Destination guide

Say aloha to the absolute vacation of a lifetime

There's a reason Maui's ended up becoming shorthand for that ultra-laid-back Hawaiian experience. This gorgeous island is the ultimate tropical cocktail of epic volcanic landscapes, delicious weather, idyllic beaches, and marine adventure, all shaken up with a dash of decadence and garnished with a fragrant lei of rich Hawaiian culture. There are Maui vacation rentals and resorts luxurious enough to satisfy the most discerning clientele – but there's also accommodation to suit all pockets and tastes, whether you're looking to sample upscale spas and golf resorts, or just to hike in the hills and snorkel with the fishes.

Things to do

After Maui, sunrises will never be the same again

When it comes to Maui vacation rentals, pretty much the most quintessential island experience is a trip into Haleakala National Park. Set around the island's main volcano, most people head up there to watch the sunrise, and it's so popular that you have to book in advance. And if all that snorkelling's found you falling in love with Hawaii's marine life, then a trip to the Maui Ocean Center aquarium in Maalaea will finish the job. For those who are more about culture and history, try the Bailey House Museum or the Hana Cultural Center, with exhibits on traditional local culture.

Activities

Everything's just beachy with a Maui vacation rental

Many Maui vacation rentals are geared around those enticing golden-sand beaches. Some – like Honolua or Peahi – are a magnet for surfers with an eye for the big swells, while others are located near marine reserves and are more suited for snorkelling and diving in the reefs. The larger-than-life landscapes, forest reserves, and national parks of Maui make it a top spot for hiking and biking, while whale-watching trips are also popular. And if you're that way inclined, then there's a big luxury element to Maui too, with a generous ration of opulent spa resorts and championship golf courses.

Weather

Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you

You wouldn't have thought an island as compact as Maui could have quite so many microclimates. It's all down to the powerful trade winds, and the mountainous nature of the island's terrain. In general, Maui's climate is warm and humid all year round, with two main seasons. Winter runs from November–April, and is rather wetter, but it also brings the best surf and the humpback whale migration. Meanwhile, shoulder season (May and October) can be a bit quieter. The east side of the island and the higher ground see a lot more rain, with the central "valley" being much drier.

Natural features

If Gilligan's Island had golf courses and spas...

In the geography and nature stakes, Maui packs as much punch as those delicious Mai Tais you'll be sipping down by the ocean. It's a largely unspoiled island of vast volcanic landscapes, pristine rainforest reserves, vibrant coral reefs, and sandy beaches. The majority of the island is made up of a hulking shield volcano called Haleakala, and the Haleakala National Park is home to a host of rare species. Out in the water, there are a number of protected marine reserves, so strap on your snorkel and you might find yourself coming face-to-face with the famous Hawaiian green sea turtles.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Maui

The nearest airport is in Kahului, HI (OGG), located 8.7 mi (13.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Hana, HI (HNM), which is 21.4 mi (34.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Lahaina Sugar Cane Train Station or Lahaina Sugar Cane Train Kaanapali Landing Station and explore the city from there.

Where to stay near Maui?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 9,316 house rentals near Maui. From 553 Houses to 7,080 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Maui for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Maui?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maui. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kihei: 4,498 vacation rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,798 vacation rentals
  • Wailea: 4,333 vacation rentals
  • Kaanapali: 4,648 vacation rentals
  • Kamaole Sands: 375 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Maui! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Maui?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maui:

  • Kihei: 4,498 rentals
  • Lahaina: 8,798 rentals
  • Wailea: 4,333 rentals
  • Kaanapali: 4,648 rentals
  • Maalaea: 4,436 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Maui?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Maui are:

  • Kahului Airport (OGG): 9,248 home rentals
  • Kapalua Airport (JHM): 5,478 home rentals
  • Hana Airport (HNM): 96 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Maui?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Maui. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Whalers Village: 6,042 vacation homes
  • Black Rock: 5,794 vacation homes
  • Waipuilani Park: 5,749 vacation homes
  • Maalaea Harbor: 9,168 vacation homes
  • Ulua Beach: 4,637 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Maui listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Maui

Kihei
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Lahaina
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Wailea
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Hana
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Napili
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Kula
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