Camping facilities are
located both along the coast and amid the scenic forest areas of
Haleakala. They range in amenities from house-keeping cabins to
primitive hike-in sites. All require camping permits -
inexpensive for the county, free for the state, and national parks.
Camping permits can be obtained by walk-in application through the
appropriate office or by writing. Although there is usually no
problem obtaining sites, when writing, request reservations well in
advance, allowing a minimum of one month for letters to go back and
forth. Aside from the several campgrounds on Haleakala, there
are two state parks and one county park that offer campsites.
For information on hike-in campsites, visit our
Hiking & Backpacking Page.
Camping at Haleakala National Park
is free, but there is an automobile entrance fee of $10, $5 for bikers
and hikers. Permits are not needed to camp at Hosmer Grove, just
drive from park headquarters, or at Kipahulu Campground along the
coastal road 10 miles south of Hana. Camping is on a first-come,
first-served basis, and there's an official three-day stay limit, but
it's a loose count, especially at Kipahulu, which is almost always
One of the benefits of camping at
Haleakala is that you get to enjoy the fantastic display of light that
is the Haleakala sunrise every morning. Tourists come from all
around the island to see the sunrise, and you'll be right there.
For more information on camping at
Haleakala National Park, check out the links in the table below.
There are eight state parks on Maui,
managed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources through their
Division of State Parks. These facilities include everything
from historical sites to wildland parks accessible only by trail.
Some are only for looking at, some are restricted to day use, and two
of the have overnight camping. Polipoli Spring and Wainapanapa
offer free tenting and housekeeping cabins are available; reservations
highly necessary. Permits are required at each, and RV's
technically are not allowed. The permits are available from the
Maui Division of State Parks (808) 984-8109.
For more information on Polipoli
Spring and Wainapanapa campgrounds, click on the links in the table
There are 16 county parks scattered
primarily along Maui's coastline, and because of their locations,
they're generally referred to as beach parks. Most are for day
use only, where visitors swim, snorkel, surf, picnic, and sunbathe,
but only Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului has overnight camping.
Camping fees are quite reasonable at $3 per night per person, 50 cents
for children with no more than three consecutive nights at the park.
To get a permit and pay your fees for use of a county beach park, call
the Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation Permit Office at
The following links will provide you
with detailed information about the campgrounds and camping guidelines
of Maui. For more information on more rural camping, check out
our Hiking & Backpacking