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Planning Your Trip
Free & Affordable Things To Do
OGG, the airport
Iao Valley, the spiritual center
Wailuku, old Maui
Kahului, the shopping center
Paia, windsurfing capitol
Hana, the last Hawaiian place

Lahaina, sin city 1860
Maalaea, ocean center
Kihei, condos, malls, beaches
Wailea, big hotels
Haleakala Crater
Upcountry. cowboys, shopping

Free & Affordable Things To Do On Maui

Most people come to Maui for sea, sand, sun, sights, shopping and sports. The best of that is free. Just doing the free stuff 7 hours a day, not counting driving time, would take you over a month.

There's more to do here than you could accomplish in a lifetime. We know, we've been at it for 24 years.

We've organized the things to do by areas. The map will help you locate where to go. You'll want a detailed map which you can pick up free at the airport or activity desks at the hotels and shopping centers. You can also order one free from the Maui Visitors Bureau.


All Areas

Beaches - All 81 Maui beaches are free and open to the public, many have showers, restrooms

Swim with the turtles at Maluaka Bay

Swimming Pools - open to public at Wailuku War Memorial, Kihei, Lahaina, Pukalani

Sunbath - anytime, anywhere or nude (but illegal) at Makena Little Beach 

Surf Watch - any shore

Watch the 400 humpback Whales that winter in Maui from beach, car or lanai

Try Beachcombing - Kanaha Beach Park, Waiehee Beach

Snorkel at Honolua Bay, Ahihi Bay, Black Rock

Scuba Dive - Olowalu to Lahaina, Kihei to Makena

Body Surf - Baldwin Park, Makena Beach, Mokuleia

Go Surfing - Honolua Bay, Hookipa, Maalaea

Watch Expert Windsurfers - Hookipa Park

Picnic - shade, tables grills at Kalama Park, Kanaha and many others

Playgrounds - Kihei's Kamaole and Kalama Parks have free swings, slides, and jungle gyms.

Play Tennis - public courts in Wailuku, Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, Makawao, Pukalani, Haliimaile, Hana

Go Camping - Kanaha Beach, Hosmer's Grove, Waianapanapa Park, Oheo Gulch

Go Hiking  - Haleakala, West Maui Mountains, over fifty trails, see Day Hikes On Maui

Go Biking - with your own bike, anywhere

Attend a Golf Tournament - Mercedes Championship (January), Ka'anapali Classic

Watch a Sunset - any evening, anywhere

Stargaze  - the night sky is full of more stars than you can imagine.

Watch a Moonset - 1-3 days before a full moon, at 1-3 hours before sunrise.

Take a Shuttle Bus (some free and others cost $1)

  • Whalers Village - Kahana - Napili
  • Ka'anapali Resort Trolley
  • Wailea


    Wonder at the Iao Needle 

    Visit Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens, Iao Valley - picnic and paddle in the stream

    Tour the Hawaii Nature Center - great exhibits for kids

    Visit Halekii & Pihana Heiau - ancient Hawaiian sacred place

    Eyeball the Hawaiian stilt at Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

    Stop by Marilyn's - Frank Lloyd Wright design on a grand scale

    Look in on the Maui Cultural & Arts Center - always an art show, art movie or concert, guided tour (808) 242-7469.

    Consider the Maui Crafts Guild In Paia - beautiful work by island craftspeople

    Behold Daytime Hula Shows once or twice per week. Call for days and times: Kaahumanu Center 877-3369

    Try Farmer's Markets - Kahului Shopping Center (Wednesday), Kaahumanu Shopping Center (Friday)

    Don't miss the Paper Airplane Museum & Tin Can Man in Maui Mall - Store and museum with collection of paper airplanes, planes and vehicles made out of pop cans.

    Drive around the Kahakolua side of the island - see old Maui, taro paddies


    Learn about whales at Hale Kohola Humpback Whale Museum & Whalers Village Museum, Whalers Village Shopping Center

    Check out the Lahaina Whaling Museum behind the Crazy Shirt store at 865 Front Street, Lahaina. Look through free giant binoculars in back of the store.

