How to Travel to Maui (During COVID)

Updated: Jan 29



The world was turned upside down when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and the virus reached all corners of the globe. Travel restrictions and closing borders followed suit as each country and region attempted to control the spread. As a result, travel and tourism fell to a standstill. This included Hawaii. Now, Maui is finally open again and restrictions are lifted, the prospect of a vacation is possible again. The question now becomes what will be the experience of traveling to Maui during COVID times?


I am writing this today, January 28, 2022. Things can change like daily so I think generally speaking, overall, the tips I post here should still help you.


Months Before Your Travel Date


1. Get "fully" vaccinated. It is your best bet you can travel to Hawaii with no hassles. Check the MAUI travel site for more details. They update this with the most current info.


2. Book your travel way in advance to make sure you get the best price in Maui. It is getting quite expensive especially in the area of Wailea where I stayed. Try these to sites to get the best deal.

Once you have booked your travel (flights, hotel, car {if needed}) then all you have to do is get ready for the actual trip.

Note: Car rentals are a bit expensive nowadays so you may want to just opt using ride share services such as Uber or Lyft. 
Sample cost: OGG to Wailea = $50 one way
Wailea hotel to destination of about 1-2 miles = $8-10 one way

You can always book your hotel-airport transfers way in advance in Viator by clicking the quick link(s) below. 

3. What to pack.

a. If you only have a carry on, Pinterest gives helpful visual tips. Most airlines ONLY allow 1 carry-on and a personal item (this can be a big purse or backpack).

b. If you are checking in a bag, I recommend searching for "what to pack during <enter the season like "winter"> in Maui.


Here are some essentials:

  • 2- 3 Bathing suits/Trunks

  • Flip Flops

  • Tank tops or T-shirts (mix match plain ones and printed

  • Shorts

  • Women - One or two wrinkle free dresses for a nice dinner

  • Men - One or two Hawaiian dress shirts or just plain dress shirts for a nice dinner

  • Beach bag

  • Sunglasses

  • Moisturizer

  • Water bottle

  • Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer

  • Medication kit - Tylenol, Nyquil Flu, Emergence, Anti-Diarrhea, Bandaids, Neosporin and, if you have prescription meds, make sure you have enough for the trip and a several more just in case you get delays.


NOTE: Most hotels provide sunscreen and probably better since they are biodegradable and eco-friendly but I recommend the COOLA brand of products since it goes on clear and it is eco-friendly as well. If it is >3 oz, be sure to pack it in your check-in bag.


4. Book your activities because they get sold out fast. We used VIATOR

for booking activities like the famous "Road to Hana". The process is so easy and the customer service is top notch!


5. Book dining ahead of time especially for the most popular restaurants. I used Open Table.


6. Book a pet-sitter if you have pets. Download the app Rover which connects you to pet-sitters in your area.


Travel Day minus 5 Days!


1. Few days before travel day. Do the HI safe travels checklist:

Go to the Safe Travels site. You will need to complete each step below. This way, it gives you some time to prep if you are missing anything.

2. Re-check your items to pack especially your meds, vaccine card(s). Make a copy and keep it in you phone just in case. You can download CLEAR Healthpass as well. You will get a confirmation message below:


3. Reserve airport parking online, it is typically cheaper than paying at the airport.


4. Purchase several masks. I recommend you get the KN95 or medical grade type mask.


Travel Day



1. Go to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight. If you want to fast track your entry process into Maui, you can get Pre-Clear at the airport. You need:

  • Gov't issued ID

  • Vaccine cards - ALL w/ the vaccine #s

  • Boarding pass

NOTE:  If you fail to get pre-clear, you can do this process when you land in Maui. 

2. Buy water at the airport prior to boarding. HYDRATiON is a must to keep you healthy.


3. DO NOT to touch high traffic areas like door knobs, elevator buttons etc with your bare hands. For some FAQ, you can read some helpful tips from the CDC


4. Board your flight and stay safe by following some helpful tips below.

Note:  Always wash your hands, do not touch your face, keep your mask on and sanitize your hands every chance you get especially after touching high traffic areas you cannot avoid. 

5. When you arrive, just maintain good health practice as usual and enjoy the trip






Grand Wailea






Wailea Beach Resort

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