If you’re exploring camper rentals in Maui, the first thing to consider will be the kind of RV that will best fit your needs. You can rent a drivable or a towable RV, and each type has its advantages and limitations.
A drivable RV is motorized, so it doesn’t require an additional vehicle to tow it. However, this also means you will need to drive the RV everywhere, including to restaurants, sporting events, or sightseeing spots. Choosing a towable RV means you can unhitch the RV at the end of the day and just drive the tow vehicle anywhere without worrying about parking considerations. Of course, you’ll need a vehicle with the right towing capacity, and for all but the smallest and lightest trailers, this won’t be an ordinary family sedan.
Drivable RVs are classified as either Class A, B, or C. A Class A vehicle is spacious and typical offers amenities that make it a true home on wheels. Motorhome rentals on Maui can comfortably sleep up to 10 passengers, so this is a good choice if your travel party is large. A Class B RV, on the other hand, is a good option for smaller groups. Class Bs are also known as campervans because that’s what they resemble. What they sacrifice in space, however, they make up for in agility. For a compromise, there are Class C RVs. Class Cs have more amenities than Class Bs but are less roomy and often less luxurious than Class A vehicles.
For a towable RV, you’ll have to decide if you want a travel trailer, a fifth wheel trailer, a foldable pop-up trailer, or a toy hauler. To experience island breezes day and night, consider a pop-up camper rental in Maui. Pop-up campers generally have window screens in their soft walls, allowing for a sleeping experience that more closely resembles tent camping.
While there are no RV parks with utility hookups on the island, there are campgrounds in Maui where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery the Hawaiian Islands are known for.
Class B and C recreational vehicles can park in a scenic spot such as Papalaua Wayside Park and have access to the Maui coastline for surfing, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. This Maui County park offers picnic areas with BBQs for grilling and restroom facilities.
On the Honoapiilani Highway, a short distance from the town of Lahaina and next to a coral reef, sits the Camp Olowalu campground. Sites are set aside for RVs, and amenities include restrooms, hot showers, a fire pit, BBQ grills, picnic areas, and an outdoor dishwashing station. Snorkeling at the nearby beach is an option and, from December to May, so is whale watching.
Watching the sunrise at Maui’s Haleakalā National Park is so popular that you have to get your viewing permit 60 days in advance. Home to a dormant volcano, the park features rocky otherworldly landscapes near the 10,023-foot summit and verdant panoramas dotted with pools and waterfalls on its coastal side. Camping in the park at either Hosmer Grove Campground or Kipahulu Campground will allow you to enjoy hiking, stargazing, biking, and horseback riding. With luck, you might spot some of the area’s many endangered species.
Class B campervans are allowed to camp in the camper vehicle section of Waiʻānapanapa State Park, which is located on the rugged and unspoiled Hana coastline. The state park, which has facilities that are ADA compliant, offers plenty of hiking opportunities. You can also visit an ancient sacred structure, beachcomb on a black sand beach with sea arches, or view a seabird colony.
Maui’s RV storage facilities are concentrated on the western side of the island in the areas of Lahaina and Kihei. Storing your RV is an excellent way to free up space in your driveway and can give you peace of mind if you’ll be away from home. As an added bonus, many facilities offer round-the-clock surveillance. Island Auto Storage is one of your options on Maui.
A Maui RV rental is the perfect way to enjoy a planned holiday trip, and Lahaina makes an excellent destination for the 4th of July. Fireworks are launched annually from an offshore barge, so you can enjoy West Maui beaches by day and the colorful spectacle by night. You can even start the evening with a luau or seaside restaurant dinner.
With your RV rental, you’ll be able to drive the Road to Hana, a 55-mile stretch of rural highway that boasts absolutely gorgeous scenery. It also gives you the opportunity for side trips to small towns and remote beaches. Snorkel or sunbathe at Kaanapali Beach or visit Hookipa Beach to watch fearless world-class surfers ride enormous waves. Marvel at the almost 150-year-old banyan tree in Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina, and then you can go shopping or tour the nearby Courthouse Museum.
The Sentry Tournament of Champions golf championship is held annually in Kapalua on Maui. Several professional surfing competitions also take place on the island every year. ‘Ulalena is a live performance at the Maui Theater that combines dance and acrobatics to teach about and celebrate Hawaiian history. At several venues, concerts are regularly offered by slack-key guitarists who showcase a music style that originated on the islands.
Oceanside highways in Maui include Highways 30, 31, 36, and 360. The latter two comprise the famed Road to Hana. Highways 37, 380, 311, and 37 crisscross the island and serve to connect one side with the other.