Let’s not get this wrong – Maui, Hawaii is spectacular all year round. As the second largest Hawaiian island, Maui is a dream vacation destination. With more than 120 miles of coastline, lush rainforests, two volcanoes and a rich culture, the island offers seemingly endless options for tourists looking to make the most of their Hawaii vacation. Whether learning about the island’s rich history at the Old Lahaina Luau or relaxing in a luxurious beachside resort, such as Ka’anapali Beach Club by Diamond Resorts™, Maui should be considered among the world’s top vacation destinations. And while you likely don’t need any more reasons to take a vacation to Hawaii, we’ve compiled a few reasons that may help convince you to visit Maui this winter. You know, just in case.
- Whale Watching
WHALE HELLO THERE! If you can’t already tell, Whale season is my favorite one during the year. #EventsofaLifetime #DRI @diamondresorts @drealuvsu23 @DemutisG @tchrisbrock45 @TheVacationDR pic.twitter.com/OgcEdGT79A
— Nate Ugale (@Nate_Ugale) January 15, 2018
It’s hard to explain what the experience is like – you just need to do it. Seeing the majestic creatures up close can be life-changing, and is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whale watching season in Maui typically begins around November and runs through April, with peak spotting opportunities from January through March. During peak season, it’s possible to catch glimpses of humpback whales breaching the water from either your oceanfront resort room or from spots along the coast line, but whale watching tours will provide the best views, getting you closer to the massive mammals. There are plenty of companies offering whale boat tours from Lahaina Harbor or Maalaea Harbor. If you stay with Diamond at Ka’anapali Beach Club, visit the concierge for help with booking a boat tour. The team there will be sure you get on the best boat for the best deal.
- Cooler Weather
And by cooler, we mean almost perfect weather. Sure, winter on Maui can sometimes be a bit wet, but the days that aren’t rainy are beautiful. Highs are in the mid-70s or low-80s and there’s always a nice breeze. As with anywhere, Maui weather can be slightly unpredictable, so maybe just consider packing a rain jacket.
You would never guess it, but there are spots on Maui that see snow during the winter. You won’t find it on the beach, of course, but head to the top of Haleakala Crater and you’ll find some seriously chilly temperatures. At 10,000 feet, the summit of Haleakala, a massive shield volcano, occasionally sees temperatures cold enough for ice and snow to form. It isn’t snowcapped all the time and you will need to check Maui weather reports before driving to top, Haleakala is a must-see while in Maui. Just be sure to bring a jacket and long pants if visiting during the winter.
- Winter Swell Waves
— Julie Ogawa (@RMkbcnextlevel) February 3, 2018
We’re talking waves for days. The winter weather brings deep ocean swells to Maui’s north shore, making for awesome surfing conditions, spectacular crashing sounds and even better salty ocean air smells. Professional surfers flock to Maui in the winter to catch the waves, and there are plenty of locations for you to catch some of the heart-pounding action. Peahi, or Jaws, is the Holy Grail of big wave surf spots. If you’re staying at Ka’anapali Beach Club, a short 12-minute drive north puts you at Honolua Bay, a legendary spot among Hawaii surfers. And if you’re interested in trying to catch a wave yourself, the Diamond Resorts team in Maui can help get you set up with an instructor – so you can return home with unforgettable memories and a new skill.