Maui Travel Tips

From advice to quick facts about the island, use this brief guide to ease your travel experience to Maui.

Getting to Maui
Kahului Airport (OGG) is 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 nonstop 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 and from the nearby island of Lanai.

Airport Travel Tips
  • Check-in baggage is limited to two 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.
  • 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.
Maui Highlights
  • Whale watching: In the winter months, the Auau Channel between Maui, Lanai and Molokai is one of the best places in the world for whale watching.
  • Maui beaches: Maui has more than 80 incredible beaches, with a combined shoreline that spans 120 miles.
  • Haleakala National Park: Watch a memorable sunrise from 9,740 feet atop Haleakala Crater.
  • Road to Hana: With 600 curves and 54 bridges, this is one of the world’s most scenic drives.
  • Lahaina: Once a thriving whaling port in the mid-1800s, Lahaina is now a lively gathering place for dining, shopping, art and entertainment.
Traveling on Maui
You can get around Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi or public transportation. But to really experience all that Maui has to offer, consider renting a car at Kahului Airport (OGG) or Kapalua Airport (JHM).

Accommodations
Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos are located throughout the island. You’ll find the main resort areas in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Wailea, Makena and Hana.

Climate
The average temperature is 75˚–85˚F. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side of the island, and wetter on the eastern (windward) side. Temperatures in Upcountry Maui are typically 8–10 degrees cooler than the coast. On the summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest point, you can expect temperatures in the 40s or lower.

Time Zone
Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is five hours behind the U.S. East Coast, and six hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).

Language
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.

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

Phone, Internet & Electricity
The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Cell phone coverage is widespread in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States. Internet access is readily available on Maui and at many hotels. 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.

Tipping
Apply the following U.S. standards: 15–20% on meals, 15% of fare for taxis, at least $1 per bag for luggage porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.

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 from local vendors are inspected for you.

Useful Phone Numbers & Links
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