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4 Tips For Vacationing On Maui On A Budget

by Gonzalo Gomez

Maui is known as one of the premier vacation destinations in the world, and it is possible to spend many thousands of dollars a week while staying there. But if you have a more modest budget, that doesn't mean that you should cross Maui off your list. There are many ways to enjoy a vacation on this beautiful island without emptying your bank account. Use the following tips to plan an affordable trip to Maui:

Rent Accommodations with a Kitchen

Having access to a kitchen while vacationing on Maui is one of the easiest ways to save a ton of money. With a kitchen, you can prepare a number of meals yourself and then enjoy dining al fresco on your lanai (balcony). Most condo vacation rentals have full kitchens and are equipped with pots, pans, and other cooking utensils. Maui has many grocery stores and markets, so it is easy to stock up on supplies. While groceries may be a little more expensive than mainland prices, preparing your own food is a lot less expensive than dining out for every meal.

Snorkel from Shore

The beautiful clear waters surrounding Maui are teeming with sea life, and snorkeling is a top activity with tourists.There are a number of companies that offer snorkel tours on a boat, but these excursions can be quite expensive, especially if you're traveling with your family. Luckily, there are a number of places that have excellent snorkeling that can be accessed from the shore-- just rent some snorkel gear and you'll be ready to go.

If you're staying in South Maui, try snorkeling off Ulua Beach or the Ahihi Kinau Reserve. Great snorkeling spots in West Maui include Black Rock at Ka'anapali Beach, Kapalua Bay, or Honolua Bay. Before snorkeling off the shore in Maui, make sure you check the current ocean conditions.

Indulge in Happy Hour

Restaurants and bars across Maui have happy hours, and you can find some great deals on appetizers and delicious cocktails. When you arrive on Maui, make sure to pick up island guides for tourists-- these free magazine can be found at the airport, and many happy hour specials are advertised inside, and you may even find coupons that you can use to make your bill even more affordable.

Spend a Day Driving the Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is a gorgeous drive, and you can spend the whole day seeing waterfalls and beautiful beaches just for the cost of gas for your rental car. Pack a lunch, bring some snacks, and don't forget the bottled water. Make sure you pick up a map that shows all of the attractions on the coastal Road to Hana so you don't miss out on any of the beauty. 

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