Finally kickstarting my series of posts for Hawaii! I’m so excited to share more about my trip with you. If Hawaii is one of the places in your bucket list, good for you!! If not, I hope that these posts will inspire you to explore this beautiful place. One thing to note is that IT IS EXPENSIVE. The cost of accommodation was enough to bust our budget (just to give you an idea – we paid an average of S$200 a night for a room in an Airbnb). Food is generally pricey, and while there are tonnes of activities to do on the islands, most of them require some sort of a fee. I was shocked myself when I realised out how much money we had to spend on this trip, oops.
Hawaii is definitely still worth visiting though!! And if you’re budget conscious, here are three activities that you can do for free while in Maui.
Find a beach and just chill, or swim/snorkel
Chilling at Wailea Beach
Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – I’m sure you already know that. And there is such a wide variety of beaches that there is definitely something for everyone! My favourite beach for PURE CHILLIN’ was Wailea Beach. Situated at the resort community of Maui, the beach fronts an entire stretch of luxury resorts, which means perfectly manicured grass, the mandatory swaying palm trees and lots of space all round. We were pleasantly surprised to know that the entire stretch of beach was open to the public, and we loved how clean and polished the area was.
We were happy to know that our Airbnb host provided snorkelling gear which we could borrow during our stay. And even if yours doesn’t, just buy a set from Decathlon before going there (it’s pretty affordable). Do pick the right beaches to snorkel at though! It was hilarious when we tried snorkelling at a beach with huge waves and simply got splashed around over and over till we gave up.
Catch a magnificent sunset
Sunset at Ho’okipa Beach Park
Ah, if you read my previous post on travelling, you’ll know that this is one of my favourites. Hawaii has the most spectacular sunsets, and I promise that you will not be disappointed!! One of our favourite experiences of the trip was at Ho’okipa Beach Park where we watched sea turtles coming up to the shore to rest for the night, and witnessed this amazing sunset. It took my breath away.
Embark on the Road to Hana
Just one of the amazing views along the Road to Hana
Okay, I need to clarify that this is “free”, assuming that you have already rented a car, which you would probably need if you wanted to explore the island on your own. Get ready for the ride of your life with this road of more than 600 hairpin turns! Though not as treacherous as what some people might say (there are proper paved roads and signages), this legendary road is certainly one to be dealt with care. Plan your stops (there is only one road so you won’t get lost, but you have to keep your eyes peeled for the sights), pack a picnic basket and prepare to devote a day to this journey. Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination – we never made it to Hana ourselves in the end, but we did manage to enjoy really nice sights along the way!
There will be more posts to come on Hawaii! Anything you’d like to know? Drop a comment below and let’s see if it can become the content for my next post.