Best Activities to do in Maui During Winter

Posted by on January 19, 2018

Whilst everyone associates the Hawaiian Islands with sun and sand – and therefore summer, the tropical climate in fact means that the weather is very pleasant all year round, making the winter months some of the most popular in which to visit the islands. The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui, is full of interesting activities that can be done at any time of the year – and there are plenty of excellent Maui rentals available throughout the year which provide those planning a vacation with a huge selection of different accommodation options.

Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel suite for a romantic long weekend or a large villa that can accommodate your entire family for two weeks, you’ll find that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to considering your accommodation options on Maui. And thanks to the range of opportunities for recreation, leisure, and exploration that exist, you can be sure that nobody will be getting bored after a couple of days!

All of this combined with the fact that the weather is so warm and comfortable in the winter months means that Maui is the perfect place to get away from the biting cold, rain and snow that haunts so many at this time of year. Below you’ll find just a few of the very best activities available to visitors of Maui during the winter months, so you can plan your activities in advance and make the most of the time you spend in this beautiful corner of the world.

Go Whale Watching

One of the most exciting things about winter in Maui is the fact that huge numbers of humpback whales migrate from Alaska to spend the cooler months in warmer waters. Some whales occasionally arrive as early as October, but the peak season is between January and March.

Whale watching in Maui is easy: the huge creatures can often be seen from the beach, so simply head to the shore with a pair of binoculars and spend some time scouring the waters from afar – quite often in peak season you’ll see the whales jumping out of the water after only a few minutes of looking.

If you’re determined to guarantee a whale sighting, or if you’re keen to see the whales up close and personal in their natural habitat, you can book onto one of the many whale watching cruises run by local companies. The cruises are well worth it, as observing whale activity from the land never quite does justice to the majesty and sheer size of these incredible creatures.

In February, the Pacific Whale Foundation organizes a month-long festival in celebration of the humpback whale and its annual migration to Hawaiian waters. A range of fun and interesting events occur throughout the month, with a popular fun run taking place annually at some point in the month in order to help raise funds that go towards humpback whale research.

Annual Tree Lighting at Ulupalakua

If you’re planning a trip in early-mid December, you may find that the dates that you’ll be in Maui happen to coincide with the annual Christmas tree lighting event which takes place at this time of year in Ulupalakua.

On the slopes of Mount Haleakala, people gather to watch the tree lighting before a movie is played on a big screen. It’s a peaceful, festive occasion that takes place in a beautiful location, and it’s worth attending if you’re on the island at the right time of year.

Explore Hana

Whilst this activity is not exclusively possible in the winter, Maui’s climate means that winter is in fact a wonderful time to go out and explore the island. If you’re a nature lover, be sure to head east to Hana, where you’ll be greeted by the last remaining part of the island which is virtually completely unspoilt.

There are human settlements in Hana, but they haven’t changed much in 20 years – meaning you can experience an authentic taste of the Hawaiian lifestyle. This characteristic also means that the community there is still very in tune with the natural world, so what development there has been has occurred in harmony with the existing ecosystem.

The thing that really draws people to Hana is the natural beauty: from rugged coastline to tropical rainforests and beautiful waterfalls, the region is one of the most visually stunning in all of Maui. It’s also a great place to look for wildlife, with many fascinating plants and animals thriving in this unspoilt habitat.

Relax on the Beach

Another activity which isn’t exclusive to the winter season, but one which almost all visitors to Maui at this time of year will partake in, is spending some time on the beach. When you’ve come from the frostbitten north in the depths of winter, Maui truly does feel a world away: the warm weather and relaxed way of life continues all year round, so winter visitors from colder climates can hardly be blamed for being so keen to spend some time lounging on the beach, splashing around in the sea, and generally relaxing in the warm Pacific sunshine.

Winter visitors to Maui are more likely to be struck by those characteristics which make life here so unique than their summer counterparts, as it’s in the winter that we most appreciate the warmth and relaxation that Maui offers. With plenty to see and do and with good weather all but guaranteed, Maui makes for the perfect place to choose for your next winter escape.

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