MAUI – Travel To Maui

Maui Travelling To Maui

From its heavenly beaches to its scenic natural wonders, there are plenty of reasons why Maui has been voted “Best Island” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for seventeen years.

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Discover your own reasons to love Maui as you stroll the seaside streets of Lahaina and the lovely beaches of Kaanapali. Feel the mana (power) of Haleakala National Park or discover the arts and culture of Kahului and Upcountry Maui. From championship golf courses to the scenic road to Hana, your vacation on the “Valley Isle” promises to be unforgettable. It’s no wonder why thousands of humpback whales migrate to Maui’s warm waters year after year. One visit to Maui and you just might join them.

Map Of mauiGetting to Maui

Kahului Airport (OGG) is the Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. Many airlines offer non-stop flights direct to Maui. You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu before heading to Maui on a short, 30-minute flight. There is also daily ferry service to a

Driving Times from Kahului Airport To:

•Haleakala 1 Hour 45 Minutes
•Hana 2 Hours 30 Minutes
•Ka’anapali 50 Minutes
•Kapalua 1 Hour
•Kihei 20 Minutes
•Lahaina 40 Minutes
•Makena 35 Minutes
•Wailea 30 Minutes
•Wailuku 10 Minutes

Maui Weather

Maui WeatherDaytime high temperatures on Maui range from about 78 degrees in the wintertime to about 88 degrees in the summertime. This slight variation in temperature during the year is due to Hawaii’s proximity to the equator and the cooling effect of the surrounding ocean during the summer.

Because the weather on the islands is usually very mild and pleasant, there is really no bad time to visit. The weather can be rainy and wet from the last few months of the year until March, but the rain is not drastic enough for any vacationers to avoid the island during particular months. Also, if it does rain, it can do so in specific locations and also be over quickly. The specific locations are the windward sides of the island, which includes the road to Hana. There is also a “wrap around” effect as the wind blows the rain around the northwest end of Maui.

The majority of the resorts are along the leeward side of the island. This means any showers, blown in on the tradewinds, have dropped their moisture along the windward side. It has been found that Weather.com does not do the best job in predicting weather along the south and west sides of the island. There can be a winter storm – called akona low when the wind comes from the southwest – which will blow in off the ocean with rains for the resort towns. This usually happens about one time during the winter months.

The water that surrounds the Hawaiian Islands, including Maui, is warm all year. In the winter, water temperature averages 75° and in the summer 82°. Surfing, which is one of the most popular sports on Maui, can be practiced all year long but the waves are bigger on the north shores during the winter months and south shores during the summer months.

The weather is more affected by what area you are staying in, more than when you choose to go. There are many micro climates on Maui. If it is raining where you are, move a few miles away, and you can find better weather there.

nd from the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai.

 

Maui Airport Travel Tips

• Check-in baggage is limited to 2 per person.

• Carry-on baggage is limited to one piece, along with one personal item such as notebook computer bags, purses, briefcases, cameras, etc.

• Be careful not to have overweight baggage; U.S. weight restrictions when flying domestically are 50 pounds, 70 pounds when flying internationally. The flight from the continental U.S. to Hawaii is a domestic flight.

• Hang identification tag on your baggage and affix an identifying label on your laptop.

• When departing from Hawaii, all baggage must first pass through Agriculture Quarantine before proceeding to the airline counter for check-in. It is best not to bring fruit or other plants, unless you show proof that you are allowed to export them. Without proof, fruits, vegetables and plants will not clear Customs and will be confiscated.

• Once you check-in for your flight, you must go through a security scan. You must have your boarding pass and identification or passport ready.

• Follow the recommended airport arrival and boarding time given by your airline or travel agency. It’s always best to arrive at the airport early.

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Staying on Maui

There are a wide range of accommodations on Maui, including high-end resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and rentals. You’ll find resorts and hotels in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Kihei, Makena and Wailea on Maui’s sunny western coast as well as one resort in Hana in east Maui.

Anytime of year is a good time to visit Maui. The average temperature here is between 75˚-85˚ F. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side and wetter on the eastern (windward) side.

Traveling on Maui

You can get around Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or public transportation. But to really experience all that Maui offers you should consider reserving a rental car in advance from the Kahului or Kapalua Airport.

Currency Exchange In Maui

Hawaii’s currency is the U.S. dollar. You can exchange currency at Kahului Airport (OGG), at the other major neighbor island airports, and at resort destinations. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are plentiful. Traveler’s checks are accepted at many businesses.

What to Pack

It’s warm in Hawaii, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a jacket or sweater for the evenings. Bring warmer clothes if you plan on visiting higher elevations like Haleakala National Park. Suits and ties are very rarely worn here. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Hawaii’s nightlife. You can buy an aloha shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.

Tipping In Maui

U.S. standards on tipping apply:

Restaurants: 15-20%. Check to see if “gratuity” is included for large parties

Bar: $.50-$1 US per drink

Housekeeping: $1 US per bed, per night

Luggage porters: $1 US per bag

Doorman: $1 US for calling a taxi

Room Service: 10-15% of the total bill

Taxi: 15% of fare

Language in Maui

The official languages of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian, although Hawaiian is not commonly spoken. Major resort areas often have customer service representatives who speak Japanese.

Internet and Electricity In Maui

Internet access is readily available in Hawaii. Electricity in the U.S. is 120 volts (120 v) at 60 cycles (60 Hz) per second. If your device does not accept this voltage, you may need to purchase a voltage converter.

Maui Agricultural Inspection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture enforces strict rules regarding the exportation of uninspected plants and animals and requires a declaration form for each person arriving in Hawaii. When departing, your luggage must pass a pre-flight screening for uninspected fruits and plants. You are welcome to take inspected fresh flowers and fruits home. Items purchased at the airport or mailed home form local vendors are inspected for you.

Useful Maui Phone Numbers and Links:

The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808)

Maui Visitors Bureau: (808) 525-MAUI (6284)

Kahului Airport Visitor Information: (808) 872-3893

Marriage License and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545

Hospitals: Maui Memorial Medical Center: (808) 244-9056, Hana Community Health Center: (808) 248-8294

 

 


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