Spending time in the beautiful Maui, one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide doesn’t have to be an expensive trip. There are various ways to experience the beauty of Maui while on a budget.
Enjoying The Free Entertainment
Check out the hula shows at Lahaina Cannery Mall at no charge. Whalers Village, located in Ka’anapali, offers free stage events, including hula classes, lei-making classes, live music on weekends, as well as arts and craft workshops. You can also join the locals at their weekly Friday Town Parties or attend free music shows on the Baldwin House lawns next to Lahaina’s infamous Front Street.
Taking The Maui Bus
Car rental can become pricey if you are making use of it throughout your entire visit. Why not catch a ride on the Maui bus that goes to all the significant points on the island (as well as the Airport). Fares are charged at $2 per boarding or buy a day pass at $4. Even though the bus stops at the airport, commuters aren’t permitted to board with luggage that can’t fit underneath the seat. Many car rental agencies offer a free pickup, and travelers can save cash by renting a 2WD instead of a 4WD. For those days where you want to visit the beautiful beaches that can only be accessed with a rental jeep, you can click here for more information on available rentals.
Relaxing At The Beach
A trip to Maui is not the same without at least a day at the beach. Just keep in mind add-ons like cocktails and cabanas can add up and quickly deplete one’s budget. Rather steer clear from the resort districts and instead opt for a local hideout. Baldwin beach is highly favored and perfect for jogging or bodysurfing. Makena State Park features some of the most beautiful sunsets on the island. Pack a picnic, towel and some sunscreen and enjoy a relaxing and cost-effective day in the shade of a palm tree.
Taking A Hike
Venturing the trails is free, and it is an excellent way of exploring the island. You can spend the morning in West Maui, on the Kapalua Coastal trails, and peer out across the channel towards Moloka’i. You can explore the Hoapili Trail in South Maui that leads to an ancient Hawaiian village, or you can visit East Maui and admire the Waimoku Falls. For a more remote adventure, you can spend the day hiking the Haleakala’s moonscape or stroll through the Redwoods of Polipoli.
You can save on accommodation expenses by camping in the Kipahulu section of the Haleakala National Park. You can also visit the Pools of Ohe’o before most other campers arrive. Both the Haleakala Crater and Polipoli have backcountry cabins available to rent, and you can opt for Camp Olowalu with its oceanfront campsites. One of the best snorkeling spots is located here at $20 per person.
Taking Advantage Of Happy Hour
Many Maui restaurants have happy hours where you can eat for less than $10, and you can take advantage of, for an early dinner. If you order before the 5 pm cut-off, you are still in time to catch the sunset.
Visiting Maui During Shoulder Seasons
In May, October, and early November, you can pick up favorable deals and still enjoy good weather.