The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands.
Maui is the celebrity sibling: radiantly beautiful, a bit rebellious, and with glamour to spare. The island has attracted “seekers” for its healing energy since the 1960’s and, more recently, Internet millionaires and Hollywood A-listers who want to rejuvenate in five star spas.
It’s no wonder Maui is such a sought-after destination, either: it’s a vision of green, where wind-rustled palms casting shadows on turquoise waters, with snorkeling above reefs that teem with turtles and schools of tropical fish. Whether watching the sunrise from Haleakala Crater or swimming beneath waterfalls, dining each night on fresh island fish or Hawaiian regional cuisine, it’s a place where anyone can relax, escape, unwind, and where there’s constantly more to explore—regardless how often you visit.
It seems like Maui is always having a moment because “The Valley Isle” always brings something new and exciting, even to repeat travelers. Visit Maui for views of the technicolor sunset from a catamaran while you cruise amid lush islands. Take the road less (or more) traveled to Hana. Stop by rocky shores and white sand beaches to surf or snorkel. If you’re looking for a no-hassles getaway, T+L’s Maui travel guide will help you make the most of what this island can offer.
The island is blessed with great weather throughout most of the year. The dry season lasts from April to October, and the rainy season from November to March, though it rarely rains more than two or three days in a row. The temperatures hover in the 70s and 80s most of the time. The best time of year to plan your Maui trip is in the shoulder season, when the weather is best, and the tourist influx is low. Airfare and hotel rates are lowest between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, while peak season runs between December and March, as well as in the summer, when many families come to Hawaii.
Best Time To Visit
Summer and the winter holidays are both popular times to go, but May and October have similarly great weather—without the high season crowds.
February is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 71°F (21.6°C). August is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 79°F (26.1°C).
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While strolling the beach is the preferred mode of travel, visitors to Maui will need a car if they want to explore. Some attractions, like the Road to Hana, have guided tours by shuttle bus, and the Maui Bus provides public transportation at $2 per ride.
Know Before Visiting
Tradewinds are stronger in the afternoon—particularly during summer. To beat the wind, schedule watersports such as snorkeling and paddleboarding before 11 a.m.
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Where do we stay in Maui?
1) Montage Kapalua Bay Maui
2) Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
3) The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
4) Andaz Maui at Wailea
5) Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
6) Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux
7) Travaasa Hana, Maui
8) Honua Kai Resort & Spa
9) Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
10) The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas