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10 December 2019

We rented a boat to go snorkeling & diving in Molokini - and had a great time!The rental process was super easy, and included an excellent video overview of boating regulations in Hawaii. Picking and dropping off the boat was super easy; we made it to Molokini in a few minutes, moored fairly easily, and spent a nice long time snorkeling and diving. The boat had everything you could want (Bluetooth speakers, canopy for shade, easy swim step). Highly recommended! More...

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30 November 2019

We rented a campervan for 4 days with no issues. All was ready and prepared for us. It came up with everything we needed for cruising maui. We got useful information where to go and where not too. It was simple and quick and we loved it! :)Only two things were a bit dissapointed - the bed futon was very thin and it was like sleep on the board but we do not mind that much and second thing - AUX - it would be really nice to have that piece of cable there because otherwise you will have no music. More...

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14 November 2019

These guys were great! I'm a commercial fisherman in Alaska and have a lot of boating experience. The information and checkout procedures were simple, professional and very well organized for facilitating this boat rental. Not knowing the waters of Maui in great detail, the website and tutorial videos were all excellent. I was very impressed with the effort put in by this small family business. Their three boat fleet of 32ft Glacier Bay catamarans were perfect for the type of adventuring my friends and I were looking to do while visiting Maui. This is better than any charter service I have experienced and would recommend to anyone who has some decent boating experience. The company owners had to go through a lot to be able to provide this service while still satisfying all USGC and state park regs and insurance. Bravo! More...

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11 November 2019

I see the one star reviews below, and this was certainly not our experience.  Departure: The boat showed up early.  Our first concern was no available parking in the lot, but we called and were informed about the dirt lot to the north.  Parking was plenty there.  Bathrooms in the lot were clean enough and stocked.  Chris, the owner, gave us a great rundown of how to operate the boat, and after watching the video, we had no questions.  We felt prepared to leave.At sea.  We went straight to Molokini and had no problem finding a buoy on the GPS provided in the boat.  We hooked up, and had the best times of our lives!!!!  There's plenty of room on the boat when you have six passengers, so bring all you need and want for the day.The boat was very comfortable, easy to operate, and clean.  We had to call Chris with an engine problem when we left Molokini.  One of the engines would start, but die right away.  But two minutes later, with his help, the engine was running again no problem.  It just needed to lower and raise a couple times to get the fuel line right.  It's great that you have cell service no matter where you are in the boating zone.Return.  The water definitely gets choppy by early afternoon, so you don't want to be out much beyond 2:30pm.  We hung around a beach just south of the dock and called Chris at 2pm.  At 2:25 pm, we were just outside the boat ramp lagoon, and saw Chris pull in.  We then went in, and it was easy-squeezy from there.  We only used 22 gallons of fuel, and we were stopped at Molokini for 2.5 hours.The money was worth the trip.  When we come back, this will be another activity for our group.  All six of us who chipped in for this felt like this was our best activity yet. More...

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13 September 2019

Chris with the boat rentals is incredible!! I highly recommend renting a boat while in Maui, amazing what's possible when you captain your own boat!

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13 September 2019

Honestly such an awesome experience and worth the money! Chris is beyond helpful and very easy to work with. No hidden fees and scams. We knew we would have to pay for gas afterwards and that was clearly talked about at the right time. No issues or complaints! Go as early as possibly because Molokini fills up fast. More...

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22 February 2019

We rented a van for the week. Everything we could think of was included not to mention in excellent condition! We locked the keys in the van by accident while getting supplies at Walmart. Ooh!! The guys were pronto in bringing us a spare. Super service! We didn't see everything due to time and weather but Camp Olowalu was soooooo nice! Best snorkel time! Swam w turtles! Beautiful fish all over. Saw whales right from the shore. Very clean! The staff was great. Don't hesitate to rent a van from Aloha Outdoors and camp. We're able to stay in a high end resort but choose to camp. It was so much fun! BTW go see the lavender farm and Drive to Hana. If you want to rent a boat Aloha Outdoors offers boats as well. Aloha! Ron and Brenda More...

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12 February 2019

They are the best boat rental place. Friendly profesional, excelente price. We rented for 5 days they were always on time, aloha outdoors keep their boat in excellent condition. We highly recommend Aloha outdoor boat rental. More...

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22 October 2018

We had a great time. Great company to work with. The owner kept in touch with us the whole time. Our Honda Element came loaded with everything we could possibly want. Pick up and drop off was a breeze. No hidden costs or anything weird like that. I would recommend them to anyone. More...

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22 October 2018

Highly recommend renting a van and camping maui! This is a great company, we will rent again for sure.

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22 October 2018

Great experience renting a boat from Aloha. Great communication, easy process and well maintained equipment. Would recommend to anyone!

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11 August 2018

We rented a boat from Aloha Outdoors and had a really fun day on the water. This is a great option for anyone with boating experience who doesn't want to get stuck on tour boats with a bunch of strangers. We had the open waters to ourselves for five hours and it was bliss! You don't need tons of boating experience (just some) to feel comfortable boating in this area. The open ocean seemed daunting at first, but if you rent early in the morning (we chose the 6:00 a.m. time slot) before the winds pick up it's a pretty good ride. It wasn't perfectly smooth (because, well, it's the ocean), but this boat handles the waters very well.We were the first boat out to Molokini, which was an awesome sight to see. We tried our best to moor at one of the buoys there, but the swells were too big and we couldn't figure it out. The buoys are underwater, so someone has to dive in to retrieve the rope line while someone else mans the boat. Sadly, we didn't do any snorkeling. But just being at Molokini before anyone else was a super cool experience since it's one of the busiest attractions in Maui.Chris was absolutely fantastic. He was on-time and super easy to work with. Knocking off one star for two reasons. The boat was a bit beat up and looked like it had been around the block many times. Also, the steering was challenging on this particular boat. My husband's arm was pretty tired by the end of our rental.Ultimately, this was an awesome experience. I would definitely do this again and recommend to others. More...

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16 May 2018

We rented a westy from them for a 10 day honeymoon on Maui and had a great time.    We were singing our joy to our van the entire timeIt was an old van with some hiccups. I mean, this thing is like, older than me. The engine was spooky at times (especially while climbing the mountain) and the fridge was broken, so we used a cooler. However, the engine did bring us all the way to the summit of Haleakala! The van drives really slow, but like, when you are behind the wheel you just don't care - somehow it just feels joyous. It corners like a forklift (good!)We loved that we had all of our stuff with us wherever we went,  and we didn't have to plan or stress about anything - we could always camp somewhere close. They give you a list of free/cheap camp sites scattered around this tiny island, but you can also find some of your own.   Every place they told us workedWe felt like living in the van was the perfect way to see Maui. We recommend it to anyone who thinks that it sounds cool. It does require a laid-back camping spirit but for me and my new spouse it was perfect! More...

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11 March 2018

My boyfriend and I rented a Westfalia camper van for a week and it was great! We drove around the island and stayed at different spots. The guys at the rental gave us ideas of where to camp, which was very useful. We went up to the top of Haleakala, and no problem at all with the van. As the guys at the rental say: "these vans are like grand'ma" and pretty much all is said. It is not brand new vans, but they do the work and allows you to discover the island in a very cool way and with a lot of freedom. Would rent again! More...

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6 March 2018

Our 5 days in Maui was absolutely unbelievable with our camper van rental from Aloha Outdoors. My friend and I booked Maui looking for an adventurous "girls trip". We booked our flights last minute and when we saw the prices of hotel rooms we quickly looked for different options. We are SO happy we found Aloha Outdoors. To us, it was 100000 times better than staying in any resort on the touristy parts of the island. We felt more like "locals" and had such a different perspective being able to move around and stay in different spots which we chose as we went along. We had an amazing experience and cannot speak highly enough about the service provided by Brandon and Aloha Outdoors, who made themselves available for any calls, questions, and inquiries we had during our trip. Brandon also mapped out the entire island for us, showed us do's and don'ts, and offered different options for excursions we could do. We used the map he marked up for us every single day and passed it on to a couple we met on our last night for them to use because it served us so well. The van was perfect for everything we needed during our stay. We slept comfortably, and had no problems finding places to park for the night. It was an amazing way to experience the island. Waking up to a different view of the beach, volcano, and mountains was an incredible experience. We even drove the Road to Hana and all the way around the backside of Haleakala on the unpaved, windy roads in our van. Parking is so easy on Maui and the van is easy to drive.We named our van "Nalu" which means "wave" so we were "Riding Nalu" all weekend! We had our own little system for setting up out bed and taking it down for our daily adventures. We woke up with the sun and went to bed shortly after dark to fill each day with more adventures in Nalu. The van was equipped with the softest bamboo sheets and pillows that made sleeping so comfy (and the sounds of the waves crashing helped too!). We woke up every morning and opened the back door and watched the sunrise and the waves crash before we started our day with fresh Maui fruits.We are adventurous and free spirited and do not require frills or fancy things for a good time. If you do, this van life will not be for you, and you should already know that. We only took one real shower in our 5 days and spend the rest of the times rinsing at beach showers and dipping in the ocean. There are hot water showers around the island that are available for you to use during the day, and there is also a rinse kit in the van- but we didn't use it. We brushed our teeth with water bottles and popped lots of squats in the trees. The van has everything you need if you are low maintenance and love being outdoors. Otherwise- find yourself a resort and save these kind people the trouble of your complaints with a lifestyle that doesn't suit you. People speak of having issues with theft in Maui but we never felt threatened by this with our van. It's not labeled and has tinted back windows and curtains- very inconspicuous. All in all we had the best 5 days of our lives in our camper van. We thought we would want to come home to our beds after 4 nights but we wanted to stay another month! We definitely plan to go back and experience much more of the island, and now we want to go explore other places via camper van! Enjoy! Aloha! More...

