How to live cheaply on Maui

You can live cheaply on Maui!

Yes, I know that is not what you are hearing.  But it’s true and I’ll cover some of the many ways you can live comfortably on Maui without spending a lot of money.

  • CAR.  Buy a used car from a reputable dealer like Noi Ka Oi Motors in Kahului.  I bought a very clean, nice Dodge Mini-Van for $4,000.00.  There’s absolutely no need to buy a new, expensive car on Maui.
  • FOOD.  We buy almost everything at Costco, Wal-Mart and Cash-and-Cary.  There are several places to buy food that are a ,lot less than Safeway and Foodland.
  • PRODUCE.  My wife and I shop at several Farmer’s Markets, with the Maui Swap Meet being a very good place to buy fresh produce and fruit.  You can easily get $45-$50 worth of produce for just $10.00.
  • GAS.  Buy your gas at Costco when you go to Costco for food and paper products, and you’ll save a lot.  Fill-up each time.
  • SHOP ON-LINE.  We buy from Amazon every week.  The Prime membership easily pays for itself quickly, as shipping to Maui can be expensive.  Everything from shoes to cargo shorts to kitchen stuff is bought on-line.
  • RESTAURANT DEALS.  Take advantage of special deals at resorts on Maui!  The Castaways restaurant has a Pasta 2-for1 special on Tuesday nights.  The Marriott in Kaanapali has a Monday special on barbque ribs.  Some restaurants, like Amigos Mexican, offer 50% off on the second entrée.  Look around for deals!
  • FURNITURE & STUFF.  It’s common to see household items placed next to a residential complex – for free!  When locals have to leave Maui, they often place items outside for others to use.  We hate to put stuff in our landfill.
  • USE COUPONS.  Both Foodland and Safeway offer discounts if you have a buyer’s card.  At Foodland it’s called the Maka’i Card and the prices are lower with this card.  Also, both grocery stores frequently offer coupons worth free items and big discounts.
  • TRAVEL BY BUS.  Parking is expensive and, often, difficult to find.  Use the Maui Bus System.  Maui has an excellent bus system, it’s easy-to-use, and can save you both time and money. Ex.  I leave our car in Lahaina Town and take the bus to Whaler’s Village.  Parking is expensive there and it’s easier just to take the bus.
  • GET A BICYCLE.  Depending on where you live, a bicycle is an easy form of transportation to work, the post office, the bank, and moving around to different beaches.  Never take your car!
  • LIVING SPACE.  Ok.  I admit.  This is your toughest and, most probably, biggest personal expense you will have on Maui.  We rent and we’re continually looking for better rental opportunities.  Depending on which part of Maui you want to live, monthly rentals can vary by price and quality.  Don’t rely on Craigslist, create a “network” of referrals for possible rentals, and dig and dig for the best rental opportunities.  And please remember:  how you lived on the Mainland USA is NOT how you might live on Maui — you might be in smaller spaces with less closet space.  You’re on an island!
Lahaina town on the west side of Maui, hawaii.

Lahaina is a historic, whaling town on the west side of Maui.

Stuff To Do On Maui!

Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s.  There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town.  Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.

Looking for a great breakfast?  Try The Gazebo in Napili.  Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.

My Top 10 Lists – Top 10 activities on Maui, Top 10 attractions on Maui, Top 10 restaurants on Maui, and my Top 10 burger places on Maui.

Here’s a few West Maui beaches to enjoy:

Kapalua BeachPapalaua Beach – Airport Beach – Napili Beach – Baby Beach

Hookipa beach on the windward side of Maui.

Ho’okipa Beach – Paia

Aloha – Enjoy Maui!

Black Sand Beach on Maui, Hawaii.

Black Sand Beach

Beaches.  Maui has some of the best beaches in the world.  Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina.  Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite.  Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.

Big Beach is a favorite on the southwest side of Maui, along with Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Polo Beach.

In Paia, there’s Baldwin Beach that is popular and Ho’okipa Beach is just past Paia.  Just before Hana is the famous Black Sand Beach.

La Perouse Bay is an incredible place to snorkel, swim and hike, and Po’olenalena Beach is a little hide-away beach in the Makena State Park area of southwest Maui.

Top 10 Lists.  Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants.  There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.

The Gazebo is one of Maui's top places for breakfast.

The Gazebo

Eating & Drinking.  Oh, yea.  You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui.  Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café.  For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.

There’s a lot of good burger places in Lahaina, along With Honu Seafood and Pizza and Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club.

In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and  Makawao Steak House.   Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.

Recent Maui Tourist Guide Posts!

Ever been in a rainforest?  Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest!  Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back.  Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!

Spend some time in Lahaina on the west side of Maui, and certainly check-out the Hawaiian scrimshaw at Lahaina ScrimshawSpanky’s Riptide is a great sports bar in Lahaina, too.  Also try the Paia Fish Market on Front Street.

The Kaanapali Trolley is a free, convenient way to move about the Kaanapali Resort area.

Whale watching tours?  Captain Steve’s Rafting provides one of the best whale watching experiences on Maui.

Baldwin Beach near Paia on Maui, Hawaii.

Baldwin Beach

HDR photography on Maui, Hawaii.

Haleakala Crater

Baby Beach in Lahaina on Maui, Hawaii is a family friendly beach.

Baby Beach in Lahaina.

Honolua Bay is an incredible snorkel loaction on Maui, Hawaii.

Honolua Bay

La Perouse bay is a nice snorkel, swim and hike location on Maui, Hawaii.

La Perouse Bay

Sunset on Maui, Hawaii is an awesome, incredible experience on the island of Maui.

Incredible Maui Sunset

Shipwreck Beach on the island of Lanai across from Maui, Hawaii.

Shipwreck Beach on the island of Lanai

Black Rock is a great snorkel spot on Maui and good to see gian Sea Turtles.

Giant Sea Turtle At Black Rock

Welcome To Maui  Tourist Guide

Maui Travel Tips is a blog by SteveENJOY!  Living on Maui, I love to talk about this beautiful island.  I hope you enjoy my photography, and I love to provide first-hand information about Maui.  My hope is you feel the true Hawaiian “spirit of aloha” in everything you see and do on Maui.

HAVE FUN!  Take a look at the article categories, review my recent posts, and send me any questions or comments you might have.

I know you’ll love Maui — as much as I love her! 


Big Wave Taffy on Maui!

Take a look at our delicious Hawaii Flavors of salt water taffy.  The taffy is sold at many stores on Maui, and you can also order on-line with Big Wave Taffy.

Big Wave Taffy sells delicious salt water taffy on Maui, Hawaii.

Big Wave Taffy on Maui, Hawaii

 Maui Camera Rental

Maui Camera Rental rents digital cameras for underwater use on Maui, Hawaii.

Maui Camera Rental

While visiting the island of Maui, rent a Canon G10 and underwater housing for incredible underwater photography.

Maui Camera Rental rents digital cameras and underwater housings by Canon, and you can get awesome pictures while you are snorkeling or scuba diving in the warm waters of Maui.

It’s also a great way to get excellent family pictures of your time in the water.


Below The 48 – Maui T-Shirt

Below the 48 is a unique and distinct T-shirt found only on Maui, Hawaii.

Below The 48 T-Shirt

Take a look at our really-cool clothing line – Below The 48!

Below The 48 is a unique brand that can only be found on Maui!



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