Maui in February? Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Visiting
Since we’ve become full-time Maui residents, our friends and family are always asking us what the best month to visit is. We’re putting together a month-by-month guide to help you decide exactly when to visit beautiful Maui.
You’re likely here because you’re wondering whether it’s a good idea to visit Maui in February (or you’ve already booked your trip and you’re looking for the best things to do in February).
Visiting Maui in February is a great idea because you’ll escape bad weather in another part of the world, the island is less crowded, the whales are here in full force, and you’ll get some beautiful, warm days. Drawbacks include hotel rates are high and there is a higher chance of rain and cloudy days.
Here we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about visiting Maui in February: the weather, the crowds, the cost, and some of the best things you don’t want to miss.
Table of Contents
- Maui in February? Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Visiting
- What’s Maui Like – Maui Weather in February
- Is February Cheaper on Maui?
- What to Do on Maui in February
- Is February a Good Time to Go to Maui?
- How to Find February Deals on Maui
- The 11 Best Snorkel Spots on Maui (+7 crucial tips)
- Kapalua Bay Beach: one of the best beaches on West Maui
- Hawaii Inter-Island Travel: Do You Need a COVID Test?
What’s Maui Like – Maui Weather in February
First, the good news: the weather in Maui is probably warmer than wherever you’re coming from.
Hawaii is the only state in the tropics and while this doesn’t mean you’ll go without seasons, there’s not a huge difference between them.
The average high is around 80°F and the average low will be around 65°F.
Not bad for the middle of winter!
Of all the islands, Maui is the island with the least rainfall. Yes, it does still rain here, but not as much as say, Kauai.
That said, there’s definitely a warmer, drier, sunnier season (summer) and a wetter, cloudier, and colder season (winter).
What’s Maui weather like in February? Here are all the stats you need to know
The average high in Ka’anapali is 79, in Kihei (near Wailea), it’s 81, and in Hana it’s 78. The average low in Ka’anapali is 66, in Kihei it’s 63, and in Hana it’s 64.
Because I live here, February is considered sweater and soup weather. For anyone visiting from other parts of the US, you’ll be just fine in a t-shirt and shorts.
Bottom line, when it comes to the average temperature in February: it’s balmy and lovely.
But just because it’s warm doesn’t mean it’s always sunny.
You’ll notice that there’s a little dip in the average rainfall in February, but keep in mind that it’s a short month. Maui does get rain in the winter but don’t worry, there’s plenty to keep you entertained if you want to stay out of the rain.
Your best bet for rain-free weather during any time of the year is to stick to the West and Southside of the island, specifically Ka’anapali and Wailea. This is the leeward side of the island, and it gets significantly less rain than anywhere else in Maui.
That’s probably why most of the hotels and vacation rentals are concentrated in these two areas.
Need help choosing to stay between Ka’anapali and Wailea? Ka’anapali vs Wailea: Here’s How to Decide Where to Stay.
And for good measure, I wanted to include the ocean temperature stats. You can swim in the ocean without a wetsuit year-round. The ocean temperature in February is 75, the lowest that it is all year, but still extremely comfortable for a swim.
February isn’t looking like a terrible weather option, especially if you’re escaping rough weather back home.
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Is Maui Crowded in February?
Ready for some great news? Maui isn’t a crowded island in February. If you’ve ever tried to go somewhere during peak season, you know that this is a big deal. Why?
- The two most popular luaus aren’t booked up months in advance
- You can actually find parking at most snorkel spots (still get there early, of course)
- Activities will still be available for you to book last minute
- You can get into restaurants and navigate around the grocery store without it being too crazy.
As you can see from the data below, February isn’t the slowest month for visitors, but it’s below average. And I would personally prefer not to visit an island when it’s filled to the brim with people.
If you agree, February could be a good choice for a visit.
Is February Cheaper on Maui?
If you’re looking for a hotel room, February is the cheapest winter month on Maui. But hotel rooms are significantly more expensive than what you’ll find in the spring or fall-winter is the most expensive season on Maui.
The average hotel room will run you $420 in February. That’s $100 more than what the average hotel room in September will cost. September is the cheapest month for a hotel room on Maui.