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2 February 2018

I've rented this boat many times over the past 4 years.  The have great boats that handle swell and chop and always have a smooth ride.  Interior on some of the boats is starting to deteriorate but it doesn't take away from the experience of being captain your own boat and exploring the waters around Maui.  Whale watching on your own boat at your own leisure is unforgettable and there is no whale tour like your own whale tour.  We will be back every year. More...

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22 October 2017

Il ne faut pas vouloir voyager en 5 étoiles mais c'est définitivement la meilleure façon de voyager. La propriétaire et son conjoint sont très disponibles pour des questions ainsi que nous orienter vers les sites de campings, attractions et spots de surf/snorkeling. L'endroit du ''pick up'' est aussi facile d'accès en transport en commun. Nous avons louer un West transmission manuelle et nous avons eu énormément de plaisirs que ce soit parce que nous avions la plus épic des vans ou parce que nous n'étions pas certaines de pouvoir monter la cote durant la Route de Hana. Les deux lits sont très confortable, le poêle fonctionne très bien et il y a assez d'espace pour 4 adultes qui voyagent avec un backpack et un sac de jour ! INCONVÉNIANT #1 : la toile du camper n'est pas imperméable (normal, en 1988 y avait rien d'imperméable) : assurez vous de demander une bâche avec des bungee pour protégé le camper durant la nuit. INCONVÉNIANT # 2 : Les speakers du west sont assez de base et grinchent beaucoup ; apportez un speakers !! Définitivement le plus parfait des voyage !!! :D More...

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22 October 2017

First off, I have to say what a unique expierence traveling across Maui with the windows down and the stereo playing in an old Westy us! You get a more "local" expierence. We were mistaken for locals almost everywhere we stopped when rolling up in our sweet ride. Also you get the freedom to stay where you want and not to be hustled with schedules and end destinations. Brandon was great! Gave tailored recomendations of activities and locations to visit based on our vacation goals. Also if you want to go up to the Summit, they have a seperate CRV that you can take up! I will say, it isn't a 5 stay hotel, but the expierence is totally unique with the old Westy's personality characteristics! If you want a cost effective and enjoyable way to explore Maui, this is the way to do it! More...

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22 October 2017

so glad we decided to go with Aloha outdoors, they really went above and beyond to make our experience of Maui and the Hawaiian culture amazing. We already have our friends signing up for next year. Mahalo Brandon and crew. Tiffany Wagner, BC Canada More...

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27 September 2017

I highly recommend to rent a boat vs. taking a shared charter. If you're a boater, you'll understand why. I came here to fish and that's what I did and I did way better than I did on the shared charter which totally sucks. Any avid fisherman will tell you all the reasons why. You will fish in flat bottom areas where there are mostly small fish. Bottom fish needs to be around rocky areas, you need braided line, not mono for bottom fishing. Anyway back to the review. The boat handled quite well, couple negatives was there was no sonar on the boat I rented that really needed it so I can find bait and see the ground. Second is this boat has no full front sheild cover so when the afternoon wind picks up, get ready to get wet from water going over the bow and low windshield. If you're OK with getting a little wet then it's fine, the boat handles quite well in semi rough water. I didn't get too wet as I maneuvered well on the choppy sea condition. You should be experienced on this otherwise you'll be questioning yourself. I did catch a few small smapper fish, lost a big heavy fish which broke my 200lb leader, and caught a nice amberjack. Experience will help greatly. Although we had a small setback, we dealt with Chris. He is very understanding and treated us with great respect and took good care of us. Due to the overall experience, I will definitely be coming back to rent again. I have unfinished business here in the water. More...

