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While Maui is at the top of many vacationers’ lists of places to visit, budget travelers tend to steer clear of the notoriously expensive Valley Isle. However, if you utilize some of the strategies outlined below, it is possible to enjoy the beauty and diversity of Maui without running out of cash in the process. Here’s how.
Book a Combo Tour
Booking multiple activities in one tour can be a convenient and affordable way to squeeze in two Maui adventures. Combine a cruise around the rugged Molokini Crater with snorkeling in the Turtle Arches reef, or enjoy a kayaking and snorkeling adventure and a hike through the rain forest.
Choose an Experience that Comes with a Meal
Many of Maui’s top tours, such as whale-watching cruises or sunrise hikes at the Haleakala crater, also include a buffet meal of fresh fruit, seafood, and Hawaiian specialties. You can also enjoy a traditional Hawaiian experience by booking tickets to an Old Lahaina Luau, which includes an all-you-can-eat meal of traditional dishes, such as kalua pork and poi.
Take a Tour that Includes Transportation
Many of Maui’s top attractions are in locations that are difficult to reach by public transportation, and the views along the way mean you might not want to drive yourself. Luckily, it is easy to book a tour that transports you to spectacular destinations such as the Hana coast with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
Share the Experience
While activities such as surf lessons or sailing excursions can get expensive if you book a private lesson or tour, these types of experiences become surprisingly affordable if you join a group. Plus, by hopping on a group tour, you get to meet new people and take on an adventure with other newbies at your side.