Many people day dream about finding the best dreamy island escape for their holidays and many people pleasantly find Maui, Hawaii to be the perfect choice. If you are looking for wildlife, food, scenery and some of the best Maui beachfront rentals to take in those dreamy sunsets, then look no further.
Situated out in the Pacific Ocean Maui is Hawaii’s second largest island and the United States 17th largest island. The third highest in population among the Hawaiian islands, Maui is a great choice for having lots of selection yet still maintaining a down to earth island vibe and lifestyle. Near Hakakala, Maui has a rainforest ecosystem and that can be a quite unique feature to go and visit. Many people are mistaken when they think a vacation to Hawaii has to cost an arm and a leg. There are still some great value options to be found.
Here are some ideas of how you can spend your time exploring the island of Maui.
Go Whale Watching
The great thing about whale watching is you can often do this completely for free from the shores or you can opt to pay and go out on a boat tour. The choice is up to you. Maui is highly regarded as one of the world’s top choice humpback whale spotting locations. Several thousand whales make their way down from Alaska to the Au’au Channel in West Maui to breed and nurse their young. These shallow, warm waters turn into a whale nursery from about December to May. The peak times to see whales is generally between January and mid-March. A great spot to see the whales is at Papawai Scenic Lookout between Ma’alaea and Lahaina. Please take note the parking lot is small here and can fill up quickly. Be considerate of others also trying to whale watch and make sure you don’t block the road. Don’t forget to pack or rent a pair of binoculars as well as perhaps a picnic dinner. Papawai is great for sunsets too.
Stay in Awesome Accommodation
Many savvy travelers are getting away from the standard hotel bookings and realizing the benefits of booking either a private residence or villa. In this way guests still have all the conveniences of home but with a little more luxury. By picking a place that’s right on the beach the upside is you don’t even have to leave your villa to remember you are on vacation. There is something so enchanting about either waking up to watch the sunrise over the ocean or enjoying some drinks and food while watching the sun slowly dip down over the horizon. By being a bit picky about the place you stay and splurging a little more, you can really have the time to enjoy the place you are staying at.
Find a Happy Hour
If you are the type of traveler that enjoys a nice glass of wine or trying the local beers, save yourself some mega bucks and hit up the happy hours around town. Happy Hour is a big deal on the island of Maui. Many restaurants have competitive offerings. Three Bars Frill in Kihli is one of the best bargains in town with $5 house wines, $3 wells and $3 drafts. With over 36 micro brews on offer, Monkey Pad in Wailla has happy hour every day from 3:00-5:30 pm. Many of the appetizers are also 50% off too. If you do go, definitely try the garlic truffle oil fries for only $5 and try pairing it with the Maui Brewing Company Big Swell India Pale Ale.
Go to the Swap Meet
At the University of Hawaii Kalului, every Saturday from 7am until 1pm the Swap Meet happens. Over 200 venders come to sell their wares. There is everything on offer from homemade soaps, fresh produce and fruits, massages, arts and crafts, shaved ice and plenty more. Bargaining is acceptable at this market, however to increase your chances of scoring a deal, try to hit up the venders that are furthest away from the entrance. To blend in with the locals, make sure you carry a big bottle of water, have cash and bring your own bags. The entrance fee is only $0.50 cents and both locals and tourists hail this as one of the best bargains on the whole island. Free parking and free re-entry is also included. If you can’t make the Swap Meet, don’t worry, every day around the island there is a farmers market happening so you can’t be too far from one.
A day on the beach and snorkeling is perhaps the second best value activity on the island. For next to nothing, you can hang out on world class beaches all day long. Add in a snorkel and you still have a fantastically good value day. Competition drives some snorkel rentals down to as low at $1.50 per day. For about $20 you can buy your own and go for as many days and as long as you want. Now that is a good deal! Some favorite snorkel spots are Honolua Bay, Ho’ikipa Beach Park, Ulua Beach, Kama’ole Beach Parks and Kapalua Bay. Always remember to never touch nor stand on the coral. Coral takes hundreds of years to grow and although it looks so beautiful and delicate, it can be razor sharp and give you a really bad infection if you do get cut.
As you plan out your next vacation destination, keep Maui high on your list. This island is ready and waiting to welcome you.