When is the Best Time to Visit Maui?
This is an often asked question, and one that is hard to answer.
Maui’s weather is very consistent. Most of the year the temperatures near the shore are in the 70’s to low 80’s. Trade winds pick up in the late morning and afternoon. The best time for snorkeling is first thing in the morning. Of course, there are occasional cold snaps and there are certainly storms but you can pretty much count on nice weather any time.
In the mountains the temperature is colder, so take a jacket to the island. A heavy winter jacket or a layered set of warm clothing is needed if the summit of Haleakala for sunrise or sunset is on the agenda!
Most activities happen year-round whether it is snorkeling trips, luaus, or surfing lessons. Likewise hiking, plantation tours, ziplining, helicopter tours… all of these happen year-round.
Humpback Whale and Dolphin Season
There is one season, and it is a long season, which makes Maui even more enticing and that is whale season. Whales and some species of dolphins, migrate to Maui in the winter. Whales start arriving from Alaska about the first of November and are pretty much gone by the end of April. While it is fall and winter in North America, the whales are around Maui. It’s a great time to go! There is a Whale Festival every year in February. Prices are higher during this time of year, so book your stay far in advance!