Where to Car Camp on Maui
From lush jungles, to beaches, to chilly upcountry forests Maui has a diverse set of camping locations. So book your favorite CampCar, choose a site and enjoy a stress free vacation in the natural beauty of Maui.
West Side (near Lahaina)
Camp Olowalu is located a few miles south of Lahaina and is located directly on the coast. It features nice views of the ocean and West Maui Mountains and there are clean bathrooms, showers, and an outdoor sink. Each site also has a picnic table. It can be a little crowded but it is a nice spot to spend a night and we often recommend late arrivals stay here on the first night as it makes life easier.
Papalua Wayside Park-https://www.mauicounty.gov/409/Camping-Sites
A few miles further south than Camp Olowalu is Papalua Wayside Park. Here you’ll pull up directly onto the beach to camp. It too can be crowded but you can often find a more secluded spot along this stretch of coastline. It has no amenities other than a porta-potty.
Upcountry (near Makawao and Kula)
Poli Poli State Park-https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/all,details,1683.html
Camp near a redwood forest and alongside several native bird species! Often quite cool this is one of our favorite summer time camping destinations to escape the heat after a day at the beach. The road in is officially 4×4 only but is actually a mellow gravel road. All our vehicles can easily and legally make it to this campground and the vehicle restrictions mean you’ll often have the camping area to yourself.
Hosmer’s Grove (Haleakala NP)-https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/drive-up-camping.htm
Another high elevation favorite. The campground itself is a nice grassy field but there are a few flat pull-offs on the road in where you can pop the tent and enjoy the night.
East Side (Road to Hana)
Camp Keanae YMCA-https://ymcacampkeanae.org/
Waiʻanapanapa State Park-http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/maui/waianapanapa-state-park/
Haleakala NP Kipahulu District- https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/drive-up-camping.htm