Post # 1
FI and I are going to Maui (Lahaina) for our honeymoon in July!! 🙂 My gma has a timeshare and is letting us use her condo in Lahaina, so that helps a lot with the cost. However, I have never been to Hawaii and I hear it’s expensive!
I don’t need a lot of activities to do.. we are perfectly fine lounging on the beach. 🙂 But I would like to know what YOU spent on activities and if they were worth it! Also, did you rent a car? We’re thinking about for-going this, but am a little hesitant. Is it worth it?
Also- how much did you spend on food? Did you go out or eat in mostly? I think we’re going to swing by Costco on the way in (I hear it’s by the airport) and hopefully that will cut costs.
Let me know how your trip went! 🙂 Thanks Bees!
Post # 3
@anenglish15: We were recently on Maui and spent about an equal amount to what we spent on other islands (although perhaps not as much as Oahu). It’s definitely possible to set a reasonable budget. I always look on yelp to see where locals eat and that’s mostly where we ate. If you eat in for breakfast, that also saves a lot of money. Try to get a Fromers guide from the library before you leave. There are tons of restaurants that offer deals and specials at certain times, but they’re not advertised (but listed in the guide books). For example, some restaurants offer a 50% off deal on certain days or between certain times. We skipped the overpriced tourist spots like Mama’s Fish House. We did have a splurge meal at Duke’s, but went during a time when we could get a special 3-course tasting menu for $25 pp. We spent about the same amount of money on food as we normally do, although we do eat out a lot at home in San Francisco, too.
Definitely DO NOT miss the Geste shrimp truck at Kahalui Bay–best shrimp truck on any of the islands I’ve been to.We also really liked the Aloha Plate Lunch near the end of Front St. in Lahaina.
There are also great snorkeling spots, but I would recommend against going out to Molokini. It’s expensive for what you get, and there are so many people in one small spot that it’s impossible to have a good time and avoid getting kicked. From Lahaina, you can go to Black Rock at the end of Kaanapali beach and the snorkeling is actually much better than Molokini. Try to see the sugar museum, which is pretty cool. You really do need to rent a car since it’s not like Honolulu where you can walk everywhere. If you don’t want to drive all the way around to Hana, you can get a day tour for that, and that’s pretty cool. Also try to get up to the summit of Haleakale. If you’re into slakkey music, there’s a great show on Wednesday nights in Napali, which I recommend. It’s also much less expensive than a luau, which I find touristy, overpriced, and overrated. That said, if this is your first time to Hawai’i and you’ve never been to one, it’s probably worth it.
Post # 4
@anenglish15: I’ve been to Maui several times and am going back for our honeymoon next year. I highly recommend you get a car. While there are lots of activities are centered near the area you are staying, there is a lot to see outside of that area.
As far as budget, as pp mentioned there are tons of options for food. You can balance out any expensive meals out with lots of casual meals at cheap restaurants. I plan on budgeting approx. 100/day for food for two while we are there, some days will be much less for you especially if you have a kitchen where you can cook, but there are lots of upscale restaurants where dinner alone can cost more than 100 for two. One nice thing about Maui is that I feel you can be super flexible in how much you wanna spend each day.
You will miss a lot of the island without a car, definitey get one for at least a few days while you are there. Spend a day driving down South towards Wailea, Kihei is a cute surf town about halfway between Lahaina and Wailea, and then check out Makena beach for snorkeling or body boarding. I think it’s fun to stroll through the Shops at Wailea and maybe while you’re down there have dinner at one of the resorts.
Also a must do, in my opinion, is a luau if you’ve never been. Old Lahaina Luau is amazing but I have heard the Feast at LeLe is great too. Rent snorkel equipment and check out Black Rock just north of you in Ka’anapali. If you get a car, and you have a free day, consider the road to Hana.
Okay, I’ve just gone and given you wayyy more than you probably wanted. To summarize, it can be as pricey or not as you make it, and yes I’d say a car is absolutely worth it.
Let me know if you have any more questions! I love to talk about Maui, can you tell? 😉
Post # 5
@amyj1276: and @Snapdragon2804: Thank you both soo much for the advice!! I just started myself of things to do and things to avoid! I really appreciate advice from people that have actually been to Hawaii. Sounds like we will definitely be renting a car!
Post # 6
We were just there in June and we did a lot of things while we were there.
Car Rental: 251.04
(for 10 days)
We drove to the top of the valcano, to the needle park, back and forth along the coast many many times to see different things. I really suggest renting a car. A lot of the fun places to see (that are free!)on the island are spread out. Not terribly far from each other but you have to drive to find them.
