We discovered 13 free things to do on Maui that won’t cost you a dime. Easily fill your Maui family vacation with these unique, local and free activities.
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Don't book an expensive boat tour. Some of the best snorkeling is right off the beach.
Sometimes you need to soothe those sunburned shoulders. So try these fun family activites out of the Maui sun.
if you want to be more economical, save money, and support local business at the same time, it’s worth checking out these only-on-Maui grocery stores.
Everything you need to know about bringing your kids on one of the most breathtaking Maui adventures.
Tips for making the drive to Hana for kids and parents alike.
Tips to help you find a tour that works your family.
There's nothing more romantic than dining on the sea at sunset.
Where to find the best deals on local crafts and souvenirs.
Maui has 30 miles of beaches so research beforehand is a must. Not every beach is suited for a 6 year old who just learned how to swim and a fearless 3 year old.
If you’re in West Maui and you like to eat well, this guide has some delicious choices.
Over a lifetime on Maui and many years as a personal chef, these are my favorite places to eat on Maui.
If you thought taking a six-hour drive on the Hana Highway was the only way to experience adventure on Maui, then get ready to be pleasantly surprised!
A whale watching tour is not only an awe-inspiring family experience, it’s a way for you to help make a real difference in the future of our oceans.
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One of Maui's best family beaches is also one of its best kept secrets.
Maui has plenty of great luaus, but if you want the real deal – to see a Luau at its most authentic – there’s really only one place that does the trick.
Traveling with kids isn't always easy, even in Maui. So treat yourself to a spa day at your resort in Paradise.
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From local farmers markets to live music and performances, here's our list of all the best events happening in Maui every week.
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Comprehensive guide to finding the best picnic lunch on Maui. There are plenty of picnic spots on the island, but what about the best picnic restaurants?
Your Maui vacation is incomplete without at least one memorable meal. Choose from one of these restaurants for the big splurge.
Hawaiian food seems as if it were designed for kids. I remember going to Maui for the first time and discovering that there’s really a star-shaped fruit.
Take a family adventure thru volcanos, waterfalls, and rainforests.
See some of the biggest waterfalls in the world and swim in their natural pools
These are some of the best adventures in Maui
Soar across tree tops in the lush mountains of West Maui. Skyline Eco Adventures offers 5 zipline adventures for ages 10+.
Last time Haleakala erupted, 400-500 years ago, it made this surreal lava field in Makena State Park.
Every night from Black Rock Beach, you can watch a torch lighting ceremony that ends with a 30-foot plunge into the ocean.
Luaus can be pricey, but this hula show is free from 6-8 pm, every night at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
Mama's Fish House might not be free, but the tide pools around it are. It's a great place for kids to see (and try to pronounce) anemones and baby crabs.
Is pineapple wine any good? Head to Ulupalakua Vineyards for free tastings and find out. Worst case, you get to see a vineyard on a volcano.
The mall here hosts free Ukulele and hula lessons. Learn how to play "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," and then act it out in smooth rhythmic dance moves.
Serene wetlands in Maui's central valley make for a great place to watch dozens of exotic bird species. Come in the mornings when the sun is out and wind is less.
Give back to the island by helping keep its shorelines, forests, and beaches clean.
If you're a proud astronomy geek and want to meet other proud astronomy geeks, join this Maui astronomy group and find you're posse.
Once you spot one whale, you'll start seeing them everywhere. There are so many whales out there that during the winter, you can watch them for free on the beach.
This cool local grocery is a great place to get sandwiches and snacks after a day of snorkeling at Olowalu Beach.
A gently sloping entrance and sandy bottom means you won't step on coral as you go in. Underwater, you'll find butterflyfish and cool multi-colored sea slugs.
Turtles are everywhere here. It's their safe hideaway with ample resting spots and plenty of green algae to chomp on.
Centuries-old coral colonies grow to a whopping 25-feet in diameter on lava rocks to create a vibrant reef.
In Maui's rugged north, you'll find sea turtles, white-spotted puffers, octopuses, unicorn fish, and maybe even a giant manta ray.
