When to fly to Maui
There is no bad time to book flights to Maui. Winter and summer temperatures are almost identical. The west coast is mostly sunny and dry while the southeast and Kula uplands are wetter and often misty. In general, most of the rain falls between December and March.
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Maui insider information
- Walk into the crater of the largest dormant volcano in the world in Haleakala National Park. Watching the sun come up while standing at the summit is a must-do. The Wilderness Area of Haleakala National Park is enormous. Visitors can day hike, camp overnight in a tent or reserve a 1930s cabin. Travellers need a permit for overnight camping.
- See the whales: pods of Humpback whales migrate from Alaskan waters every autumn and spend December to April mating and birthing in the warm waters off Maui.
- In Lahaina, visit The Carthaginian II, a ship museum dedicated to whaling and whales. The original Carthaginian was lost at sea and this ship came from Denmark. The museum has an original whaling boat found in Alaska and artefacts related to the whaling industry.
- Pick a pineapple: the fruit is synonymous with Maui. Plantation workers lead the Maui Pineapple Plantation Tour. You can pick your own pineapple to take home.
- The Garden of Eden is on Maui. This is a botanical garden and arboretum established in 1991 to help restore natural ecosystems and promote the native species of Hawaii. There are nature trails, hidden waterfalls, and beautiful views including Keopuka Rock, of Jurassic Park fame.
- Maui has more than 30 miles of beaches. The most notable beaches are Kaanapali, once the playground of Hawaiian royalty, Hamoa and Hana (along Hana Highway), Kanaha and Waihe‘e. Kihei Beach is known as Sugar Beach. The beach, one of the world’s longest white sand beaches, snakes for more than three miles around the bay to Maalaea.