Maui Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- Beware the "resort fee" Things that used to be freebies (like the hotel gym, the daily newspaper and making local telephone calls) are now tacked onto your hotel bill. Unfortunately, they're not negotiable, but at least you'll know in advance.
- Beware the "plate lunch" The term might make it sound like a light mid-day meal, but in truth, this uniquely Hawaiian tradition is a heaping pile of meat, at least two types of starch and fish.
- Beware daylight savings Or keep in mind that there aren't any. When the rest of the U.S. moves their clocks one-hour forward, Maui is three hours behind the West Coast and six hours behind the East Coast.
Maui is an attraction-filled destination that seems like a compilation of Hawaii's best qualities. Surfing beaches? Check. Volcanoes? Several. Family-friendly? Definitely. Posh resorts? Absolutely. The legions of vacationers that come back home teary-eyed and hypnotized can't be wrong -- this is where you learn Hawaii is more than a series of islands, it's also a spiritual experience. Step off the plane, take one whiff of the plumeria blooms and you'll be hooked.
You should note that every Hawaiian island offers something different. With Maui, you can expect one of the most tourist-friendly experiences. The island is easily covered by car, and the diverse terrain keeps photos interesting. If you're looking for adventure, you're better off on the Big Island. Should you want luxurious isolation, head to exclusive Lanai. For most visitors, Maui excels at providing the envisioned Hawaiian vacation and is the perfect introduction to the archipelago.
How To Save Money in Maui
- Forgo the oceanview You won't miss much if you have the "garden view," plus you'll find the day rate drops significantly.
- Reread your car-insurance policy Some rental agencies will try to convince you that you'll need collision insurance (This is a no-fault state, where you'll have to pay any accident damages before leaving). But your personal insurance policy might already cover this. Double check before you rent.
- Skip the luau The Old Lahaina Luau is credited as one of the most popular (and authentic) luaus of the Hawaiian islands, but tickets are nearly $100 per adult, and more than $65 per child.
Maui Culture & Customs
While Maui retains many aspects of its indigenous culture -- including hula and a vibrant traditional arts scene -- it's also important to recognize Maui and the island of Hawaii as a uniquely American travel destination. You should never refer to Hawaiian citizens as "natives" or "islanders," and to be aware that, in addition to the indigenous traditions of the island, Hawaiians also take pride in their status as a state of the union.
According to About.com, "Maui is Hawai'i's dining epicenter." From Asian to European cuisine, this small island is certainly pleasing to the taste buds. But a trip to Maui is not complete if you haven't tasted some of the local cuisine, such as Huli-Huli chicken or a traditional plate lunch, brimming with fresh seafood and macaroni salad.