Explore Maui in a Rental Camper Van | Van Life Hawaii Part 1
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Explore Maui in a Rental Camper Van | Van Life Hawaii Part 1

This week we get a taste of van life on
Maui by exploring the island in a camper van. We enjoy free camping on the beach,
sea turtle watching, gorgeous sunsets and I make a cup of coffee. Got our van.
This is exciting. Sean from camper van Hawaii who rents Hymers on this island along with a
few other vans invited us to come out and getting a taste for van life on the
So we have a couple beach towels up here. There are some bath towels, stuff like that. Couple spices, salt and pepper up here. There a whole cookware set, an instant pot. Kait will love
that. You know a coffee maker I feel like we’re home but not quite Slight differences.
Yeah it’s weird having
a microwave and a shorter van. actually I don’t really notice it that
much but I really like this. And I love that there are three camper vans here
and all three are being rented today uh-huh
it’s it’s a popular place for it. I liked checking out the other one
what was it called?
Oh that’s the VW euro Camper I like the way they set that one
mm-hmm I do too are you renting this one out today too
yeah this one’s going out the same time you guys are. We are really excited
about this because there are six designated camping spots across the
island there are various places where we can go out to the beach park on the sand
just enjoy the island in a van and I’m really excited about this.
Well, and this camper’s fully stocked there are spices up in here. Yes, everything.
We’ve got fully stocked drawers down here. More stuff. There’s my water kettle.
Ready to go.
There’s even a toaster! I was checking out the back earlier. There are camping chairs, a little cooler so Sean really has these things set up for
It’s like all the comforts of home. Camper van life in Hawaii.
Yes ma’am.
I’m so excited! Are we going to fit? I think so…go slowly. You made it! I’m not gonna lie I was slightly nervous Well, he said it would fit in this one. Well the sign said 8 feet 6 inches max first order of business pick up some
local Maui brewing beer. So two things we absolutely wanted to pack our, little nite ize cellphone holder so I can mount the iPhone and use our GPS and then our
dash cam just in case anything happened we have it on record and it’s easier
that way All set.
We’ve got a full tank of gas
where do you want to go? Let’s see what kind of trouble we can get in to.
Do you want to grab the book that Sean showed us? Sure. Check out all the different
campgrounds and see where we want to head. Let’s do it! that was a good dinner.
very good dinner
mm-hmm It is starting to get dark so I say we go
find a place to camp.
Sounds good And apparently car camping is very popular Maui
yeah Vans are a bit new though. we parked this van and people started coming up to us asking us like what is that. I will say
with some of the tight parking lots we’ve encountered having the shorter
chassis Promaster is quite nice good morning. gonna make some coffee? Absolutely. So before we left I ground a bag of coffee, brought my cup, my pour over and a stack of filters. I have to say if we can rent a camper van in every
country, place we go to this is definitely the way to travel. It’s like
checking into a hotel on wheels. That’s absolutely what it is I say let’s take this head down on
the beach and go for a walk How’s this for a backyard?
pretty awesome So my love what do you think of your first night? Awesome. Love Maui, love waking up right next to the ocean. It’s nice. When I woke up I opened the back shade
and I looked out and you were doing your chi gong. Is that what you call it?
Part of my morning habit stacking trying to win the morning so I can win the day.
Well, I win the day by having coffee.
We have very different processes. Should we go for a walk?
I say we do looks, like a nice beach Awesome to hang out with Aaron for a bit.
Got some good local tips, some
restaurant spots we’re actually whale watching a little
bit. he was pointing out some whales that were breaching and tail slapping. it’s
got really excited about our trip here on Maui.
And we got a good lunch spot recommendation.
That we did. We got a few of them. Before we get on the road I say we unpack.
yeah I agree
I keep digging me into the suitcase for stuff and I’d rather just toss it in
Gonna put your stuff away? Yes. This is everything I brought for ten days plus
what I’m wearing. I like that you still have your lay on.
it smells so good
it does I wish I could stay fresh for ten days
I’m gonna have to figure out a way brought my scruba in case we need to
do laundry.
okay, and did you put all my stuff in there?
I did all your stuff is in here and look at all the room! this is what it would be like if we didn’t
full time in a van. all right off to get some lunch?
let’s do it so Aaron suggested we come to this
place to try the seared Ahi sandwich I got to do it, I love my sandwiches and
what’s funny is his wife is in New Orleans right now and I told him to tell
her to make sure to get that fried bologna sandwich I had the tuna is extremely tender and what I
love so much about this is there’s avacado mixed with some like a pesto sauce
really good. small sandwich but really filling very satisfying.
yes ma’am. Do you want to go look at sea turtles? I’ll go look at sea turtles with you I got to see sea turtles! They are so cool! There is even a baby sea turtle that
popped up and swam around. I could spend the entire afternoon here. I definitely
feel like my trip to Maui is complete now that I’ve seen sea turtles. So we didn’t make it very far today but I feel like we saw a lot. And I have to say one of the most interesting
experiences for me was going onto beach swimming in the ocean and diving under
and being able to listen to the humpback whales. the sound was non-stop it was
like a giant whale party going on down there and it is breeding season so it’s
probably what was going on. Alright so here’s my suggestion for tonight. Let’s drive back down to where we were last night find a camping spot and then tomorrow we can go stock up with food and other
things and maybe see some other parts of the island.
sounds good. I’ve really enjoyed West Maui. I can’t wait to see the rest of it.
me neither home sweet home another great camping spot I say we sleep with the doors open this evening. We can put the little bug screen down. should be a nice sunset Next time, we continue our island
adventure in the camper van, spot some humpback whales and hit the road to Hana. Thank you guys so much for watching. If
you enjoyed this video please give it a thumbs up, subscribe if you haven’t
already and head over to our website at weretherussos.com to check out
more cool content. We’ll see ya next time, bye!


