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8 Free and Cheap Things to Do in Maui

When you vacation in Maui, you’ll have an endless supply of things to do and sights to see. Luckily some of them are free, or at least very budget-friendly, so you can take in some of the unique things to do on this island on a budget. Read on to learn more about free and cheap things to do in Maui.

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1) Keanae Arboretum

Over six acres are at your disposal at the Keanae Arboretum, flowering over with 150 varieties of tropical plants, trees and flowers. Admission is free.

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2) The Banyan Tree

This ancient, sprawling tree takes up an entire block in Lahaina. It’s an absolute must-see, and is a perfect spot for family photos. Plus, there’s no charge to visit this natural wonder.

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3) Lahaina Historical Trail

Another Lahaina must is the self-guided free Lahaina Historical Trail. See sights related to the Maui whaling industry of the 1800s and 64 historical landmarks in Maui’s history.

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4) Dragon’s Teeth

See this unique sight at Makalua-Puna Point in Kapalua on the northwest shore of Maui. Formed by lava that hardened, you’ll see a shape resembling what can only be viewed as Dragon’s Teeth – hence the name.

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5) Ali’i Kula Lavender Museum

One of the most unique cheap things to do in Maui, is visit this lavender farm, located on the slopes of Haleakala, to see up-close 45 varieties of lavender. Open daily from 9am to 4pm, admission is free although a walking tour is available for a small fee. Try a lavender scone or lavender tea on your visit.

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6) Bailey House Museum

19th century Hawaii heritage is celebrated here. Located in Wailuku, it is home to paintings, artifacts and cultural history. Admission is $7 for adults and children 7-12 are $2. Children 6 and under are free.

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7) Surfing Goat Dairy

The name itself is intriguing, right? Come out to this goat dairy to hand milk goats as well as feed them. Learn how goat cheese is made and even purchase some for later. Tours are offered Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm or 4pm. Tour costs $15 for adults, $12 for children.

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8) Kulu Botanical Garden

View waterfalls, rock formations, an aviary, koi pond and stunning vistas of the west Maui Maintains at the Kulu Botanical Garden. Located in the town of Kulu, admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

These free and cheap things to do in Maui let you see a unique side of the island, all for a super low cost. Check them out on your next Maui vacation.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Maui to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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