Maui tourism info: where are the best places to stay? What are some of the lesser-known places to visit Maui?
If you're looking for an exotic and unusual way to experience the Hawaiian island of Maui, there are ways you can experience Maui that few other people think of. You can see a side of the island that you wouldn't see otherwise. There are plenty of places on the island that few people go or think of going that offer a great perspective of the area. Here are some places off the beaten path that you should consider looking at to make your Hawaiian experience a truly unique on.
• State Parks. There are nearly a dozen state parks on Maui. They have plenty of trails, wooded areas and historical sites that you can see and enjoy. Only three of these parks offer overnight camping, however. And Poli Poli and Wainapanapa are the only other ones you can camp at for a fee. You need to be sure to have a permit to use any of these facilities.
• You can get a permit as far as two months in advance of your trip by writing a letter to the Division of State parks, 54 High Street, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. 244-4354. Be sure the letter includes your name, phone number, address, the type of permit you need, how long you'll be staying and how many are in your party.
• County Parks. There are plenty of county parks across Maui's coast, as well. These parks are typically beach parks, and you normally can only use them during the day. But there are two that have overnight camping, but you need the proper permit. To get those permits, you need to write Department of Parks and Recreation, Recreation Division, 1580 Kaahumanu Avenue, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. 243-7389.
• Haleakala National Park. This is a great place to camp. And it's free to do so. In fact, there are some camping spots here that you don't even need a wilderness permit. If you plan to park your car, you'll need to pay a $3 admittance fee. There's a three-day limit on camping here, but in places like Oheo which are typically less crowded, you can get away with staying longer, if you need to. For more information, you can write at Box 537, Makawao, HI 96768. Or call 572-9306.