Oh my Maui

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Ah, Maui, the go-to tourist destination for all mainlanders. Unfortunately, with airfare, hotels and activities, this beautiful island can quickly become a money pit. Luckily, there are alternative options to pricey resorts and money-sucking activities.

For beautiful beachside accommodations, Camp Olowalu in Lahaina is the spot. Campsites are incredibly affordable, enclosed by intertwining trees and located mere yards from the ocean. There are also lovely little tentalows just behind the tent camping for a slightly higher price. Not to mention, you get to fall asleep under a million stars and wake up to the sound of crashing waves – not too bad for a night in Maui.

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Just across the street from the entrance to the campgrounds, local salespeople offer fresh fruit daily. Fresh papaya and pineapples are a favorite across Hawaii and can be found around every corner. Like the setup outside Olowalu, a lot of the fruit is made available through the locals selling their supply on the roadside.

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For more fruity options, check out Baya Bowls. The small food truck offers what are probably the best acai bowls on the island. The bowls come with an assortment of toppings, and you can add anything you like. Their sign makes for a pretty good Insta pic as well.

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After enjoying your choice of fruity delight, head to the beach. There are 30 miles of beaches to choose from, and each one is as beautiful as the next.

 

If going on adventures is more of your vibe than lounging in the sand, you’ve got to go to Haleakala. It’s the peak of the island and offers incredible views. If you’re really intense, you can even get up well before the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise and beat the cloud bank.

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There’s also always whale watching for a morning or afternoon activity. While it may be a little pricer, the Pacific Whale Foundation functions as a non-profit and does a great job on tours. Just make sure to bring Dramamine and sunscreen if you’re the more sensitive kind of folk.

Any way you swing it, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the beautiful island of Maui.

Contact Hailey Johnson at [email protected].