Best Time to Visit Maui

Maui Tips for When to Visit

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.

The best time to visit Maui, taking into consideration the weather, demand for accommodations, and how crowded, or not, the island is, are the month(s) of April, May, August, September, and early October. Some call these Maui's 'off-season periods' or the 'shoulder months.' If you're coming specifically to see the whales, a popular attraction on Maui in particular, try to visit in January near their peak migration period.

There's more to cover on this topic before you make a final decision. Below we'll cover visitor arrivals, Maui's weather and climate, accommodations, rates, and what to expect on a visit during each season on Maui.

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Pipiwai Trail at Oheo Gulch in Kipahulu

Pipiwai Trail at Oheo Gulch in Kipahulu

Maui Visitors Arrivals

Typical Maui Visitor Arrivals (2019 & 2022) - Click to Enlarge

Typical Maui Visitor Arrivals (2019 & 2022) - Click to Enlarge

Garden of Eden along Hana Highway

Garden of Eden along Hana Highway

What to Expect on Maui in 2024

Post-pandemic inflation will continue to impact flight costs, the costs associated with rental vehicles, and potentially Maui accommodation rates due to increases in local electricity costs (Hawaii generates a significant amount of its electricity from petroleum fuels). Already we've seen 30-40% increases in fares over pre-pandemic (2019) rates on Maui. 

The Maui Wildfires that occurred in August 2023 also have had a devastating effect on local tourism in Maui; occupancy rates are hovering well below their average as of late 2023. If you're looking to avoid the crowds, now is the time to visit Maui!

Visiting Hawaii within the next few years, between 2024 and 2025, means you'll avoid the increased crowds projected to return by 2026 and beyond. So, if you're visiting Maui soon, you've selected a great time!

Please remember to be mindful and respectful of Maui residents as they continue to heal from the August 2023 wildfires.

We'll keep you posted... this article will be updated accordingly as things change.

Best Time to Visit Maui

Maui Weather & Climate

Weather-wise, you'll be happy to know that Maui's warm tropical climate is fairly consistent year-round with daytime highs from 75-85°F (23-29°C) during the summer and winter, respectively. At the many coastal resorts that dot the island at sea level, temperatures rarely dip below 60°F (15°C) 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 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, be sure to also check out our in-depth article on Maui Weather.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane and tropical storms are historically rare events on Maui, but it’s still important to be prepared for storms if you visit during Hawaii hurricane season - June through November. The last few years have seen increased activity around the islands, so it’s important to monitor accordingly when planning and taking your trip to Maui.

Average Maui Temperature and Precipitation Charts

Kahului Average Temperature

Kahului Average Temperature

Kahului Average Precipitation

Kahului Average Precipitation

Maui Accommodations & Rates

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. Learn more on our Where to Stay on Maui article.

Below, we'll cover our Maui Seasonal Expectations on visiting during each season of the year.

Maui Accommodation Rate Averages (click to enlarge)

Maui Accommodation Rate Averages (click to enlarge)

Horseback tour inside Haleakala National Park

Horseback tour inside Haleakala National Park

Maui Seasonal Expectations

Events Updated for 2023 - 2024

We've included the dates and months that most Maui events are typically held below, but please be aware that currently, things are subject to change.

Visiting Maui in January, February, or March

These winter months will be a bit cooler on Maui, and rainstorms are not uncommon during this time of year, especially on the windward (northeast) side of the island. One positive to extra precipitation is that this rain typically enhances the Road to Hana waterfalls. This is also the best time for Whale Watching; Maui has some of the best opportunities for whale watching in the entire state. Many visitors specifically pick Maui during this time of year because they 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 Winter Events:

Be sure to also regularly check our Maui current event pages for:

Visiting Maui in April, May, or June

These Spring months are in our opinion, the best months to visit Maui. The weather is ideal, crowds are lower than during the summer months, and pricing on accommodations and flights are often the lowest you’ll find all year. Crowds and temperatures will both tick upwards toward the start of June.

Maui Spring Events:
  • East Maui Taro Festival (April) - Celebrate taro, one of Hawaii’s most important crops, with a farmers market, poi pounding, music, food, art, and more.
  • Maui Steel Guitar Festival (May/October) -  This free, three-day festival includes a series of performances, presentations, instructional workshops, and more.
  • Maui Onion Festival (May)
  • Maui Film Festival (June-July) - Typically in late June. This unique festival attracts movie fans globally. Visitors can attend an open-air film festival at the Wailea Resort, complete with both world-class films and plenty of celebrity guests.
  • Kapalua Wine & Food Festival (June)- The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival features wine tastings, seminars, cooking demonstrations, and local entertainment.

Be sure to also regularly check our Maui current event pages for:

Visiting Maui in July, August, or September

The summer months of July and early August will be the warmest and some of the busiest on Maui. Families often visit during this portion of the year because school is out on most of the mainland. September, by contrast, is a great time to visit if you want to avoid crowds.

Maui Summer Events:
  • Aloha Festivals (September) - Honors Native Hawaiian culture and traditions.
  • Maui Ukelele Festival (July/September) - The annual Maui Ukulele Festival is a full afternoon of ukulele music at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Be sure also regularly to check our Maui current event pages for:

Visiting Maui in October, November, or December

The months leading into fall, specifically October and early November, can be a good time to visit. Prices are lower than in peak periods, demand is down, and the weather is often cooperative until mid-November, when it can begin to get wetter again. Most of December also fits this slower trend, except for the weeks around Christmas and New Year; they can be exceptionally busy on Maui, and prices and rates will reflect the increased demand. Avoid the holidays if you're looking to save money and skip the crowds.

Maui Fall Events:
  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (October-December) - Celebrated statewide, this three-week-long event is something not to miss while visiting Maui.
  • Made in Maui Festival (November) - The Made in Maui Festival features over one hundred vendors selling locally made arts, crafts, food, and souvenirs.
  • XTERRA World Championship (November/December) - The world championship of off-roading attracts 800 racers each year, both amateurs and professionals alike. This event is held on the northwestern coast of Maui

Be sure also regularly to check our Maui current event pages for:

Maui Transportation Options

Transportation on Maui is diverse, allowing visitors to choose based on their preferences and the nature of their itinerary.

  • Car Rentals: Renting a car is a popular choice (we recommend Discount Hawaii Car Rental), allowing you to explore the island at your own pace. Maui's attractions are spread out, making a car a convenient choice.
  • Public Buses: Maui Bus operates a public transit system that covers various parts of the island. It's an economical choice, though it may be less convenient due to its schedule and route limitations.
  • Shuttle Services: Some resorts offer shuttle services to popular destinations, providing a hassle-free option for guests.
  • Bicycling: Maui's picturesque landscapes make biking a delightful experience, and bike rentals are available in several areas.
  • Taxis and Ride-Shares: Taxis and ride-share services like Uber and Lyft operate on Maui, offering a convenient option for short distances or if you prefer not to drive.
  • Walking: In more compact areas like Ka'anapali and Wailea, walking is a feasible way to get around, enjoy the scenery, and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.

Considering the transportation options in advance can help visitors make the most of their Maui experience, whether they prefer the flexibility of a rental car, the eco-friendliness of biking, or the convenience of public transit.

Local Maui Customs and Visitor Etiquette

Understanding and adhering to local customs and etiquette is a crucial part of immersing oneself in the Hawaiian culture, which is deeply rooted in respect, tradition, and the spirit of 'ohana (family). When visiting Maui or any part of Hawaii, it's important to show respect for the land (‘āina) and local residents.

  • Greetings: It's customary to greet others with a friendly "Aloha" which means hello, goodbye, and love.
  • Shoes Off Indoors: It’s a common practice to remove one’s shoes before entering someone’s home.
  • Respect the 'Aina: Show respect to the land by not littering, staying on marked trails, and not taking anything from natural sites.
  • Don’t Rush: The pace of life is slower in Hawaii; embrace the relaxed pace and don’t rush.
  • Respect Sacred Sites: Many areas in Hawaii are considered sacred; obey posted signs and keep a respectful distance.
  • Driving Etiquette: Drive with aloha; let others merge, and wave a thank-you (or practice your best 'shaka' sign) if someone lets you in.

By adhering to these simple yet significant customs and practices, visitors can contribute to preserving the local culture and enjoy a more authentic and welcoming experience during their stay in Maui.

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