If you need activities and lodging on your
Maui Hawaii vacation that are free, cheap, inexpensive, moderate, discount, economical, or
otherwise don't cost your life savings, you've come to the right place!
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Maui for the Financially
A Former Maui Resident's Guide to Inexpensive Maui, Hawaii Vacations, Lodging, and Activities
Don't stay at a hotel
Even if you don't want to bring your tent, there are literally thousands of vacation
rentals on Maui, and they vary greatly in price. I've seen cottages here in Kihei
(during low season), just across the road from the longest
stretch of continuous beach in the whole state, for $45 a
night. You'd be surprised how many
Hawaii accommodations there are. This historic
Maui bed and breakfast upcountry is a great deal.
In fact, you can earn a 5% discount on your stay at that B&B
volunteer on vacation in Hawaii! If you have a large
group, you can get a
rental house for a lot less than you might think, and
even a luxury villa
on Maui can be affordable if you split the cost with all
your Hawaii lovin' friends.
Don't rent a car
If you're going to be here a while, buy a clunker from the Maui Bulletin for what you'd spend renting one! When you're done, sell it!
A lot of people hike or bike everywhere here....
Don't eat out
Well, not every night anyway! All of the
grocery stores have great specials on locally caught fish. Get the fixins and get
out to one of the many beaches with BBQ's! Not all of them have grills anymore, but Launiupoko
State Beach Park (just south of Lahaina) has metal units with lids. This won't
cost you much more than a picnic back home (depending on where you live, maybe less).
Nothing like grilled Ono!
or our camping
You won't need to hire a guide if you spend a few bucks on a good hiking book, or get one
from the library, and take a few of the easier hikes. Even if you're an experienced hiker,
some of the short jaunts around Maui are worth it, since every view is a post card.
Watch the sunrise on Haleakala
and Econo Maui Links
The 728 square mile island of Maui is the only place on earth where you can travel from
sea level to 10,000 feet in just 34 miles! When the sun comes up and you can see
where you are, it's like waking up on top of the world! The day we went, we didn't
have to pay the ten bucks, and the kids can become Jr. Rangers for free! It's cold up there in the morning, so bundle up!
Visit historic Lahaina
The free (yes, free) historic
Lahaina walking tour is a great way to spend part of your day in the
historic Whaling town and former Hawaiian capitol of Lahaina.
White, black, salt and pepper, and even red sand
beaches are one of Maui's claim to fame. The south and west sides have over 33 miles
of nearly continuous beaches! Look for the blue and white beach access signs and
find your favorite spot. Many times, you'll find you're the only one there!
Some of our favorites (we have kids): Kalepolepo, Kihei; Kalama, Kamaole I, II,
and III, Kihei (Kalama has a nice playground); almost the whole stretch of Ma'alaea
Bay; Launiupoko State Beach Park, just south of Lahaina; Honokowai Beach
Park, Honokowai. Great freshwater swims at Oleo Gulch (near
Hana), and Iao
Drink the Coffee
Well, actually this
organic Kona coffee is from the big island of Hawaii. But, hey, you can taste Hawaii in a cup of this award-winning coffee and you won't have to go anywhere!
Get Married on Maui
packages start as low as $300. Really! No more excuses!
We were The Point's
"Internet Surf Report Site of The Day" 10/15/97
Well, the Point 101
isn't there any more, but they were. And we won Glenn's
trivia game a few times!
Do your research before you
Get some good
Books! We recommend Hidden Maui
(right) and several other Maui Hawaii books which you
may find in our bookstore, where you can also search from hundreds of titles about
Hawaii!! We're not saying to plan every moment of your time (after all, spontaneity
is the key to great vacations). We just suggest that being familiar with your
destination will make it easier for you to do something spontaneous!
We also have a Hawaii
blog with all kinds of information, and we highly
Cherie's Maui Blog.
There's no better
way to save money in
Hawaii like knowing what you're up against. Avoiding the
high prices of tourist traps can be easy if you've done your
research. Eat where the locals eat, camp, hike, bike,
snorkel, and take it easy. Common sense will tell you that
many activities, like sleeping in a hammock, are free or
very cheap. Start your Hawaii research by checking out the Hawaii
Visit our cheap
Maui links page
Check out our ideas for cheap
Hawaii vacations on our cheap Maui vacations
links page, which has a link to a recommended Hawaii travel agency, which
can save you money on Hawaii vacation packages. Also, be sure to follow the
links to the various Maui vacation rentals, including an affordable Maui luxury
villa, a great Maui beach house, and upcountry cottages on the way to Haleakala
Our big Hawaii site has great Hawaii stuff like free
wallpaper pictures of Hawaii, Hawaii posters, Hawaii camping
info, Hawaiian music, Hawaii books, Hawaii maps, and
lots more! For other virtual
tours of Hawaii, check this out. We also have Hawaii
pictures at our
computer backgrounds photography blog.