The Perfect Time to Explore Maui: Yes, and Here's Why!

2023-06-11 00:06:17 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

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Deciding when to visit Maui can be a daunting task, as there are many personal factors to consider. Such things as school schedules and vacation time can play a major role in determining the optimal time to plan your Maui vacation.

Although, in general, the best time to visit is during a shoulder season, such as April, May, September, or October. During these periods, not only will you still enjoy great weather, but you'll also experience fewer crowds and lower costs.

Moreover, when choosing the right month for your Maui vacation, there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration.

Maui Weather by Month:

Maui temperature by month:

Maui can be pretty hot in the summer, with average temperatures ranging from high 80s to low 90s. However, if you're chasing the heat, this should be welcome news.

During the winter months, the leeward side of Maui has lower temperatures, with highs ranging from the high 70s to low 80s. While it is still warm, you should expect cooler temperatures, stronger winds, and the occasional need for a light layer in the evenings.

Maui rainfall by month:

Contrary to popular belief, Maui has its fair share of rainfall. Some periods of the year and locations get more rain than others. If you're looking to reduce your chances of having rain during your vacation, it's best to visit Maui between April and October and stay on the leeward side of the island in Ka'anapali/Lahaina or Wailea/Kihei. The windward side of the island has significantly higher rainfall year-round, which is why Hana has numerous beautiful waterfalls and a lush landscape.

Refer to the chart below for average rainfall in inches in three major parts of the island: Ka'anapali, Kihei, and Hana.

Maui hurricane season months:

Hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June 1st to November 30th. While hurricanes don't always occur or cause damage, it's important to be aware of this as you plan your trip. It's worth noting that Hawaii has rarely suffered damage from hurricanes, with Hurricane Lane (2018), Hurricane Iniki (1992), and Hurricane Iwa (1982) being the only three that caused significant damage.

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