Where to Eat
Maui offers all the majestic sights of Hawaii and many more. Visit the 1,200 foot high foliage covered cinder Iao Needle, take the scenic and winding road to Hana, visit the rain forest and water falls on the way. Watch the Humpback Whales winter passage on the west shores. Visit the historic whaling village of Lahaina, now renowned for its souvenir shops. Drive to the top of Haleakala mountain observation point for a breath taking view of the island, or stroll along the sandy beaches of Kaanapali Beach.
The Lahaina-Kaanapali area is full of hotels and condos to fit all budgets. Whether you're planning your honeymoon or a simple vacation, you'll need to plan ahead if you want to spend your time in Hawaii because staying there can get pricey. According to AAA, the average cost per day for a trip for two to Hawaii runs about $793 for just food and lodging, as of 2008. Even if you choose a less expensive accommodation option that offers a kitchen or kitchenette, you still may not end up ahead on the food costs. A single jar of peanut in Hawaii will set you back more than $8.
Whether you're flying from the west coast or the east coast to Hawaii can make a big difference in your airfare price tag. As of March 2011, a single, round-trip flight from Los Angeles, California or Portland, Oregon typically runs anywhere from $500 to $700 for coach per person. For two people, the cost will double to somewhere between $1,000 to $1,500. If you're trying to travel on a budget, look for a full-package deal with airfare and room and board in one to minimize the price.
If you're traveling as a couple, any single, double-occupancy room will do, but the amenities can add up quickly. A basic, double-occupancy room in a 3-star hotel can cost anywhere from approximately $120 to $200 per night, as of March 2011. However, according to AAA, the average nightly cost for a hotel room in Hawaii is $675, as of 2008, so luxury is available for a price.
Like hotel prices, food prices vary depending on what and where you eat, so the average is a bit more mutable. If you're on a budget and book a room with a kitchenette, you can spend as little as $40 to $60 a day on food, if you buy food to keep in the room. If you're planning a romantic dinner for two at an upscale restaurant, the ticket can add up to more than a $100 a night--not including breakfast and lunch. As of March 2011, plan on spending at least $100 to $150 a day on food, if you're searching for a happy medium.
If you want to explore, remember to plan for other types of travel, like flights between the islands and a rental car. As of March 2011, a typical flight for one person to hop from one island to the next typically costs anywhere from $50 to $150 dollars, based on where you're flying from, what island you're going to and other variables. The price for car rental varies by season. The last two weeks of December typically cost more, carrying a price tag of $265 to $500 a week for a car rental. During the rest of the season, plan to spend somewhere between $150 for an economy car to $300 dollars for a minivan a week.
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