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800 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9702
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#22 of 44 Specialty lodging in Lahaina
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Camp Olowalu is an affordable alternative to hotels while being even closer to nature. Visiting this rustic retreat is like visiting Hawaii the way it used to be - a peaceful and fun tropical paradise year-round. Experience some of the best whale watching, snorkeling, and kayaking Maui has to offer right off our beachfront property. Hike multiple nearby trails and discover the traces of ancient Hawaii. Adventure is waiting for you right outside your camping grounds. We offer our cabins for group events and tentalows and the camp sites for individuals
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Sara C wrote a review Jan 2023
Wellington, New Zealand292 contributions71 helpful votes
Just book it! We loved our stay in a family tentalow. Unfortunately we were only able to stay 2 nights, but would stay again for longer if the opportunity arose. Very clean with lots of storage space for bags below the high beds. Outdoor showers were warm and it was kinda nice showering under the stars. There are solar powered lights with dimmer in the tentalows. There are also bug screens and a chilly bin/ice box with ice available to purchase from the office. Combination lock for door and gate code for security. Lovely green spaces and chickens and roosters wandering the area create an ambience and back to nature feel. Even the 430am roosters didn’t bother us. The toilets were shared between 2 family tentalows and were clean and tidy, and only 15 steps away, although I did fall victim to the nighttime garden sprinklers one night. Comfortable area on deck for a game of cards or eating dinner. Try the sandwiches from Leoda’s up the road. Very relaxing! We havd done lots of camping over the years in tents and cabins but would rate these facilities as up there with the best. If you have never camped we would recommend these facilities as a great start.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Court Brooke wrote a review Oct 2022
Kennesaw, Georgia23 contributions
This is our second time staying at Camp Olowalu when visiting the islands. Our first trip was romantic and this one was with the kids. We were hoping they would love it as much as we did! Their favorite part was chasing the roosters 🐓 Our favorite part is the outdoor shower 🚿 Note: move the twin beds together to make one large bed to share. And the cots will fit along the wall and front door. The doors all lock so it feels pretty safe for a tentalow. The bathroom is not a far walk and they have always been really clean. Beach access is just a short walk from the tentalow. And there are several picnic tables and grills available. Bring your hammock to relax near the beach. And my advice is always to book as far in advance as you can. Reservations fill up fast!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Arrive during daylight so you can figure out the lay of the land easier. Be aware of the season...
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Stacie C wrote a review Oct 2022
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Family of 6. We stayed at Camp Olowalu for a week and it is amazing!! -Clean camp area and grounds are well kept. -Most camp areas have some shade but some did not. -A few steps and you’re right on the beach. The beach is rocky and has sea urchins living in the rocks but this is exactly what you want for amazing snorkeling. -We did have to swim out a ways to gain access to the best reef but saw plenty of interesting things closer to shore as well. -The Olowalu reef is the largest reef system in the Hawaiian islands!! Volunteer at Kipuka Olowalu to learn more about this very special place. -Showering after a day on the reef under the stars was magic!! Weather was perfect, we slept under the stars outside the tent a few nights. -Staff was friendly and helpful. -Other campers left things that they could no longer use for fellow campers. That was my kids favorite, checking for new treasures everyday. -We would definitely camp here again!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Remember water shoes if you plan to snorkel.
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Shu Ming L wrote a review Sep 2022
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Beware of your belongings and beware of the staff. There's a incredibly rude lady who works at the check in counter. She refused to help find a stolen phone, despite having a security camera at the charging station. "We're not responsible for any lost items." They won't bother lifting a finger for you.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Karenlittle2165 wrote a review Sep 2022
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We had an amazing stay. The grounds are very well maintained, peaceful and relaxing and what I pictured Hawaii to be. Yes, there are chickens, but there are chickens everywhere in Maui. They are definitely fun to watch and we did not mind the crowing in the morning as we were coming in from state side and your sleep schedule is totally off and are waking up at 5am anyway! Use this time to have some coffee and enjoy the view. My spouse and I stayed in a Tentalow and my daughter decided to tent. We were gone most of the day sightseeing and hiking, returned to shower (the outdoor shower is awesome) and then headed out for dinner. Camp Olowalu is central to everything and there is a great bakery across the road from them and an incredible farmers market. We stocked up on fresh pineapple, mangos and other foods for breakfast in the morning. I was dragging my feet when planning this trip to Hawaii because all of the places to stay were so commercialized (big hotels and resorts). Camp Olowalu looks like the setting right out of the movie Moana! Highly recommend and you can't beat the price either. It's icing on the cake! Oh and yes, the tentalow's do not have air conditioners but do not let that get in the way. It is cool at night and if you are a little warm, the outdoor shower will take care of that. Coming from Texas where EVERYTHING is air conditioned, this is a big deal but was not bothered in the least!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Nathan V wrote a review Sep 2022