On Ka'anapali Beach, this open air shopping pavilion is filled with restaurants, shops, and a whale museum.
Built on the site of Maui's last ruling chief, this museum houses native tools, paintings, and photography that give you a glimpse into the lives of Maui's former Royal Family.
Their succulent rotisserie chicken is roasted over a wood-burning fire with kiawe and guava wood. It's a great place to grab lunch by the Maui Ocean Center.
It's the largest salt-water tropical aquarium in the US. There are walk-through tunnels, jellyfish exhibits, and an interactive tidepool area.
In the highlands is a forest created by a botanist using trees from around the world. You can hike, mountain bike, or even zipline through it.
Lahaina has 40 art galleries with works from Picasso, Rembrandt, Any Warhol, and whole host of local artists inspired by the beauty of the island.
It's a smaller theater showing 3 movies near the wharf in downtown Lahaina.
This mammoth movie complex features 12 screens and the biggest one on the island.
Located at Queen Ka'ahumanu Shopping Center you have 6 movies to choose from.
Home to top brands and a regular farmers market, it's Maui's biggest mall. This gorgeous building is covered by an open-air roof, shaped like a ship's sail.
They have fresh produce, meats, seafood, wine, and beer, plus a great prepared foods section with sushi, sandwiches, and baked goods.
A huge supporter of local business, Mana foods offers produce from local farms, pre-made meals, and lots of vegan and specialty items.
They stock lots of locally-grown organic produce and an extensive hot and cold salad bar.
The leading supermarket in Hawaii, they have everything you'd expect to find at Safeway, but with a local style and products that you can only get on Maui.
The leading supermarket in Hawaii, they have everything you'd expect to find at Safeway, but with a local style and products that you can only get here.
If you're visiting Mt. Haleakala, this is a great place to stop by for ready-made food and local snacks.
Skip a trip to the market altogether and order everything to your residence.
With sweeping views of the island and a warm fireplace, this is a cozy place to relax and dine after a long day exploring Haleakala Volcano.
Before booking it to the summit, you can stop by this forest grove for a picnic and quick walk around.
When summiting a volcano, don't be afraid to ask directions. Here, you'll find park rangers ready to answer your questions, as well as a bathroom, and gift shop.
This spectacular overlook is a great place to snap a photo of Maui's lush greenery fading into red and black lava rock.
Catch a final glimpse of the cinder cones on your way down Mt. Haleakala (you won't be able to turn left here on your way up).
You're on top of the world! You can see the rainforests of Hana, the Big Island in the distance, and maybe even your resort, far below.
This 1/4-mile trail delivers maximum breathtaking views at minimum effort. It's a good option for families with young kids who still want to see Haleakala.
Hike down into moon-like valleys of dormant cinder cones. You can take on this entire 11-mile odyssey or turn back at any point for a hike of any length.
In the cool air of the Upcountry, Kula Bistro is a great place to stop for lunch and snacks on your way up Haleakala Volcano.
There's a famous song about this place, which has provided snacks and supplies to weary travelers for over 100 years.
This black sand cove is a great place to swim and float among the waves. There are also benches where you can enjoy a family picnic.
The sublime beauty of this rainforest village is the reason why so many people make the drive through seamingly endless winding roads.
Far out there on the rugged Keanae peninsula, is this little treasure. Grab some banana bread or a full lunch and stretch. You're halfway to Hana!
Just before mile marker 29, this tiny food stand makes some of the best coconut candy on the Road to Hana.
It's a short hike to these two waterfalls at the beginning of the Road to Hana. If you're not feeling up to the full journey, you can always call it a day here.
Keep your eyes peeled at mile marker 7. On the left side you'll see a painted forest of eucalyptus trees with multi-colored bark.
It's an Ideal spot to snap a quintessential photo of the winding road. Kids will be delighted by the wild chickens roaming around here.
The sole survivor of the tsunami of 1948, this old stone church still holds services in a tiny village on the rugged Ke'anae Peninsula.
They give you flashlights to explore this 1,000-year-old lava flow. It's great for all ages, but if you're afraid of the dark, you can always stay in the car.
