Aloha! We're excited you're considering a vacation to Maui! We know planning a trip can be a bit overwhelming, especially to a place as diverse as Hawaii. That's why we've compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you navigate your way through your upcoming adventure. Here, you'll find helpful insights about the best times to visit, things to pack (and leave behind), what to expect from the weather, and more! So, let's dive in and get you ready for an epic Maui vacation.
1. Where is the Maui airport?
When planning your trip, it's important to think about travel to your vacation rental from the airport. Maui Condo has properties spanning a large stretch of the island's shoreline, so being able to anticipate whether a cab or a rental car will be best can help make your arrival run smoothly.
From Kahului Airport to Maui Condo locations:
- Kapalua - 1 hour
- Kāʻanapali - 50 minutes
- Kīhei - 25 minutes
- Wailea - 35 minutes
2. What is the primary form of transportation on Maui?
Maui has a reliable public transportation system comprising 14 bus routes that operate throughout the island 7 days a week and on holidays. Additionally, there are taxis, shuttles, and tour buses. But the best way to see the island is to rent a car so you can explore on your own, at your own pace.
3. What time is it in Maui?
In Hawaii, we operate on Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours). This means we're usually five hours behind Eastern Standard Time and two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. However, unlike many states, we don't adjust our clocks for Daylight Saving Time. So, from March to November, you'll need to add an extra hour to these time differences.
4. Do I need a passport to travel to Maui?
You only need to travel with your passport if you're visiting from outside the continental United States of America.
5. When is the best time to visit Maui?
There’s never a bad time to visit Maui! The trade winds keep the temps between 75˚ – 85˚F year-round. And while December – March will bring slightly cooler days, you’ll always be comfortable. Do note, the western side of the island tends to be drier, while the eastern side receives more rain on average.
If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of whales, plan your visit between December and May, with the peak season stretching from January to early April. For those looking to ride or watch the big waves, the North Shore of Maui becomes a surfer's paradise during the winter months.
6. I'm an international traveler, what are my "must-know's"?
We're excited to welcome you to Maui! In addition to your passport, international travelers will need to bring power adapters and/or converters. The U.S. electric current rate is 115/120 volts at 60 Hz per second. Be sure to check your devices before traveling so you have what you need to charge your phones, laptops and other electric items. We also recommend bringing external chargers so you always have a way to charge your phones on the go.
For emergencies in the U.S. dial 9-1-1.
To call a Hawaii phone number from a phone with an international service provider, dial 1-808, followed by the number. To make an international call from a Hawaiian phone, dial 1-country code, and then the number.
There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions for entry to Hawaii, though visitors are encouraged practice safety measures and not travel if you're feeling symptomatic or have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19.
7. What should I pack?
With the warm weather and laid back atmosphere, you can leave the suits and ties at home and, instead, opt for light casual summer attire. For Maui's nightlife, consider casual dress clothes or resort wear. It's also advisable to pack at least one or two warmer items like a light sweater and a good jacket, especially if Haleakalā is on your itinerary.
Additionally, remember to pack beach items like towels, wet/dry bags, waterproof bags for phones, flotation straps for sunglasses and cell phone bags, and quick-change outfits so you can easily go from the beach to a restaurant or shop. Most importantly, Hawaii only allowes reef-safe sunscreens. That means sunscreens that do not include octyl methoxycinnamate or oxybenzone. Instead, look for brands that have mineral-based ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.