Visitor arrival statistics show that really any time of year is popular on Maui. But there are seasons and other considerations like accommodation prices that may sway you to visit at one time or another. Explore our different seasons and see what time of year is just right for you- or come back and try a different time of year!
Mid-April through mid-December are considered off-peak, where prices for Destination Maui Vacations oceanfront condos are lower. Check out prices here. If you are looking for value, or plan an extended visit, this is a great time to travel. Other bargains on island, such as dining specials are more prevalent in the Spring and Fall.
Many families travel during the summer months- June through August- when kids are out of school. Good prices can still be found and that’s when the waters are calmest.
However, if you’re into surfing or windsurfing, you’ll want to travel in the winter for the best conditions – just book as early as possible to get a discounted rate.
Winter months are popular on Maui. Snowbirds are escaping bad weather elsewhere or working folks take time off around the holidays. There is also the advantage of seeing humpback whales frolicking on their winter playground.
Weather in Maui
Temperatures remain consistent- within a few degrees year-round. However, some people do appreciate the slightly cooler temps of winter, or the more consistently sunny days of summer.
It does rain on Maui, and that is why the island is green and beautiful. However, if it is raining on one part of the island, chances are very good it is not raining elsewhere. For example, sunny Kihei has too much cloud cover one day? Head to Lahaina! Occasionally weather will blow in from the opposite direction of the normal trade winds (called Kona winds). This is an excellent time to explore the north and east facing shores of the island, including a trip to Hana.
On a related note, wind is normal in the afternoons on Maui, so morning is the best time to go to the beach. Local tip: beaches are lovely and uncrowded between 8 – 10 AM, so grab a delicious cup of Maui coffee (in an eco-friendly reusable mug of course!) and head out early. See our Beach Guide for more info.
Also keep in mind that Maui has 5 different climate zones between sea level and the top of our 10,000 ft volcano! Bring mostly summer clothes, but throw in a pair of long pants and at least a sweatshirt for cooler temps upcountry. Most people bundle up in layered clothing for a trip to Haleakala Crater, no matter what month you visit.
Here is an overall picture of temps and rainfall:
Keep in mind that these are average temps and rainfall. The South (Kihei, Wailea, Makena) and West (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua) facing shores will be warmer than Upcountry or the North and East shores. Check out our Island Overview page to see where these areas are on the island.