When to Visit the Valley Isle
Wondering when is the best time to visit Maui? If you've already narrowed down your choices of islands and Maui is the winner, you're probably wondering what time of year to visit the island.
Weather wise, you'll be happy to know that Maui's warm tropical climate is fairly consistent year round with daytime highs in the mid-80's to mid-70's during the summer and winter, respectively. At the many coastal resorts that dot the island at sea level, temperatures rarely dip below 60°F during the coldest of winter. The weather on Maui is typically great for visitors year round. The only time Maui's weather is unpleasant is if a winter storm blankets the island with clouds and rain, but those are infrequent and shouldn't be too much of a concern.
The majority of the rain that Maui receives falls in the winter months, from November through March. Rain showers are typically short and are quickly followed by more sunshine, and, if you're lucky, rainbows. Rainbows are always said to be a sign of good luck in the islands, meaning you'll return one day if you spot one.
Below we've included two graphics from The Weather Channel that should help you gauge what the weather will be like during your visit. Please remember that weather conditions can be drastically different depending on the geography of the island. For more information about Maui's weather and the best places to stay on the island, be sure to check out our Maui Weather and Where to Stay on Maui articles.
If you're looking for the best deals on accommodations, spring and fall are the cheapest months to visit the island because demand is down. This means the island is less crowded as well, which is another benefit of visiting during these months. Our personal preference is April - May. If you plan to come during the holidays, especially Christmas, you can typically expect large crowds of people - and prices will reflect the increased demand.
If you're planning to visit during the winter months, you won't be alone. Many other visitors also pick Maui during this time of year because they all hope to catch a glimpse of the majestic creatures that call the warm, sheltered waters near Maui home- the humpback whales. Each January - March they migrate down from Alaskan waters to mate, calve, and birth their young. Maui has the best opportunities for whale watching in the entire state.
So, putting it all together and taking into consideration the weather, demand for accommodations, and how crowded (or not) the island is, then the ideal months for visitors are late March, April, May, August, September, and early October.