Maui in October: What to See and Expect (2021)

October heralds the true start of brisk autumn days and falling leaves for many, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at Maui. October is a great month to visit Maui, the weather is usually good, and the summer crowds have thinned out somewhat by this time. Below, we have compiled a little bit of what you can expect and do during a trip to Maui in October.

What to Expect When Visiting Maui in October

  • The weather: Temperature-wise, October is mild with highs in Lanai City averaging 83 degrees Fahrenheit and lows averaging approximately 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Around the island, temperatures averaging around 72 degrees Fahrenheit and lows at high altitude can average 46 degrees Fahrenheit

October is usually seen as the end of Maui’s dry period (which runs from April to October). Because of this, perception is largely affected by storms that pass through the area. A lucky month may see major storms miss Maui and an accompanying lack of heavy precipitation; an unlucky month can see rainfall that is brief but heavy.

  • Diving conditions: The water temperature peaks around Maui in September and early October at approximately 82 degrees Fahrenheit, making it some of the warmest ocean water anywhere in the U.S. And while dependent on good trade winds and a lack of storms, turbidity tends to be low which makes for good diving visibility during this month.
  • The beginning of whale watching season has nearly arrived: Whale watching season is nearly here, though October is still a little early, as the first Humpback sightings aren’t usually until late November.
  • An October visit can be a more affordable trip: The fall can be a great time to visit for those looking to save a little money, as the island is less full of tourists in the months between the high tourist summer season and the winter holiday period.

Can’t Miss Maui Events for October 2021

  • Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (October 1st – October 24th): This annual festival is a highlight of the October calendar for locals and visitors alike. The festival brings together some of the best local culinary talents, along with chefs from around the world, to create unbelievable meals made with the freshest Hawaiian ingredients. All of which is perfectly paired with wines that are sure to compliment the meal. And best of all, the event is non-profit and raised over $400,000 in donations during the 2020 event alone!
  • Exotic Tropical Fruit, Coffee & Chocolate Tasting (October 5th, Tue 1:30 – 3:00 PM): Take a tour of the ONO Organic Farms in Maui’s famous Hana region and enjoy a tasting of some of the best fruit, coffee, and chocolate you can find anywhere on the island.
  • Lahaina Quest Culture Camp (Mon, Oct 11th – Fri, Oct 15th): This day camp offered by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation is a great way to introduce children to some of the historic wonders that the Lahaina area has to offer. Campers aged 8-10 years old will be able to visit five different historical sites from five distinct time periods and learn more about the rich history and culture of the region.
  • Maui Film Festival (Wed, October 13th – Sun, October 17th): The Speed of Light Virtual Cinema is the streaming component of this festival that promises indie gems, short films, and thought-provoking documentaries from some exciting talent before the in-person portion kicks off in November. The entire roster of 74 films is set to be announced soon.
  • Maui Amateur Championship (Sat, October 16th – Sun, Oct 17th): This annual golfing tournament got its start in 2017 and has only grown in popularity since its founding. Attracting all sorts of golfers from across the world, the tournament offers a 36-hole tournament at the Kaanapali Golf Resort, with divisions for seniors and various styles of play. 
  • Farmer’s Market of Maui-Kihei (October 22nd Fri, 8 AM – 5 PM): One of the best farmer’s markets on the island, the Maui-Kihei version has a laid-back vibe with multiple vendors who sell almost anything you can think of. Located on Kihei Road, right next to Kenolio Park, the market is also open Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 4 PM through the month.  
  • Maui Gift & Craft Fair (October 24th Sun, 9 AM – 2 PM): Be it photography, handmade jewelry, textiles, glasswork, fine arts, and more, if you are looking for something unique that you can only find on Maui, be sure to stop by this gift and craft fair. Almost everything on offer has been “Made in Hawaii,” which means it was produced by local artisans and vendors.
  • The Allman Betts Band and Duane Betts (October 30th, 7 – 11 PM): The sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts have toured the world and now they take the stage of the MACC with their unique blend of new music and classic hits from the Allman Brothers Band is sure to please old fans and new! 
  • Maui Chocolate Tasting (October 30th, Sat, 1 – 2 PM): Want to get a head start on your annual Halloween candy binge? Well, this chocolate tasting at Maui Ku’ia Chocolate Factory in Lahaina promises to put all those mass-produced chocolate bars to shame. The curated nine-piece tasting offers a luxurious experience, at an affordable $35 per person price, that benefits a great cause, the Maui Food Bank!

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And there you have it, just some of you can expect to see and do in Maui in the month of October. 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 an October event people should know about? Have more questions about diving Maui in the fall? Feel free to reach out today to one of our helpful certified dive instructors. As always, thank you for reading and, until next time, Aloha!