Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Maui

By Jessica Armstrong

Hey, glampers—we have got a special treat for you! Summer is coming fast, and nothing screams kowabunga like a glamping getaway to Hawaii. Our friends over at Guides of US have provided you with the best activities Hawaii has to offer. When planning your one-of-a-kind stay, it's important to know what activities are going to make this experience that much more epic.

Follow along the next few weeks, as we cruise from island to island, catching the gnarliest waves and exploring the most enchanting coves—all just steps away from your very own luxury glamping rental.

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Glamping is one of the trendiest and most memorable ways to experience The Aloha State’s gorgeous natural wonders. But how do you know which activities are the perfect complement to your glamping experience? How do you get the best up-close-and-personal experience, whether you’re looking to hike, fly, or paddle your cares away? Look no further than our island-by-island guide to the best glamping activities in Hawaii.

As a glamper, you want an adventure that will give you an intimate understanding of Hawaii’s unique landscapes, waters, flora, and fauna. That, and plenty of excitement, of course! Pack your bags—it's time to head to Maui!

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From the otherworldly and sacred slopes of Haleakala to the legendary Road to Hana, Maui is a glamper’s paradise—and let’s not forget Maui’s gorgeous beaches and pristine waters filled with some of the most fascinating marine life on the planet. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly excursion or a wild ride on the waves, these Maui tours are the perfect way to round out your Valley Isle glamping experience.

Maui Kayak Adventures: Kayak and snorkel with Certified Marine Naturalists who are eager to share their love of and respect for Maui’s waters with you. Swim with the curious Hawaiian green sea turtles at Turtle Town, spot spinner dolphins at Honolua Bay, or watch the majestic humpback whales in winter. The view from a kayak is simply unbelievable! Hard-core paddlers can even do the Molokini Challenge—out and back—and earn serious bragging rights along with views of unforgettable scenery.

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Hawaiian Paddle Sports: Honored by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association for their sustainable marine practices and dedicated to using their business to effect positive changes in Hawaii, Hawaiian Paddle Sports is committed to both the environment and to providing you with a superior adventure. Book a private surf or stand-up paddleboard lesson with their Certified Marine Naturalists; customize a kayak and snorkeling tour based on your desired destination and fitness level; surf the waves an outrigger canoe; and watch the humpback whales put on a show in winter. Simply amazing!

Redline Rafting: Looking for a fast and thrilling, yet safe, way to hit Maui’s hot spots and hidden gems all while enjoying personalized attention and the friendliness of a backyard barbecue? Look no further than Redline Rafting. Their guides will "talk story" over a delicious lunch, weave in old Hawaiian legends here and there, and share their extensive knowledge of Hawaii’s geology and marine life with you at every step of your adventure. Snorkel Molokini, spot the dolphins at La Perouse Bay, watch the whales in winter, or customize your own private day at sea.

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Pride of Maui: With over 30 years of experience in providing Molokini snorkeling adventures, Pride of Maui offers their guests outstanding service, amenities, attention, and fun. Snorkel with the kids and explore Molokini, Olowalu, Coral Gardens, and Turtle Town. Or try SNUBA diving: a great way to breathe freely without carrying a tank. If you’re a certified diver, a SCUBA tour is the ultimate underwater experience. Of course, winter whale sightings are guaranteed. With breakfast, BBQ lunch, and open bar options, as well as a glass-bottom boat for those who choose not to dive, Pride of Maui will make everyone’s Maui ocean adventure memorable.

Island Surfboard Rentals: Looking to surf and SUP on your own? Don’t want the hassle of driving around looking for a company and then having to return your equipment? Allow Island Surfboard Rentals to deliver and pick up your premium surfboard or paddle board right to your door—for free! Plus, you’ll get the right equipment for your needs and experience level, safety instructions, guidance, and tips on the best places to catch a wave. It’s fast, easy, and fun.

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FishMaui: Whether it’s your first time ocean fishing or you’re an experienced angler, you’ll absolutely love the thrill of fishing in Maui’s waters. Do a little deep sea fishing for marlin, ono, and ahi. Try your luck at reeling in a trevally, barracuda, or even a shark on a nearshore bottom fishing charter. You can even fish from the lovely white sand beach, if you prefer. Best of all, you’ll have the knowledge of expert guides who can help make your Hawaiian fishing dreams a reality.

Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide brings us the glitz, glam, and adventure, that Oahu has to offer!

