Eat in Maui on a Budget

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Maui is one of those travel destinations that is notoriously expensive. But does the island really live up to its reputation? According to the Los Angeles Times, there are plenty of dining deals to be had if you know where to look.

LA Times staff writer Rosemary McClure scoured the island of Maui with a couple of local culinary experts: Bobby Santos, chef instructor at the Maui Culinary Academy, Charmain Tavares, the mayor of Maui, and others. Together, they compiled a list of 20 Cheap Eats Under $20 on Maui. McClure’s picks include CJ’s Deli & Diner, Sunrise Cafe, and Fish Market Maui.

Do you know of a place on Maui that serves inexpensive eats? Leave us a comment, and tell us about it!

Comments

  1. Jon says:

    More inexpensive Maui restaurants are reviewed here
    http://www.mauihawaii.org/restaurants/inexpensive-restaurants.htm
    and each has a link to a page with more info about the restaurant, including menu lists and food photos.

  2. It is great find out about cheap eats on Maui because it seems everyone is on a budget lately. another way to save money on your maui vacation is to rent from an owner and stay in a Maui Vacation Rental. This way you will have more spending money to enjoy all the wonderful Maui attractions.
    Aloha
    Jules Maui

  3. That looks delicious! I rented a condo in Maui for this summer, I can’t wait to taste their cuisine!

  4. mandino says:

    I think this is a really healthy meal… well.. I have always learned in food that quality is better than quantity, but it depends and you have to balance it out… I usually do a research for some tips and advises from other travelers too…

  5. aloha says:

    If I’m gonna go to Maui, then I’ll make sure that I have the money to do whatever I want and not worry about the money. This way, I’ll have the best time of my life. Aloha!

  6. Kung Pao chicken takeout and watching the sunset on the balcony was great. There are your normal places to eat on the island that you will recognize (Pizza Hut, etc.). There are places that serve good food (not fast food) that are not that expensive if you look for them. There was a small take out deli in the strip mall in Honokawai (across for the beach park) that was pretty good and offered a wide variety of food. Also, in Lahaina near the library was a small cafe that was not very obvious from the road, but also quite good. You will have to look around in your area when you arive to spot these places, but be warned that the majority of these family run or small establishments only take cash and not checks (including travelers checks) or credit cards. I guess there is just too much fraud.

  7. . It runs about $25 per person, although the first person runs more and additional travelers less. If you are staying in a hotel, this number will be significantly higher as you will have to eat out for all meals. Conservative living could reduce the daily expense further, but keep in mind, you are on vacation! The last thing you want is to travel to Maui only to sit in a room to save money.
    First I would say snack a lot and avoid getting overcharged by not planning. We had one good outside meal a day on most days, but found that relaxing by ourselves over some Kung Pao chicken takeout and watching the sunset on the balcony was great. There are your normal places to eat on the island that you will recognize (Pizza Hut, etc.). There are places that serve good food (not fast food) that are not that expensive if you look for them. There was a small take out deli in the strip mall in Honokawai (across for the beach park) that was pretty good and offered a wide variety of food. Also, in Lahaina near the library was a small cafe that was not very obvious from the road, but also quite good. You will have to look around in your area when you arive to spot these places, but be warned that the majority of these family run or small establishments only take cash and not checks (including travelers checks) or credit cards. I guess there is just too much fraud.

  8. jennismortal says:

    Bring your own snack and food items. Don’t bring fresh fruits or vegtables as they will likely be confiscated (dried fruits are ok). Go to the store and think of all the non-perishable things you like to eat and stuff them in your suitcases.

  9. allangering says:

    There are places that serve good food (not fast food) that are not that expensive if you look for them. There was a small take out deli in the strip mall in Honokawai (across for the beach park) that was pretty good and offered a wide variety of food.

  10. pearle says:

    There are places that serve good food that are not that expensive if you look for them. There was a small take out deli in the strip mall in honokawai that was pretty good and offered a wide variety of food.
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    Good source for Maui travel deals

  11. Maui condos says:

    Wow That’s great

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