Things to Do in Maui on a Budget

Things to Do in Maui on a Budget
It is easy to spend so much money on airline tickets, hotel accommodations and food that you have little money left for the rest of your trip. Luckily, most activities in Maui are based around its spectacular scenery and wildlife, leaving plenty of things to do, even if you happen to be on a budget.

Watch the Humpback Whales

If you're visiting between the months of December and April then you'll get the chance to see some of the many humpback whales that come to Maui's warm waters to breed or give birth to their young. The whales come so close to shore that it's not uncommon to be driving by the ocean and suddenly see a huge splash from a breaching whale. According to NOAA, one of the best places to watch for whales in Maui is a scenic lookout called Papawai Point just past Maalaea on the way to Lahaina. With an elevation of 200 feet it gives a wide view of the ocean both toward Lahaina and Kihei. Just keep an eye out for the white plumes that are the whale's blows, or if you're lucky, a very large splash.

Papawai Point
Near Mile Marker 8
Honoa Piilani Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Take the Road to Hana

The road to Hana is an excellent low-cost day trip, a road trip in which it's not the destination but the journey. Along the drive are numerous waterfalls just off the road, all worth a look. In addition, you will pass both red and black sand beaches, as well as trails that leads through bamboo forests to more waterfalls.

Hana Highway
Route 26
Maui, Hawaii

Go Snorkeling

Snorkeling is an excellent activity that costs very little money. You can rent a snorkel set for around $6 a day or $17 dollars a week, and at those prices you could even consider buying a cheap set of snorkel gear. Maui has some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii, with clear blue waters and shore reefs featuring diverse fish life. One of the best places to snorkel in Maui is at Black Rock in Kaanapali. The rock is actually coral-encrusted lava. Swim around black rock to see the most sea life. Also be on the lookout for sea turtles which frequent this area.

Black Rock
Kaanapali Beach
Kaanapali Pkway
Lahaina, Hawaii

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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