Things You Should Know Before You Go to Maui

Veselina Dzhingarova

Maui is one of the most popular travel destinations from around the world. It is really easy to understand why since there are literally countless available options for tourists of all different desires and wishes. There are numerous luxury beach front rentals in Maui and attractions that you can choose but there are also many things that should be known before you travel there.

In the event that you are planning your Maui vacation now, here are some reminders that will help you make the most out of the experience. These tips might very well make your vacation better.

You Will Need to Rent A Car

Most tourists do not realize the fact that Maui is a really big island. It is so big that you do need a car in order to be able to experience all that you can. Be sure that you accordingly plan. If you decide to rent a car at the very last moment, there is a pretty good possibility you will end up overpaying.

Whenever possible, rent your car from the locally-owned firms. Try to avoid the international chains since they are going to be more expensive. The local options are those that offer the very best possible customer service.

If you rent a car, be sure that you read the contract so you understand if there are some restrictions that apply. In the event you need a ride really fast, you can always go for taxis or Uber but this can easily get really expensive.

You Need Sunscreen

There is simply no way around this. If you decide to visit any part of Hawaii, you do need quality sunscreen or you will have problems.

The best option available for you in Maui is reef safe sunscreen. This practically means that the active ingredients are either non-nano titanium dioxide or non-nano zinc oxide. In the event that sunscreen contains ingredients like homosalate, octisalate, oxybenzone or octinoxate, among others, it is not actually reef safe.

Chemical sunscreens are actually banned in Hawaii so you might have problems if you use them. The problem is that this is only the case starting in 2021. Until then, you have to read labels.

To put things as simple as possible, you should never use sunscreen that is not safe for the reef as this would damage nature, which is definitely not what you want to do. Many brands just use false advertising to sell products. Do not buy anything that you find.

Don’t Focus Just on Maui’s Beaches

There are obviously people that travel to Maui just to escape the cold weather at home and relax in the sun. Nobody can say that there is something wrong with that. Relaxing on a beautiful Maui beach while drinking a Mai Tai is wonderful but why not enjoy more of the island?

You can do so many incredible things in Maui. If you just stay on the beach and in your resort, you miss out on so many activities you are going to join.

Just as a simple example, Maui includes 10 climate zones, which is huge given the fact that the entire world has 14. This is important as it means you can find tropical rainforests, deserts and more in just one island. If you are an adventurer, this is a dream vacation spot for you.

Make sure that you consider the Haleakala Crater and if you have time, go on a scenic drive on the stunning road to Hana. If you are not afraid of heights, you can even go on a sightseeing helicopter ride.

Learn as much as you can about the travel activities in Maui and choose as many that you will like as possible, based on budget and how much you can afford.

Maui Can Be Much Cheaper Than Initially Imagined

Most tourists believe that Hawaii is very expensive and they will need to spend a lot on the trip but the truth is that there are many ways in which you can visit the island in an affordable way. Everything boils down to your research and allowing yourself enough time to make the best possible choices.

The best thing that you can do is read articles written by locals. See how they travel, where they eat and what they do. This will offer a local experience that allows you to enjoy culture in a totally different way than with a large tour. Also, you might find really cheap deals that are not advertised online.

Simply put, the more you learn about what is available in Maui, the easier it is to save money. Also, the longer you plan, the easier it is to come up with a travel itinerary that will be very affordable. Saving money in Maui is possible in various ways. You just need to find what is great for you.

Enjoy Aloha

“Aloha” is a word that can mean so many different things. So much of the local language is just like that. This is a word that is normally used to say goodbye or hello but it can also express love. The point is that if you visit Maui, it is a really good idea to learn all that you can about the local culture so that you can understand exactly what Aloha means.

Aloha is about interacting with nature and teaching children to love the world. It is a huge part of almost everything that is done in Hawaii so learn all that you can about it. This might change your way of seeing life as a whole.


About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired two decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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