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11 June 2017

My wife, four-year-old son and I rented a ~'90 Westfalia from Aloha Campers this past spring (2017) from Aloha Outdoors.  The "are you chill" questions on registration are relevant, and pleasantly reciprocal.  In detail...As is made super clear up front, we were renting a vintage Westy for some camping around Maui.  Warts and all.  If folks aren't reading the bold print while making their reservation, then they are in a world of grumpy disappointment.    After a somewhat last moment pickup reservation on our part, we were met by a nice lady who drove the three of us to Aloha Outdoors in Kihei.  She not only checked us out on the van, but also ensured we were set with camping paraphernalia (chairs, etc), gave us a solid understanding of island options available and not available to us.  We had already booked ourselves at Waianapanapa and Camp Olowalu, but were thankful for the miscellaneous detail.Our Westy was on the worn side of their fleet.  The ice box was out of order, we were using the backup range by the first morning, little blemishes here and there, missing little bits like the front chair tables, etc.  After 172k miles it is expected.   Nothing dramatic.  Driving the Westy was a bit more than initially expected.   I've been behind the wheel of '72 VW Bus and other '60-'70 model cars, but was initially shocked by the driving characteristics of our Westy.  It took 30-60 minutes to get into the safe groovy of driving her.  (And once I was back home, I was hitting the brakes on my modern car too hard!).  TL;DR: break early, having driving experience with older cars is super beneficial.Regardless of driving stress, it was an amazing trip.  We had the black sands beach of Waianapanapa to ourselves at times, we met lots of great people, amazing sights, waterfalls, shave ice, etc. "Do you live Aloha?"    Yeah.   And Aloha Outdoors does too.  On my last full day I backed the Westy into a rock.  A bunch of bondo popped off the rear passenger wheel well.  *Crap*.  Afterwards I called the hotline to explain myself.  The gentlemen was not pleased and said someone needed to inspect it when the VW was returned the next day.  The next day the intake crew was unpulsed, photographed the damage to the owner, and ... I never heard back.Aloha goes both ways, and I appreciate that with these folks.   My son still talks about this trip.  "Makapipi" is his favorite new word.  WE still talk about this trip.    Highly recommended, get a Westy while you can. More...

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7 May 2017

The boat handles well and Chris was amazing!!!  Well worth the private boat rental.  I would rent again when we come back to Hawaii and I highly recommend Sea Escape.  There is nothing like the beauty, splendor, and freedom of boating around Maui on your own.   We snorkeled, swam, and enjoyed the scenery.  Chris explained everything thoroughly and remained available via cell.  He made sure we got in the water safely and helped us when we came in as well. More...

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10 March 2017

This is definitely the way to see Maui! We loved our experience with Aloha campers, Brendan, the owner was really nice, informative, and helpful. We spent three nights going around the island and loved every minute of it. The camper was clean, worked well, and was stocked with everything needed for a great time. We were warm and dry even in the down pours that occurred for pretty much an entire day of driving the Hana highway. I would recommend this as the way to see Maui, who needs a resort when the entire island is a playground paradise, and you can camp practically everywhere for no extra money! More...

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28 January 2017

My daughter and I rented a van from Brandon--who we learned from various calls is the owner, guy who books the rental, airport pickup, and mechanic. Brandon was chill, welcoming, answered our questions, and resolved a couple minor issues in a relaxed and professional manner. Van was well-used with some funky quirks: odometer had stopped working at 172,000 miles--van was still kicking and running like a champ; some dents and scratches and a "well loved" bumper; a temp gauge that started "hot" and "cooled down" as we drove; a little duct tape here and there...:-) Since I am a fan of quirky, I rather enjoyed getting to know the van, and by the end of the trip I was sad to turn her back in. :-( Everything was clean and stocked, with the exception of bedding. There was only one set of bedding (there were two very comfy pillows), but two places to sleep (my daughter wanted to sleep "upstairs"); To resolve this little oversight, I bought a blanket, we split the sheets and all was well (plus I have a cool blanket from Hawaii now). We drove the road to Hana no problem, we camped at the beach, and braved a storm with 60mph winds, during which we took advantage of the stereo to tune into the Maui reggae station. The van was a stellar place to change clothes in the parking lot at the county beach parks. All in all, for us and our style of travel, a fantastic experience. If one is unable to get into the take-your-time-and-don't-stress-about-things vibe (and isn't that the reason you came to Maui?), you will love this. If you are expecting the van to be a 4-star hotel, you might not enjoy this experience. I did; I will be back. More...

