You’ve seen the movies and televisions shows of “snowbirds” flying the chilly coop and traveling to Hawaii during the winter months. Sure, the cold was fun at first, but winter after winter of the wet, icy cold can pay a toll on the best of us. The idea of escaping the scarf-and-mittens weather to a sip a maitai in a warm, tropical oasis is undeniably alluring. The warm island breezes, the sound of maina birds in the morning, that iconic Maui sunset… But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Sometimes the idea is more appealing than the execution. If you have ever attempted to recreate a do-it-yourself craft you saw on Pinterest then you know exactly what I’m talking about. You get excited, you plan, you tell all of your friends about it, you dream of that perfect “Kodak moment” outcome and then… a total dud. Is winter REALLY a good time to visit Maui? As a long-time Maui visitor and resident, I have the truth about what it’s like to visit Maui during winter.
The short answer? Maui in the winter is perfect! There, I said it. The lying-on-a-tropical-beach-and-getting-a-tan-in-December is not just from fiction! It’s considered “high season” on the islands, and for good reasons. The winter months on Maui provide us with temperatures in the 80’s. That’s right, folks. I’m talkin’ “bust out that sarong” weather! Maui is a tropical destination and there is a rise in rain during this time of the year, but don’t let that scare you aware. The goal is to find the area of the island that fits your needs. Do you want drier, sunnier, “let’s pretend it’s the middle of Summer” weather? Wailea, Makena, Kihei, Lahaina, and Ka’anapali will be your best friends. Even during the “wet” months, it is a breeze finding those iconic Hawaiian gems.
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Since Maui stays consistently warm year-round, tropical flowers are blooming month after month. Catching a whiff of plumeria flowers in the wind will be a fond memory that will bring you nostalgia for years to follow your visit.
As the year rolls into January and February it tends to get a wee bit colder, but you’re still looking at lower to mid 80’s, with temperatures in the evening that allow for a light sweater out on your oceanfront lanai.
There are certain activities that are not allowed during winter months, such as parasailing and jet skis, but all for a very exciting reason: whale season. Between mid-December and mid-May, humpback whales travel to Hawai’i to give birth to their calves, and while some ocean activities are prohibited to protect these amazing creatures, you can more than makeup for the memories by booking a whale watching tour. I have taken a whale watching boat out of Ma’alaea on many occasions and seen dozens of whales every single time – some coming within 25 or 50 yards of the boat! Don’t worry: you don’t have to be a sea voyager to have an experience with humpback whales. You can even enjoy these gentle giants from the luxury of the shore. I bet that if you take a glance at the ocean for even just one minute you will be able to spot a whale spouting water out of its blowhole, doing a tail or fin slap, or even breaching completely out of the water!
Winter is also a great time for surfers. Wind and waves pick up momentum on the North Shore of the island during these months, which makes it a great time for surfers and windsurfers to get out on the water. Not an adrenaline junkie? Not all of us are! Take a drive along the North Shore passed Paia and see the carnival of windsurfers dancing along the cove of Ho’okipa Bay. You won’t regret it.
Maui truly is as wonderful as everyone says it is. There is a reason it is consistently named the #1 most travelled-to island in the world. It’s not too late to ditch the down-feather coat and book a trip to Maui! Accommodations fill up quickly but leave it to the Maui Condos team to find you a reprieve from the cold. Goodbye snow boots, aloha “slippahs”!