Source: Hawaii Tourism Authority Infrastructure Report Note: December 2019 Not Available
When looking at vacation rentals, February leads with the highest cost per night of the entire year.
The average cost for a vacation rental in February is $290 per night. Compared with the least expensive month of November, at $219 per night. You’re going to spend a lot more for the same hotel room.
Source: Hawaii Tourism Authority Infrastructure Report *December is 2018 Data
Though, you should also consider that while winter is pricey, you can also scoop up some of the best airfare deals out there. Two years of Skyscanner data shows that the cheapest month to fly to Hawaii is January…and February isn’t much more expensive than that.
Read our The Cheapest Time to Fly to Maui article for details. Spoiler: January is the cheapest, followed by February.
How to Travel to Maui in February for Less
But let’s dig into that data a little more. When we looked at select hotel rates day-by-day during the month, we found that prices spike around President’s Day.
In 2020, that day falls on February 17th. As you can see from the chart below, the highest hotel prices for the month are February 12 – 20th.
To illustrate, we’re showing the 2019 daily rates for the Aston Ka’anapali, which show that the rates in February range significantly, from $303 per night during the lowest days to $508 per night during President’s Day weekend.
Head to Maui anytime aside from the middle of the month, and you’ll see some moderate prices for hotel rooms that are competitive with what you can expect to pay during other months.
What to Do on Maui in February
You can do all of the most popular activities on Maui every month of the year. But there are some that are extra special in February:
- Whale Watching: If you’re here from mid-December to mid-April, one of the most popular things to do on Maui is whale watching. You can view these beautiful creatures by trail, by boat, by kayak, or by raft. If you do a whale watching trip, schedule it early in your stay so that if there is a cancellation due to weather, you have time to reschedule.
- Whale Day: Want even more whale centered events? Join in on Whale Day in Kalama Park in Kihei for a day of interactive displays and a whale parade.
- Concert Cruises: As part of February’s Whale Festival, there are a number of special concert cruises featuring live music, food, and (hopefully) humpback whales.
For a listing of more events in February, be sure to check the calendar of events on GoHawaii.com.
Is February a Good Time to Go to Maui?
Reasons Why You Should Go to Maui in February:
✅ The opportunity to score some flight deals
✅ A less crowded island means you can see the sights with fewer people around
✅ It’s the peak of whale season, with a number of whale festival events to enjoy
✅ You can escape the cold on the mainland
✅ Outside of the mid-month hotel cost peak, you can still find some reasonably priced accommodations
Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go to Maui in February:
❌ You have a higher chance for rain and cloudy days when compared to other seasons
❌ Hotel and vacation rentals are very expensive in the days around President’s Day weekend
Despite the costs and the rain, February can still be a great time to go to Maui. There are fewer visitors, so the island won’t feel as crowded. Whale season is at its peak, which for some people can be reason enough to visit the island.
Plus, if you’re escaping cold weather elsewhere, February can make for a perfect winter break.
How to Find February Deals on Maui
You are saving on your airfare ticket by flying in February. Kudos for that decision. Keep making good decisions to help your Maui vacation budget.
Read our Affordable Hawaii articles for activities, rental car, and hotel hacks to save you money.
If you want to get straight to the point of saving money in February, go to our Hawaii Recommendations to find our favorite deals on lodging and rental cars. Our favorite February experience is whale watching. More precisely, whale watching on a raft. Use promo code “HVG” to save 10% on an Ultimate Whale Watching tour.
These are the deals we do ourselves when island hopping or having friends visit. Only our trusted vendors make it on this coveted list.
Going to Maui in February is a great idea. Don’t let the threat of one or two cloudy days make you second guess coming in February. Have a wonderful time on the Valley Isle!
I'm the co-founder, with my husband Jordan, of The Hawaii Vacation Guide. We live on Maui with our toddler Henry and our sweet but quirky dog Hattie. I am a planner! I love to plan island-hopping adventures, days out on Maui, and everything in-between. I spend a lot of my time on our SUP and my favorite time of year in Hawai'i is whale season!
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