As you may know, about a month ago (whoa, that flew by!), mister husband and I went to Hawaii! Our two week trip Spring camping in Maui was perfectly long & warm enough - we stayed on three different parts of the island (Hana, Haleakala, & Lahaina) throughout the trip and visited most everything inbetween.
Before the recap, I have to start off by answering this much-asked question:
Why Camping? In Hawaii?
We've had a lot of (happily) surprised reactions to our vacation, so for those who were surprised to learn that it's possible, here's the how-we-got-there:
I'd always wanted to go to Hawaii & had heard it was beautiful, but had also heard it was expensive. No all-inclusives? Hotel + food costs? Kind of too much for us to spend. We were deciding between either Cuba, Mexico, or Hawaii - somewhere hot - and I stumbled across some super-cheap flights to Maui via Westjet (like, $150 bucks one way - Yess!). A friend of mine had mentioned really liking it there, so I asked her about it - she told me that some friends of hers had camped there and that it was like $20 a day to do so (here in BC, that's what camping usually costs - so it seemed normal enough and way cheaper than $500+ a day!). I'd been dying to camp for a while, since it wasn't quite warm enough here to go yet, and we're avid campers as it is, so...
I googled and googled - which island to go to, if there was camping and how much of it - and we found tons of camping possibilities! I was sold, and I knew mister husband would be, too, so we booked flights right away - I think a week and a half before we left. We didn't have time to plan much else before we left (but we already had all of our camping gear), and our flights had us flying in and out of Maui, so that narrowed it down - lol. We took a few hasty hours, booked a hotel for the first & last night, a cheap rental car, got a camping permit (for the one site we knew you needed to buy it online for), and then off we went!
We were originally planning on going to the big island for part of the trip directly from Maui, but decided we wanted it a little more chill than running from here-to-there everyday. Plus, we only planned the first campsite, we were going to just plan-as-we-went so we could still go if we wanted to.
We borrowed a few invaluable Maui books from friends - 'Maui Revealed' (great for off-the-beaten-path sights) and 'The Lonely Planet Maui' (great for food recommendations), both of which I highly suggest - these helped me plan the main hubs to stay at, where the campsites were, and - most importantly - I could take them along and plan at camp. We packed up our gear: our tent, two sleeping bags, two fold-up pillows, two small portable gas burners & plates & cooking pots, flashlights, clothes (for warm and cold weather), our fabric fold-up cooler, and - our splurge for the trip - a double air mattress. We already had had everything but the mattress for a few years, which helped.
So that's how we set out on our budget-but-awesome trip to Maui!
First stop, up next: Hana & Wai'anapanapa campsite.