When Is the Best Time to Visit Maui?

You’ve got your sights set on a vacation to Maui. Nothing sounds better than relaxing on the island’s world-class beaches, watching a Haleakala sunrise, and trying delicious cuisine. The only thing you have left to figure out is when to visit. We’ve got good news ‒ there is no wrong time to visit the Valley Isle! Read on to discover what makes every time of year the best time to visit Maui. Then, access our free Vacation Guide for even more recommendations!

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Here’s Why Every Season Is the Best Time to Visit Maui

Winter (December – March)

Why choose to stay in the cold when you can enjoy the balmy Hawaiian weather? Escape to Maui this winter for peak whale watching season. Maui is the best place in Hawaii to watch whales breach and nurse their young from the shoreline. If you want to see majestic Pacific Humpback whales up close, you can take a guided boat tour. We recommend the Pride of Maui Snorkel Tour, a three-hour cruise that includes a BBQ lunch, open bar, and snorkel gear. Experience the island’s coral reefs and diverse underwater world first-hand during this incredible tour!

There are plenty of events to attend on Maui in winter as well. Every year, in either late January or early February, Hawaiians celebrate the Chinese New Year. There are so many celebrations to choose from, and we highly recommend visiting Lahaina for this special event. Enjoy firecrackers, paper dragons, cultural activities, and authentic cuisine at this fantastic festival.

Spring (April – May)

One of the best parts about visiting Maui during shoulder season is smaller crowds and lower rates. Spring is the perfect time for a Hawaiian retreat! Celebrate National Park Week in April by exploring the gorgeous Haleakala National Park. There are so many different landscapes to discover, from volcanoes to rainforests. Best of all, the first day of National Park Week is fee free for all visitors. Strap on your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure!

If you’re planning a visit in May, you’ll get to participate in a remarkable Hawaiian tradition. On Maui, instead of commemorating May Day, we celebrate Lei Day. Leis are an integral part of Hawaiian culture and a symbol of everlasting love and appreciation. We wear the pink lokelani rose, crown the annual Lei Queen, and have lei-making workshops. This festival is one of the most distinctly Hawaiian events of the year!

Summer (June – August)

Summer is an excellent time to take a break from the daily stresses of life and plan a Maui getaway! Snorkeling is an activity you don’t want to miss, and summertime is the ideal season to try it. Swim through crystal clear waters, observe a variety of marine animals, and delve into incredible coral reefs. You’ll want to check out the Molokini snorkel tour to relax, dine, and explore under the sea.

Of course, there’s more to see and do on the Valley Isle! When you visit Maui in June, you’ll have ample opportunity to swim in the blue water, tee of at a local golf course, or attend an annual festival. All visitors should put the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival on their to-do list. This magical weekend event is a great way to experience an array of Hawaiian food and drink in one place.

Fall (September – November)

Fall is known for its beautiful weather and bounty of outdoor activities. Take advantage of the warm temperatures by hiking, kayaking, or cycling around the island. The annual autumn Festivals of Aloha are a wonderful chance to learn about and honor Native Hawaiian culture. Come and celebrate this long-honored tradition against a breathtaking backdrop.

Feeling spooky? The Lahaina Halloween festival is one of the most popular events on Maui. The famous street party is often called “the Mardi Gras of the Pacific” and welcomes over 20,000 people each year. Front Street is shut down for a night of costumed fun, live music, and a keiki parade.

Paradise Starts at The Old Wailuku Inn at UluponoIlima Room's beautiful quilt and cozy interior

Once you’ve decided on the best time to visit Maui, you’re ready to book a stay at The Old Wailuku Inn! Our historic bed and breakfast offers a delicious, locally grown breakfast each morning. We serve a different entree every day, but fresh, seasonal fruits and rich coffee are always on the table.

Our Ilima Room, with its old parchment walls and intricate Ilima quilt, is one of the property’s most beautiful accommodations. Open the room’s original arched windows, let in a pleasant breeze, and soak in the whirlpool tub. It’s the perfect place to relax and cozy up after a day of exploring Maui!

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