Hawaii is the typical island paradise – so any time is a good time to travel to Hawaii, right? While we agree that the weather in Hawaii is good year round, but some seasons are better than others. There are so many things to do in Hawaii, be sure to pick the best time to go.
Also, certain events and holidays can make the place uncomfortably crowded… and the prices of lodging, car rental and airfares fluctuate widely depending on the season. So, when is the best time to visit Hawaii?
Spring In Hawaii: Good Weather And Few Tourists… But Watch Out For The Golden Week!
Astoundingly, spring is both the season with the best weather in Hawaii as well as the one with the least crowds! The wet season gradually ends by April and the temperatures are more pleasant than ever in April and May. What’s more, people from the colder states who spent their winter in Hawaii will have gone back already and the summer family crowds will still be far away. Add the memorable whale watching opportunities at the time and you have the perfect time for a Hawaii holiday!
Be very careful, however, avoid going during Japan’s Golden Week, the very end of April to beginning of May when many Japanese vacationers visit Hawaii during. This leads to huge lines, less accommodation options and more frustration. And make sure you avoid the Hilo side of the Big Island the week after Easter Sunday – the Merrie Monarch Festival is also known to attract huge crowds to the area.
Summer: Hot And Low Surf, But Attractive Bargains
Summer is regarded as low season in Hawaii, which means bargain prices and good deals all the way. And the Ukulele Festival in July is a great event to attend on Waikiki!
On the down side, school is out, many families book their vacations during July and August so attractions are very busy. In some places, temperatures can reach into the 90s, which is simply uncomfortable for hiking and outdoor adventures – and surf is at its lowest too.
Fall: Catch The End Of The Dry Season For Some Great Time!
Much like spring, fall is a time where few people go to Hawaii – and ironically, weather stays perfect up until November! Keep in mind that the Big Island will be extra busy in early October. The Ironman World Championships attract a large audience. It is fun to watch the race, but it will be more difficult to secure hotels on short notice.
Winter: Rainy And High Season, But Awesome Surf
Winter is a season when many tourists fly to Hawaii to escape from the cold in the continental United States. It gets particularly packed around Christmas and New Year’s. You’ll have to pay top dollar for airfares and accommodation too. Flight prices can be up to four times higher in December than in January.
The big island is very dry to the west and very wet to the east. Winter is the rainiest time of the year in Hawaii. Certain areas are much rainier than others. For example, Hilo on the eastern side of the Big Island averages 18 inches of rain in December and Kona is less than 2 inches.
If you’re into surfing, though, the rest of winter may be the best time to visit Hawaii. Surf is at its peak and a lot of surfing events take place all over the islands.
Please include attribution to Triptrist.com with this graphic. Designer: Todor Bozhinov
When Is The Best Time To Buy Airline Tickets To Hawaii?
There is no sure way to get the lowest price; however, experts recommend booking your tickets between January and July for the most favorable deals.
Finally, here’s a great tip to get the most sun out of Hawaii. Your best bet for good weather is to hit the beaches on the west and southwest coasts of Hawaii’s heavenly islands.
Because of wind conditions, these are usually much drier than the coasts on the opposing side. Waikiki Beach and Ko Olina on Oahu, Maui’s south and west coasts, Kauai’s southwest and Poipu Beach and the Big Island’s Kona-Kohala Coast are all amazing year-round options.
Article By Todor Bozhinov. Waipio Valley: Cover photo by Paul Bica