Camp Olowalu

Camp Olowalu

800 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-9702
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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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Jessica H wrote a review Jan 2020
Florida
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in a Tentalow and found it to be comfortable, convenient and affordable. The tentalows are very sturdy, fitted with an overhead light and comfortable twin beds - linens, pillows and towels are provided, as is a cooler to use for drink storage. At the back of the tentalow is an outdoor (walls but no roof) shower and sink. For toilet needs, outhouses are conveniently located. The showers do have hot water.

WiFi was available- quite strong at the entry area, patchier in the tentalow itself.

I happened to be at Camp Olowalu on a particularly windy day - it is worth noting the canvas of the tents can be noisy in high winds and it might be worth having a set of earplugs just in case.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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lisa wrote a review May 2022
Eugene, Oregon
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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-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.

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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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Elizabeth C wrote a review Nov 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 2 nights on our honeymoon earlier this month. Our tentalow was awesome! The front porch was a great setup and the outdoor shower was tops. The stars really are phenomenal here. I was a little worried about the lack of AC but the tentalow gets a great crossbreeze with open windows. There are firepits and plenty of picnic tables. We found the location of this site both a) beautiful given the surrounding mountains and b) so convenient to get to the southwestern beaches, the northwestern beaches, and to get to the start of the Road to Hana. The beach that's accessible is super rocky, but the campgrounds themselves are very well-maintained. There is definitely a very active 3 am bird group around the campground, but if you're a heavy sleeper they really aren't that bothersome. Camp Olowalu really does make for a special stay.
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Nicole M wrote a review Nov 2021
3.0 of 5 bubbles
While visiting Maui, we decided to stay in a tentalow for one night. First off, the grounds are beautiful! Very green and well-kept. The tentalow was nice with two twin beds that they provided sheets, pillows, and a blanket for. There is an outdoor shower and patio for each tentalow but a shared bathroom outside of the tents. The tent was a little warm at night for sleeping but we did roll down the windows which seemed to help. The beaches left much to be desired! They were very rocky and murky. I ended up stepping on a sea urchin, which was VERY painful. Signs do say swim at your own risk but we didn’t realize how coral-y the beach was until already out in the water. We decided to take an Uber into town for some dinner and drinks. Lenea was working the check in desk and was very helpful regarding removing sea urchin spines and Uber accessibility in the area (which is slim at night). Our Uber driver discouraged swimming at the beaches there because of frequent tiger sharks being in that area. When we got back from town around 10PM, we planned to make a campfire. We could not do that because sprinklers were on all around us, leaving the ground nice and muddy the next morning. With all that being said, I would not return. We are from Colorado and spent much better nights camping back home. The area is beautiful but left much to be desired when it came to a peaceful, relaxing, beach side camping trip.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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EnricoNovelli wrote a review Aug 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Bungalow 7 has great views (front row)
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Karenlittle2165 wrote a review Sep 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sara C wrote a review Jan 2023
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dennis N wrote a review Feb 2024
North Vancouver
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed for 3 nights in a tentalow and found it very comfortable. They’re well equipped with 2 good beds, lights at night, a lock box for valuables, a sink, a shower, a cooler and a deck. The place is well managed and well maintained and a quiet, pleasant place to be either day or night. A decent choice of food options are right across the road, including a good pizza food truck, a store and a restaurant, and the campground is on a beach (though not the best for swimming). You can charge your devices at a station next to a picnic table too. The location on the lower part of West Maui is convenient for visiting West Maui beaches and other parts of the island.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jenjenaroo wrote a review Mar 2020
San Diego, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I just returned from our trip and we loved it! We usually tent camp, and are used to more rugged camping, therefor this place exceeded our expectations. This place had amazing views of the water and the mountains, was well maintained and very clean.

Check-in was easy, and the staff member assisting us was very friendly and helpful.

The tentalow was great! Spacious and clean, with washed towels and linens, a cooler, deck with lounge chairs, solar lighting and large private shower. It was very windy during our stay (20+ winds), but the tentalow kept most of the wind out and we slept pretty well.

The beach, parking and bathrooms were just steps out of our tentalow. Bathrooms were clean. The beach was also very quiet and we had the beach to ourself. (Perhaps due to the weather)

Just a few negatives:
1. Tears/holes in the front of the tentalow
2. No soap provided in the sink area of the tentalow
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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BigHilda wrote a review Jul 2023
Longview, Texas
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited as a cheaper housing option on Maui for our family vacation. We had a "regular" (not family) tentalow as the family ones were all booked up during our travel dates. The downside was that the tentalow was VERY full with two cots plus the two ordinary beds. There is solar lighting in the tenatlow, but there is no way to charge any devices at the tentalow. The tentalows can get kind of hot until after the sun sets and a breeze comes into the mesh screens. The showers were amazing - hot water and sink was great - however there was no soap at all (and since we were on a family trip, and from the mainland, I didn't think to bring soap along.) We made do with my own shampoo. The beach location is excellent - it was a quiet beach every time we were there. The designated bathrooms are also excellent since they are basically designated to be shared by two tentalows, but the lock for our tentalow's bathroom was broken, so anyone could have used it. We were initially shorted a pillowcase, but they did provide it quickly when I asked the next day. Be aware that there is little to no AT&T cell phone service at the tentalow area. Internet worked very well for us in tentalow #7.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from EnricoNovelli
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania187 contributions122 helpful votes
Hello, we felt safe. We did find one cockroach in the tentalow. After all, you are outdoors. That was probably because we forgot some food in the tentalow. We did not see any homeless person. It was not windy when we were there and my tentalow had no road noise. You should look at the map and choose the tentalows that are closer to the beach. The only annoyance was the large presence of roosters and hens making a ruckus at al hours and trying to steal food.
mntclmbr asked a question Apr 2022
Centralia, Washington14 contributions
Can anyone share their experience staying here in a roof top tent?
Answer from Mark S
Corrales, New Mexico3,471 contributions384 helpful votes
Yep, the website or a phone call are best! Have fun, it's a great place!! Nice little beach too.
Answer from Brandy P
Powell River, Canada15 contributions
There are very few restrictions about the beach area but they are pretty responsive if you call and leave a voicemail with your question. I never had anyone answer the phone when I called a few times but if I left a voicemail they got back to me quickly. Then you will know for sure.
Taylor E asked a question Jan 2019
Kamloops, Canada166 contributions23 helpful votes
Does anyone know if spot #13 would be beachfront?
Polly F wrote a tip Jun 2024
Gladstone, Oregon7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring a battery pack for charging since the tentalows only have solar lights and no electricity."
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Christopher H wrote a tip Feb 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Tents get spot near edges. Cars park backed into space. "
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Jerry A wrote a tip May 2023
Pearland35 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Maybe hit in summertime. Bring a battery fan"
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Court Brooke wrote a tip Oct 2022
Kennesaw, Georgia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Arrive during daylight so you can figure out the lay of the land easier. Be aware of the season you are staying in."
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Stacie C wrote a tip Oct 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Remember water shoes if you plan to snorkel."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Olowalu
Which popular attractions are close to Camp Olowalu?
Nearby attractions include Maui Animal Farm (5.5 km), Lāhainā Pali Trail (7.3 km), and Maui Dragon Fruit Farm (6.7 km).
What food & drink options are available at Camp Olowalu?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Camp Olowalu?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Camp Olowalu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop, Nahiku Cafe, and Olowalu Juice Stand.
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 (10.3 km), Lahaina Jodo Mission (10.8 km), and Wo Hing Temple Museum (9.8 km).
Does Camp Olowalu have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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