The sun reflects off the water at Ka‘anapali beach.

10 Budget-Friendly Maui Travel Tips

Just because Maui is a popular travel destination doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Author Kyle Ellison shares 10 travel tips for experiencing paradise on a budget.

Along the forested Waihou Springs Trail in Upcountry Maui.

Upcountry Maui Hiking: Makawao

Two of the best Maui hikes in Makawao are Kahakapao Loop Trail for hikers & bikers, and Waihou Spring Trail for hikers. Here are the highlights of both.

Hanauma Bay has the best snorkeling on the South Shore. Photo © Kevin Whitton.

The Best of O‘ahu in 7 Days

The average stay on O‘ahu is about seven days. With sights and activities on all sides of the island, planning your days will help you take full advantage of your holiday. Let this suggested itinerary to the must-see locales and establishments be a jumping-off point for your travels.

A trio of men in traditional garb perform a fire dance, twirling staffs that leave fiery rings in the air.

The Best of Maui in 10 Days

Experience the island’s best with this itinerary, which covers everything from walking the Koloiki Ridge Trail to catching the sunrise from Wai‘anapanapa State Park to snorkeling at world-famous Ka‘anapali Beach.

Open-air dining at Nick's Fishmarket in Wailea.

The Best Places to Eat in Wailea

Prices in Wailea are much higher than in other parts of the island, but often what you’re paying for are master chefs, exceptional service, and unparalleled ambience in world-class resorts. which oftentimes make it worth the experience.

Surfboards on Waikiki Beach. Photo © Kevin Whitton.

Best Surf Spots in Waikiki

Synonymous with surfing, Waikiki is home to a host of excellent surf spots. Whether you are a longboarder, shortboarder, experienced, novice, or first-timer, there’s a number of breaks that suit all abilities. Here are the best of the best for everyone.

The Ohai Trail awards hikers with panoramic vistas of the island’s North Shore.

Best West Maui Hiking Trails

There aren’t nearly as many hiking trails on the West Side of Maui as you might expect. Much of the access in West Maui is blocked by private land or lack of proper trails. Nevertheless, the hiking options in West Maui offer their own sort of beauty, from stunning coastal treks to grueling ridgeline hikes.

The curving two-lane Road to Hana flanked by lush vegetation.

Best of Where to Eat in Hana, Maui

In the last few years, Hana has seen a huge proliferation of food options. However, too many visitors continue to drive to Hana Bay thinking it’s the end of the road, and don’t take the time to look around. Spend the day in Hana and you’ll be rewarded with a tasty cornucopia.

Outdoor seating at the Mai Tai Bar on Waikiki Beach.

The Best of Waikiki Nightlife

Waikiki nightlife is wonderfully varied—you’ll find bars and clubs, fine dining and live music, ultra-casual hangouts and high-class venues, so no matter your mood, there’s always somewhere to go. Many of these locations are popular with visitors and locals alike.