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Infested with kiave (extreme thorn plants). Difficult to get in and out of because it’s literally ten feet off a major highway. No fire access. No water access. Getting permits are a huge pain. Checking happened only once and it was in the middle of the night which is terrifying for a woman solo camping.
Attention Worst of all: a serious theft problem. Tent stolen. Umbrella stolen. Ladies before me had all their passports stolen.
The only pros are that it’s on a beautiful beach and the permitted spot is absolutely massive. Too bad tons of non-permitted campers decided to join me in the spot 🙄
What a darling little spot. Would return in a heartbeat, and honestly probably will before the month is up. Had two glorious nights there and now I don't want to camp anywhere else in Maui because I was so spoiled.
- To echo other folks, absolutely LOVED the outdoor showers - and yes, they get hot. Felt utterly luxurious. Toilets and sinks remain clean and odorless.
- Easy sandy beach access! Pebble-side great for hanging up hammocks.
- Can take relatively affordable kayaking tours from the campgrounds or rent SUP/kayaks for very affordable rates.
- Free coffee in the morning!
- Has its own teensy general store and a walkable larger market down a half mile and across the street. Famed pie place next door.
- Literally 8 plugs for a bajillion people causing a massive traffic jam in the mornings and evenings. On the side of the ice house only (not even near campgrounds).
- Not that you need it, but if you do - weak wifi signal beyond the toilet/shower area.
- Absolutely no shade at all on any sites, save for one campsite (campsite #1).
- Beware the wind!!! Because it's open air with no shielding trees, sooo many people evacuated to sleep in cars or resigned to/woke up to collapsed tents because of high winds.
4.5/5. Absolutely worth it. LOOOOOVE.
Date of stay: September 19 Campsite: #16
This area is available to DoD ID card holders only.
Tent campsites are way too close together! Every 2 sites should be combined to make 1. Ocean view sites are very sandy and if you are near the restroom, be prepared for beach goers to walk right through your site to use the toilet…! (Side note, that’s my biggest pet peeve!!)
Tons of amenities here though, putt-putt, driving range, bar w/ pool table, foose, beach equipment rental, paint ball, small bouldering area!
Stayed here during the week and this is absolute best place to camp. Has cell reception, bathrooms, showers, ocean access, and overall great campground. I did a camp site which is in dirt which kinda sucks but that’s is only complaint but won’t rate it down for this. Food and drink access is close by too!
This campground is beautiful. The best sites are waterfront. You need to book early, the good sites go very fast! The campground is only open Friday-Monday. The camp sites are large and that makes it nice, because sometimes it can get crowded. There is plenty of shade too! I have camped here twice and would go back next time I am in Oahu.
Bellows is a military recreation facility on the Windward side of Oahu near the town of Waimanalo. Bellows has a section open to the public and a military area that requires a US Government ID and window stickers. The campsite is one one of the highest rated beaches in the USA Waimanalo Beach. The white sandy beach is a local favorite and must see while on Oahu. You can visit in the day or stay at the campground. The campground is for tent campers for individuals or large groups. You will need to come early on a Friday to get a spot for the weekend. During holidays you can expect large crowds. We like to go here during the week and get a section of the beach all to ourselves. The surfing here is not great since the reef is not along the shoreline. It’s popular for swimming, body surfing, and kite surfing. You can get supplies and food in Waimanalo or Kailua to the north. President Obama was known to play golf here and swim with his family.
I read seriously conflicting reviews about this place before coming here, so I was super on the fence. We ended up camping in our campervan for our first night here, and it was just what we needed. The campervan site is just a dirt lot, but it's pretty big and right next to the showers and toilets. The amenities are GREAT. The showers are enclosed, they have benches and hooks to put your things down on and they have hot and cold water. The bathrooms are REAL bathrooms, with flushing toilets, running water sinks, toilet paper, mirrors, hooks and a ledge to put your things down on. Really well maintained too. In addition, there's also a cell phone charging station, and large sinks to wash your pots and pans. We came back here after camping on the East side of Maui in the state parks, and had an even deeper appreciation for it. Our second time around we camped in the tent area. Each tent spot has its own grill and picnic table, and is close to garbage bins, the beach and showers/toilets. My only complaint is that both the campervan area and the tent area are pretty much just dirt, rather than grass, which especially in the tent area makes you and your things quite dirty. The wood chips that line the pathways in the tent area are also pretty sharp, and my foot actually got cut on one even when I was wearing shoes - so be careful. Overall it was a great campground, and while it's expensive for adults ($20/person), let's just say that the people that run this place aren't that interested in checking that your party is actually the size you say it is or that you have the correct number of adults vs. kids (kids are $5)..compared to Papalaua Park ($10/person on weekdays, $20 on weekends and no amenities except for porta potties) this place blows that one out of the water.