Time Zone: Hawaii
Getting Around: Visitors to Maui will likely arrive by plane at one of the island's three airports (Hana, Kahului and Kapalua), though it's possible to sail to the island if you have the time. Once on Maui, most visitors choose to rent a car. Hawaii's drivers are safe and courteous, and there are several well-marked major roads on Maui to make navigating relatively easy. Still, some steep and winding roads will require an extra cautious hand behind the wheel, and rental companies refuse to allow their cars on some of the unpaved, bumpy dirt roads, where a four-wheel-drive vehicle is the only safe choice. Some visitors choose to charter an airplane or helicopter to tour the island's more remote, but breathtaking, regions.
Weather: All the Hawaiian islands boast pleasant year-round temperatures and lots of sunshine, so it's tough to pick a bad time of year to visit Maui. During winter months, the temperature averages 80 degrees, increasing closer to 90 degrees in the hottest part of the summer, but trade winds usually keep the temperature comfortable. Rainfall increases slightly as the temperature drops in winter; much of Maui's rainfall occurs on the north coast and in the remote interiors of the mountains. Since the island was formed by active volcanoes, its landscape encompasses 11 different climate zones and your weather will be dictated by local patterns and where you happen to be on the island.