    Browse through 18 Art Galleries - Get map of galleries at Visitor Center in Courthouse behind Banyan Tree

    Friday Night is Art Night on Front Street, Lahaina Lahaina Arts Society, Lahaina. Get map of galleries at Visitor Center in Courthouse behind Banyan Tree

    Walk around Art Exhibits - under the Banyan tree in Lahaina weekends 9-5

    Take in an Art Tour, Garden Tour and Lei & Basket-Making demonstration at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Ka'anapali Beach.

    Visit the Art School at Kapalua

    Check out the Printing Museum - Lahainaluna

    See Hawaiian Petroglyphs - ancient rock carvings about 1 mile back of Olowalu General Store, ask directions in store.

    Daytime Hula Shows once or twice per week. Call for days and times:

    • Whalers Village 661-4567
    • Lahaina Center 667-9216
    • Wharf Cinema Center 661-8748
    • Lahaina Cannery 661-5304


    Visit a Cowboy Town - Makawao

    Look into the Viewpoints Gallery - local artists collaborative, fine paintings & sculpture

    Watch the Glass Blowers at Hot Island Glass - spectacular art glass pieces

    Stop by Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, near Makawao - fine arts exhibits, classes, shop

    Go to Haleakala National Park - see the Crater, silversword, Science City

    See exotic blooms at Sunrise Protea Farm

    Try the Farmer's Market, Makawao

    Taste Hawaiian wine at Tedeschi Vineyards, Ulupalakua


    Stroll the path at Kealia Pond Wildlife Refuge

    Visit Hana Ka Lima Arts & Crafts exhibition, Outrigger Wailea, Friday (808) 874-7822

    Walk the shoreline nature path between the Outrigger Wailea and the Kea Lani

    Tour the Art & Sculpture at the Grand Wailea Resort

    Ogle Daytime Hula Shows once or twice per week. Call for days and times:

    Wailea Shopping Village 879-4465


    Drive the Road To Hana - tropical jungle, waterfalls

    Swim under a Waterfall - Twin Falls, Oheo Gulch

    See Tropical Plants at the Keanae Arboretum

    Visit the mysterious caves at Waianapanapa Park

    Tour the Hana Cultural Center

    Visit Charles Lindbergh's Grave

  • Affordable (under $25)


    Go to a play or concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

    Explore the A&B Sugar Museum, Puunene $3 Adults, $1 .50 kids 5-17 yrs. 

    Discover the Bailey House Museum $3 Adults, $2.50 Seniors, $1 kids 6-12 yrs 

    Play a round of Golf - Waiehu Municipal Course $33 greens fee

    Taste Local Food - Sam Satos, Millyard Cafe (Wailuku) Kitadas (Makawao)

    Try our Swap Meet, Kahului - $1 per person (Saturdays) 

    Watch bananas grow at the Tropical Plantation, Waikapu Free admission, tram tour $8.50 adults, $3.50 children 

    See unusual flowers at Tropical Gardens of Maui, lao $3 adults, children under 12 free 

    Try a guri guri (Japanese sherbet) at Tasakas, Maui Mall


    See a spectacle at Hawaii Dome Theater, Lahaina $5.95 adults, $3.95 children (4-12 yrs.) 

    Ride the Sugar Cane Train, Ka'anapali round-trip tickets-- $12 Adults, $6 

    Visit Baldwin Home, Lahaina $5 family, $3 adults, $2 seniors, kids free 

    Imagine sailing & whaling on the Brig Carthaginian, Lahaina

    Marvel at the Hyatt Regency Astronomy Tour on the roof every night, with a guide and a telescope, $10

    Look over the Civic Center Crafts Fair - Sunday $1 admission

    Take an Art Class at the Lahaina Arts Society - (808) 661-0111

    Take an Art Class at Kapalua Art School - (808) 665-0007

    Taste Local Food - Mixed Plate, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel

    View an old Hawaiian village replica at Hale Kahiko, Lahaina Center


    Take an Art Class at Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, near Makawao (808) 572-6560

    Watch a Polo Match, Pukalani - Sunday 1 pm, $3

    View Enchanting Floral Garden of Kula Maui $3.50 adults, $1.50 children 

    Visit the Keiki Petting Zoo, Kula $3 per person 

    Drive to the Haleakala National Park Summit--$10 per private vehicle  w

    Visit Kula Botanical Gardens, Kula $4 adults, $1 kids 6-12 yrs. 


    Don't miss the Maui Ocean Center - wonderful aquarium & exhibits, $17.50, kids $12

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