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16 January 2017

We live here, and were looking for a way to get on the water without buying our own boat.  Took one of their boats out yesterday, and had the most amazing time!  Chris gave us an awesome orientation, launched the boat, and off we went.  Saw SO many whales it was crazy.  Went over to Molokini & hung out there for awhile.  Then crossed over to Wailea and gunk holed up the coast.  Found a mooring that we hooked up on for an hour, went swimming & ate lunch.  Called Chris that we'd be back in 30 minutes, and he was right there to take our lines, and take over the boat from there.  So nice to just show up, take off, and then leave the clean up to them!  Looking forward to doing it again!  Highly recommend this avenue to all! More...

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22 October 2016

**Warning** this is NOT a 5 star resort alternative! It's a Maui adventure to see the Island on your own terms.. Two weeks in a Westy was definitely an adventure! The vehicles are better than you would expect for being 30+ years old and the "aloha" in Aloha Campers is felt. Highly recommended for those of you that want to get off the beaten path :) More...

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22 October 2016

I rented the camping equipped Honda Element for the weekend, and had an amazing time driving and camping around the island! If you want to see the most of Maui, this is the way to do it! I didn't give the full 5 stars only because the car needs to have a couple things fixed (drivers side door doesn't lock from outside, have to lock it from inside and crawl across to passenger side to get out; and I couldn't get the rooftop tent to work properly). Otherwise, this was an outstanding operation and I will definitely be using Aloha Campers again if/when I return to Maui!! More...

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22 October 2016

Traveled in May 2016I was looking for weeks to find the best deal for a Camper. Have traveled around Australia in a Camper was a great and very cheap way of traveling. I wanted to use the exact same approach on Maui and safe money by having your home with you at all times.It's clearly not a resort type of trip and more an adventure. A very great alternative if you feel close to nature.We got advised that you have to use Campgrounds and buy permits in order to camp. I can confirm that you will be fine if you keep moving. We have not paid for a single night and woke up every morining in front of beautiful beaches. It's just as easy if you keep moving.We got woken up by police once in Hana but that was the only time and after explaining, that we were coming in very late at night and didnt really know where to go, they let us stay and sleep there.The camper we have been given was great. No issues at all and the team at Aloha Campers was very helpful. Thanks again. More...

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15 September 2016

Wish I could give 7 stars. I had forgotten my brand new iPhone in the van and they mailed it to me in California free of charge. They had no reason to do that other than the Aloha spirit runs through their core. The campers are well maintained and clean when you receive them. They have everything you need for an awesome way to see and experience the beauty of Maui. They truly want you to have a good time and are dedicated to helping out in anyway they can. The camper gives you the freedom to explore and to be closer with the spectacular nature on the island. Will definitely be coming back on my next Maui trip! More...

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8 September 2016

We did a five day trip in Maui with an Aloha camper.  They picked us up at the airport and drove us to the "office", where we signed the required paperwork and took over the camper.  The campers are all by definition pretty old (I think VW stopped making them 20+ years ago) but in decent shape.  In Maui, the refrigerators don't work so he supplies a cooler - I would suggest getting a little slatted crate or otherwise to put in the cooler so everything isn't swimming in the water from melted ice.  He also supplied us with an outdoor stove, which was handy because in the hot Maui weather we used that to cook outdoors rather than in the car.  We had no issues whatsoever with the camper but make sure to get enough sheets for both top and bottom beds if you need them.  Surprisingly, the campsites on the Island's west side are pretty shady so I would suggest anyone doing this trip head on out to Hana pronto and spend as many days there as possible.  There is a killer grocery store in Paia where you can stock up.  We camped four nights and on our fifth we got a hotel room at some resort on the east side where we enjoyed showers, air-conditiioning, and fancier food.  Really fun trip overall. More...

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29 August 2016

Traveled in May 2016I was looking for weeks to find the best deal for a Camper. Have traveled around Australia in a Camper was a great and very cheap way of traveling. I wanted to use the exact same approach on Maui and safe money by having your home with you at all times.It's clearly not a resort type of trip and more an adventure. A very great alternative if you feel close to nature.We got advised that you have to use Campgrounds and buy permits in order to camp. I can confirm that you will be fine if you keep moving. We have not paid for a single night and woke up every morining in front of beautiful beaches. It's just as easy if you keep moving.We got woken up by police once in Hana but that was the only time and after explaining, that we were coming in very late at night and didnt really know where to go, they let us stay and sleep there.The camper we have been given was great. No issues at all and the team at Aloha Campers was very helpful. Thanks again. More...

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23 August 2016

Great experience. We booked a Honda Element for four scuba divers. I was weary of the size of the Element, but it turned out to be a FANTASTIC car for us. It easily fit all four of us and gear. The interior works for people who are doing the beach or water stuff, and the floor does fine with sand. We didn't camp for our stay, so Aloha Campers removed the extra items from the car and we had plenty of room for luggage. They left a power inverter, USB adapter, first aid kit, and paper towels inside though, which were nice convenience items. The Element is comfortable and easy to drive. I think we got around 20mpg, including trips to west Maui, Hana and Haleakala. We arranged airport transfer to get the car, and they were flexible to get us where we needed to be and when. We were on a tight schedule, and Aloha Campers made it happen.  We had a cab ride with uncle "Ron," a local taxi driver. It was about $40 for us to drop off the Element and cab to OGG, with 4 passengers and lots of dive gear luggage. The car was clean and seemed to be well taken care of, and I will much rather use Aloha Campers for future trips to Maui, even if it's just as a rental car!  Thanks guys! More...

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17 August 2016

We spent 7 days camping around Maui and it was fantastic!!! We loved our Westy and the service we received from Aloha Campers was fantastic. It was truly an adventure filled with memories that will stay with us forever. Having the camper allowed us to see the island in a totally different way that a typical tourist trip staying in hotels. We got to meet tons of locals and explore hidden, off-the-beaten-path locations. We would definitely rent from them again. If you are a camper and have a love of adventure, you should totally try Aloha Campers. More...

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1 July 2016

I'm writing this after an amazing trip to the island of Maui! And without Aloha Campers, the whole experience would have been different! Aloha Campers gave my wife and I the opportunity to see Maui the way it should be seen, which is up and close to the beautiful nature this island has to offer. Camping is definitely the way to go and Aloha Campers provides a durable, strong vehicle equipped with all the camping equipment you'll need. Upon renting the vehicle, we sat down with Noelle (who is super cool and friendly) and she showed us a map to orient us to the island of Maui, with all the available camp sites, all the nitty, gritty facts which only well-versed local would know, and the amazing attractions one can see when traveling around the island. We followed her advice for a week and would not have done any different! A huge thanks to her!The vehicle (Honda Element) was strong and the camping equipment was great, with no issues. It encourages you to get out and explore nature and to spend lots of time outdoors, which is a must when visiting Maui. Tons of space inside the vehicle and allows for a comfortable place to store all the bags, food, tent, and everything else one would need for a trip such as this. They gave us a cooler too which helped keep food cool. There was no issue at all with driving the vehicle up to the top of Haleakalā, the biggest of the two volcanos on Maui, which is over 10,000 feet high. In summary, great equipment and vehicle for a camping trip!I encourage anyone reading this, who may be debating whether or not to rent a camper or stay in a posh resort, to do the former. Maui is a beautiful place and that beauty can only be appreciated when you take out a camper and camp out on the various spots on the island. We saw hoards of tourists being quickly whisked around on day trips to see the sights we would see. Then they would all go back to their resorts. The issues is the real beauty of Maui comes out without all the hoards of tourists and renting a camper, camping, etc.. is the way to experience this. One has the opportunity to already be camped out on a quieter side of Maui and to wake up early, go for a beautiful walk or swim by a waterfall, etc.. all before the swarms of tourists come in. So go camp!!Kudos to Aloha Campers for their great car, equipment, and staff! I would put 10 out of 5 stars if I could, but thats not an option unfortunately! More...

