Maui in September: What to see and expect (2021)

Maui is famous for being a wonderful place nearly 365 days a year, there truly isn’t a bad time to visit. But with the summer season coming to an end, now is the time to look toward September and all the fun that the island will have in store. Below we have compiled a brief guide of what you can expect when visiting Maui in September along with a calendar of events to experience. 

What to Expect When Visiting Maui in September

September is a wonderful time to visit Maui, some of the worst of the summer crowds will have dissipated, and the weather can be sublime. To help with planning, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite tips below to keep in mind when visiting Maui in September, enjoy!

  • The weather is normally great: September can be one of the hottest months for Maui, with average highs hitting 88 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Precipitation can be low, with an average of 0.38 inches. The only potential problem is hurricane season, which can stretch from roughly June through November, and is still active during September (though hurricanes are rarely an issue).
  • The seas can be great for diving: While there may still be some “southern swells” to deal with, the sea around Maui should be plenty calm. This means, as long as storms stay at bay, September generally has great visibility for diving and snorkeling. If you find yourself facing inclement conditions in Maui’s southern beaches, the west and north sides of the island will be the calmest.
  • Don’t expect to see whales: September is great for a lot of things on Maui, but when it comes to whale watching, it’s still a little early in the season. The typical whale watching season extends from November to May, with the best chance of seeing a whale normally between January and March. But, as noted above, the seas are normally calm and great for diving.
  • Expect a slight break on prices: While September is one of the most affordable times to visit Maui, don’t expect it to be cheap necessarily. The biggest break that you can often find is in lodging, with hotels on the island averaging around $275 dollars for the month.

Things to do on Maui in September

Below is a brief calendar of events, be sure to check the status of these events due to unforeseen circumstances stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

  • Farmer’s Market of Maui-Kihei (Mondays–Thursdays 8:00 AM–4:00 PM,
    Fridays 8:00 AM–5:00 PM):
    Enjoy some of the freshest produce you will find anywhere in the world, and support some of Maui’s local farmers and artisans at the same time, when you visit this local farmer’s market. Highlights besides the fruit and veg include quality jams, jars of honey, local flowers, baked goods, and some seriously great coffee.
  • Latin Nights @ Heritage Hall (Fridays, 8:00-11:00 PM): Hosted by Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo, Maui’s premier Latin dance band, Latin Nights is a family-friendly, BYOB, celebration of culture and music. Things kick off starting at 8:00 PM with an intro-level salsa lesson, this makes it so even the shy among us can feel confident to cut up a rug when the rhythm takes you. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased ahead of time or at the door.
  • Maui Sunday Market (September 6th-12th, 4:00-8:00 PM): If local crafts, food trucks, and music sound good to you, be sure to take some time to visit the Maui Sunday Market. The best part, admission is completely free!
  • HSA Big Wave Realty Hana Classic (September 11th-12th): Surfing is almost synonymous with the Hawaiian Islands. Want to catch some waves yourself? Signup spots are still available for many divisions of this competition put on by the Hawaii Surfing Association. Due to circumstances, beach entry will be limited to HAS Maui members first.
  • 20th Annual Tommy Bahama Front Street Mile & 5k/10k (September 18th): Fancy yourself a quick foot race during your trip to Maui? Luckily, the island’s 20th edition of the annual Tommy Bahama race is scheduled to take place this September (after being canceled last year) in the unique downtown of Lahaina. The course is flat out and back and the race always draws an enthusiastic crowd of spectators.
  • Matt Maher (September 19th, 9:00 AM): Matt Maher is one of Canada’s preeminent contemporary Christian singer-songwriters. His soulful renditions of praise music have made Matt popular the world over. If you’re interested in seeing Matt be sure to stop by the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Wailea and check him out!

We’re Always Here to Help

And there you have it, just some of you can expect to see and do in Maui in the month of September. Of course, we hope you take some time out for an exhilarating undersea adventure, and if you do, we hope you consider us here at Dive Maui for all of your SCUBA and snorkeling needs. 

Think we missed something? Have more questions about diving Maui in September? Feel free to reach out today to one of our certified dive instructors. As always, thank you for reading and, until next time, Aloha!