Aloha! Are you ready to experience a different kind of Maui vacation? With so much to do and see on Maui, renting a camper van is one of the best ways to explore the island. The team at Campervan Hawaii has a fleet of rental RVs on Maui from luxury Class B camper vans to VW Westfalia campers with the pop-top.
Maui Van Rental w/Campervan Hawaii
What’s it like to travel around Maui in a camper van? Watch the video below or keep reading.
Since we travel around the mainland in a similar camper van, glamping around Maui was an easy transition.
“Ho’okipa” – The Rental Van
With multiple vans available for rent on Maui, we choose “Ho’okipa” – a fully converted camper van that I refer to as a fully furnished vacation rental on wheels. See all the vans for rent through Campervan Hawaii.
This camper van has a toilet, shower, a very comfortable bed with a mattress topper, beach chairs, towels, fully stocked kitchen with a sink, refrigerator and microwave. Oh and there’s an A/C for those hot summer days by the beach and a furnace for the cool mornings at the summit of Haleakalā.
Two items included with the camper van that made our Maui vacation extra special were the binoculars and the Maui Revealed guidebook.
And if you dig the cool artwork inside this camper van, the artist is Colin Redican.
Picking Up the Camper Van on Maui
Before our arrival, we received an email detailing the pick up time and location along with a video walk-through of the camper van.
After we landed at Kahului Airport, we met the Campervan Hawaii crew at baggage claim and took a short walk over to the parking lot where the camper van was waiting for us. Following a full van tour and armed with a long list of recommendations, we were off on our island adventure.
Camping Options on Maui
There are quite a few established campgrounds on Maui which are described in detail on Campervan Hawaii’s camping page. We camped at Papalaua Wayside Park, Kipahulu and Hosmer Grove.
On the drive to Hana, we stopped by YMCA Camp Ke’anae, a very well kept campground with showers and beautiful views at $50/night for van camping. We also checked out Wai’anapanapa State Park, which has a designated area for van camping.
With camper van rentals becoming more popular on Maui, I have a feeling more camping options will become available.
Renting a camper van isn’t like renting a regular vehicle. There are components that you may not be familiar with like the cassette toilet and let’s not forget the vehicle height. The last thing you want to do is to drive your rental camper into a tree branch causing damage to the roof mounted A/C or scratching the solar panels.
Read the rental agreement in detail as it covers security deposit, insurance, maintenance, condition of rental, responsibility for repair, allowed use of the rental, etc…
I highly recommend watching the van tour video included in the booking e-mail to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of a camper van to prevent any unnecessary damages to the rental.
Van Life on Maui
To get a real feel for Maui and all that it has to offer, get a copy of Maui Revealed. This guidebook is essential for finding the most up-to-date information on all things Maui. Many of the gems we discovered where in this book.
Plan to spend at least one week on Maui. We spent over a week on the island in February and found ourselves wishing we had planned for two to three weeks. Even our two day drive to Hana felt a bit rushed.
Stock up at Costco. To avoid those “hurt me” prices on the island, plan to shop at Costco for just about everything. You’ll find local items like Maui Gold pineapple and locally grown mushrooms to Costco staples found on the mainland. When it comes time to fuel up your rental, Costco also has the least inexpensive gasoline on the island.
Drive the Hana Highway. In this video you’ll see sunrise Whale Watching Tour, black sand beach at Waiʻānapanapa State Park, and fun things to do on the Road to Hana.
Haleakalā National Park. There are so many reasons to make the trip to this beautiful national park on Maui. In this video you’ll see the 7 Sacred Pools, Camping, and things to do at the Summit.
Travel Gear to Pack for Maui
List of essential gear we packed for our Maui vacation. Many of these items are featured in the Maui videos embed in this post.
- Dashcam – if you plan to rent a vehicle on Maui, a dashcam is a good insurance policy in case of an accident plus it will capture those beautiful scenic drives around the island.
- Windshield Mount for Phone – this allows us to mount our smartphone to the windshield and use the GPS app to guide us around the island.
- Portable Wash Bag – laundry facilities can be expensive or hard to find depending on what part of the island you are on. As long as you have access to fresh water, you can wash those dirty clothes.
- Sun hat – protect yourself from the sun with a quality sun hat. Joe’s go to is his Tilley hat and I love my OR Sombero.
- Anti-theft bag – it doesn’t matter where we are in the world, I keep my essentials in an anti-theft bag with slashguard strap and RFIDsafe blocking pockets.
- Coffee Gear – Joe takes his own coffee gear just about everywhere we go. Why? Because he’s very particular about his coffee! For our Maui trip, he brought a lightweight pour over coffee dripper along with filters and pre-ground coffee.
Disclosure: Rental van provided for free by Campervan Hawaii. All of the opinions are our own, 100%.