Like most, I’ve been stuck at home social distancing and doing my part during this trying time in the world.  Thankfully I get to call home Maui.  This morning, Joe and I woke up with intentions to go camping and just get out of the house for the night.

Since it’s still quarantine and it happened to be the weekend all of our usual camping spots were full.  Determined to have a camping adventure we went home to do a little research and next thing you know we checked in at Camp Olowalu.

Camp Olowalu cabins

About Camp Olowalu

Camp Olowalu offers affordable beach camping experiences in.  Olowalu is in West Maui, about 20 minutes from Lahaina town.  This modern campground is utilized for retreats and gathering place for groups. The grounds are well maintained, full of fruit and palm trees and directly on the beach.  I’ve seen several weddings held down here, its a perfect area.  There are 4 camping options to choose from, campsites, van camping, tentalows or cabins.

Camp Olowalu camp fire

camping

There are 35 camp sites available but can only be booked by reservation.  $24 a night per campsite.  You have access to these amenities

  • Bathrooms: toilet, sink, mirror, hand soap, paper towels & toilet paper
  • Instant hot water showers
  • Outdoor dishwashing station
  • Wifi internet hotspot at check-in area
  • Trash & recycling stations
  • Private parking
  • 2 Charging stations
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic Benches
  • BBQ grills

car camping

$24 per site.  If you have your own set up such as rooftop tents or a converted van book a few nights to enjoy the campground facilities. There are no water/electric/sewer hook-ups available but you get to enjoy the same amenities as I have listed above under the Camping Section ↓.  

  • Bathrooms: toilet, sink, mirror, hand soap, paper towels & toilet paper
  • Instant hot water showers
  • Outdoor dishwashing station
  • Wifi internet hotspot at check-in area
  • Trash & recycling stations
  • Private parking
  • 2 Charging stations
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic Benches
  • BBQ grills
Camp Olowalu

tentalows

When a tent and a bungalow have a baby, you get a tentalow.  Tentalows are adorable sturdy, wooden tents framed tents perched atop a platform.  Inside the tentalow is 2 twin beds that can be pushed together , a soft mattress, a trunk to lock up valuables, solar powered lights, a personal sink and private outdoor shower.  Not to mention each tentalow has a porch and chairs to relax at.  A private bathroom is assigned to 1 or 2 different tentalows.  It’s not en-suite but it’s not much of a walk.  It felt as if we were glamping.  We LOVED our home for the night.

There are also family tentalows that can fit a small family of 4.  The regular tentalows start at $140 a night and $195 a night for the family size.  Plus you have access to all the amenities I listed in the Camping Section ↓.

  • Bathrooms: toilet, sink, mirror, hand soap, paper towels & toilet paper
  • Instant hot water showers
  • Outdoor dishwashing station
  • Wifi internet hotspot at check-in area
  • Trash & recycling stations
  • Private parking
  • 2 Charging stations
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic Benches
  • BBQ grills
Camp Olowalu cabins

cabins

The cabins are perfect for large families or big group gathers.  I know rules and regulations have changed since COVID-19 became real but when things “return” to normal the cabins are a great grounds for garherings. The cabins also have access to all the amenities I listed in the Camping Section ↓.

  • Bathrooms: toilet, sink, mirror, hand soap, paper towels & toilet paper
  • Instant hot water showers
  • Outdoor dishwashing station
  • Wifi internet hotspot at check-in area
  • Trash & recycling stations
  • Private parking
  • 2 Charging stations
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic Benches
  • BBQ grills
Camp Olowalu beach

what to do at Camp Olowalu

  • Rent Kayaks
  • Go Paddle Boarding
  • Float Day at the Beach
  • Fishing

overview

Pros: Very clean which is always a plus.  This was also post COVID so CDC guidelines were followed and you felt clean.  The grounds were well maintained and full of palm trees and tropical flora.  I also love that they allow pets!  So if you hate to leave your furry friend at home this is your perfect solution.  Of course this does come at an extra fee.  This is a great budget friendly option for the expensive Hawaii.

Cons: This is the only area driving from the airport to West Maui that you have spotty cell service, if any at all.

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staying at camp Olowalu with I'm Jess Traveling
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