4 Ways to Stay Cool in Maui


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Sunrise over Wailea Beach in Maui.

With a yearly average temperature in the 80s, you’ll have no problem being swaddled in warmth for your entire vacation in Maui
. But what if you want to cool off? Thanks to the island’s coastal plains, interior valleys and mountain peaks that won’t be an issue either.

Maui’s eclectic landscape creates an abundance of microclimates, so depending where you’re at on the island will determine how warm you are on any given day. For instance, Lahaina and Kihei can be hot and sunny, but just 35 miles away in the upcountry region of Kula it may be chilly. Mix into the equation Maui’s already diverse set of activities and you will quickly see why Hawaiians say, “Maui no ka oi” (“Maui is the best”). While this is by no means a definitive list, these four Maui experiences will ensure you stay cool on even the hottest Hawaiian day.

Bomb a Volcano

Bikers at Haleakala Ranch in Maui.

Outside of jumping into the Pacific Ocean, there may be no better way to keep cool in Maui than biking down Haleakala, the world’s largest dormant volcano. The 25-mile downhill ride starts at Haleakala Ranch and takes you through the small upcountry towns of Makawao and Paia. Along the way you’ll navigate steep switchbacks, descend 3,000 feet in 10 miles, pass by the field where guitarist Jimi Hendrix played his last U.S. concert, experience a whole slew of microclimates, and smile more than a kid at Disney World. While it may not sound like it, this activity is perfect for all skill levels as long as you go with a reputable tour company, such as Maui Easy Riders.

Treat Your Senses to an Upcountry Culinary Tour

Coastal view of Maui from Haleakala.

A visit to O’o Farm is a great introduction to the harmonious nature of upcountry farming. Located on the slopes of Haleakala, O’o Farm provides fresh ingredients for two Lahaina restaurants and spectacular coastal views of Maui. The luncheon tour takes visitors through the grounds, offering a true farm to table experience. As the tour is happening, a chef prepares a gourmet lunch using some of the fresh products your group harvested along the way. As far as memorable experiences go in Maui, this is one of the best. Sitting in the cool upcountry breeze as the farm’s chef explains each dish as it arrives on the table is a real joy.

Get Your Snorkel On

Underwater photo from Maui.

Don a face mask, snorkel and fins and you’ll be treated to another side of Maui. Under the island’s warm tropical waters lies a magical world bursting with color and life. On any given day, you will find green sea turtles, schools of vibrant tropical fish, reef sharks, slack-jawed moray eels, sea urchins and lots of coral. While Maui’s coast is home to plenty of fantastic snorkeling spots, Black Rock in Lahaina is one of the most popular. Black Rock is located on Kaanapali Beach in front of the Sheraton Maui Resort and is the perfect spot for beginning snorkelers. The place is actually so popular with snorkelers that the schools of fish that congregate around the base of the rock are immune to their presence. Better yet, snorkeling in Maui is also very budget friendly. You can rent two sets of snorkel gear from Boss Frog’s for as low as $9 a week.

Support the Local Brewery

Sampling beers at Maui Brewing Company.

There is nothing quite like an ice cold beer on a hot day. Luckily, Maui is home to one of the best craft beer makers in the world: Maui Brewing Company. If you’re a beer lover, then you’d be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn’t stop by its brewpub in Lahaina or at least grab a six-pack from a grocery store during your trip to the island. For beer enthusiasts, Maui Brewing Company also offers brewery tours of its facility in Lahaina.

About the Author: Randy Kalp

Randy Kalp is a semi-intrepid journalist traveling the world and missing his 7-pound hound. His stories have appeared in Men’s Health, GAdventures’ The Looptail, the San Diego Uptown News, Coast News and San Diego Reader. You can read about Randy’s latest adventures on his award-winning travel blog and follow him on his social networks (below) and Pinterest.

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