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29 June 2016

I recently had the opportunity to turn one of my dreams into a reality. For all my life I have been drawn to 'hippie vans' as I like to call them. I've always wanted to own one, in fact. It's not quite in the budget for me at this moment in time but renting from Aloha Campers was the next best thing. I got to experience four days living my kind of life, at my leisure and that was more than a girl could ask for.My first time in Maui, things never really seemed to work out as I had planned.  I learned to realize that the island had other plans for me, and that was okay. I discovered that I never want to spend another vacation at a resort, or doing things that only tourists do. So for me the Westy was the perfect option for both living out my dream, and seeing the all of the beauty that Maui has to offer.My trip started with a pick up from Marianne at the airport. She drove us me to the lot to pick up the van where I was greeted by Brandon. Since I had never camped in Maui before Brandon gave me a very thorough overview of all of the spots in the island to camp, and even went as far as to tell me where the best places to get supplies. He then gave me a tour of the van and all of the contents. Now she was no 'spring chicken' but she did have a certain element of rustic charm. I mean what can you expect with a vehicle that's over 30 years old. Having said that, Blue Jean Betty performed better than most of the vehicles I have ever owned. So I got in the van, went to Times for supplies, and headed westbound. The short drive up the mountain was completely breathtaking. I weaved through the tunnel, and back down as the sun was setting mirrored by the ocean I was drawn to a spot where I saw several people surfing in the water. I ended up at Papalaua. Conveniently located right off the highway nestled on a sandy strip in between the ocean and the mountain. I backed in Blue Jean Betty, popped the top opened the lift-gate and out the mosquito net on the back. I set up my bed, while it was still light and then sat outside and watched the surfers as the sun finally set.From my spot I could see Kaho 'olawe in the distance. What a sight! It's hard to believe that island is uninhabitable, what a shame?!I sat and 'talked story' with one of the residents and surfers that lives there. As we were talking Kyra came up and introduced herself. She said she was making homemade burgers and we were welcome to join. Everyone was so kind to me. So I sat and watched the shooting stars as the waves crashed into the shore. I discovered that there is nothing quite as wonderful as hearing the sounds of the ocean as you fall asleep. Now this campground may not be for everyone. There was no running water, or toilets and I could see how the sound of the traffic may be distracting for some. If you're a city girl like myself, it's just like home. I slept like a baby that night, my firstsolid sleep in weeks. There's also no comparison to waking up as the waves crash the shore. I made myself a coffee courtesy of the French press that was provided in my Westy and I sat peacefully watching the water. The beauty about driving around in a Westy is the freedom that it provides. You don't like where your staying, just leave. Very simple. I mean, I don't believe that could happen in Maui, but having options open is always nice. Another pretty cool thing, is that no matter where you go, people are happy to see you. The Westy attracts a fun loving, carefree and adventurous soul, who is likely just wanting to talk to you about your experience. I think I cried a little when my rental ended, but I know somewhere in my future, we will be together again. I will be renting a Westy anywhere I vacation now, when possible. That is until I own one, or die trying... Thanks Aloha Campers for making my dream come true. More...

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1 June 2016

This made my time on Maui absolutely unforgettable. From the minute we were picked up at the airport to the minute we were dropped off, I was happy, comfortable, and excited about van life. We got the light blue van with automatic transmission (road to Hana with a manual trans-no thanks!) and Noelle went through the van's features thoroughly before giving us a map of the island and circling all the camping spots available to us and our van baby. After giving us our camping chairs and wishing us a great time, we were off!We drove the road to Hana with no issues, camped in the rain, camped in the wind, by the beach, under streetlights and in the middle of nowhere. This van trip was so much more than accommodations and transportation; it was a literal and figurative vehicle for the kind of life I want to live.Staying in a hotel on a tropical island is nice; you can sleep in AC, lounge by the pool. shower and change in privacy, eat 5 star food and never ever feel out of your element. Staying in a camper van is awesome; you can sleep under the stars next to the ocean, lounge on a remote beach and then nap there, cook inventive, delicious meals with your camping partner, enjoy their company, and be bored enough to do things you wouldn't normally do (talk story for hours, play cards, snuggle up and watch the sun set for an afternoon). It was pretty incredible to actually spend multiple days worth of quality time with my husband, not just occupy the same space while looking at separate screens. You meet so many people who love "your" van, who want to tell you all about the van they used to have, and who embody the elusive aloha spirit that makes human interaction worthwhile and meaningful. We made several friends who dined with us on my glamorous one burner concoctions, or who entertained us with their stories from so many various walks of life over beers shared in camp chairs around the van's "living room".The van isn't perfect- it's 30 years old, and obviously is not a rolling Hilton. If you're creative, adventurous, and willing to see the bright side of any situation, you will LOVE Aloha Campers. Sure, we had to pull over a few times so Bluebell could cool down, and the E-brake light stayed on the entire trip. The back door flew open once in transit, and one morning I woke up with wet toes after some heavy sideways rain. The fridge never worked, and the cooler only kept our beer cold for three days. But those experiences just didn't matter in the grand scheme of things. We lived in a VW van, courtesy of Aloha Campers, on freaking Maui. Plain and simple. We cannot wait until we have a van of our own, and it was all because of this trip. MAHALO NUI LOA!!!! More...

