Starting our trip in Maui always seemed a bit indulgent. It also meant the trip to South Africa to start the first leg of the RTW ticket was going to take a bit longer (around 36 hours). Still, getting to stay with Nate’s parents for almost two weeks was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
It turns out that while we did some activities that were on the more expensive side, our favorites were relatively low cost beyond the need to have a rental car to reach them. The hike to Na’ili’ili haele was free, snorkeling was free because Nate’s parents brought snorkel gear from home (much cheaper to buy on amazon compared to 2 hour or daily rentals if you plan to use them regularly), and Haleakala was only $25 + $1.50 for the online reservation fee for all of us to enjoy the 2+ hour experience. These activities pale in comparison to the kayaking, guided tours, and luaus that are advertised everywhere you look.