Hawaii is known as one of America's most expensive travel destinations, and its second largest island - Maui - is no exception. But this stunning locale is a must-see and the perfect opportunity for a serene family vacation. With a little planning and the excellent Maui discounts on Maui rental cars offered by Dollar Rent A Car, you can stay well within your travel budget. Then, that rental can get you around to these cheap and free attractions on the Magic Isle:
Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
Step out of your Maui car rental and enter the stunning natural habitat of the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, where admission is always free. This protected wetland habitat, located in the southern portion of Maui's central valley, spans 704 acres. Kealia Pond itself is small and shallow, though it nearly doubles in size during the rainy winter season. Feast your eyes on more than 30 species of waterfowl, ducks and shorebirds, like the Hawaiian stilt and coot, Northern Pintail and black-crowned night heron. You can also peruse the educational exhibits housed within the grounds' massive visitors center.
Whale watching on the waterfront
Drive your Maui car rental along the main road to reach the western coast shoreline, where the waters are abundant with whales. One spot in particular - McGregor Point Lookout - is a prime location for whale watching, and it's manned by volunteers from the Pacific Whale Foundation. These experts will answer any questions you have about the majestic species, provide you with educational brochures and even let you borrow a pair of binoculars for a better look.