Traveling to Hawaii is notoriously expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of ways to explore Maui, Hawaii on a budget. Whether you want to hike a volcano, party with the locals, or admire the sunset over the Pacific ocean, our island offers inexpensive activities for everyone. Here are some of our favorite things to do that won’t break the bank.
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What to Do in Maui, Hawaii on a Budget
1. Download the GyPSy App
If you’ve never been to Maui before, chances are you’re unsure about how to get around. The GyPSy Guide app provides a guided tour experience for just $9.99. This app plays automatically as you drive, sharing interesting stories about the things you see and the places you visit. It’s especially helpful for international travelers since it’s GPS activated and requires no roaming or data. GyPSy is available online as well as in the app store.
2. Go Hiking
Maui is famous for its remarkable hiking trails. The Waihee Ridge Trail and Waihee Coastal Dunes offer free hikes nearby, and the Iao Valley is just down the street from our Inn. If you want to start your day off with one of the most spectacular hikes in the world, visit Haleakala Volcano at sunrise. Haleakala (or “House of the Sun”) rises 10,023 feet above sea level and is the highest point on Maui. Over two million visitors drive up the side of this giant mountain every year! Take the Sliding Sands Trail from the summit and spend your day exploring this incredible landmark.
For those who’d rather not wake up at the crack of dawn, the King’s Trail near La’Perouse Bay is a great option. This trail is made up of volcanic terrain and features cliffs formed by lava rock. As you walk along the Western shore of Maui, you’ll find small tide pools, sea shells, and plenty of unique lava formations. Just be sure to take only pictures and leave only footprints.
3. Eat Like a Local
From food trucks to local takeouts, there are plenty of ways to dine on the cheap on Maui. Ichiban Restaurant is just two blocks from our Inn and offers fresh fish take out for $14.95. Tamura Market is another great spot for plate lunches and dinner. Craving pizza? Visit Giannotto’s for the best thin crust pizza on the island. This compact BYOB serves up pasta, subs, and slices, all within walking distance of our property. Yum!
4. Admire the Windsurfers
Maui is often referred to as “the windy island”, and the wind rolls in around 10 a.m. every morning. This makes it an ideal destination for parasailing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing. One of the most popular windsurfing beaches is Kahului Beach Park on the northern side of the island. Here, you’ll see windsurfers and kiters from all over the world tackling Maui’s wild waves. Feel free to grab a beach towel from our inn and drive 15 minutes to Kahului to watch the surfers put on a show.
5. Turtle Watch
Did you know that Ho’okipa Bay is home to over a hundred green sea turtles? The exposed reef along the shore break is a great place for the sea turtles to unwind. Each evening at sunset, the turtles begin their journey up the sand to rest and relax. It’s truly a sight to behold! Plus, the Hawaii Wildlife Fund visits this beach often and is more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding Hawaii’s marine life.
6. Visit Maui Tropical Plantation
Just a five-minute drive from our inn, Maui Tropical Plantation has been producing crops of all kinds for over three decades. We recommend signing up for the Express Tram Tour that takes you through the private grounds of the Plantation, showcasing native Hawaiian plants, tropical fruits, and fields of row crops. The tour also provides a live coconut husking demonstration. It’s just $20 for adults and $10 for children.
7. Attend a Friday Town Party
Maui Friday Town Parties are held every “Aloha Friday” of the month. Each weekly party highlights one of the five historic towns of Maui, offering eccentric art, live music, food, and family fun. There’s even a party right here in Wailuku! Whether you’re a resident or visitor, our island’s local businesses go above and beyond to create an exciting evening that won’t cost you a dime.
8. Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
When it’s time to find lodging in Maui, Hawaii on a budget, consider staying at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono. Our beautiful property is conveniently located in central Maui and has everything you need for a fun, inexpensive vacation. We offer a delicious homemade breakfast every day, and guests are welcome to use our complimentary beach towels, chairs, coolers, and pool noodles. We also have free Wi-Fi and snacks! Don’t forget to take a look at our specials page for discounts and deals on our accommodations. We look forward to having you!
Looking for more activities and attractions?
Read our blog about the best free things to do on Maui.