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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With one of the most diverse collections of golf courses in world, Maui lets you play the mountains one day and the ocean the next.
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.
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.
How do you go about finding the right Maui Luau? This guide breaks down seven of Maui’s best Luaus and lays out what makes each one unique.
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.
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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!
Great recs from a mom who vacations on Maui all the time.
There's nothing more romantic than dining on the sea at sunset.
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.
Tips to help you find a tour that works your family.
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.
Protected from the wind by the mountains, this player-friendly course offers a new view of the island at every hole.
Golfing in a Lord of the Rings-like setting, this challenging PGA course is par 73 at 7,400 yards.
These 3 world-class courses cater to all types. From the tough Robert Trent, Gold Course to the family-friendly Emerald, and player-friendly Blue.
Not overly long at 6,570 yards, it's a course for shot makers, with smallish greens, dog legs, and elevation changes. Oh and with their Aloha Friday deal you can play for $49, all day.
You could come for just the clubhouse. But if you come for golf, you'll be rewarded with a "pure golf experience" – nothing but nature in all directions.
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.
They stock lots of locally-grown organic produce and an extensive hot and cold salad bar.
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.
Every ship is like a "floating classroom" where you get the inside scoop on Maui's whales from highly trained naturalists. Your ticket also helps fund conservation.
Every ship is like a "floating classroom" where you get the inside scoop on Maui's whales from highly trained naturalists. Your ticket also helps fund conservation.
Walk along Ka'anapali beach for brunch at this restaurant. Get the Cinnamon French Toast for breakfast, or fish tacos for lunch.
Right above the beach, you can watch the sunset over the ocean. Come at 3-7 pm or 9-11 pm for happy hour specials, or brunch for their "pour your own champagne" mimosa station.
Enjoy macadamia nut pancakes, eggs benedict, and other brunch favorites with a view of surfers in the distance. It's Maui's most famous brunch spot for good reason.
This is where you'd come to propose in grand style. Set in a tropical garden with gorgeous views of the Island, Capische? serves delicious Italian food with a local twist.
It's hard to be closer to the ocean without being in it. Sea House is known for its extensive happy hour menu and views of Napili Bay.
If you drive by here and blink you might miss it. But if you can find it, this calm, uncrowded beach is really special.
Dine on pork cooked in an underground oven, while the sun sets over the ocean to traditional Hawaiian music and dance. It's an intimate venue great for families.
Relax in the cedar wood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, or get a Lomi Lomi massage. Then cool off in bamboo rainfall showers that run with water from the peaks above.
Pineapple scrub gently exfoliates and the Lomi Lomi and Swedish massage loosen tension. This large spa has 16 individual treatment rooms and 3 private couples rooms.
You can hear the soothing sound of the ocean from the cliffs above Napili Bay, as a delicate Lomi Lomi massage releases tension under the moonlight.
They're known for their hot stone treatments and soothing Himalayan Salt Room. They also have special massages for the mother-to-be.
Lie-down in a shaded beach cabana, and let the masseur to the rest. Then hop in the steam room to finish off.
The manager at Maui Hill resort puts on a weekly Mai Tai party with live music and free drinks. Seriously, Dennis is the the man!
Right on Ka'anapali Beach, you can hear the waves as you dine. Try their seasonal specialty cocktail at happy hour, which runs from 3-5 pm everyday and includes live music.
Tucked away in a nice family resort, this place is great for a drink and bite to eat by the pool.
Maui's capital knows how to party! Join on first Fridays for a street party with craft vendors, food stands, and a beer garden serving local brews.
All the galleries light up until 10 pm and Front Street buzzes with music, food, family activities, and performers from Ulalena.
Maui's cowboy town puts on a street party with locally farmed food, classical Hawaiian music, dancing, and a fire show.
The Keiki/Youth Zone has lots for the little ones, and parents can browse booths set up by local shops.
There's live music here everyday. Bring the family for lunch at this Whalers Village restaurant on Ka'anapali Beach.
The decor is funky, really funky. See for yourself! They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live jazz. Say hi to Farzad, the super friendly owner.
Grab some local kula greens, Hawaiian avocados and fresh fish at Fish Market Maui, next door.
Grab local fruits and veggies with views of the ocean and mountains in the background.
The Sharwil avocado is so good, it's been banned on the mainland. But you can get it here. You can also pick up local juices, jams, and fresh baked goods.
There's a wide variety of local fruits, veggies, and confectionaries at this Saturday morning market.
Cool off in the shade of the banyan tree and see work from local artists. There's also a face painting booth and kid's crafts for the little ones.
