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Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian island archipelago. It is nicknamed “The Valley Isle” because of the isthmus between Mauna Kahalawai (the West Maui Mountains) and Haleakalā (the East Maui Volcano), as well as the large valleys that cover the mountain ranges. Maui has four major population masses: Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, and Upcountry Maui.
Maui has a lovely collection of beautiful hostels that are perfect for chilling out on the beach, enjoying the towns and taking day trips around the rest of the island. To get out and explore the island’s incredible landscapes, look out for a hostel that offers free bicycles, kayaks and surfboards to its guests. Other hostels in Maui offer free daily tours, from volcano hikes to whale watching. Most Maui hostels have free Wi-Fi, and a few even throw in free breakfasts to help you start your day in a budget friendly way!
Choose a hostel in the Lahaina neighbourhood of Maui to be near the island’s most famous street, Front Street. It’s known for its amazing shops and restaurants, as well as being close to the best surf spot on the island’s west side. To explore Maui’s greenest side, choose a hostel in Wailuku where you’ll find the Iau Valley State Park, a popular spot for rainforest hiking, as well as the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. Wherever you choose to stay in Maui, you can count on sun, sea and sand.
There is A LOT to do in Maui. There are the obvious activities like sprawling out on the beach, frolicking in the waves, snorkelling, and surfing; however, there are a bunch of things to do in Maui that you might not have thought of! We strongly recommend checking out the many waterfall or peak hikes, a volcanic cave tour, or even some ocean rafting. Maui also has many nightclubs and live music options to suit your definition of a good night out as well.
Biking or walking is generally all you need to do to get around the towns. There are thirteen bus routes around the island too, just keep an eye on the departure times if you’re in a rush as the buses run hourly! Although renting a car is much more expensive than the $2 you’ll spend on a bus ticket, it will give you the most freedom to come and go as you please; as well as allowing you to explore the less accessible areas of Maui. You might just find yourself able to rent a car with the money you save by staying at one of Maui’s hostels, or you might meet someone at the hostel who is willing to let you cruise along with them in theirs.