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Welcome to Paradise: Easy Camping On Maui

Updated: Apr 23, 2023


It’s widely known that Maui is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. Home to as many as 10 of the world’s 14 microclimates, in just one day you can go from arid white sand beaches, to temperate forests and tropical jungles. The diversity of cultures and nature, combined with the size and scope of Maui make traveling across the island a festival for your senses. One of the most intimate ways to see Maui is by directly communing with nature and camping in one of our Roofnest Tents. Nothing compares to looking up at a night sky so clear you can see the hazy Milky Way weaving between glittering stars, or falling asleep to the sound of wind rushing through palm fronds, and breathing the perfumed scents of blue ginger flowers at midnight and dew on the grass at dawn. With so much to see, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots to camp on Maui, and hopefully, you’ll love them just as much as we do when you come to visit!

CAMP OLOWALU

Nestled between the base of the West Maui Mountains and the crystalline waters of Lahaina, Camp Olowalu offers four different camping experiences: camping in your vehicle, 35 campsites for tents, 21 super luxe tentalows, and if you’ve got a party big enough, you can rent their 6 cabins, which comes complete with a mess hall. This sunny beachfront property offers kayak and snorkel rentals, not to mention some of the best views for whale watching when the season is right. You can take a stroll through the native and tropical plants, and pick fresh citrus, dragonfruit and mangoes from the abundant fruit trees on the property. If you’re a glamper like me, you’ll appreciate the hot water outdoor showers and pristine flushable toilets. If you like to stay semi-connected with the world, they even have free wifi and charging stations, which definitely comes in handy when sharing (read: bragging) about this beautiful property with your loved ones at home.

WAI’ANAPANAPA STATE PARK

Wai’anapanapa means glistening water, a well-deserved name for this gem off the Road to Hana. Clear blue waves melt into a black sand beach, framed overhead by dramatic cliffs of black basalt lava rocks and rolling green jungles. As if the magnificent scenery wasn’t enough, you can explore this Maui treasure on hiking trails and easy walks that lead you to a blow hole, sea arches, ocean caves, islets, cliff diving, fresh water pools and archaeological remnants from ancient Hawaiians. Wai’anapanapa offers campsites, cabins, toilets and showers. Even though this tends to be a popular spot for people to pull off on the Road to Hana, they mainly just stop to take a picture and move on, which leaves the actual campsite peaceful. Not to mention, it feels like you’re camping in a literal postcard, so get your cameras ready and enjoy this unique paradise.

HOSMER GROVE

Hosmer Grove lies in the cloud belt of the summit district at Haleakala National Park. You’ll want to pack your warm socks and waterproof jacket for camping at this 7,000 ft elevation, as it has a tendency to be cold and rainy sometimes. But don’t let the cold weather deter you from experiencing this outstanding volcano. There are 6 campsites located between the forest and shrubland of Hosmer Grove.

Each site comes with a grill, picnic table and access to potable water. You don’t have to worry about taking a cold sh*t in the woods, there are pit toilets in the parking lot. The forest wakes up at early dawn with many native Hawaiian birds, which makes for incredible music on an easy self-guided morning hike. Campers who reserve a site at Hosmer Grove receive a reservation to view sunrise at the summit on Haleakala the morning after camping. If you know how hard those reservations are to come by (super freaking hard), that just adds one more cherry to sweeten your experience at the top of one of the biggest volcanoes on the planet.

We do highly recommend you book your campsites early, as spaces fill up quickly here. But rest assured that wherever you choose to pop up your tent, you’ll experience a piece of Maui that most tourists miss when staying at overcrowded beachside hotels. We look forward to welcoming you with Aloha to the Valley Isle.

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