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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Maui Money-Saving Tips

Feeling a Little Adventurous?

A self-guided trek on the Road to Hana, a twisting and turning 52-mile journey into the heart of Maui, is a great way to spend the day amongst lush forests with several breath-taking stops along the way. You can take a dip into the emerald-colored pools of Twin Falls or increase your botanical knowledge at the Keanae Arboretum (both free activities). Leave for your trip at dawn and expect to come back late in the evening. Take a trip to the local grocery store and pack a picnic lunch.

Small Town Feel

Staying in the less-touristy areas, like Paia and Kihei, can save you money on lodging and let you enjoy a more private vacation. Visit www.vrbo.com for condo prices under $100/night. Spending hundreds of dollars on extravagant resorts when you'll most likely be spending your exotic vacation out and about is a waste of money, and these smaller towns will probably have less expensive restaurants as well.

Ferry

Maui is also serviced by ferry from two neighboring islands. You can arrive five times a day from Lanai (1hr; www.go-lanai.com) and; twice a day from Molokai (90mins; www.molokaiferry.com).

Rent a car

Given Maui’s limited public transport, renting a car from the Kahului Airport is the best option for exploring the island. Rates range from $45 a day for a mid-size to $75 for an SUV. Gas prices hover around $3.45 per gallon.

Traffic

The central highways 311 and 30, which go from Kahului to Kihei, and Waikapu to Kahakuloa, respectively, can be especially choked during rush hours, so plan your travel during between 9am and 4:30pm, or after 6:30pm.

Gold Card

A wide assortment of meals and activities can be purchased at up to 25-percent off for four people using the Activities and Attractions Association of Hawaii Gold Card. It’s good for one year and costs $30.

Beach safety

Hawaii has the second highest drowning rate in the country. The following site offers continuously updated conditions and hazards at specific Maui beaches. oceansafety.soest.hawaii.edu

Local cuisine

Don’t miss the island’s ‘ono (delicious) local specialties – malasadas (sugar-coated donuts), loco moco (fried egg and gravy atop hamburger and rice), manapua (steamed bun), musubi (seaweed-wrapped rice) – a mélange of multicultural culinary delights. Also, stop at an okazuya, Hawaii’s equivalent of a deli. Try Sam Soto’s in Wailuku or Ajiyoshi in Kahului.

Underwater camera

Even inexpensive, disposable underwater cameras can capture precious memories, whether it’s a belly-flop entry into the resort pool or a turtle’s graceful glide past colorful reef fish.

Guard your valuables

Even paradise has an underbelly, and parking areas at popular attractions are high-theft areas. Try not to leave any valuables in your vehicle, not even in the trunk.

Snorkel for Less

With five locations throughout Maui, renting out a mask-snorkel-fin set for $9/week from Snorkel Bob's could save you from spending wads of cash on pricier companies. If one day is all you need to explore the island's shores, Bob's Budget Crunch gear package is only $2.50 for 24-hour rental. Gear can also be returned to any location in the entire state! www.snorkelbob.com; 800-262-7725

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This Week Maui, the largest glossy magazine throughout the Hawaiian islands, offers deals on recreational activities and local restaurants.

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