Maui Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where are the good Maui beaches?

A. There are plenty of great beaches on Maui to choose from and going to the right one all depends on you and your family's likes and dislikes. Are you looking for a beach to snorkel at or one to go surfing? A beach to have a picnic or one to spot some humpback whales? Check out our Maui beaches section to find the right one for you.

Q. What is the average temperature on Maui?

A. The weather on Maui can  vary depending on the time of the year you are visiting, but we are sure it does not compare to home. During the summer months, the average temperature is about 78 degrees and in the winter it gets all the way down to 71 for an average. Not bad, eh. You can check out our weather page for additional information on Maui Weather.

Q. What types of clothes should I bring to Maui?

A. Dress on Maui is very casual and informal, you are on vacation for goodness sakes. During the day, most people are in shorts and t-shirts. At dinner, you can get by with wearing shorts and a t-shirt in majority of the restaurants, and in some of the fancier restaurants, we recommend a collared shirt or a nice pair of pants. There is no need for a jacket or tie in any of the Maui restaurants, so relax and get into something comfortable.

We do recommend bringing a sweatshirt or jacket if you are planning to do any activities on the water at night or anything in the higher elevations, such as biking down a volcano or hiking to Haleakala.

Q. Is the trip to Hana worth it?

A. If you are into seeing some of the most beautiful scenery that the world has to offer, then yes it is worth it! The drive to Hana is picturesque at every turn and is a must do for any traveler to Maui. Our Hana section covers what you need to know about the drive, including where to stop and how to get there. Check it out.

Q. What time is sunrise and sunset on Maui?

A. Check out our Maui sunrise and sunset table to find out the times for when you are visiting.

Q. Are there active volcanoes on Maui?

A. No, there are no "active" volcanoes on Maui. However, the Haleakala crater is "dormant" (not extinct) which means that it will erupt at some point in the future. Don't worry it won't happen anytime soon. You can go here for more information on the Haleakala Crater.

Q. When can I see the Whales?

A. The best time for whale watching is at the beginning of the year from mid-January until the first part of March. During these times, you can see whales from the shoreline and most whale watching tours guarantee you spotting some humpbacks on your excursion to see them. Check out more information on Whale Watching here.

Q. Should I stay in a Maui Condo or  a Maui Hotel?

A. It all depends on how long you are staying and how many people are in your travelling party. Larger groups who are staying for an extended period of time prefer a Maui condo due to the amenities of a kitchen and bigger space, while smaller groups and shorter stays like the comforts that hotels can offer. Check our article, "Maui Hotels vs. Maui Condos" for more information to help you make the best decision for yourself and your family.

Q. Where can I park in Lahaina?

A. Because of the popularity of downtown Lahaina, parking can sometimes be somewhat difficult. There are a number of different parking lots throughout town, and knowing the facts, can relieve the headache of trying to find a spot. Our Lahaina parking page explains in detail of where the optimum parking spots can be found.

Q. What does Aloha mean?

A. Aloha has several meanings, of which the most common are: Welcome, Hello and Goodbye.