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You don’t need to have deep pockets to enjoy the best of Maui. As the second largest of the Hawaii Islands, Maui offers plenty of activities to enjoy for travelers on a budget. Here are our tips to make the most of your Maui vacation.

  • Blue Pacific is free.  Maui has more than 80 accessible beaches, and they are free.  Slather on some sunscreen and you are good to go. The sand is so soft that towels to lay or sit on are optional. Just make sure to leave the beaches as clean and pristine as you found them. In Hawaii, we have a saying, “malama ‘aina” which translates to “take care of the land.”

  • Hiking. There are infinite amounts of safe hiking trails you can enjoy whether you like short, long, wet or dry hikes. In fact, some trails so easy, a five-year old can do them. Pick-up a good guide book and start your hikes. One of our favorites is the King's Highway Hoapili Trail by our Makena Surf villas. Remember to always stay on the trail.

  • Events and Festivals. Maui is a community-oriented island. We love to celebrate with our family, friends and the community with festivals that are free for the public to enjoy. From Whale Day, Maui Agriculture, Earth Day and Onion Festivals to our weekly town parties, there is always a cause for celebration. These community events often have free entertainment, local food booths, shops and boutiques and local artisans showcasing their crafts. The best way to find these is to pick up the local daily paper or follow us on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages where we share community events.


  • Local Grindz. Maui, especially Wailea, is filled with nationally acclaimed chefs. From Iron Chef Morimoto and Top Chef finalist, Sheldon Simeon to the island’s 2014 Chef of the Year, Isaac Bancaco, there are plenty of amazing restaurants to experience. Taste the delicious cuisines of these chefs and go easy on your wallet by going during happy hour or for lunch. If you are not feeling the “fancy” menus, then head over to where the locals go. We love Tiffany’s in Wailuku and Café 808 Deli in Kihei or better yet, stop by Foodland to get some poke. Don’t forget to bring your local Makai card (we give to all our guests) for a 10% discount.


  • Stay in a villa or condo. Unless you need to have someone at your beckon call every minute, renting a villa or condo is a great value. They offer more space with living and dining areas, kitchens allow you to enjoy the bounty available at public markets, and something else that is hard to get: privacy. There are a lot of beach, ocean and golf side villas that are friendlier to your wallet than you may think. At Destination Resorts, we have villas that start at $159.

We hope the five tips above will help you enjoy our beautiful island home without breaking the bank. See you on Maui, soon!

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