Located right next to the Hana Lava Tube, it's a beautiful maze made of cool red plants. It's a fun activity for kids who might be too scared to do the lava tube.
Walk the ancient footpath to a black sand beach with breathtaking scenery.
It's something out of a movie: walk through fragrant bamboo forests paved with fresh guava (eat one!) and cool off in stunning natural pools fed by waterfalls.
This highly-rated tour company shows you Maui's whales with an onboard naturalist. They even give you hydrophones to list to whale song.
This highly-rated tour company shows you Maui's whales with an onboard naturalist. They even give you hydrophones to list to whale song.
Unlike other whale watching tours you depart right from Ka'anapali beach.
The huge glass bottomed catamaran is a huge draw for young kids. Tours run from December 15 to the end of March.
Sounds of the ocean set the mood on this romantic cruise. Enjoy a 3-course meal prepared by Chef Bailey.
Bring the kids along to celebrate the family you built together with a gorgeous sunset in the background.
You might not expect it, but Pacific Whale Foundation has their own sunset cruise. Dine aboard a double-decker catamaran with live music.
It's a small mall with a few good shops, but the real draw here is the free Hula show. Come at 1 pm on weekends to get a taste of Hula before committing to a $100 luau.
This is where you'll find a truly authentic souvenir. Browse through homemade crafts, clothing, and jewelry from local artists.
No big scary waves, just calm wind and soft sand. This is a great place for the little ones to swim about in a warm ocean. Come here on a day exploring the North Shore.
Soft sands, small waves for boogie boarding, and breathtaking views make this one of Maui's top-rated beaches. There's also snorkeling at the rocky outcroppings and an inviting beachwalk.
With no resorts in sight, you're free from the crowds. This hidden gem is excellent for boogie boarding and a peaceful beach day in South Maui.
Maui's most popular beach, Ka'anapali is one mile of perfect sand. It's got snorkeling at Black Rock, dining and shopping at Whalers Village, and tons of fun energy.
It's the best place for snorkeling on Ka'anapali. If you come at sunset you can watch the cliff diving ceremony off a 30-foot rock.
In the heart of Whalers Village, it's a great place to dine with the family on the beach. Try the ceviche marinated in coconut sauce!
It's Lahaina's tasty lunch for under $10. Treat the family to Maui favorites such as Korean tacos, chicken katsu, or fries drenched in delicious sauce.
Maui Chef, Mark Ellman makes some seriously tasty fish. Best of all you can watch boats go in and out of Lahaina Harbor as you dine.
It's a casual, family BBQ joint with slow-cooked brisket and smoked ribs. They also have takeout for when you just want to eat back at your place.
Kids will love the delicious homemade pies and treats. They also make great specialty sandwiches, perfect for a quick lunch.
Indulge in seared ahi and foie gras or try their daily opakapaka fish special. This is one of the fanciest restaurants in Lahaina.
It's half fish market where you can buy the daily catch to grill or cook at home, and half deli serving ahi sandwiches slathered in secret sauce.
Perched on cliffs above the Pacific, this elegant open-air restaurant serves top grade sushi rolls and sashimi.
This place is a local legend! They serve simple, perfectly cooked fish in a casual picnic table setting. Their fish burgers are legendary.
It's Maui's answer to In-N-Out Burger and the best spot on the island to grab a tasty burger and fries.
It's a favorite spot among locals for their decadent Katsu Moco with delicious gravy. For something light, try their Chinese Chicken Salad.
Try the Ahi Benedict or Goat Cheese Pancakes for breakfast, and the Spice Rubbed Fish or Poke Tacos for lunch.
Several kids can split the classic Hawaiian "Mixed Plate," which comes with slow cooked pork, rice, and macaroni salad. Or take it all on yourself!
Mouth-watering Pork Adobo is marinated to perfection at this local hole in the wall.
Near the Lahaina Harbor, it's a great place to fuel up before your ocean adventure. Get the Lox and Bagel Benedict!
Poke, or raw cubed, marinated fish is a centuries-old Hawaiian specialty. This food truck serves it straight up or fried.