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We stayed at Camp Olowalu in a Family Tentalow for a week on Maui and loved it! We traveled from here all around the island for activities and always enjoyed coming back to our peaceful campground -- it felt much more relaxed than the more resort areas. Bathrooms and all facilities were clean, staff were friendly and responsive (we had one issue with a camp chair breaking, and they fixed it immediately). Highly recommended as a somewhat more affordable change of pace on Maui!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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EnricoNovelli wrote a review Aug 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania182 contributions103 helpful votes
This is a review of Tentalow 7. The pros: 1) Great location between the ocean and the mountains and with beautifully landscaped grounds 2) Access to nice little beach only a few steps away 3) Shallow, calm waters for children 4) Well designed bungalows with showers and comfortable beds 5) Most affordable accommodation on the island The cons 1) Sleep can be compromised by road noise (the highway is nearby) and the roosters and chickens. The chickens are a problem all over Hawaii. In this property there are many free roaming chickens that literally step onto the deck of the bungalows demanding food early in the morning (I saw guests feeding the animals at 6 am, which compounds the problem). They are very noisy and will wake you up even if you wear ear plugs (as I did). 2) The water is silty. Interestingly, the ocean at Olowalu is the site of a huge reef formation that unfortunately became silty over the past decades. The corals are now all covered in silt. However, if you venture out a few hundred yards with a kayak or SUP you can find clear waters and reefs in better shape with fish and turtles. We brought a SUP from home and that enhanced our experience a lot. 3) Bathrooms are shared with another bungalow
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Date of stay: August 2022
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lisa wrote a review May 2022
Eugene, Oregon2 contributions
The important things to know. Then ill say more about them 1. The campground sites are hot snd sunny. No shade 2. The water is murky., So no real snorkeling 3. You park your car a bit of a walk to your site and in a sunny spot The good 4. You will certainly see whales 5. There is shade on the beach 6. There are kayaks to rent, but only if theres leftover from tours. Or you can rent a tour for $45/ person 7.nice warm showers More -Internet is available but spotty. Ok for casual or communication. Not conversations or work -personally , i found the ste staff dpwnright rude. I felt they were understaffed, so you could stand in the sun for 20 minutes while they made reservations and they were comfortable with that. They said 10:00 check out and 2:00 check in so I figured they were pretty mellow about the check out. But every morning at 10:00 they drove their little cart around and yelled at you if you weren't out by 10:00. Even if you are mostly out and finishing breakfast. Since I knew it was only at 2:00 I was pretty casual about it and I annoyed them so much they said they would charge me $15 for a late fee if I wasn't out by 10:00. I was out by 10:00 but they charged me $15 anyway as I saw in my credit card later that month. More details onthe numbers 1. As of February 22 it was incredibly hot and sunny. But they have planted a lot of trees and are watering them so I imagine in about 5 years from then, it should be so much nicer. A game changer. They definitely keep the place nice and clean. 2. You can walk out for probably a hundred feet and not get higher than your knees or hips. And it would be good to have water shoes as well. And really, you need a car if you want to go snorkeling because it's so murky there there is nothing to see except the whales. Which is pretty exciting. There is snorkeling about an hour away directly west. Beautiful snorkeling
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Leslie M wrote a review Jan 2022
Lahaina, Hawaii1 contribution4 helpful votes
I camp here all the time! This place is AMAZING and the staff is AWESOME! They are super helpful and they do their job. I dont understand why I see all these negative comments about the animals, wind, and other things about the camp that the staff has NO CONTROL OVER. YOU'RE CAMPING OUTDOOR PEOPLE. EXPECT OUTDOOR STUFF! LIKE ANIMALS AND UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER. If you're going to be high maintenance about ANYTHING. Go stay at a damn hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Oktravels56 wrote a review Jan 2022
Oklahoma12 contributions2 helpful votes
Spent three nights in one of the tentalows at Camp Olowalu. The tentalow was very clean the bedding provided was clean and fresh (not mildewy). Loved the hot shower in each of the tentalows. The open top to the shower portion of the tentalow allows for a very unique experience of showering by moonlight. Did not have any problems with bugs at all. The area around the tentalows was well maintained and very nice. The beach was an easy walk away (200ft?). Check-in was easy - helpful staff at the check-in hut. Each tentalow comes with a clean ice chest for your food. Bags of ice were available for purchase ($4) at the check-in office. Only down side to the tentalows were the chickens that began their cock-a-doddle-dos around 2am each morning. Also, a feral cat snuck into the tentalow one night and startled me. And the sprinklers would run in the middle of the night and would spray the canvas on one side of the tentlow. The beach area is relatively small and somewhat rocky. But still a peaceful place to watch the stars or read. There is a large reef area offshore that makes the waves really small at the beach. Plus the water is shallow and walkable for quite a ways into the ocean. Makes for a very kid-friendly ocean play area. A kayak outfitter is on site, but I didn't rent anything this trip. Leoda's Pie Shop is about a half mile walk down the road - they have great small pies for about $10. I also enjoy tent camping so I checked out the tent area. It seemed like the plots were pretty small for each of the 35 tent spots. Also, not a lot of shade in the tent camping area. There were 35 tent spots and 15 car camping spots that that shared 4 toilets and 6 showers. Seems like a lot of people for these limited facilities. I think I will probably stick to the tentalows when I come back.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Olowalu
Which popular attractions are close to Camp Olowalu?
Nearby attractions include Punakea Palms (5.8 km), Maui Animal Farm (5.7 km), and Lahaina Pali Trail (7.4 km).
Is parking available at Camp Olowalu?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Camp Olowalu?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Camp Olowalu?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Lahaina Courthouse (10.4 km), Lahaina Jodo Mission (10.9 km), and Wo Hing Temple Museum (10.0 km).