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Oahu, Hawaii

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Experience the beauty of the island at your own pace in a fully outfitted campervan. Bonus: demo the latest boards from Catch Surf!

Road trip around Oahu in your own VW or Ford Transit campervan. This 4-night adventure is powered by our local partners at Hawaii Surf Campers and includes some fun extras from Catch Surf and RVCA. Enjoy the aloha spirit in a unique way as you drive an old school VW camper or an outfitted van in tropical paradise. With pristine beaches, world-class surf breaks, and rugged mountains that are home to endless trails, Oahu has countless opportunities for adventure and discovery, including surfing, hiking, snorkeling, biking, swimming, canoeing, stand up paddling, and relaxing on the beach. Our friends at Hawaii Surf Campers are happy to provide suggested itineraries and local tips to send you to the best surf spots, trails, and more.

Choose between a classic VW Camper or upgrade to a Transit Van


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Itinerary
Itinerary
Please note there is no fixed itinerary, and you are free to choose your adventure. Below is a sample itinerary.
  • 1
    Day number 1
    Welcome to Oahu! At the Hawaii Surf Campers shop, we’ll provide an orientation to make sure you are familiar with the van and how to take good care of it to ensure you have a smooth trip. Driving to the North Shore (Haleiwa town) on its on is a beautiful short drive, then visit the Northwest coast of Oahu, checking out Kaena Point and Mokuleia Beach Park. We recommend staying at Camp Mokuleia for the night.
  • 2
    Day number 2
    Wake up by the beach at Mokuleia, where you could head for a surf if conditions are right. There, you’ll have 2 hiking options. Kaena Point Trail takes about 3 hours and, depending on the time of the year, you can whale watch, check out seals, or baby albatrosses. The second hike, Kealia Trail, is a little shorter (about an hour) and will take you up the mountain from Dillingham Airfield for a cool North Shore view. If you are feeling especially adventurous, skydiving is an option there!

    During the afternoon you can check-out Haleiwa town heading towards the north east, visit beautiful and world famous surfing spots like Pipeline, Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay (please note these spots are for experienced surfers only). Options for less experienced surfers that have great waves include Pu'ena Point and Chuns Reef. Heading up the coast you will find Malaekahana Campground, a perfect camping option for your second night.
  • 3
    Day number 3
    Find yourself on a "jungly beach" area which is Malaekahana. If you are a kite surfer, congratulations! This is a great wind spot for that sport. If not no worries, you can find no shortage of water activities. Heading back towards Sunset Beach you will find Sunset Pillbox hike for a great view of waves (about 1 hour roundtrip) as well as the famed Kawela Bay.

    Drive down the coastline on the east shore of Oahu where the mountain scenery is stunning! Make sure to check Kahana Bay, Lai'e Point with an optional a 20ft cliff jump into the ocean. Makapu'u Beach and Sandy Beach are also must sees. Great for body surfers! If you still want to go for a swim, make sure to check Halona Cove and Waimanalo Beach Park. Spend that night at a sandy beach or for a private campground check-out Bellows Airfield.
  • 4
    Day number 4
    For the fourth day drive into Honolulu from the southeast, admiring the rocky mountain scenery along the way. If you want some good exercise, walk up Koko Head Crater! Make sure to do it before noon as it does get pretty hot and intense.

    In Honolulu, make sure to visit Waikiki beach and check out Ala Moana Beach Park. Drive back through H1 and H2 freeways (beware of traffic from 3pm on). Reach the North Shore again for your last sunset! Enjoy a dinner in Haleiwa town and set up your check-out for the next day with Hawaii Surf Campers.
  • 5
    Day number 5
    Savor your final morning in paradise before returning to Hawaii Surf Campers to return your van. Whether you’re headed home or continuing on in your journey we’re happy to help with advice. Aloha!
Trip Package Includes
 
  • 4-night/5-day rental of one fully equipped campervan, including power outlets, propane burner stove, and cooler
  • Unlimited miles
  • Bedding (bed sheets, pillows, blankets)
  • Towels
  • Basic kitchen supply (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, kitchen towel) 
  • Beach chairs, beach umbrella, and snorkels provided upon request, at no extra cost
  • Basic insurance protection package
  • State of Hawaii rental fee
  • Catch Surf demo surfboards (Odysea series)
  • RVCA hat
  • 20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply)
Trip Package Does Not Include
 
  • Travel insurance. We recommend World Nomads.
  • Upgraded insurance (includes 24/7 roadside assistance)
  • Campground fees 
  • Surf lessons (see FAQ, available locally)
  • Personal expenses, including fuel, food, beverages, or personal gear

Questions? Call or email us!
Area Information

Hawaii

The 137 islands, islets and shoals that make up the Hawaiian Island chain sit at the northern tip of the Polynesian Triangle, an expanse of ocean roughly the size of Europe and North America combined. As one of the most geographically isolated, continuously populated spots on Earth, Hawaii is a land of many contrasts. Together, the eight main Hawaiian Islands — Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, Kaho’olawe, Lanai and Ni’ihau — are home to virtually every geographic formation, terrain and climate to be found on earth. The possibilities for outdoor enthusiasts are boundless, from lava deserts, to highland rainforests, to the world’s tallest sea cliffs and miles of pristine beaches.
Trip Planning

Trip Planning

It’s tough to find a “bad” time to visit Oahu! Average temperatures comfortably sit in the mid-60s to high 80s year-round, but rain showers are less prevalent from mid-June to August (Oahu's summer season), when travelers tend to flock to the island to take advantage of the sunnier weather. Another popular (though more expensive) time to visit is between late December and early April, when surfers head to the North Shore to catch waves or watch professionals compete in various surfing events.During the shoulder seasons from mid-April to early June or between September and mid-December, attractions are less crowded, festivals are plentiful and airfare is at its lowest.

