Traveling to Maui can be expensive — but there are also ways to visit Maui without having to break the bank.
Between the celebrity-laden luxury resorts and pricey oceanfront meals, there are also places where budget travelers can enjoy the island on the cheap. Like any popular destination, it’s possible to spend your entire life savings if you splurge and spend at will — or by following these money saving tips on Maui, you can maybe even extend your trip for longer than you’d originally thought.
Visit During The Shoulder Season
First off, understand that Maui is a seasonal destination — even though it’s always warm. During Maui’s busiest times of year, everyone from airlines to hotels and car rentals are cashing in on the season, and it can sometimes seem like snorkeling past an iceberg would be more plausible than a discount or deal. Traditionally, the busiest times to visit Maui are from June 15-August 31, December 15-January 10, and Feb. 15- March 15. All other times are shoulder seasons, with the months of May, October, and the first two weeks of December being the slowest times of the year. Not only are airfares cheaper in the offseason, but most condos and hotels will offer slow-season discounts.
Stay In Condos
When compared to luxury, oceanfront hotels, condos can be an affordable option — particular for big groups and families. Condos usually include a kitchen and the chance to cook your own meals, and while the rates can often be very enticing, always be sure to check the taxes and any additional fees. Many of our guests will stop at Costco on their way in to shop bulk and save money. The condo kitchens are typically well equipped and make it easy for eating in. Its good to ask the person/company you are renting from for details on what the condo already has so you can save space for packing and money on items that are already provided.
Ride The Bus
When visiting Maui, if you plan on doing lots of activities like driving the Road to Hana, it’s probably best that you rent a car for at least part of your stay. If, on the other hand, you mostly plan to stay at the resort or aren’t in a rush to get anywhere, the Maui Bus offers an affordable way of moving around the island. At the time of writing, fares for the bus were $2/boarding, or you can also purchase a full-day pass for only $4/day. There are routes connecting Napili with Ka’anapali and then Lahaina and Kahului, and while it requires riding three different buses, you can even get from Kahului Airport to Wailea, Kihei, Kula, or Lahaina. That said, if you do plan on riding the bus, (which is comfortable as well as clean), there isn’t room for any luggage that won’t fit on your lap.
Find The Happy Hours and Food Trucks
Maui restaurants — particularly by the water — can often be expensive. Because the rents in Maui are so high, it’s important to remember that the menu price isn’t just for your meal, but also a sort of hourlong “rental” for a table with an ocean view. That said, while peak dinner hours can be expensive, many places have affordable happy hours on food as well as drinks. On the west side of the island, check out the Sea House at Napili Kai or Sansei for late night sushi, or Gannon’s “Red Bar” down in Wailea or the Five Palms in Kihei.There are excellent food trucks like Shark Pit Maui (Lahaina), The Salty Pig (Kahului) or visit Maui Brewing Co’s new brewery in Kihei to enjoy a varied selection of food trucks featured daily! For more info, contact us for a list of restaurants! firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan Ahead & Bundle Activities
If you plan on cramming as many activities as possible into your finite time in paradise, we would be happy to speak with you in advance, prior to your arrival to help you to book one activity a month to stay within a budget or to bundle activities to save you money. You can save 10-20% when you book two or more activities with us, which overall will save you in the long run! Please let us know if you are traveling with kiddos and their ages as we keep up with special pricing and can often tell you which activities have deals on free children. Its still recommended to plan your activities prior to your arrival to ensure you are getting the most out of your money as many luau’s, theatre shows, magic shows etc. book seats based on when the reservation was made. Contact us today email@example.com
Enjoy Free Entertainment
Nothing beats free – Go to the beach! Ka’anapali Beach has been voted the #1 beach in North America for a reason, go explore it! Get too much sun? Enjoy a free show – there are a number of places around the island where you can find free entertainment. There are free hula shows in the Lahaina Cannery Mall on select days of the week, and on the third Thursday of every month, a Hawaiian music series on the Baldwin House along famous Front Street in Lahaina. On Wednesday nights, the Shops at Wailea have free entertainment as part of their “Wailea on Wednesdays,” and every Friday night there is a free “town party” at various towns on the island.