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Your guide to Maui


Known as the Valley Isle, Maui has exactly what you want in an island vacation, whether that’s beautiful beaches, vibrant snorkeling, lush waterfall hikes, championship golf courses, or world-class surfing. Each part of the over 700-square-mile Hawaiian island offers a slightly different experience: Head to West Maui to stroll the bustling beachfronts of Kapalua Bay Beach, Kaanapali Beach, and Kahana, or peruse farmers’ markets in historic Lahaina or mellow Napili. In South Maui, upscale Wailea is famous for its ocean-view luxury condos and five-star spas, and nearby Kihei is a great central base if you want to explore Haleakalā National Park and the verdant eastern parts of the island. No matter where you stay, be sure to spend some quality time relaxing on the lanai.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Maui

There are essentially two seasons in Maui, but year-round, the temperature stays nice and warm. The summer season, May to October, is a little hotter, with temperatures in the mid-80s. Winters are slightly cooler, with temperatures in the high 70s. August, September, and October are the wettest months, but you can expect passing rain showers throughout the year.

The weather can also change depending on where you are on the island, thanks to Maui’s many microclimates. It tends to be drier on the leeward (west) side of the island and colder at higher elevations, so don’t forget to pack warm layers if you plan to visit the summit of Haleakalā.

Top things to do in Maui

Haleakalā National Park

It’s worth the effort to reserve a permit to visit the 10,000-foot summit of Haleakalā, a dormant volcano, for sunrise. Once the sun is up, follow some of the park’s well-marked hiking trails through varied terrain, including alpine desert, shrubland, and bamboo forests.

The Road to Hana

The epic 52-mile Hana Highway winds through some of Maui’s most lush and dramatic scenery. With no stops, the drive takes only about three hours, but take your time: Explore some of the secluded beaches and waterfalls along the route, and be sure to stop at roadside banana bread stands when you get hungry.


The shores and reefs around Maui offer outstanding snorkeling, but Molokini, a volcanic caldera off Maui’s northwest shore, is the only protected marine sanctuary in the state. Join a boat tour to experience the incredibly clear waters, which are home to more than 200 species of fish, as well as turtles, octopus, and the occasional whale shark.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Maui?

    Maui experiences warm tropical weather year-round. Average temperatures range from 70°F (21°C) in winter to 85°F (29°C) in summer, with passing showers common in the winter months.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Maui?

    You can explore Haleakala National Park, sunbathe on Kaanapali Beach, or indulge in a traditional Hawaiian luau. For the adventurous, try snorkeling at Molokini Crater or surfing at Ho'okipa Beach.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Maui?

    The most popular time to visit Maui is between April and May or September to November. During these periods, the weather is pleasant and the island hosts several events like the Maui Film Festival in June, and the Maui Fair in October.

  • What are the best places to stay in Maui?

    Popular areas to stay in Maui include Wailea for its upscale resorts, Lahaina for its historic charm, and Kihei for its beautiful beaches. Paia is also a favorite for its laid-back vibe and proximity to North Shore beaches.

  • What are the best places to visit in Maui?

    Frequently suggested places include the scenic Road to Hana, the historic town of Lahaina, and Haleakala Crater. Banyan Tree Park and Iao Valley State Monument are also worth exploring.

  • What are some hiking trails in Maui?

    Maui has numerous hiking trails such as the Pipiwai Trail, Kapalua Coastal Trail, and Waihee Ridge Trail. The Sliding Sands Trail in Haleakala National Park offers a unique volcanic landscape for hikers.

  • What are some family activities to do in Maui?

    Families can enjoy a day at Maui Ocean Center, explore Maui Tropical Plantation, or visit the Pacific Whale Foundation. The Sugar Cane Train in Lahaina is also a fun adventure for children.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Maui?

    Popular day trips from Maui include a boat trip to Molokini Crater, a drive along the Road to Hana, or visiting the neighbor islands of Molokai and Lanai. A sunrise trip to Haleakala Summit is also often recommended.

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