Where To Stay in Maui: Camp Olowalu Glamping

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where to stay in maui

There are roosters all over Maui, which makes sense as to why Disney used Hei Hei as Moana’s side kick!

After our experience taking a camper van around New Zealand, we thought it might be fun to try something different in Hawaii. The weather would be nice, and while we did not want to bring all of the materials required for camping with us, we thought it would be nice to sleep closer to nature. The question of where to stay in Maui was decided by settling on glamping (outdoor camping with amenities and comforts) at Camp Olowalu!

About Camp Oluwalu

Camp Olowalu is a campground/ glampground right off of the main highway. It offers camp sites that are close to the ocean, and tentalows which are spread out throughout the grounds. The tentalows are canvas tents located on wooden platforms. They include twin beds (two or four) and all the bedding required. This was essential for us, as we did not want to travel to Hawaii with linens. Although they do not have private bathrooms (there are 12 spread throughout the grounds) the back of each tentalow includes a sink with a mirror, as well as a private outdoor (hot!) shower. There are lights within the tent, as well as mesh covering to keep bugs out.

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The front of our tentalow

Our experience

Tentalows

We arrived in the late afternoon to check in to our tentalow. We had a nap with the breeze coming through the tentalow, and it was nice to be out of the hot Hawaii sun. One thing to note is that these are not noise-proof, and you can hear things around you. While this should not be a problem at night, if you are a light sleeper this may be something to keep in mind. You will probably hear the chickens and roosters in the morning! Overall the beds were comfortable and the stay in the tentalow was enjoyable!

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The inside of our tentalow

Amenities

Although the tentalow itself did not have power, there were charging stations located near the tentalow. The only problem was that they were constantly being used. It was kind of nice to let our electronics die and disconnect, but if you absolutely need your electronics this may be a problem. The bathrooms were close by, and always available. There are BBQ grills throughout the site, which we never used, but would have been nice to cook meals.

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Our outdoor shower!

Things To Do

Camp Olowalu was the perfect location for us, as we spent the day of check in in Maalea on a snorkeling trip, and we would be heading to Lahaina the next day. It was right in the middle. While Olowalu is a small town, there are many things to do within a short distance.

Maui Ocean Center

This aquarium is perfect for rainy days and for families. Although we did not get a chance to check it out, it seems like a comprehensive place to learn about sea creatures. It is open 365 days a year, and admission is $29.95/ adult and $19.95/ child.

Distance to Camp Olowalu: 12 minutes

Pacific Whale Foundation

This non-governmental organization seeks to protect Hawaii’s endangered sea species: specifically whales. We had a chance to take one of their snorkel tours: Molokini Wild Side Snorkel. This 6 hour tour took us to three different snorkeling locations, fed us breakfast and lunch, and was a small group tour. They have many other tours, including whale watching ones, and one thing that really stood out for me was their desire to educate. They have naturalists on board and give a talk at some point during the cruise, that is informative and funny.

Distance to Camp Olowalu: 12 minutes

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Kapalua Beach

Ka’anapali Beach

One of Maui’s most famous beaches, it is a resort ridden beach. We did not go, as we did not want to deal with the crowds and the lack of parking. Maui’s South and West side are notoriously busy, and we worked to find a quieter beach.

Distance to Camp Olowalu: 20 minutes

Kapalua Beach

Although still busy (what beach in Maui isn’t?!) this beach seemed much less commercialized. There is a designated parking lot, and amenities close by. There was awesome snorkeling here, with coral so close to the shore. Adrian saw a baby turtle, but I only saw fish!

Distance to Camp Olowalu: 30 minutes

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Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay

If what you’re after is the BEST snorkeling, check out Honolua Bay. This area supposedly has some of the best snorkeling in Maui. While we only got to see it from above, it looked pretty crystal clear to me!

Distance to Camp Olowalu: 30 minutes

These are only a few of the many things to do nearby. A good resource for finding things to do is Maui Guidebook.

Things To Eat

Whether you are looking for some fruit, breakfast, or maybe some pizza, there are many options around Olowalu. Here are some that we checked out!

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Olowalu Juice Stand

Olowalu Juice Stand

Despite the poor reviews on Trip Advisor, we had a good experience here. We got a coconut lilokai smoothie that was refreshing first thing in the morning. We did not try the fresh fruit, which seems to be what people on Trip Advisor are complaining about!

Island Vintage Coffee

Located in Whalers Village in Lahaina, this place offers coffee and breakfast options. I had a Lox bagel with a coffee, whip cream & syrup concoction. Super yummy, quiet atmosphere, and Hawaiian music playing.

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Yummy Coconut Lilokai smoothie

Lahaina Pizza Company

This was probably the longest I have waited for food and drinks ever. It took about 20 minutes to get some water, and it got to the point where Adrian went to the bar to get me some water. Food took so long, and although it was really good deep dish pizza I am not sure if I would go back!

One place we did not get a chance to try, but has nothing but amazing reviews, is Leoda’s.

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The night sky at Camp Olowalu

Our stay at Camp Olowalu was such a nice change from our usual Airbnb experience. We got to star gaze late at night, we slept with our tentalow swaying in the ocean breeze, and we got to experience all that the nearby area had to offer. If you’re looking for a change in your usual accommodations, try glamping! If you’re seeking where to stay in Maui, check out Camp Olowalu!!!