Maui, Hawai’i, is a tropical paradise that attracts travelers year-round with its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and endless opportunities for adventure. If you’re considering a trip to Maui this fall, you’re in for a treat. October and November are considered to be low-season months which means lower vacation rental rates and sparser crowds.
October and November is when the island experiences a transition from the hot summer months to a more temperate climate. The average daytime temperature hovers around 79°F (26°C) – 82°F (28°C), while evenings cool down to a comfortable 65°F (18°C) – 68°F (20°C).
The ocean remains warm so you won’t have to sacrifice water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing. The chance of rain is relatively low in October and if you do experience rain in November it’s typically short-lived. These November showers only enhance Maui’s lush greenery.
October falls in the shoulder season, meaning fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months. This results in less crowded beaches, shorter wait times at popular attractions, and a more relaxed atmosphere overall. As it’s considered a lower-demand period, you may find more affordable rates for accommodations and flights compared to the busier months.
With the summer rush subsiding, popular snorkel spots become less crowded. Prime locations such as Wailea on the leeward side of the island provide calm waters, abundant marine life, and stunning coral formations. The ocean temperatures in Maui remain inviting, ranging from the high 70s to low 80s Fahrenheit. Molokini Crater, a partially submerged volcanic crater, stands as another must-visit destination for snorkelers. As always, make sure to check weather and ocean conditions, use proper snorkeling equipment, and stay mindful of your surroundings.
In October, Maui’s luaus offer a unique and culturally rich experience for visitors. With the summer crowds starting to thin, luaus become more accessible and enjoyable. You can immerse yourself in Hawaiian traditions, from indulging in the island cuisine to attending hula performances. Many luaus feature special October-themed festivities incorporating local folklore and storytelling, providing guests with a deeper understanding of Hawaiian history and culture.
The Kula Farms Pumpkin Patch is open every day in October from 9 am to 4 pm, running from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.The farm grows a wide variety of pumpkins, including green, pink, yellow, flat, round, and bumpy varieties, as well as decorative gourds and squashes for cooking. For safety, it’s recommended to wear comfortable closed-toed shoes and bring a cart if possible. Wagons are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Weekday mornings tend to have fewer visitors, making it an ideal time to visit!
November marks the beginning of whale-watching season in Maui (peak season is January and February). The waters surrounding Maui, particularly the ʻAuʻau Channel between Maui, Lānaʻi, and Molokaʻi, are considered one of the best places in the world to observe humpback whales (Koholā). In the Hawaiian language, ‘Au’au means “to take a bath,” referring to the channel’s bathtub-like conditions.
Each year, humpback whales migrate from colder Alaskan waters to the warmer Hawaiian waters. They travel thousands of miles to breed and give birth in this protected environment. They’re known for their acrobatic displays, including breaching (leaping out of the water), tail slapping, and pectoral fin slapping. These behaviors are often observed during tours and offer unforgettable sights. Hawaiʻi has strict regulations in place to protect these endangered species so when choosing a tour operator, look for those that prioritize responsible and eco-friendly practices, ensuring a positive and sustainable whale watching experience.
If the whales haven’t arrived by November, you can still experience them at Maui Ocean Center’s innovative 3D Sphere. The Humpbacks of Hawaiʻi Exhibit & Sphere offers a groundbreaking experience, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with humpback whales in their natural underwater habitat. It’s open daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm, featuring showings every half hour. No reservations are needed!
Restaurant Week in Wailea is a much-anticipated event for foodies. Held in both spring and fall, this culinary celebration brings together some of Hawai’i’s finest eateries in Wailea, offering specially crafted three-course, pre-fixe menus. Not only do diners get to savor exquisite cuisine, but a portion of the proceeds from Restaurant Week is also dedicated to supporting the Maui Food Bank.
The Made in Maui County Festival is also held in November and showcases the talents and entrepreneurship of local residents who have established their own businesses on Maui. This festival is a treasure trove of unique and handcrafted goods, spanning clothing, jewelry, art, food, and various crafts. In addition to these offerings, attendees can also indulge in local food trucks. It’s an event not to be missed for those looking to explore the rich and diverse artisanal culture of Maui. This year’s event will be held Nov. 3-4, 2023.
October and November in Maui offers a tranquil retreat, with mild temperatures ranging from 79°F to 82°F during the day and comfortable evenings. This transition season is a hidden gem, offering an escape from the usual tourist rush. Taking advantage of this low-season month provides a unique opportunity to experience the island’s beauty in its purest form. With lower vacation rental rates and sparser crowds, it’s the perfect time to explore Maui’s diverse landscapes, from the golden beaches to lush rainforests.
When traveling to Maui there will never be a shortage of things and places to see. Make sure you’re always abiding by local and cultural laws when exploring the natural beauty of Maui and most importantly, relax! That’s what you came to do after all.