Maui’s Nature Hotel

The resorts on Maui offer beautiful views, but one location in particular provides a distant view of the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island, a celestial display with no light pollution for miles, and a sunrise over the ocean as birds fill the air with morning songs. But perhaps the best part of this experience is the price – only $10.

The Kipahulu campground is located just 30 minutes past Hana, inside Haleakala National Park, and approximately two hours from the Kahului airport in the center of Maui.

The campground is covered with manicured grass and situated only a few feet from the lapping waves of the ocean. Every camping spot has a 180-degree ocean view and access to the two bathrooms which were constructed in 2010. And like most Maui hotels, the Kipahulu campground fulfills spa and gym needs as well.

A short walk from the campground is Oheo Gulch, also referred to as the Seven Sacred Pools even though there are more than seven. Swim in the freshwater pools or relax under one of the many waterfalls flowing with healing water from Haleakala.

For the gym, you have the Pipiwai Trail, located next to the pools. The moderate hike leads you to the 400 foot Waimoku Falls and back down to the road, a four-mile round trip.

If you want a room upgrade, the Kipahulu campground also allows car camping for those campers who do not want to stay in tents, or want to have a tent next to the car. If you want to sleep in a car but worry about having enough room, local companies such as Aloha Campers in Kihei rent out small campers so you can truly relax in style.

Reservations and permits are not necessary at the campground as all spots are on a first come, first serve basis, but the campground can hold up to 100 people.

The fee of $10 is good for three days and will provide access to the summit area of Haleakala as well.
The only downside: Room service not included.

For more information on Kipahulu campground, please visit the following link:

Haleakala National Park: Drive up Camping

For more information on Aloha Campers, please visit the following link:

Aloha Campers

Nadine Nettmann

Nadine has a taste for travel, adventure, delicious food and a great glass of wine. A foodie from a young age, she loves trying meals from around the world and does her best to travel and dine on a budget. Originally from Los Angeles, Nadine and her husband stored 95% of their belongings and moved to Maui with two suitcases in 2006. She is an avid cook and while she loves living on the island, she will admit she misses some of her kitchen appliances in storage. When she’s not baking a cake or out on the water, she can be found at her computer working on her novel.

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