Maui is like no other place I’ve visited. With a little something for everyone to enjoy whether you like relaxing, hiking, eating, scenic drives or wildlife viewing. In Maui they have a saying “Maui No Ka Oi”, which translates to Maui is the Best! I couldn’t agree more. A Maui vacation is like no other!
“Whale Watching is a must see while visiting Maui”
“Haleakala Sunrise is breathtaking”
Accommodation – The best way to stay in Maui is to rent a condo to have your own kitchen. There are many rental properties through sites like Airbnb & Booking.com which will be less expensive than resorts and hotels per night. Familiarize yourself with the island and decide what location you would like to stay in. For example, if you want to hang out at beaches with low tide and good snorkeling, you don’t want to stay in Paia and drive to South Maui everyday. This would be 1 hour worth of driving each day.
We love the beaches in the Wailea area which is located in the south part of Maui so that’s usually where you will find us! We always rent condos but one time we splurged and stayed at the Grand Wailea Resort. This is a beautiful (and huge) resort and would recommend staying if you are looking for that special resort type experience (like receiving a lei when you arrive!)
With lodging being the most expensive part of this trip, the most budget friendly option is renting a condo through Booking.com.
Food – Dining out everyday can get expensive in Maui. We enjoy getting groceries from Costco and packing lunches and cooking dinners at home to save $. Enjoy some of the fresh fish from a food truck or market to grill up. I also love picking up fresh poke from the grocery store for a quick easy dinner.
Transportation – Maui is best seen on your own time. For this reason we recommend renting a car. You will want to see all areas of the Maui on your trip. Each region of Maui has a different landscape. Uber is available but it would cost you more than renting a compact car in Maui, which averages $30-$40 per day.
Suggested daily budget – $250-300 USD for 2 people (Note: This is a suggested Maui vacation budget assuming you’re staying in an Airbnb, eating out a little, and cooking most of your meals. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)
All beaches in Maui have no entrance or parking fees, which means most of what you are going to enjoy in Maui is free. Enjoy the beautiful island and remember to keep it as you left it. Recycle, reuse and clean up trash. Check out our favorite Maui beaches!
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Some of my favorite items to take to Maui