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Find the most inexpensive Maui Accommodations

In today's world, everyone looking for accommodations in Hawaii is in pursuit of the least expensive alternative to hotels and resorts. Everyone wants the same close proximity to the beach and best attractions, but we all want to pay less.

Well, we've figured it out, and so have many other thrifty visitors. Maui villas and other vacation rentals can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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Here's what to do:

1. Find the best suited rental.

Look through sites like, VRBO, Craigslist, or AirBnB or and find an inexpensive rental with reviews. Look for one with a kitchen preferrably. It's worth the extra dough for a kitchen. Also, make sure you're near the ocean (if that's a priority.)

Kihei Town

If you’re planning on spending most of your time on the beach, The Penthouse Maui sits directly on one of sunny South Maui’s most popular beaches. The Penthouse Maui offers a handful of beach amenities, such as snorkel gear, beach chairs, umbrellas, and even kayaks! Guests will find a carefully appointed interior as well as stunning ocean views from the open-air lanai. The unit also has a full kitchen and comes equipped with everything you may need to do some home cooking. Located in the heart of Kihei, The Penthouse Maui is within walking distance of shops and a handful of dining options. This central location is also a perfect choice for those planning on making day trips to Haleakala Crater or Hana.


Unplug in the rolling hills above Makawao town with a stay at North Shore Lookout. This chic bed and breakfast sits on nine acres of gorgeous Upcountry land. With a total of only five rooms, North Shore Lookout offers the promise of privacy and exclusivity while only located a short drive from some of the island’s best beaches, hikes, shopping, and dining. North Shore Lookout offers daily continental breakfasts so guests can fuel up before exploring all corners of the island. On-site, explore the property’s sprawling nine acres, take in the sweeping views of the northern coastline from the pool deck, or simply enjoy the cool Upcountry breezes from your own private lanai. Maui County Permit #BBMP20170003 HI TAT #TA-174-391-0912-01

Paia Town

If you plan on staying in Paia Town on Maui's north shore, we highly recommend the Nalu Kai Lodge. Not only is it located a short 3 minute walk away from Paia Bay Beach, but it's extremely close to Paia's best attractions, including restaurants like Charley's Restaurant & Saloon, Cafe Des Amis and Flatbread Pizza as well as art galleries, shops, and Paia's only grocery store, Mana Foods. While all the rooms are charming and extremely tidy, we recommend the 1 Bedroom Apartment to take advantage of the full kitchen. Grab a welcome cocktail at the outdoor tiki bar and watch the waves roll in while relaxing on the 2nd floor sun deck.

Iao Valley

If you want to be closer to nature, check out the Iao Valley Inn, which is less than 2 minutes away from downtown Wailuku yet nestled within a lush forest with great views.

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2. Hit up Costco and Mana Foods.

This is where you save a ton of money in Hawaii. If you're staying for a week, go to Costco. If you plan on staying for less time, you may want to go to Mana Foods instead (super inexpensive healthy grocer in Paia Town.)

By not being forced to eat at the resort restaurant for every meal, you'll save hundreds of dollars! Save that money for some fun Maui activities like a helicopter ride or snorkel cruise. With the extra money you save, you can afford to go to some really nice restaurants in Maui and experience the best that Maui has to offer. All it takes is a little extra effort, making a sandwich or two.

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3. Don't forget to rate your experience

After staying at your Maui beach home, go back to the site that you rented it from and rate your experience. This will help the next guy in the same way that it helped you to decide if a particular rental was right for you!

The Big Island is the least expensive, Kauai is the most expensive, but we believe Maui is the best (NO KA OI!) Oahu is great for those looking to surf and/or party. Kauai is way more laid back and has incredible hiking. The Big Island of Hawaii is excellent for exploring.

We highly recommend using Kamaole Sands for your next condo rental. Kihei offers just as much as the other resort areas, only it's a little closer to the many sights you'd want to see while in Maui, such as the waterfalls at Twin Falls, Lahaina's Front Street, The Iao Needle at the Iao Valley, and the huge surf on the North Shore.


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