The 12 rustic cabins tucked in the hala (pandanus) groves of Waianapanapa State Park are one of the best lodging deals on Maui. Each cabin has six twin bunks, a full kitchen (minus oven), and large lanai where you can wile away the hours watching rainstorms roll in from sea. Cabins #5 and #6 are closest to the water. They’ve recently been spiffed up, but they’re still frequented by geckos and are fairly Spartan. You can also pitch a tent above the black-sand beach on Pailoa Bay. Watch the sun rise out of the ocean and beat the crowds to the beach. There’s an on-site caretaker, along with restrooms, showers, picnic tables, shoreline hiking trails, and historic sites. Bring rain gear and mosquito protection—this is the rainforest, after all. Reserve tent sites and cabins on the website (or in person at the Wailuku office) and print out your permit, which must be displayed.
Waianapanapa State Park
End of Wai‘anapanapa Rd., off Hana Hwy
Our Rating Neighborhood Hana Phone 808/984-8109 Prices $90 per cabin per night (sleeps up to 6). $18 for 1st tent-camper, $3 for additional campers Units 10 Web site Waianapanapa State Park Other By reservation only: c/o State Parks Division, 54 S. High St., Room 101, Wailuku. 5-night maximum
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.