For many people, Maui is the ultimate trip to paradise. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine have voted Maui as the Best Island in the World for 20 years. In Hawaiian, Maui no ka ‘oi means “Maui is the best” and, once you visit, we think you will agree. From the pristine, white beaches to the towering peak of Haleakala, the scenery is unparalleled.
So, when to visit? Many visitors are traveling with children and thus working around school vacation schedules. This often seemed to our family to translate to traveling with everyone else and paying the highest prices! Luckily, in Maui, some of the “low” season prices occur during school vacation schedules. While there are variations in what time periods comprise both “high” and “low” seasons, generally “high” season runs from mid December to the end of April with peak rates around the holidays.
Another factor to consider is the weather, but the year-round temperature doesn’t vary much. The average daytime high in summer is 85F while in winter the average daytime high is 78F. Nighttime temperatures are generally 10 degrees cooler. Of course, where you are on the island matters – the “dry” side or the “wet” side. The western side of Maui is the leeward side; with the protection from the wind, this side of the island is generally hot and dry. The eastern, or windward, side of Maui receives the full force of the wind and is usually cool and moist – if not rainy. The wonderful thing about Maui is that these areas are not far apart – generally folks stay on the western side where the world-famous beaches and resort areas are and travel to the east side to experience the lush rainforest, including the infamous Road to Hana and the bamboo forest.
Another huge consideration of when to visit is the opportunity to view humpback whales. These amazing creatures migrate from the Alaskan waters each winter to mate and give birth in the warm Hawaiian waters, with the waters off Maui’s western side being the best location in all of Hawaii to view these whales. During the winter, these whales may be seen from shore with the best shore views being from the southern and western sections of Maui, including the towns of Makena, Wailea, Kihei, Ma’alaea, Lahaina and Ka’anapali. Additionally, whale watch tour opportunities abound with many tours leaving out of Ma’alaea and Lahaina. The humpbacks begin arriving in late September or October and are generally gone by the end of May with the peak season being February and March.
Whenever you choose to visit, we know you will have an amazing experience and generate memories to last a lifetime.