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Free Things to do on Maui


As the second largest chain in Hawaii, Maui is a paradise to many, thanks to its beautiful beaches, stunning landscape and cultural heritage. However, your trip could quickly get out of control budget wise if you don’t take steps to save cash where you can. Fortunately, there are many free things to on Maui. Here are a few:

Go Whale Watching

Lahaina is a historic port known for its whaling and trading industries in the mid-19th century. Today, you can still catch glimpses of frolicking whales out at sea from the shore. Just be sure to bring some binoculars. During migration season, you’ll witness first hand the migration of humpback whales through the Auau Channel. After that, check out the Whaling Museum in town at Whalers Village. The harbor area offers lots of free stuff to do, such as shows, crafts, demonstrations, art nights and window shopping.

Take in a Museum

It’s no secret that Hawaii’s history is steeped in surfing lore. Explore this long and varied history at the Shapers Surf Museum. There are many exhibits and displays that explain just how this popular sport came to be. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., so take your time browsing hundreds of surfing-related exhibits, photos and media coverage of world surfing championships.

Experience the Beauty of a Sunrise or Sunset

Maui boasts 120 miles of shoreline, with plenty of beaches along the way. Whether you decide to get up early and view a sunrise or go at dusk for a sunset, you’ll be able to witness the grand beauty of Maui’s horizon. Best views for sunsets are at Kaanapali Beach, Papalaua Beach Park, Honolua Bay, Makena Beach and Keawakapu Beach. Best views for sunrise are at Haleakala Crater in eastern Maui. You’ll need a jacket though, as it rises10,000 feet above sea level and can get pretty cold. And go early, starting from the bottom by 3 a.m. to reach the summit by sunrise.

Hana Highway

Aside from the cost of a rental car and gas, you can ride the Hana Highway all day long, stopping at free look-outs along the way. This famous roadway meanders through lush rainforests, waterfalls, overlooks, rustic bridges and more. From Kahului to Hana is 52 miles, but you should budget an all-day excursion just in case as the roads are narrow and downpours may occur. Stop at the Ke’anae Arboretum and Garden of Eden Botanical Garden – both are free. Bring a picnic and eat at Wailua Falls, then get educated on the island at the Hana Cultural Center. Hike Iao Valley State Park to reach the famous Iao Needle rock formation.

Experiencing Maui on the cheap is easy when you know where to look. So is Oahu. Hoku Hawaii Tours has several affordable tours to keep you occupied on your stay. Give us a call to see what we can set you up with!