Maui is a beautiful place to visit. I loved the cleanliness of the island and the fact there aren’t a lot of tourists or crime. If you are planning a trip to Maui plan ahead. Here are a few tips.
- Rental Car: To avoid the long lines become a member of Fastbreak, for example from Budget. There are also other rental car companies that offer similar memberships. When we arrived there were people stranded without cars, even when they had reserved them. We luckily were Fastbreak members, picked up our key and car without waiting. I am not sure what happened to everyone else who were stranded at the airport.
- Gas Prices: Join Costco before you leave for your trip. There are two benefits, it’s right next to Kahului Airport so you can fill up on your way back when returning your car and as you can see on today’s GasBuddy app, the prices are significantly less than the rest of the island. Due to the low prices, the lines are long!
- Lodging: If you are renting a condo or room from Airbnb for instance, there is an additional 14% city tax, that most of the listings for some reason did not include. We ended up paying that upfront.
- Beaches: The beaches are beautiful, however, be careful as some do have a strong riptide, large swells, and potentially deadly currents. Makena and Puu Olai are some I would not recommend children swimming in. While we were at Makena (Big Beach), someone sadly drowned on the nearby Puu Olai [Little Beach], which is a nude beach. The only way to get to Puu Olai [Little Beach] is parking at Makena and walking to it. Some of the best beaches we visited were Kama’ole Beach Parks, 1, 2 & 3. They all have parking, restrooms, some lifeguards and were walking distance from our condo.
This not so little guy came up to us at on of the Kama’ole beaches!
Black Sand Beach at Waiʻanapanapa State Park off of Hana Highway is beautiful as well. When we were there the path to the beach had corroded from rain and it was closed to the public while they were working on it. I am sure by now it is opened for all to enjoy!
- Traveling to Hana: Despite being only 57 miles away, driving to Hana from Kihei took over two hours. We had a great drive, but I would not drive this road at night. The winding tight curves are mostly without side rails and there are around 59 bridges, the majority with only a single lane. You will have to yield to the oncoming drivers.
The town of Hana was very quaint. You can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables on the side of the road, via the honor system!
We enjoyed our trip and plan to return very soon. Have you traveled to Maui? What things did you love about your trip? I would love to hear all about it!