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Trip Ideas for Valentine's Day 2017

By David Pope

Love is in the air—not the thick and polluted air of the city, but the fresh air of the great outdoors. This year, why not treat that special someone to a Valentine's Day they'll never forget, with a unique glamping getaway near you? Glamping Hub is here to help you with all things love and adventure, so we've put together some of our top trip ideas for making memories that will last a lifetime.

Chuck the chocolates, forget the flowers, and ditch the diamonds because Valentine's Day isn't a time for things—it's a time for unforgettable romance.

Quirky Tipis Pitched at Charismatic Woodland Retreat, Oregon

Escape to the peace and quiet of rural Oregon to enjoy an intimate immersion into nature this Valentine's Day. These tipi rentals offer an atmosphere of romance in the midst of a pristine landscape, perfect for getting away from the distractions keeping you from your special someone.

Luxury Tented Camp in Sequoia National Monument, California

They say that love makes your spirit soar above the trees. Well, with a Valentine's Day getaway to a luxury tented cabin like these, high above the sequoia boughs, your body won't be far behind. Aside from the elegant rental, included in the daily rate of this site are meals prepared in the fine-dining alfresco pavilion, so that you won't have to lift a finger to keep the romance high on the agenda.

Romantic Safari Tent Rental in Woodlands of Olympia

Tucked away in the lush, green woodlands of Washington is this romantic safari tent, perfect for enjoying a secluded Valentine's Day getaway. In addition to the cozy king-size bed, there is also a fireplace to add that extra spark to the romantic ambiance.

Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas

Gazing over the stark and austere beauty of the Texas Hill Country from the private deck of this unique bell tent near San Antonio is sure to invite contemplation and romance. With a surprising amount of space and a comfy queen-size bed, this quiet retreat seems made for lovers!

Luxury Safari Tents in Enchanting Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York

The Finger Lakes region of New York is perfect for romance, with quiet forests and rolling hills cascading into fertile valleys covered in a thick blanket of winding vines bursting with fruit and color. With this luxury safari tent rental, you'll be able to treat your Valentine to all this and more! So go on, book it now, romance waits for no one.

Looking for more romantic destinations in which to spoil that special someone? Check out the rest of our listings over at Glamping Hub and let your inner romantic shine. Looking for stuff to do on your romantic getaway? How about these picnic ideas?

Blogger Spotlight: Christine

By Jessica Armstrong


What sounds better than a winter getaway to Upstate New York? Christine of C'est Christine gave braving the chilly New York winter a go this January and visited this modern cottage in the Catskills. When she isn't busy traveling the globe, she finds a weekend getaway just a couple hours from home to be the perfect travel plan.

To find out what makes the ultimate trip to a home-away-from-home, pick up some of her favorites and check out her tips on her blog and in our interview below!


What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in the winter?

Snow isn't very fun in day-to-day life in New York City: it's slippery and tough to commute in and turns gross and black almost immediately. I love escaping to cabins upstate in winter to be able to really enjoy all of the beautiful snow and the crisp fresh air.

Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

When I'm traveling in the summer, I love to be right on the water, whether it's on a lake or the ocean. In the fall and winter, I love escaping a bit more into the mountains and the colorful trees.


What is your go to-must-have for winter travel? Summer travel?

A good book—either to read by the fire or out on the beach.

What is your absolute favorite activity to do when winter glamping? Why?

Drinking hot chocolate and playing board games by a roaring fire. I love to be super cozy inside while watching the snow fall outside the window.


If you could pack your bags to go glamping anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

I'd love to check out a tree house in Central America!

Do you prefer glamping trips with a couple people or a large group?

In general, I like staying in small groups—usually just my boyfriend and another couple.


What made the most lasting impression for you at the last accommodation you visited?

It was only a couple of hours from the heart of New York City, but it was so serene and beautiful. Falling asleep to the sound of absolute silence and waking up to deer outside our window felt like worlds away from our life in Brooklyn—it was so rejuvenating, and we didn't even have to go to the airport.

This glamping site would be perfect for “...” because “......”

A couple of New York's so close to the city, and it's set up perfectly to fully relax and enjoy each others' company.


Where will your next travels be taking you?

I'm heading to the Caribbean on my honeymoon! Looking forward to plenty of sunshine, beaches, and rum cocktails.

To see more of her travels and what country she will spend her next birthday in, check out her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Blogger Spotlight: Amy Wren

By Jessica Armstrong


Blogger and photographer Amy Wren is making unforgettable memories throughout this Australian summer season. From colorful brunches in Brisbane to adventures at the waterfalls in Bali, this busy travel gal, spent her first weekend of the New Year at one of Glamping Hub's most stunning Australian accommodations yet. After catching up on her unbeatable trip to this gorgeous glass house mountain rentalin Queensland, we are dreaming of a visit one day too.

