9 (Practically) Free Ways to Have a Blast on MauiWritten by Charles on June 15, 2015 in Blog.
Just for the record, Maui isn’t just for millionaires — scores of everyday people with everyday incomes have found endless ways to totally enjoy the Valley Isle.
Here are the top nine we came up with, hope you enjoy:
Drive to Hana
If you have access to a car (either by friend or by rental), the drive to Hana is a super low-cost delight. Why? Because it’s totally gorgeous and charming, of course: tropical waterfalls, passion-fruit-laced air, banana bread stands and much more.
The 64.4 mile drive along the curvy Hana Highway connects Kahului with the quaint, old-Hawaiian town of Hana in east Maui. If you’re relaxed and patient — the drive takes a few hours — you’ll enjoy yourself even more.
Once you’re in Hana, prepare to slow down the pace of everything, which is the way life should be.
Want to know more? Someone created an awesome Road to Hana website.
Maui’s got hiking — tons of it, just bring your shoes, water and sunblock:
- Make a dramatic tropical traverse through ‘Iao Valley (up to 1.8 miles)
- Take a selfie in a cloud forest at Polipoli Spring State Rec Area (up to 6 miles)
- Get spaced out on the lunar-like landscapes of Haleakala’s Halemaumau trail (10 miles)
- Find your true hiker spirit on Waihe’e Ridge (4.5 miles)
Sunrise at Haleakala
There is probably nowhere on Earth where you’ll be charged an admission fee to watch the sunrise, and the summit of Haleakala is no exception.
If you can set your alarm early enough and make the drive to the top, you’ll be treated to one of the most breathtaking sights in Hawaii.
Here’s the best description we’ve found so far, from TripAdvisor:
There are NO words to describe how amazing it was.
The same human right to watch any sunrise on Earth for free also applies to sunsets, and Maui has some of the best sunsets in the Pacific.
There’s something magical and mesmerizing about pausing your early evening to watch the sky transform into a canvas of deep orange, purples, reds and yellows — from wherever you happen to be on the Island.
Bonus, if you’re lucky: the green flash.
If you’ve got time and a strong love for sun, salt and sand, then Maui’s got 30 miles of beaches for you to discover and enjoy.
From black sand to red sand to classic golden sand, you could visit a new beach every day without burning out (just remember sunblock!). Each beach has its own character and charm, such as:
- Ho’okipa: North Shore, big time surfing and windsurfing, picnics, families and all over fun.
- Kapalua Bay: a sheltered white sand beach in the heart of resorts and condos, former title holder of “The Best Beach in America,” snorkelers paradise
- Wai’anapanapa State Park: sultry black sand, glistening sapphire water, alkaline pools, a blowhole, picnic tables, cabins…need we say more?
Beaches are one thing, the ocean is another. Thanks to Hawaii’s warm subtropical warm waters, developed reef system and open exposure to all swell directions, you can spend a lifetime — or more — in oceansport bliss.
Maui’s ocean offers something for everyone:
- If you’re ocean-skittish, you can just float in clean, shallow, peaceful, sand-bottom waters — all for free!
- More adventurous? You can snorkel among the vibrant sea life; paddle canoes, paddleboards and SUPs.
- Daring and athletic? There’s world class surfing around the whole island.
- Are you just absolutely insane? Feel free to surf the 60+ foot waves at Peahi.
Who doesn’t love art? There’s no shortage of art galleries in Wailea, Paia and Lahaina, and admission is free.
The Maui Hands Galleries — there are four of them around the island — might be your best bet for all around great gallery. If you’re into swanky, go to the Four Season in Wailea and waltz on over the The Artists’ Showcase, where you’ll find painted silks, hand-shaped wood carvings, tropical oil paintings and more. Then there’s Mickey Eskimo Flavor Gallery…
Don’t forget: where there are art galleries, there are thriving artist communities. Just sayin’.
Cook at home
Food adds up quick on vacation. So do drinks. Why not make it easy and cook some meals where you’re staying?
Many rentals throughout Maui offer kitchens and BBQ areas, our property included :). Just pick up some groceries nearby and have fun cooking. You’ll save cash and the hassle of dragging everyone out for every single meal — except maybe the occasional shave ice.
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