Making the Most Out of Maui on a Budget

When people think of Hawaiin vacations they often think of a trip that could break the bank. Island prices are expensive, right? And staying near the beach has to be as well. Thankfully, that is a misconception. While you can spend a lot on a vacation,  you can also enjoy the best of Maui on a budget.

There are some great ways to make Maui on a budget the perfect trip whether you’re looking for a girl’s getaway, romantic stay, or family vacation in Hawaii. How to enjoy Maui on a Budget. Tips for where to stay, how to save money, and what to do in Maui, Hawaii.

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Stay at a Vacation Rental

Hotel rooms can get expensive. Especially if you’re traveling with more than just two people. Thankfully, Maui is filled with a countless number of vacation rentals. These can range from timeshare condos to Airbnbs.

Consider bringing a few more folks along on the trip to save on costs by splitting a condo or a house. On top of that, these vacation rentals can have a kitchen that will help you make the most of Maui on a budget.


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Travel in the Off-Season

Flights to Hawaii can often be prohibitive. But if you have flexibility in when you travel they can also be a steal. Coming from the West Coast in the summer a flight to Maui can run you $700. On the other hand, flying in January on weekdays can be as low as $250 from San Francisco or Los Angeles. That is a huge difference and can allow you to get so much more out of Maui on a budget.

You’ll also see hotel and vacation rental prices drop significantly. The perk is that there is no bad time of year to visit Maui. There may be a few pools too full of water to swim in since it’s the wet season but that is about it. How to enjoy Maui on a Budget. Tips for where to stay, how to save money, and what to do in Maui, Hawaii.

Cheap Food in Maui Also Happens to be the Best

There is so much amazing food on Maui and you can enjoy the best of it for under $10 a meal. You’ll find a few of my favorite places to eat on Maui here. Two you shouldn’t miss are the Gazebo where it’s giant but affordable breakfast plates can be split making them even cheaper or used for leftovers. And grab a sandwich or taco over at the Maui Fish MarketHow to enjoy Maui on a Budget. Tips for where to stay, how to save money, and what to do in Maui, Hawaii.

On top of these, keep an eye out for food trucks which are top-notch on the island. Even the fancy spots on the island typically offer a happy hour and since you’re on vacation a 3 – 6 pm meal is the perfect timing. How to enjoy Maui on a Budget. Tips for where to stay, how to save money, and what to do in Maui, Hawaii.

Or Cook Your Own Meals With Local Produce & Fish

On top of great cheap eats, Maui offers amazing produce and local fish that you can buy from the fish market or local store. This is another way having a vacation rental comes in handy since you’ll have a kitchen you can use to cook up your own meals with some of the best offerings on the island.

You can also save a few bucks by having snacks, breakfast, and lunch foods in the house. You might want to eat some breakfasts and lunches out but doing a few cheap ones at home can save you a ton and help you stretch what you can get out of Maui on a budget.

Rent the Cheapest Car

There is a misconception that you need a fancy four-wheel car on Maui. While there are some backcountry roads that can be fun to explore, you’re not allowed to take a rental car on them. Instead, stick to the smallest car you can fit everyone in. While driving the Road to Hana, I was so glad we had a tiny economy car. It allowed us to easily squeeze by people when that wouldn’t have been true for other.

This is another reason why traveling in the low season can be great. A rental car can cost less than $100 when it’s quiet on the island.

The Best Activities on Maui are Free

You don’t go to Maui to explore museums or try out new expensive activities for the most part. The best things on the island are for free, nature. Explore the beaches, mountains, volcanos, blowholes, hiking trails, and more without spending anything more than the gas money to get there.

Most of my favorite activities on Maui are free. Others can run cheap. If you like to snorkel, consider bringing your own gear of rent some from one of the little shops along the main roads of just about any town. You can get them as cheap as a couple bucks a day. Much cheaper than renting them on the beach. How to enjoy Maui on a Budget. Tips for where to stay, how to save money, and what to do in Maui, Hawaii.

Get the Most Out of Maui on a Budget

There is so much to do on Maui without breaking the bank. Thankfully, so much of the island is easy to enjoy on a limited budget. So book your trip in the off season, get a vacation rental, enjoy the cheap eat, and explore nature. It’s a great vacation that can be much cheaper than you expected it to be. How to enjoy Maui on a Budget. Tips for where to stay, how to save money, and what to do in Maui, Hawaii.How to enjoy Maui on a Budget. Tips for where to stay, how to save money, and what to do in Maui, Hawaii.

About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.