If you’re looking for an action-packed vacation filled with unforgettable days of watching sunsets atop a volcano or hiking through craters, then Maui should be the next place you visit. This postcard-perfect destination is Hawaii’s second largest island and its most diverse with a variety of activities including diving, horseback riding and windsurfing. Culture vultures coming off flights to Maui will enjoy visiting the island’s museums, its vineyard and coffee plantation and botanical gardens.
A staggering two million people a year book trips to Maui for the island's legendary golden beaches, which are among the best in the world. Most of the tourism is concentrated on the stretch of coastline known as Maui’s “forehead” and traffic jams in this area are common, especially in summer. Because of this, many people prefer to visit during the winter when the resorts are less crowded and the ocean is filled with humpback whales.
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When to fly to Maui
There is no bad time to visit book Maui flights. 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.
If there is an off season in Maui, it's during the rainy season which is between December and March. Cheap vacations to Maui are available if you plan your trip in advance and travel during non-commercial holiday seasons.
Getting around Maui
There are some public bus and trolley services. The best way to get around the island is by rental car. Companies include Alama, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz.
Maui insider information
- The largest dormant volcano in the world is in the Haleakala National Park and walk into its crater. While standing at the summit, wait till the sun comes up, it’s a breathtaking sight.
- Get closer to nature. Hike, camp overnight or reserve a 1930s cabin in the Wilderness Area of Haleakala National Park.
- If you happen to be visiting during the months from December to April then you can’t miss a day of Humpback whale watching. These magnificent mammals migrate from Alaskan waters and mate and birth in the warm waters off Maui.
- Visit The Carthaginian II in Lahaina, a ship museum dedicated to whaling and whales. The original Carthaginian was lost at sea and this ship came from Denmark. There’s an original whaling boat in the museum found in Alaska and artefacts related to the whaling industry.
- Maui is synonymous with pineapples. Take a tour of the Maui Pineapple Plantation lead by the plantation workers themselves and pick your own pineapple to take home.
- The Garden of Eden botanical garden and arboretum is well worth a visit. View the natural ecosystems and native species of Hawaii. Explore the garden’s nature trails, hidden waterfalls, and beautiful views including Keopuka Rock, of Jurassic Park fame.