We went to costco and bought a snorkel set and used it all over = $40 each (best idea!)If you are going to do this, we learned to go out in the MORNING. After noon the water always ended up getting really choppy and hard to snorkel in.
Jet sking- 78.92 /person
Zipline – $250/ person
Dinner Cruise $75/person
Luau – $90 / person +++ so fun!
Snorkel excersion $138.84 / person
^^ This was the best money we spent by FAR. 8+ hour trip with meals. Its like a sight seeing tour on boat along with snorkeling. Here is their facebook page.
We bought food from walmart and costco and spent about $100 each. We went out for dinner or lunch at least once a day I bet. I spent about $400 in cash. But I did a LOT of shopping in Lahina
**Edit _ I keep remembering more and more things that we did. The captin of our snorkel trip told us about a little resturant that has $14 lobster dinners on wednesdays. Their patio seating/windows over look a luau. So we got to eat $14 lobster dinner, which was amazing and watch a luau for free! PM me and I can try and find out the name if you would like to know.
Post # 7
@anenglish15: Maui is quite expensive to be honest. I went in college and can’t remember how much things cost, but do remember being a bit shocked at the price of food. We got $100/day on meals and dinner was always provided and that $100/day went very quickly!
Post # 8
@Nel13: Thanks for the break down!! I private messaged you, too!
@MrsWBS: I have definintely heard that, that’s why I’m trying to plan ahead! It’s going to be cheaper for us since we don’t have to pay for a hotel, so we figured now would be a good time to take advantage.
Post # 9
I think I spent money on (I was single so this is all for me):
$150 (?) – surfing lessons
$200 (?)- mai tais (just a guess…but I had a serious mai tai obsession and they were about $8 or $9 a piece normally and maybe $4 during happy hour). Buy your own liquor if you want to save some money…but they were sooo good I couldn’t resist.
$300- food (guess)
$10- snorekling equipment rental
$100- car rental (split)
I also had a sunset cruise and a luau but they were part of a wedding reception and I didn’t pay for them. I know the luau tickets are about $110 though, and it was awesome!
You NEED a car unless you want to be stuck at your hotel every day (and miss out on the rest of the island). Plus the road to Hana was by far one of my favorite things and you need a car to drive that.
Post # 10
We went to Maui in the summertime and IMO it’s pretty pricey. We are from Southern California where the cost of living is already high, so we weren’t as sticker-shocked. However, there were definitely a lot of other tourists that were from places where goods are not as pricey and I think they may have had a heart attack in the grocery store. To give you some prospective, a one-pound bag of carrots was around $7. A 1lb box of plain, generic brand pasta was about $4. At minimum, eating out was about $7-10, and we are talking pancakes or burgers here and not something particulary elaborate. However, I would say it is more like $12/person pre-tip. Near our condo, I recall one boxed lunch place was charging $16 for a small piece of fish + mac salad and rice.
To save on money, I recommend going to Costco which is right by the airport. You can get food and other supplies since you are living in a timeshare. I would suggest eating breakfast “at home” and perhaps a few other meals. The prices at Costco were quite good and competitive with mainland pricing.
If you have a Costco membership, get your rental car through them. I think we spent a couple hundred (if that) for a car for a little over a week. You can book it online and pick it up from the airport.
Maui had a lot of “free” stuff to do, including snorkeling and swimming. We enjoyed walking around Lahaina and checking out the swap meet (I think it was free or a nominal fee). The major expenses would be food and lodging, but at least you are covered on that front.
Post # 11
@lilbluebird: We actually don’t have a Costco membership, but DO plan on getting one soon. I didn’t think to rent a car through them.. that’s a great idea! And good to know the prices there are decent. Thanks for your input!
Post # 12
@anenglish15: Double and triple check that your insurance or your credit card covers rental cars and bring copies with you. The rental places on Maui are the most aggressive I’ve experienced the world over about buying the extra coverage, which comes out to an additional $30-$50 per day!!! It’s such a racket.
Post # 13
@amyj1276: Oh wow!! I never would’ve thought about that! Eeee!
Post # 14
yikes, adds up quick. I was thinking when we go, we’ll do breakfast in the room (cereal and use the mini fridge for lunch meat and millk, etc) to help cut costs… I think I managed to widdle it down to about $1500 per person when we go-including parking, entrance fees and eating out a few times… but this is all very good info 🙂
Post # 15
@babbot: It sounds like we’ll be eating breakfast in our room most of the time. Maybe even some lunches, too. 🙂
Post # 16
@Nel13: Did you remember the name of the $14 lobster place iin Maui?