site site for locals and tourists alike, Papalaua is only 10 short minutes from Lahaina town which make it easy to go exploring during the day, or out to dinner at night.
Facilities: portable toilets, grills, picnic tables. No water supply available.
Camping information: Closed Wednesday and Thursday for maintenance. Permit required.