Check out her blog to read all about her stay, and catch some of her summer travel favorites below for some major tips and a just a twinge of envy.


What is your favorite thing about end-of-summer traveling?

Less tourists, better travel deals, and you can get five times the accommodation at a cheaper price!

How do the type of accommodations you choose differ between the two seasons?

For summer, I love staying in beach huts and beach resorts, and in the fall, a beautiful cottage in the countryside.


What kind of places do you prefer to visit in the summer? In the fall?

In summer, I love beach destinations; my favorite summer hot-spots are Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Greek Islands!

In the fall, I prefer doing two- or three-day city breaks. When I lived in London, it was the perfect time to escape to Berlin or Amsterdam and explore over the weekend before the weather got too cold! And I usually use all my annual leave on longer trips during the summer and save the weekend getaways for the fall.


How does your packing style vary from fall to summer?

Summer is endless bikinis—I own so many! I buy a new bikini every summer; it's getting a little excessive. In fall, invest in good boots and a decent coat that'll take you through to winter.

What is your biggest piece of advice when planning a vacation in the summer? In the fall?

Don't forget to pack sunscreen & weather appropriate clothing; there's nothing worse than getting sunburnt on the first day and having it ruin the rest of your trip. Also focus on one thing and stick to it—sometimes people get caught up trying to do it all.

If you want a city break with the noise and the buzz of the city lights and late nights, then cater for that. If you want to relax and rejuvenate, book a cottage or luxury cabin away, and be really clear from the beginning of the planning process what you want to achieve from your break.

It can be easy to get carried away in the early stages of the planning process, so I think it's best to have your intentions clear from the start to avoid getting overwhelmed.


How does weather affect your travel plans?

I think it's best to always have a backup plan for bad weather and be open to experiencing new things you might not have planned to do. If it's raining, go and explore a local art gallery and never forget to pack a good book!

Tell us about one of your favorite summer trips.

I recently went to Bali with my cousin Holly, and this was by far one of the most fun trips I've had. We spent hours snorkeling, finding waterfalls, and island hopping. It was magical.


To plan a glamping getaway to Australia like Amy, check out the hundreds of one-of-a-kind properties Glamping Hub offers here!

Guest Spotlight: Serinda Swan

By Jessica Armstrong

Happy 2017 Glampers! We are kicking off a new year of guest spotlights with the amazing Serinda Swan.

This Christmas, the Canadian actress and her family wanted to "think outside the box" and experience a glamping getaway together to these stunning tents in British Columbia. We asked her to share some stories of her experience with us and can't wait to see where she goes next—hopefully bringing her adorable French Bulldog, Buddha, along for the journey again.


Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post-stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Pre-trip: Tranquil, beautiful, and relaxing.
Post-trip: Perfection, wonder, and celebration.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

This year, my family decided to "think outside the box." Nothing would be given in boxes or bags, with bows or with ribbons; instead, we would give each other the gift of time with one another. We decided to wrap ourselves up instead, walk through the forest, tie scarves around our necks, and pull on hats as we explored the sea coast recounting the past year and telling stories. I think my favorite memory was playing crib with my family by the fire laughing and drinking wine.


What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

The property. Waking up to that via every more was incredible and not like anywhere else I have stayed, as its so secluded and private.

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

Going in the winter was lovely, because you enjoyed the fire and hot soaker tubs, but in the summer, you would be out by the pool and kayaking so honestly I think any time of the year.


Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

It's just as luxurious, if not more, than staying in a hotel. The staff at the property were so helpful and created the perfect environment to relax and disappear but always there if you needed them.

If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

I would ask to trade the "celebrity" for my grandmother, and we would have done the exact same things...laugh, hike, play crib, and sit by the fire.


What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

Steaming hot coffee and the perfect breakfast consisting of eggs, toast, and copious amounts of avocado! Oh, and a hot Toddy!

Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

Usually when I go glamping, it's to get away and relax. I like to be in nature and explore new places, and I found that at the resort, the area has some of the best hiking I have ever done (you can hike to waterfalls or secret ocean coves—it really is quite spectacular).

Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________,” and tell us why!

My birthday! Just like Christmas, my birthday is a time I like to get all the people that are important to me together. I was born in July, so the weather would be incredible, and I know all my friends and family would love this property.


Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

Of course! With glamping, you get the privacy and seclusion you are looking for, plus varying degrees of comfort you can choose from, so really, it's a perfect way to travel.

Follow the rest of Serinda's adventures on her social Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You might even see her on another Glamping Hub trip very soon!