Maui Vacation Guide

What can I expect from Maui?

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!

Things to See and Do in Maui

Sunrise at Haleakala
Whale Watching
Enjoy a shaved ice!
Hana Highway
Pipiwai Trail & Seven Sacred Pools
Mama's Fish House
Whale Watching in Maui

“Whale Watching is a must see while visiting Maui”

Haleakala Sunrise

“Haleakala Sunrise is breathtaking”

Typical Costs When Traveling

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 & 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

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.

Things to do in Maui

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!)

Money Saving Tips

Cook some of your meals This is where you can save the most money while visiting Maui. We suggest packing lunches to beaches and hikes and cooking dinner at condo. Most condos provide a cooler to take to the beach which makes it even easier to pack your own meals.
Take reusable water bottle The water in Maui is wonderful and there is no need to buy bottled water (or create more garbage on this island). We recommend an insulated bottle to keep your water cold.
Maximize your Haleakala Entrance Fee The entrance fee to Haleakala National Park is $25 and is valid for 3 days. We recommend planning your activities around this 3 days to avoid the fee again. For example, you can see the sunrise on day 1 and hike Pipwai Trail day 2 and go back up to Haleakala summit day 3 for the sunset.
Maui's scenery is free

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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While on a Maui vacation there is so much to do it can be hard winding down the options. Here are our top 10 things to do in Maui, you will have an amazing time!

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I’m a travel addict. When my kids were younger, we loved to explore our home state of Utah by camping, hiking and biking. I love the outdoors and the last few years I’ve become obsessed with new outdoor destinations and the best way to maximize my vacation budget so I can travel often. I love experiencing those new destinations and cultures through food and beer. You’ll often find me trying to convince others to book a vacation or planning my next vacation!


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