Flying to Maui Island: Kahului Airport
Three miles east of the town of Kahului, Kahului Airport (OGG) is the main international airport on Maui Island. Many of the large American airlines fly to Kahului Airport, including American Airlines, Delta and Virgin America. Kahului Airport also welcomes numerous international flights and regular domestic flights that link up all of the Hawaiian Islands. You will find a variety of shops at Kahului Airport, from duty-free stores to fashion boutiques, as well as multiple cafes and snack bars.
Travelling from Kahului Airport
While most of Maui’s high-end hotels and resorts offer shuttle services to and from the airport, you can also catch the Maui bus, which stops in front of Kahului Airport’s main terminal every ninety minutes. Taxis also wait outside the airport to get you around the island. Should you prefer to hire a car for your stay, there is a number of car rental companies within the airport by the baggage reclaim area.
When to Book Flights to Maui Island
Maui is a hotspot for winter sun, so the island’s high season stretches from December to March. Prices can go up during January and February for whale-watching season, and the last two weeks in December are particularly busy. Maui Island gets its best weather during the low season between April and November. This time of year sees many families travel to Maui as prices tend to be cheaper and there are significantly fewer crowds.
Where to Stay on Maui Island
The towns of Lahaina and Kaanapali are in West Maui, between the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Forest Reserve. One of the island’s main tourist areas, West Maui has a great choice of beaches, and you’ll also find a range of eateries and shops. Hotels and resorts in Lahaina and Kaanapali offer accommodation to suit your budget.
There are also plenty of budget hotels in southern Maui, especially around the towns of Kihei and Wailea. Popular with sunbathers and surfers, scenic beaches line this southern coast. To stay slightly off the beaten track, book a hotel on the north-west coast in Hana. This part of the island is largely untouched and has some of Maui’s best secluded beaches and scenic walking trails.
Flying to Maui Island with Kids
The majority of hotels and resorts on Maui Island are family friendly and offer a range of facilities that kids can use, including outdoor pools and tennis courts. Kids will enjoy exploring the island’s beaches and can have a go at snorkeling and surfing. As a family, hop on a group boat trip into the Pacific for some whale watching or diving. Back on dry land, the Maui Ocean Center gives kids the chance to get up close to some of the island’s native sea life, including sea turtles and sting rays. For a unique experience, take the kids on a Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour to see the island from a completely different perspective before booking a table at one of the island’s many child-friendly restaurants.