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Maui, Hawaii

Lush rainforests, black-sand beaches, waterfalls cascading into deep-blue lagoons—Maui is a place where nature really shows off. Wake up early to catch the sunrise on Haleakalā, then stay to explore hiking trails and otherworldly volcanic formations at Haleakalā National Park. Take a drive on the winding Road to Hana to discover untouched beaches (with unbelievable coastal views along the way), or hop on a boat and go whale-watching or snorkeling. If you’re looking for something more low-key, pick up a plate lunch or some fish tacos and spend a do-nothing day at Ka'anapali Beach, then check out the cliff-diving ceremony at sunset. Go big on adventure, or kick back on a quiet shore—it’s up to you, and we’ve got more recs below.

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Essential Maui

How to do Maui in 3 days

Beaches, ziplines, volcanoes, and waterfalls
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How to soak in all the arts and culture in Maui

We know you come to Maui for the beaches, but you can't leave without checking out the island's vibrant arts and culture scene. "Aunty Wendy" Tuivaioge, a native Hawaiian and Director of Hawaiian Programs for the Four Seasons at Wailea, gave us the inside scoop on the best spots and events to soak in authentic Hawaiian art, artifacts, and history.
Jo Piazza, Philadelphia, PA
  • Hale Hoʻikeʻike at the Bailey House
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    This museum in Wailuku looks like an ordinary house, but inside, it contains one of the most extensive collections of art and artifacts on the islands. "I love this museum for pre-contact Hawaiian Artifacts and the abundance of Maui historical pieces on display," Wendy says. Artifacts include utensils, tools, and weapons used by native people, including a wooden statue of the Hawaiian demi-god, Kamapua'a, the only one to survive the 19th-century purge of religious items.
  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center
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    According to Wendy, this spot is the "ideal choice for locally inspired shows, concerts, and arts." Several weekly shows feature world-famous acts, but half of the programming includes local musicians, dancers, and actors. The website is regularly updated with new listings. Many of the programs are free, including the Starry Night Cinema "walk-in" movies for families on a giant outdoor screen and ArT=Mixx interactive social events that bring together artists and the audience for interactive shows.
  • Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
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    This professional gallery space located on a gorgeous estate of botanical gardens showcases both emerging and established local artists. It also offers art workshops led by locals. You can easily take a self-guided tour (there is a guidebook available for purchase for $6) of the grounds during business hours from 9 am-4 pm, and you won't want to miss their gift shop for truly unique souvenirs made by Maui artists.
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
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    This is hula like you never imagined. This program invites guests for a sneak peek into one of the state's top competitive hula groups, Hālau o Ka Hanu Lehua. Led by Kumu Hula (Hula Teacher) Kamaka Kūkona, the hālau's (hula school) practice offers a unique opportunity to experience this particular facet of Hawaiian culture as they practice for the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world's largest hula gathering and most prestigious competition.
  • Hana Cultural Center
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    This humble building on the Road to Hana is part museum, part cultural archive where Hana residents can make appointments to go through local records and discover their history, and visitors can view ancient artifacts, including quilts, poi boards, fishing instruments, and stone tools. The onsite old Hana courthouse is still in use today. Call ahead to make sure they are open. The museum closed during COVID-19 and now keeps intermittent hours.

Maui Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Maui

Ivette C

You are going to spend quite a lot of time outdoors, so wear sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated!

Chris O

Distances between places on Maui may suggest shorter driving times than in reality. Maui's roads are windy, the topography is extremely varied, and weather conditions can change at nearly every bend. Take your time and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Ivette C

When you eat out, kalua pork is a typical dish you have to try!

Chris O

Some say Maui is the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands. After three days of exploring all that it has to offer, you might well decide you need to return for further research!

Ivette C

In this incredible paradise, there is lots to do and many different ways to spend quality time with your family.

Chris O

I'm not sure I've ever been anywhere quite as yummy as Hawaii, and the best these islands have to offer is available in a delicious array on Maui.

What is the best way to get there?

flying

Kahului Airport (OGG) is the main airport on Maui, and there are also two commuter airports: Kapalua (JHM) in West Maui and Hana (HNM) in East Maui. Flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu is another option as it’s just a quick 30-minute flight to Maui.

ferry

There is daily ferry service to and from the nearby island of Lanai.

For more info on getting to Maui, visit here.

Do I need a visa?

If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you may need a visa to visit Maui, unless your country is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The program allows citizens of certain countries to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.

For more info on visas and the VWP, visit here.

When is the best time to visit?

April to October: While it’s a great year-round destination, travelers often flock to Maui to escape winter at home, which is also when conditions are best for surfing those infamous Hawaiian waves. But the best — and driest — weather in Maui can be found April to October. Average daily temperatures range from highs of 82 Fahrenteit (27.8 Celsius) with lows down to 66 Fahrenheit (18.9 Celsius).

Get around

cars

Rentals are available at the Kahului or Kapalua airports. Keep in mind that honking your car horn is not a common practice on Maui and generally used to give a friendly hello. There are several one-lane bridges, especially on the Hana Highway, so yield to oncoming traffic. For more info, visit here.

bus

The Maui Public Bus Transit System has 13 bus routes that run seven days a week, including holidays.

For info on schedules, routes and fares, visit here.

ridesharing

Both Uber and Lyft operate on Maui, and you can book via their apps on your smartphone.

ferry

Hop aboard Expeditions, a ferry between Maui and nearby Lanai, which runs five times daily.

For more info on the Maui-Lanai ferry, visit here.

On the ground

What is the timezone?

Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time

What are the voltage/plug types?

The standard voltage on Maui is 110V to 120V, 50/60Hz AC. Outlets accommodate two-prong flat (not grounded) plugs or grounded three-prong plugs.

What is the currency?

U.S. dollar.

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes.

Is it easy to find a bank?

Yes.

How much do I tip?

Bartender

$1 cash per drink.

Restaurant

Standard tipping on Maui is 15 to 20% of your bill, or 25% if you were extremely happy with your meal and service.

Bellhop/valet

It’s standard to give between $1-$3 cash to bellhops who help with your luggage and the valet each time you retrieve your car.

Housekeeper

It’s common to leave a tip of $1 per day per bed at the end of your stay, which you can leave in the room when you go. Some hotels leave envelopes for such tips, but if they don’t, a quick note saying “Thank you” will suffice.

Taxis

Like restaurants, 15 to 20% of your fare is a typical tip for taxis, more if they were particularly nice or helpful.

Tour guide

If you take any tours while on Maui, your guide will surely appreciate a tip, generally between $5-$10 cash per person.

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking

The legal drinking age on Maui is 21.

Drugs

Drugs are illegal on Maui, and that includes marijuana, which is available only for those who qualify for medical marijuana.

Greetings

Called honi ihu, touching noses is a traditional Hawaiian greeting, as is being given the famous — and symbolic — welcoming lei, typically made of flowers. Be sure to give or ask for an open-ended lei if you’re pregnant as it’s a bad omen to have a closed lei.

Visiting locals

It is customary to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home.

Frequently Asked Questions about Maui


Maui is known for some of its popular attractions, which include: