Maui is definitely an expensive island to have a quality vacation without spending a chunk of change. But you can still have a great time without blowing your budget and even splurge for some of the nice and fun activities to do around the island. If you’re looking to visit and experience Maui on a budget and planning on Hotel, Air transportation, car rental and dining options, check out this guide on how to do Maui on the cheap and still have a great time.
Travel to Maui in the Off season
Off season in Maui is short from April to May and then September to October timeframe. You’ll find cheaper rates for airfare, hotels and even entertainment tours. This is probably the best consideration for traveling to the island and securing the best deals for all your planning efforts.
Also, you’ll have less crowds visiting in the off season which is a good option considering how crazy travel to the islands have been lately especially to Maui.
Save on Car Rentals
The big ticket lately to visiting the island is the lack of supply with car rentals and bumping up daily rates, so you definitely have to book way in advance to secure your rental car situation. There are a variety of search car rental aggregators but the best we find for getting a good deal is with Discount Hawaii Car Rental. Or compare here with Hertz” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener nofollow” class=”rank-math-link”>Hertz,
When you visit places, plan accordingly to bunch up all the attractions and activities in just one area of the island to save on gas, time and transport to all the places and activities you want to visit and experience.
Find good prices on airline fares
Getting a good airline fare to the islands takes a little bit of effort and research to score the best prices to the islands. Typically, it makes sense to have a flexible time frame and sign up for alerts to airlines or search consolidators offering specials certain times of the year.
Check with low priced carriers like Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines: Search Flights” target=”_blank” aria-label=”Hawaiian Airlines (opens in a new tab)” rel=”noreferrer noopener nofollow” class=”rank-math-link”>Hawaiian Airlines which offer fantastic rates from the west coast to the island and have plenty of flights to various locations. If you sign up for a Southwest credit card then you get a companion pass by just paying the taxes on it.
The cheapest flights typically offered to Hawaii are from the main hubs at Honolulu and Kahului in Maui and interisland fares are priced competitively if you plan on visiting nearby islands.
If you plan on making most of your own meals then sites like Vrbo” target=”_blank” aria-label=”VRBO (opens in a new tab)” rel=”noreferrer noopener nofollow” class=”rank-math-link”>VRBO and Air Bnb have stay options in condos or homes depending on location, you need for rooms and price points. Note that during the low season, you are bound to find better deals and cheaper stays depending on time and location.
Saving Money on Food and Drinks
Skip those expensive tropical drinks
Fancy drinks add up real fast at a local bar or pricy hotel oceanfront venue. Easier on the budget is to buy your own from Costco or a local market and take it to the beach for sunset or a fun picnic experience. Bring your ice tote bag drinks and favorite beverage and you’re all set to enjoy a fun venue for cheap where you are staying or somewhere outdoor by the beach or beautiful picnic area.
Cheap pupus or bring your own snacks
While shopping at Costco, farmers markets or the groceries make sure to pick up some favorite local snack food or try some of the local take out foods from take out spots or food trucks around the island. Bring your own food is the way to go and you can pick your own spot to hang out for free.
You can support local growers, food preparers and other vendors by going to local farmers markets to get your fresh produce and tropical fruit, locally prepared snacks and finished goods, crafts and art along with other take away souvenirs or gifts that you can buy direct from the source. Not only are you supporting local businesses but getting fresh and local foods at great prices.
Check out the best markets to shop around Maui here for a list of farmers markets locations around the island.
Eat at Food Trucks around Maui
Some of the local specialty foods or what’s being offered from the food truck vendor from Thai food specialties, locally sourced shrimp over rice and mac salad, Hawaiian traditional food to a global range of delicious food to go. An affordable alternative to eating out, this is an easy and delicious option especially when they are conveniently located to popular attractions or locations on the islands.
There are a variety of places to try food trucks in Maui, you can try Honoapiilani Food Truck Park in Lahaina, the area around Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary on the Hana Hwy in Kahului area and in the Kihei area around Kalama Park is a cluster of food truck venues to try out. For a map and locations, check this link here for more details on Food trucks in the area.
For Maui fun, you’ll love explore all fun activities and attractions around this easy trips to explore around the entire island. Hope this gives you some great ideas of things to do and see around the town and outlying areas to visit for cheap and on budget. If you can think of other suggestions or tips, please share them in the comment section below, thanks.
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