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25 April 2016

I recently rented from Aloha Campers for the second time.  They were very informative and knowledgeable about the different camp sites around the island such as where you need permits and where you do not. The camper van was very comfortable and reliable. Two thumbs up!! More...

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9 March 2016

Just came back from Maui and we rented the lovely Ruby Rose VW westy! So sad to part with this awesome van. We rented it for three days and it was perfect to explore different parts of the island. It was cozy and comfortable. It handled the roads and turns of the Hana Hwy easily and got great gas mileage! Thank you Aloha Campers for the experience!! Being adventurous and easy going is the key to exploring Maui.  Highly recommend the YMCA camp for the warm showers and breathtaking views of the ocean! Renting one of their vehicles beats staying in a boring touristy hotel any day! We will be back for another sweet trip again for sure!!! More...

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2 March 2016

What a great time on the water, the boat was fantastic and ran flawlessly. Ariel gave us great instructions and recommendations on where to go. We went to Molokini cater and did some snorkeling, fun time and beautiful fish galore.  Then on the way to turtle town the Humpback whales put on a show of a lifetime. How incredible to see them breach so close. Nothing better than having your own boat and the freedom to go where and when you want. More...

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12 February 2016

Signed up for a Yelp account just to let people know what a great experience I had with Aloha Campers! Brandon and Richard were friendly, accommodating, thorough, and had a lot of knowledge about Maui and how to get the most out of the vans. Not only does the van cover your accommodations and transportation while you're on the island, but you also get the chance to explore nooks and crannies most people miss out on! Van ran like a champ, was reliable, and had everything we needed. Maps, cooler, cookware, bedding, and enough room for four to sleep and hang out comfortably. Very impressed, would absolutely recommend! Looking forward to renting from Brandon and Aloha Campers again in the future! Mahalo! More...

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9 February 2016

Just got done with the boat rental from a few hours ago.  In a word, AWESOME!  We started at 6am so we beat the crowds for snorkeling at Molokini, then just cruised around looking for whales.  We saw at least 10, with a few of them fairly close.  I will recommend this to anyone coming to Maui.  Ariel and Inglicio (not sure if that's the right name) were great at setting us up and made it a breeze. The boat was very nice and we only had to spend $31 on gas, although we didn't go as far as most people might.  If you're thinking about doing it, do it! More...

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30 November 2015

A Westy is the best way to see the island!  We didn't plan anything for our trip to Maui.  Brandon took the time to show us everywhere we could camp and the best spots.  This was helpful beyond any guidebook.  The van was a joy to cruise around in.  We'll be coming back! More...

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16 October 2015

These guys are awesome! The vans are older but in great shape. Super friendly people! My girlfriend and I just spent 5 nights all around Maui! We camped on the beach, camped near fresh water caves, waterfalls, etc. we even got engaged! Thanks Aloha Campers for making our trip so amazing! More...

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8 October 2015

We had the best time in our camper van. There were no problems, but if you're wanting a new-feeling rental, I recommend the Element over the camper van. But if you are a westie lover, this is the place for you! So nice to camp Maui - then you can explore everywhere and just pull over somewhere to sleep. Really great idea. The airport pick up was late at night and went seamlessly; we were in our van within an hour of landing and on our way. More...

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29 September 2015

This was great! Such a fun way to explore Maui.Now, if you are a person who likes everything to be predictable and comfy and easy on your vacation, you should get a hotel or go to a resort and rent a modern car. But if you enjoy having great conversations with locals, listening to the ocean at night and birds in the morning, slapping away mosquitos, cooking delicious dinners with whatever you can fit in your tiny kitchen-on-wheels, surfing at dawn, heading out for the day without knowing where you'll spend the night, and other such adventures, this is the place for you!The staff are super helpful. The vans are at least 30 years old (and bless the heart of the mechanic who keeps them alive) and clunky in some ways, but staff is ready with assistance and backup supplies as needed. We had a great time and loved the whole experience. More...

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