Escape the cold and head to a delightfully tropical destination this winter. Located over 2,400 miles off the coast of California, the tropical isle of Maui provides a true exotic oasis. Instead of landscapes draped with white snow and layers of clothing to keep warm, spend part of winter amid world-class white sand beaches with warm-weather attire. Put something to look forward to on the calendar by using this guide to Maui in winter to begin planning your cold-weather escape.
A Warm, Balmy Winter
The seasons tend to blend together in Maui, with temperature differences rarely noticeable to visitors. The temperature does slip slightly during winter months, with daytime highs still reaching the upper 70s and low 80s. Nights are a bit more refreshing than during the rest of the year, with evening temperatures dipping to the upper 60s. When vacationing in Maui for the winter, it is a good idea to bring along a light jacket for evening walks under the stars or for warding against the breeze while enjoying an al fresco meal. The rainy season also falls during winter, extending from November through March and giving the island the lustrous green of its many tropical plants. However, there are still plenty of blue-sky days even during the rainy season, with showers often taking place only during short intervals of the day. The beautiful winter weather in Maui makes it a great destination for all of your outdoor adventures!
Winter Events in Maui
The Island of Maui offers a wide variety of island activities that are available year round. In addition to all the best things to do on Maui, you will also find the winter event calendar filled with options for enjoying your stay.
If you will be in Maui for the winter holidays, you will see the island come alive with twinkling lights and holiday cheer with a definitive island flair. The season kicks off with the lighting of Lahaina’s famed banyan tree and continues with a variety of holiday events and concerts throughout the season. Holiday craft fairs also pop up around the island, providing a great option for picking up unique gifts and specialty goods for giving. Watch A Christmas Carol live onstage at the ProArts Playhouse or help the kids get registered to take part in the Santa’s Half Mile Keiki Dash.
When the holidays have passed, spending some time in Maui is a sure way to beat the winter blues. The PGA TOUR Sentry Tournament of Champions is held in Maui every January, a highlight for golf lovers. While you have to qualify to participate, visitors can see some of the world’s best golfers in action while also taking advantage of the proximity of Maui’s world class golf courses to book a tee time.
Coming to Maui in winter is also an excellent time for wildlife viewing, with the arrival of humpback whales on their migration route. As early as mid-November and extending until March or April, humpback whales can be seen in the waters surrounding Maui, making whale watching a popular activity. A variety of tour operators offer whale watching excursions that will provide a close encounter with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. The use of hydrophone systems allow for passengers to even hear the sounds of whales and makes it easier to locate them for viewing. Maui even hosts a Run & Walk for Whales event in February, with all proceeds going to support the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Research, Education, and Conservation programs.
Top Winter Activities in Maui
Aside from the many special events that appear on the Maui winter calendar, you will also find daily opportunities to participate in winter activities in Maui that make this such as desirable destination. Maui is known for its world-class white sand beaches, and spending a day soaking up the sun along one of its picturesque shorelines may be just what the doctor ordered. In addition to having countless beautiful beaches to choose from to simply soak in the scenery, water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding, and stand-up paddle boarding are all popular ways to spend a day at the beach.
Away from the coastline, Maui also promises adventures by land that will fulfill the craving for exploration. Horseback riding, ziplining, ATVing, hiking, and waterfall viewing are just a few of the ways you can enjoy the day when you are ready to take a break from the beach. Maui also has its share of farmer’s markets, art nights, and shopping centers for browsing and picking up unique gift items.
Winter Vacation Rentals in Maui
Enjoy every moment of winter from the warmth of Maui! At Maui Life Realty, we offer winter rentals in Maui’s top locations for your warm-weather getaway. Spending winter basking in Maui’s warmth is just a few clicks away!