If your budget is large or unlimited you will find that Maui will afford you all the luxury and world class activities that you would expect. It is important to know that you can enjoy an outstanding vacation on Maui with a limited budget.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when planning to travel to Maui on a limited budget. The most important is to make early decisions about what kind of travel and living accommodations you will need, what types of activities you and your family would enjoy and exactly the limits of your budget. Depending on the dates of your travel, you might need to make reservations as much as a year in advance for some elements of your trip.
In general there are two travel seasons on the island; the “high” season and the “low” season. Read this as the “expensive” season and the “regular” cost season.
The high season is from December 15th through April 15th. The rest of the year is the regular season. The high season covers the holidays such as Christmas and New Year and the cold weather in North America. It’s a great time to be in Hawaii. As such, you can expect that prices for such things as living accommodations will be much more expensive than in the regular season, as mush as double the cost in some instances. You will also find that air travel costs, restaurant costs and activities in general will be more expensive than in the rest of the year. Also, the island will be more crowded so services such as restaurants and shops will be slower. Motor traffic will also be much more congested during the high season.
The implication being that if timing is not a factor in your vacation and funds are limited you would be wise to avoid the high season.
However, there are some things that happen around Maui that take place only in the winter, namely the arrival of Humpback whales in early December. They provide a spectacular sight in the channels surrounding Maui and this is very important to some people. The prospect of dependable warm weather during this time also brings many people to the island during the high season.
On Maui you will find a wide variety of accomodations. Depending on the size of your group, from singles, through couples to families and other gatherings, there is “just the right place” to stay. You can find world class resorts where your every need and want is catered to in royal (alii) style, through all types of hotels, through fully furnished condominiums, through renting homes and apartments. The accomodations can be ocean front on the beach, In town through “up country” on the flanks of one of the two (dormant) volcanoes on the island.
Of course the cost of accommodations varies with the type, size and location of the property. You can expect to pay much more for space in a luxury resort than in an upcountry bed and breakfast. It will serve you well to contact one of the many travel companies in Maui to explore your options and to make your reservations.
Maui is a major vacation destination. The local people will do everything to make your stay comfortable, easy and really fun. The total experience of visiting Maui will give you memories for a life time.
The test of a really great vacation is that you hate to leave. You will find that to be the case when you visit Maui.