Gay Travel Maui
Maui is Hawaii’s second-largest island with plenty of gay friendly resorts to choose from. Maui’s breathtaking scenery and rural vibe contribute to its popularity as a romantic gay getaway. Couples have been vacationing and honeymooning here for decades. With same sex marriage legal, we can’t think of a more beautiful place to say I do with the one you love!
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The island is a premier whale watching destination, with Humpback Whales wintering off the coast annually. There’s also Haleakala National Park on the island if you’ve ever wanted to hike across a dormant volcano. The traditional Hawaiian activities of surfing, snorkeling, and diving are also readily accessible and often complimented by windsurfing, parasailing, or scuba diving for the more adventuresome gay travelers.
The Valley Isle may be renowned for its romantic atmosphere, and the weather definitely helps contribute to that reputation. Maui’s large size and rugged topography make the weather here a little bit more unpredictable than most places. Warm, sunny days are commonplace though, and it’s almost always 80ish degrees. While rainfall is less prominent during the summer months, it’s still expected daily, but it doesn’t typically last long. This is paradise after all!
It is not a surprise to us that the locals say that, “Maui no ka oi” – “Maui is the best!”
Maui Gay Scene
Maui may not have a central gay scene or hub but that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything for the gay traveler to do. Some say many in the LGBT community socialize near the local beaches, so hit the beach (why else would go to the islands anyways?) and you’ll find the perfect atmosphere that you are looking for.
Being a predominantly couple-centric island away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities on Oahu means Maui doesn’t have any gay-specific clubs or bars. Hawaii’s “aloha” spirit makes it generally laid back though, and people are understandably welcoming and friendly in places often described as ‘paradise.’ You shouldn’t have any problem making friends.
There are several places you can be on the lookout for other gays though. South of Wailea, in Makena State Beach, there is a nude beach that is popular with gay locals and tourists called Little Beach. Out Traveler has called it one of the top 5 nude beaches in the country. Maui also has a Pride celebration in June, and make sure to check out Both Sides Now’s and Maui Gay Pride’s sites to see if there are any scheduled events for when you might be visiting!
Try Hawaiian BBQ or similar traditional style food at these gay-friendly restaurants.
Mama's Fish House
Mama’s Fish House’s interior really set the polynesian ambiance with the Tapa covered walls and old island style structure.
Betty’s Beach Cafe
Possibly the one of best gay restaurant and bar locations ever! Betty’s Beach Café is a mix of tasty-taste food, cute friendly staff, yummy drinks, and a view to die for.
Castaway Cafe- Kaanapali Beach
A quiet cafe with the usual breakfast, and other menu items like fish ( on tuesday) with typical foods. Average price being around $10. Take away is also possible here.
Cuatro specializes in fusion cuisine. The best dish that defines Cuatro is its spicy tuna tacos.
You could easily miss this unassuming, gay-friendly bar tucked inside a mini-mall in Kıhei, but it’s the closest you’ll find to a gay hangout on Maui.
This is a bar which is not officially gay, but is gay friendly. You can have some friendly conversations with nice people!
Weekends are a great time to come out, mainly the latest music mixes and they will have booty shake contests for men and women but if you don’t think you can compete with the local tahitian hip shakers, that’s ok!