Visiting Maui in March: Good, or Bad Idea?


March is the tail-end of winter in Maui, with some cloud and rain but mostly sunny days. The average high temperature in March is almost 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of about 66 degrees. The water temperature is also quite pleasant, with an average temperature of around 77 degrees.

March is close to the beginning of the dry season in Maui, so you can expect relatively low levels of rainfall. This makes it a good time to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and exploring the beaches.

March is also a good time to visit for whale watching (anytime from December to March), as the Humpback whales migrate to the waters around Maui in the winter months. Depending on migratory patterns and when travel to Maui, you may still be able to spot these majestic creatures.

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March is a good time to visit Maui for those looking for milder weather and the chance to see whales, but it comes with the trade-off of higher prices and potential for wind and some rain.

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March Activities and Events in Maui

March 2023 Events In Maui

Maui 5k

  • Occurs on: Sunday, March 5, 2023, 7:00am – 9:30am

REBELUTION

  • Occurs on: Friday, March 10, 2023, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Maui Pops Orchestra – Spring Pops

  • Occurs on: Sunday, March 12, 2023, 3:00pm – 5:30pm

FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS

  • Occurs on: Friday, March 17, 2023, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

JOSHUA RADIN

  • Occurs on: Saturday, March 18, 2023, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

BONNIE RAITT – Just Like That tour 2023

  • Occurs on: Friday, March 31, 2023, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Annual March Activities in Maui

There are many activities to enjoy annually in Maui in March:

Whale watching: March is the tail end of whale watching season in Maui, so you may still be able to spot Humpback whales in the waters around the island.

Beaches: March is a great time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Maui, such as Ka’anapali Beach, Wailea Beach, and Makena Beach. You can swim, sunbathe, or try water sports such as snorkeling, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Hiking: Maui has many beautiful hiking trails that offer stunning views of the island. Some popular trails include the Waihe’e Ridge Trail, the Haleakala Crater Trail, and the Pipiwai Trail.

Golfing: Maui has several world-class golf courses, such as the Kapalua Golf Course and the Wailea Golf Club. March is a great time to hit the links and enjoy the island’s beautiful weather.

Shopping and dining: Maui is home to many charming towns and villages, such as Lahaina and Paia, which offer a variety of shopping and dining options. You can find everything from local artisanal products to international cuisine.

Cultural activities: Maui is rich in Hawaiian culture and history, and there are many opportunities to learn about and experience it. You can visit cultural centers and museums, participate in traditional activities such as hula dancing and lei making, or attend a luau.

So, when to Go to Maui?

Maui has two seasons, summer and winter. During the summer months, from May to October, you’ll find that areas like Kapalua, Kahului, North Kihei, and Ka‘anapali get pretty windy in the afternoons thanks to the trade winds. While Hana and Kapalua may see some rain during the summer, places like Lahaina and Kihei can go six whole months without a single drop of rain.

But, when it comes to the winter, from November to April, you’ll definitely have a few days of rainy weather. Winter days on Maui can be beautiful with light breezes, sunny skies, and a high of 78°, but it can also be cloudy and rainy. If you’re an experienced surfer, you’ll have the best chance of catching some big waves during the winter.

If you’re looking to save some money on your trip, the best and most affordable times to visit Maui are from January 15th to 30th, April 15th to June 5th, and September 15th to December 15th. You’ll find lower airfare, fewer crowds, and discounts on many activities. The busiest weeks of the year are around Christmas and New Year’s, and the slowest weeks are the first two weeks of December.

Also, if you want to see whales, you’ll want to plan your trip between December 15th and May 15th, with peak whale-watching happening from January 15th to March 30th.

Visiting Maui during May and September gives you the best of both worlds – summer weather and lower prices and fewer crowds.

See more: When to visit Maui.

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