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FAQ
FAQ
  • How does this voucher work and how do I reserve my campervan dates?
    This voucher is valid for a 4-night campervan rental during the dates listed: April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. You are welcome to contact us before you purchase the voucher in order to check van availability for your desired travel dates. Once you've purchased the voucher we'll connect you with Hawaii Surf Campers to reserve a van for your specific travel dates. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have purchased a voucher and your van has been confirmed.
  • Can I book with a deposit or do you need full payment?
    Yes, you can book with a $100 deposit now and full payment will be charged to your credit card 14 days prior to your travel start date (van pick-up date) with Hawaii Surf Campers. If you'd like to book with deposit instead of full payment, please call evo Customer Care to do so at 1.866.386.1590.
  • What are check-in and check-out times? How do I get to the Hawaii Surf Campers office?
    Check-in is 2pm or later, and check-out is 11am or earlier. You may either make your own way to the Hawaii Surf Campers office on the North Shore, or arrange an airport or hotel pickup with Hawaii Surf Campers for $45 each way (total for all guests, payable directly to HSC). They can also can bring the van directly to you at the airport ($95 each way) or Waikiki ($105 each way). These services are available for airport drop-off or hotel drop-off too.
  • What do the van amenities include and how many people can they fit?
    Campervans come with sink, lights, propane burner stove, 2 beds (to fit up to 4 people), cooler, and power outlets. The Ford Transit van is a larger, more spacious option than the VW campervans for those interested in an upgrade. You are welcome to request extra items free of charge, including beach chairs, umbrellas, and snorkel gear.
  • Will you help me plan my trip itinerary?
    Hawaii Surf Campers is happy to provide general suggestions and work with you to create an outline that fits your activities and interests. There are tons of options depending on the activities you are interested in.
  • Should I reserve campgrounds in advance?
    We do recommend reserving campgrounds in advance if you're able to, though it is not required.
  • What is included in my equipment rental?
    Each campervan will include bedding (bed sheets, pillows, blankets), towels, and basic kitchen supply (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, kitchen towels). Upon request, we will provide beach chairs, beach umbrella, and snorkels at no extra cost. A fleet of Catch Surf demo boards (Odysea series) will be available, with boards for every level of rider, subject to availability. If you are interested in renting other surfboards, SUPs, or other gear, Hawaii Surf Campers can refer you to local shops for discounted rentals.
  • What if I'm not an experienced surfer? Do you offer lessons?
    Oahu offers options that are suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Regardless of your level, Hawaii Surf Campers can provide some suggestions for where to ride. Surf lessons can also be arranged locally (note, additional cost will apply), just let us know if you're interested!
  • Can I add extra nights to my rental?
    Of course! Let us know if you are interested in extending your rental package. Any additional nights would be payable directly to Hawaii Surf Campers.
  • Do any of your vans have automatic transmissions?
    While most are manual (stick shift), there are some automatic van options in HSC's fleet. Please let us know if you require an automatic transmission.
  • Do the vans have pop-tops?
    All campervans except one (Coco) have pop-tops. Coco has a "bubble top" which is a hard top, but it does have a bunk bed.
  • Do the vans have roof racks?
    No, for liability reasons the vans do not have roof racks, so keep in mind you will need to transport any boards (i.e. surf or SUP) inside the vans.
  • Will I need to pay a security deposit?
    Yes, at the time of picking up your van, a refundable security deposit of $600 will be collected.
  • What about roadside assistance?
    You can add roadside assistance and/or higher liability limits to your included insurance by selecting an upgraded plan (additional $20-$30 per day). If interested, let us know and note that any additional amount due would be payable directly to Hawaii Surf Campers.
  • Should I purchase travel insurance?
    YES! While it is not required, we always recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, theft and/or accidental damage while traveling. We recommend World Nomads.
  • What if I have to change or cancel my trip after I have booked?
    If you need to reschedule or cancel, please note evo defers to Hawaii Surf Campers’ terms and conditions: -$100 is a nonrefundable deposit -Cancellation 14 to 7 days prior to check-in date: 50% penalty -Cancellation within 7 days prior to check-in date: 100% penalty / fully non-refundable -You may reschedule your trip once, subject to van availability, up to 7 days prior to your originally scheduled check-in date. If you end up cancelling your rescheduled trip, no refunds will be possible. As always, we recommend purchasing travel insurance as exceptions cannot be made to the above policies.
Testimonials
Hands down the best way to travel in Hawaii.
Chris
Trip Guest
Cruising along the windward side was so amazing and quite surreal. Lucas was so helpful and made it such a great experience overall.
Maria
Trip Guest
The team walked us through every part of the van, the camping aspects, and were super patient demoing how it all worked. Big enough to sleep comfortably and easy to drive. Really let us enjoy the ability to travel around from site to site without worry about getting back to a hotel on a particular side of the island. We experienced everything we wanted to do and got to camp on the beach sites thanks to this awesome company.
Joe
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