Planning A Trip To Hawaii – Say Aloha To Maui While Camping Your Way Around The Island

Posted on: 5 June 2015

The Hawaiian Islands are the perfect vacation spot. Maui is Hawaii's second largest island, and a must-see for those travelling to the islands. Maui offers visitors adventures in a variety of settings from rainforests to volcanic craters, and of course stunning tropical beaches. Camping is the perfect way to see all the island has to offer.

Plan Ahead

Maui is a favorite location, and you will need to plan your trip ahead of time. You may want to work with a travel agent when planning your trip. Your agent can advise and help pick out the best of the best when it comes to campgrounds and sightseeing.

Renting camping gear and reserving campsites require reservations. You'll want to:

Reserve your vehicle – You will need a vehicle that is large enough to carry your camping gear.

Plan your route and make reservations – This part of planning your vacation will take time, but is fun and exciting. Get yourself a map of Maui and start planning your route. Consider campgrounds that are close to the sites you want to see. You can take day trips then return to relax. Campgrounds on Maui offer beautiful scenery and an array of activities.

Camping permits – Some campgrounds require camping permits. You can obtain applications and sometimes file for your permits online, usually on the campground's website. State park permit applications can be found on the State of Hawaii Department of Land and National Resources website. County camping permits are on the Maui County website. All permits must be purchased in advance.


Maui has an excellent selection of campgrounds. State and private campgrounds offering a variety of amenities. A few choice locations to consider would be:

  • Haleakala Crater – If you choose to camp at one of the campgrounds located in the high elevation of the crater, be sure to bring warm clothing. Night temperatures often drop into the thirties.
  • Wal'anapana State Park – Located in Hana, this state park has a black sand beach, shore fishing, lava tube caves, natural blowholes, and much more to see and do.
  • Camp Olowalu – Just a few miles outside of Lahaina Town, this campground offers surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking.
  • Kipahula Campground – A favorite campground of the locals, Kipahula is located near the Seven Sacred Pools and Oheo Gulch.

Camping on the island of Maui is sure to be a vacation experience you won't forget. If time and finances allow, consider spending the last few days of your vacation in a luxury hotel. Even avid campers are sure to appreciate a few days of pampering before heading home. For more information, consult with a local travel agency (such as Rainbow Travel).