On the last Thursday of the month, The Baldwin Home Museum puts on a free outdoor concert with local musicians from 6-7:30 pm.
This isn't your typical luau music. It's a celebration of authentic Hawaiian folk music, epitomized by the distinct sound of the slack-key guitar.
With the "wow" factor of Cirque du Soleil, this powerful retelling of Hawaiian history is a blend of dance, music, and acrobatics.
Like something out of the Partridge Family, this family troupe, puts on a magic dinner show infused with family-friendly comedy.
Every Friday from 6-9 pm, the galleries of Lahaina host a free "Art Walk" with featured artists and refreshments.
It's a smaller luau, where you'll get your own individual table. The show takes place against the colorful backdrop of sunset over Ka'anapali Beach.
Five dancers toss flaming knives across the stage and acrobats pull a number of stunts. This luau is less crowded and about 1/2 the size of other luaus.
The perfect romantic date, it's a beautifully choreographed show with some of the "most fabulous cooking on Maui."
Even teenagers would have a hard time texting through the show. This spectacle blends hula and exciting Samoan fire knife dancing.
One of Maui's most affordable Luau's, you get one free ticket for kids 6-11, and all kids under 5 get in free.
It's like the Paia Fish Market of South Maui. If you're in Kihei, stop by for lunch to take to the beach or up to the top of Haleakala.
If you're staying on West Maui, this is a great restaurant to grab snacks before venturing out to Hana. Grab their signature Hana Lunch Box (everything you need for $12).
Located in the Shops at Wailea, choose between hot and cold prepared foods and pre-made deli sandwiches.
Lunch bentos, sandwiches, salads, and other Hawaiian specialties make up the menu. Try the fresh made Malasada donuts.
This mom n' pop lunch spot serves local favorites to go. Set in Maui's central valley it's a great place to stop if you're visiting the Ioa Valley.
This hidden gem, is basically in the middle of nowhere. But those who make the trek out to Hali'imaile in the highlands, will be rewarded with some of the island's best cooking.
With an emphasis on local food, you get a real sense of what the island has to offer. Highlights include the Abalone Risotto with Kampachi Bacon and the Surfing Goat Cheesecake for dessert.
It's Hawaiian fusion food done right. This chain may dot the state of Florida, nearly 5,000 miles away, but it still holds its own on Maui.
Now for the holy combination of steak and seafood. That's the specialty here at this open-air, Four Seasons restaurant.
With postcard-worthy views and Instagram-worthy dishes, this romantic Kapalua restaurant serves delicious rack of lamb and tasty snapper.
It lives up to the hype! Dine on fish caught that day and cooked to perfection in the light of flickering tiki torches over a secluded cove.
Think Jiro Dreams of Sushi. This exclusive 15-seat sushi bar serves some of the best raw fish outside of Tokyo. Be sure to make reservations well in advance!
Ululani's is one of the best spots to grab shave ice on Maui. Get it with ice cream on the bottom and sweetened condensed milk drizzled on top!
These coveted donuts come with exotic tropical fillings, like guava jam. Located in Upcountry, it's a great place to pick up a treat as reward for summiting Haleakala.
When you're a kid, a small bag of Maui-style potato chips goes fast. Stop by the Maui Potato Chip Factory to see where they're made.
Their battered, fried Mahi-Mahi taco is one of the tastiest on the island. Bet you can't eat just one!
It's a tiny little beach in Kihei and an ideal launch for beginner stand up paddlers.
Frequented by tourists and locals alike, this beach park is a great spot for a picnic, and its calm waters makes it ideal for stand up paddle.
One of three great beach parks, you have a BBQ area with picnic benches. It's a also a great spot for stand up paddle.
This highly-rated ocean tour company offers many amazing excursions and lessons for exploring the warm waters off Maui's coast.
Call them up to rent stand up paddle boards for $45/day or GoPros for $35/day. They'll deliver to your door!
Maui surf board rentals are $25-35/day, stand up paddle board rentals range from $45-55/day.
Great place to rent surfboards and stand up paddle boards in South Maui. They give surf lessons and stand up paddle lessons too.
With gentle and abundant waves, it's a great place for beginner surfers. Experienced stand up paddlers will also enjoy paddling in the break.
It's a quiet, 5-mile beach (longest on Maui!) on an undeveloped part of the coast. The shore is a little small, but it's a great starting point for a 3-mile SUP ride to Kihei.
The pizza is excellent – thin and crispy crust with fresh toppings. It's a great stop if you're visiting the North Shore or on your way to Hana.