As one of Hawaii’s most touristed islands, Maui can come with a hefty price tag—even if you’re traveling with Airbnb, where entire home rentals average close to $300/night. That said, if you’re seeking something with a little more character and local color than a five-star resort, the home-sharing site seriously delivers. Here are 10 of our favorite Airbnbs on Maui.
1.Garden Gingerbread House 2. a sustainable farm 3. condo in Lahaina Shores 4. one bedroom cottage 5. upstairs detached custom cottage apartment 6. Joan’s Gazebo 7. Haiku surf cottage 8. ocean view studio 9. North Shore studio 10. Bamboo Hale
Paste’s Airbnb columnist Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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The Garden Gingerbread House is more than just a charming place to stay—Superhost Eve also offers retreat services like relationship coaching, guided labyrinth walks, intuitive readings, weddings, and more. The 1930s studio cottage has a kitchenette, cathedral ceilings, and access to a lush garden filled with native fruit trees. And also, it's purportedly where Jimi Hendrix stayed when he was filming Rainbow Bridge on Maui in the 1970s.
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Experience the slower pace of life on a sustainable farm in the small village of Nahiku, half an hour from Hana. Zeoc and Jen's remote jungle cottage offers basic amenities like a propane cookstove, a composting toilet, an outdoor shower, and minimal electricity. Guests are encouraged to take part in farm duties, or just pick some fruit of vegetables for snacking. The ocean is about a mile's hike away with spectacular views.
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Georgann's condo in Lahaina Shores boasts the ocean on one side and dramatic views of the West Maui Mountains on the other. The newly renovated space has a Serta king bed, a fully equipped kitchen, and a furnished lanai (balcony). It's a quick walk to historic Lahaina Town, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820-1845. Guests also have access to an oceanfront pool and Jacuzzi.
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This one-bedroom cottage is in the rural town of Hana on the island's East Side. It has a large eat-in kitchen, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed. From the breezy lanai, you can take in views of the mountains as well as Hana Bay, which is a 10-minute walk away. Also nearby: waterfalls, a volcanic grotto, a black sand beach, and a blow hole along the coast.
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This upstairs detached custom cottage apartment is on a secluded two-acre lot in rural Haiku-Pauwela. With ocean views, an organic garden, and a spa-like bathroom with a two-person soaking tub, the place is perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation. There's also a good-sized kitchen and a grill for cooking out. Haiku town center is a mile away.
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Joan's Gazebo is in Kula, a small community in upcountry Maui. With an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level, the area enjoys cooler temperatures than the rest of the island—and amazing views of the ocean. Besides a bed, the petite space has a table for two, a bathroom, a mini fridge, and a small private deck overlooking the garden.
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A custom surfboard fence surrounds the Haiku Surf Cottage , a cute two-bedroom spot that accommodates up to four guests. It has a full kitchen, two private bedrooms, a covered porch, and a private yard, and there's a coffee shop within walking distance. This quiet part of Maui tends to have cooler, rainy nights and sunny days averaging 80 degrees.
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Priced at close to $100/night (including Hawaii's hefty transient accommodations tax), this ocean view studio is a bargain by Maui standards. Situated about 1,000 feet from the water, the apartment has a full kitchen, living area, and a small patio. It includes access to a pool and tennis courts, plus all the necessary beach gear like chairs, towels, and an umbrella.
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This North Shore studio offers guests a chance to get back to nature with an outdoor shower, an outhouse with a composting toilet, and a surrounding garden filled with banana and coconut trees. The screened-in lanai houses cooking and dining areas. It's 10 miles from Paia, a quiet surfing village.
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The Bamboo Hale in bustling Lahaina is a fairly basic condo in a convenient location near the town and beaches. There's a large private tropical garden surrounding the place, and a farmers market, cafe, park, and bus stop within walking distance. Superhost Thierry also provides beach chairs and snorkel gear, and he can even arrange surfboard rentals and airport transfer if you give him enough notice.