  • Terry Keiper

    Saw an old Big Time RV TV episode showing you guys shopping for an RV to ship to Europe! We were so surprised to see you on this TV show! I'm guessing your plans changed? Love you guys and your channel! You were one of the first YouTube channels we found when we started learning about the RV lifestyle. We're about 1.5 years into it now and loving it in our 2017 Leisure Travel Van Murphy Bed. We part-timers from middle TN. Hope to see you someday…

  • Judy, Judy, Judy

    Kait, I suggested to another RVer that she get a IP for cooking because they are so easy & so clean. Another viewer sent me back a comment saying they use too much solar & the woman would be running down her batteries all the time with the IP. I'm not thinking the IPs take that much electricity (solar)….DO THEY? Please let me know if you have time please Kait! Thank you ….LOL Judie Another couple from the US main land is over there in Maui….Living Zeal…driving a redone tour bus….maybe you will see them?

  • DnSAdventures

    Looks like you guys had a blast! Totally will do the van life if we ever head out there. What a great idea and great approach! Have a great week! – Shane

  • roberto abrams

    This was so well made, I wish it was 40mins long! Im not acting like im a little biased…am I? 😂👌👍✌🏻😎

  • Janet Taylor

    I have been to Maui many times and just LOVE this video. Recognize so much. Love Leodas for lunch too. What a great idea to tour Maui by Camper Van. Look forward to more!

  • Barbara Kirchner

    I've been to the other islands but not Maui….love what I'm seeing!! We could try out van life too…..so exciting!! Definitely adding this to my bucket list!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • nicholesierra

    Renting a van on Maui is now on my to-do list- it's like a mobile all inclusive resort, but with one rather mediocre chef. Thanks for the inspiration you two!

  • WüRK Horse Fitness And Training

    im sure yall will answer this in the upcoming video but how was it in the shorter wheelbase aktiv? do you still prefer the 2.0?

  • BBQRando

    How fun is this…when are you both coming back to the Phoenix area? Also what did you decide toy buy? I was hoping you might try a camper trainer linke Lance….safe travels to you both!

  • Cycledelic 44

    Huge van / backpacking / grey nomad culture in Australia so come on down The Russos !!!! Best months Autumn (March-May) or Spring (Sept. -Nov. )

  • Chris Slack

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but from what I know of the full time campers in Hawaii, they may not have been too friendly

  • Kriss Sto

    Hello Joe and Kait, an old subscriber here. I don't think I ever posted anything on your channel, so today will be my first time. Just FYI, love your videos and loved your Joe's book. Stay safe and keep on trailing 👍

  • Kathleen Wu

    Awesome lifestyle, sleeping on your own bed with the ocean as your backyard, I wish I can have that experience. You guys are so lucky. Wishing you all the best! Thanks for Sharing your video, I really enjoy it.

  • Kitty Miku

    Hi…. thanks for sharing. Enjoyed your vids and looking forward even though am not a RV camper but hopefully I want to experience it one day

  • David Gabrie

    My wife and I are really interested in renting the van that you guys had for two weeks in September.

    Her concerns are about places to spend the night. It would be a great way for us to experience The RV Lifestyle!



  • W Carl Hepker

    My wife and I went to Oahu Hawaii for our first anniversary. We were planning on going to Kauai Hawaii for our fiftieth anniversary. When we got to our forty-fifth anniversary, we asked why wait, let us go now. So we went and had a wonderfully great time! At forty-seven and a half years, she developed brain cancer and in three months she died. I am extremely glad we went ahead at forty-five years instead of waiting and then never getting to go together. Of course, none of us knows how long we have left, but it sure is important to do the things we really want to do before the unexpected precludes out getting to fulfill our dreams!!! Glad you guys have done that, and are doing that!!!

  • Daena Smith

    That there is my dream and it's now on my bucket list! BTW, I just saw on another YouTube video that Erwin Hymer North America is in trouble…thoughts?

