Planning a vacation to Maui prompts plenty of questions before you depart. Finding the answers will help you pack, plan and plunge into one of the most spectacular tropical islands on earth.
Look forward to enjoying the soaring waterfalls, plunging valleys, striking coastal views, white-sand beaches and natural wonders that await you. We've put together a few of the most frequently asked questions about Maui to help.
Answer: As the second largest of the eight main Hawaiian Islands, Maui measures 729 square miles. It is 48 miles at its longest and 26 miles at its widest.
Answer: The island of Hawaii is the biggest and fittingly known as the Big Island. After Maui, the other islands, in terms of size, are: Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolwe. There are many other islands you can learn about on your trip; Hawaii consists of more than 100.
Answer: Maui is one of the few places on earth that boasts temperatures ranging from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, so any time will suit your travel schedule. But if you have to choose, the summer season lasts from April to November and is usually warm and dry. Winter lasts from December to March and is generally a bit cooler.
Answer: Whale watching season lasts from December to May – with peak months between January and early April – while winter offers the best time to catch the biggest waves on Maui's North Shore.
Answer: Maui's main airport is Kahului Airport. A smaller airport is located in Kapalua (West Maui) and a commuter airport is located in Hana. Flying into Kahului will spare you a layover in Honolulu and a 30-minute connecting flight.
Answer: This is a personal choice, of course, but many visitors to Maui rent a car and are glad they did. Although you can get around the island by shuttle, taxi or tour bus, a rental car will allow you to move around the island freely and experience it on your terms and schedule.
Answer: The main resort areas on Maui include Hana, Honokowai, Ka’anapali, Kapalua, Kihei, Ma’alaea, Makena, Napili and Wailea. Collectively, these areas include about 60 hotels, more than 100 vacation condominium buildings and roughly 40 bed and breakfast inns.
Answer: This depends on whom you ask. Maui features 120 miles of shoreline and about 80 beaches that draw visitors from all over the world. But beach lovers also flock to Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano in the world. The volcano stands more than 10,000 feet above sea level and is located within Haleakala National Park, home to amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. From hiking and surfing to zip-lining and golfing, there are adventures galore. There's something exciting for everyone to discover on the Valley Isle.
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It will help you understand why Maui is regularly voted the “best island in the world” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine and “world's best island" by Travel + Leisure magazine readers. Stop by our Maverick Helicopters Maui Facebook page and tell us what you're most looking forward to.