  • Frank Manja

    This video was like your older ones with the same music and format. I feel like you two are back. Love it. Please keep it up. 👍👍

  • cindy & Larry Aloha

    Aloha from Kauai;
    Maui is fun but for true beauty in a much more laid back environment you should come visit us in Kauai!
    We just missed you at Pomona this year you went the day we let the rain keep us away. We did leave with a new home though!
    You might of seen it at sportsmobile, the 2017 Ford Transit Quigley 4×4 350 hd high roof. We just picked it up 2 weeks ago and are having a ball getting to know the Beast ( my wife named it). It’s 22’2”! The Beast draws a crowd every where we go. I love having 4×4 and the high roof allows me to stand with no problems at 6’3” that’s a blessing. We hope you come and visit as we still have a house as well for now, plenty of room. 🙂
    Glad to see you made it to the islands now it’s time to come to the Garden Island.
    If not now when?
    Good luck on your search for a new home.
    Cindy and Larry Aloha

  • J. Patrick Moore

    How totally interesting to be in Hawaii in a campervan! Check out Groupon to see if there are activities that you'd like to do, I've done that on a past Hawaiian trip and it was great.

  • D LG

    I suspect it's much cheaper to rent a van rather than shipping yours over for such a short stay, but would you consider shipping your van for an extended stay someplace?

  • Daryl Miller

    I hope you continue passed hana, there are amazing camping and very secluded spots once you pass hana. Feels like stepping back in time.

  • Leighton Samms

    So, you get to Maui, rent a van, & it’s the AKTIV 1.0, so it looks as though the ‘bed’ in back, can stay made up all day as the 2.0,,so what is lacking in the 1.0, that you had in the 2.0
    I was BLOWN over after having seen the VW WESTFALIA units in the USA, but you can bet those were petrol engines,,rather than diesel, as those are not allowed in USA, , not clean diesels.
    From Maplewood NJ

  • Luvnot Videos

    You say that is a shorter van, but does that mean it was a 136 wheel base, or was it just a normal 159 WB minus the extension?

  • Keelan Sears

    Wait, Kait, what was the green thing that you put your laundry in? Couldn't tell if it was a hamper or something else

  • Paul Clare

    You went to Leoda's and didn't have the Savory Hand Held Pies (Empenada -like)? We camped on Maui for 3 weeks and survived on those. Delicious! Enjoy Maui! And for those saying you can't camp/sleep on the beach in Maui, put a fishing pole with a line in the water and you can camp nearby on most roadside beaches. But be careful of the full time "campers". The transient population can be very friendly, buy some can be dangerous. Just use your best judgement and if a place doesn't feel right, move along.

  • Anna H

    Love Maui! I was married there, excellent option for visiting the island! 💕

    Btw, how have you liked using the Scrubba? On the fence because of mixed reviews

  • Kerri McHayle

    Your wife….ridiculously cute, I can't handle it….I think it's the lisp….is there a lisp? Either way, cute.

  • Wandaaring Butterfly Trails MyMannequinMayhem

    Aloha!!! I just returned home from Maui on yesterday. Spent one whole week there in these beautiful cottages. We had a blast. Did you ship your van there? Hawaii is definitely one of the best places to van camp. Amazing sunsets. .As fas as your leis, store them in the frig in a zip lock bag. Ours is still fresh for 10 days now. Safe travels. Namaste.

  • Cecil Treadwell

    Test ride a Catrike Dumont and I think you will fall in love with. It folds up and can be taken on a flight too.

  • J T

    I'm surprised that this is in my state. I'm pleasantly surprised that your van wasn't broken into & your things stolen. The crime here is bad.

  • Angus Mackay

    Any chance you could give more info on the camp sites you are staying in, are there facilities? costs? Or are you guys just boondocking?

  • Ed Matlack

    Since starting dialysis I'm unable to travel too far but I still can to a degree with you guys, wonderful videos, thanks!

  • Chelsea H

    My goal in life is to have the optimism that Kait has. She’s just always so happy with whatever. I strive for that “cup half full” attitude.

  • Jay Young

    Loved Maui when we went. I think you all were at Monkey Pod for your pizza right? We stayed down the street from there when we went. There is an amazing public beach nearby called Ulua (Sp?). You see the sea turtles and can snorkel easily with them as well. We saw octopus and all types of fish too.

  • M. D. Grimes

    When I looked into nomadic living in Hawaii a few years ago there wasn't any, guess it's changed eh? Thanks for the video.👍

  • Karolyn Ceron

    Another great video! Kait, I would love to see your Qigong practice and follow along with your morning routine!

  • Burner719

    Here's a question…you said you were going to sleep that night with the doors open. Did you? Did you have any safety concerns?

  • ginNaujus

    Nothing beats coffee in the morning!!!
    Ahi Tuna…nice…but where are the Loco Moco , Poke, Spam sushi and shaved ice?? Part 2??

  • Larry From Mo

    Came across your videos. Researching Campers. Enjoying them. Joe instead of using the pour over for coffee I have been using blank drawstring tea bags and use my Fav coffee. Give it a try. I make several up at one time. Enjoy

  • Kc De Winter

    Hi Guys. UK here loving your vid's. Hoping to get a van based on a Fiat/Peugeot – could you confirm the length of the one that you've rented? Trying to decide between the 5,413mm or 5,998mm – the width of the bed would probably be the decider.
    Many thanks.

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