Clint Henderson

Greatest time to go to Hawaii for good climate and smaller crowds


So that you need to go to Hawaii? Comprehensible — it is a fantastic place.

Nevertheless, except you are reserving a spontaneous flight deal (and people do occur), you will in all probability need to plan to make sure you’re touring at the perfect time in your explicit dream journey.

Whether or not you are on the lookout for dry, idyllic climate, good whale watching season, or the most affordable time to e-book a Hawaiian lodge room, contemplate this your definitive information to planning an ideal journey to Hawaii.

The very best time to go to Hawaii for good climate


Typically, the perfect climate in Hawaii is in June, July and September. That is when vacationers can count on the least quantity of rain together with hotter water temperatures.

Nevertheless, Hawaii is not a real 4 seasons state and it has fairly nice climate year-round. So if touring throughout June, July or September is not within the playing cards, you are still in all probability superb as there’s actually no dangerous time to go. I simply obtained again from a visit in mid-November and the climate was nice. It was heat sufficient to swim within the ocean with out being too sizzling mendacity within the solar.

Wailea on Maui in November 2023. CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY

Hawaii has a tropical local weather, with temperatures typically staying between 83 and 88 levels all 12 months lengthy.

You must test native climate, although, as situations in some elements of the Islands are wetter than others relying on in case you are staying on the windward or leeward sides of every island.

Kauai, for example, will get a variety of rain on the northern facet of the island in comparison with the southern facet (which does result in some fairly nice rainbows). Even when the forecast requires rain, nevertheless, the rain tends to return in brief bursts and does not final lengthy.


Greatest time to go to Hawaii to keep away from crowds

The height tourism season in Hawaii usually begins in the course of December and continues till the top of March or mid-April, relying on the timing of spring break for main elements of the U.S.

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The much less busy season stretches from the center of April till mid-June, when most colleges are out of the summer time after which resumes from September till crowds tick up earlier than the vacations. Shoulder season is a superb time to go to. The massive crowds are gone, costs are decrease and you may have extra of the seashore to your self. Even in busy spots like Honolulu, you will have extra respiration room after Labor Day and earlier than Thanksgiving.

July and August, whereas not thought-about Hawaii’s busiest season, nonetheless have a tendency to attract respectable crowds — and are particularly widespread with vacationing households.

Most cost-effective months to go to Hawaii


Touring to Hawaii is often priciest throughout peak season, so if you wish to save, wait till the off-peak or shoulder seasons.

The shoulder seasons in Hawaii run from late March by means of the start of Could, and from September till Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, spring break and the start of September can yield excessive site visitors and better costs, too, so look fastidiously earlier than reserving.

Historic knowledge from the journey reserving website Skyscanner exhibits airfare is at its costliest in the course of the winter, particularly in January. Presently of 12 months, common long-haul flight costs can exceed $1,400.

Nevertheless, costs can plummet in the course of the shoulder seasons or occasions that cushion peak durations, equivalent to late November and early March. This previous September, we noticed a fare battle develop with costs as little as $62 one-way to Hawaii. That is very true in case you are coming from the western half of the U.S. Regulate TPG deal alerts, the place we often cowl gross sales to Hawaii.

We checked out historic knowledge, and usually, the most costly month for a room in Honolulu is January, with the least costly month being April. Analysts inform TPG it is best to e-book as early as attainable for the perfect charges within the low season. We’re instructed that many vacationers are reserving as shut in as per week earlier than arrival, and the perfect offers can be had as far out as attainable. It pays to plan forward.

After all, you might have extra flexibility once you money in your factors and miles — although lodge award charges are likely to shift with peak and off-peak seasons, too. Additionally, award flight availability is commonly straight tied to demand.

Greatest time to journey to Hawaii to surf

Poipu Seashore, Kauai, Hawaii. (Picture by Clint Henderson/The Factors Man)

Solely 4 of the islands within the Hawaiian archipelago are appropriate for browsing year-round: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Large Island. As for when and the place you’d prefer to surf, properly, that relies upon solely in your talent stage.

The waves comply with a considerably constant schedule. Within the winter, for instance, surfers can discover severe swells off an island’s north coast, whereas the south coast experiences calmer seas. Throughout the summer time, the other is true.

So, for superior surfers, the winter season, or ho’oilo, which runs from mid-November to early February, is when it’s best to look out for giant wave browsing competitions on the North Shore of Oahu, also referred to as the “Seven Mile Miracle.”

On the Large Island, surf fanatics ought to try La’aloa Bay and Honoli’i Seashore Park.

For novice surfers, you will need to spend extra time on the island’s southern coasts within the winter. In Maui, seashores in Kaanapali, Lahaina and Kihei ship just-right waves for inexperienced persons to get their toes moist.

Greatest time for whale watching in Hawaii

Two whales facet by facet in Maui. (Picture by Guille Pozzi/Unsplash)

The very best time to go whale watching

Whales migrate to Hawaii in pods of roughly 1,000 between late December and early April, making Maui and the Kohala Coast of the Large Island two of the perfect locations on Earth to identify the giants. Word that typically whales present up as early as November, so you would get fortunate should you journey throughout shoulder season.

The very best time to see turtles


If you happen to’re inquisitive about recognizing Hawaiian inexperienced sea turtles (honu), they’re plentiful year-round in Maui, on the Large Island of Hawaii, Kaui and on Oahu. One of the well-known spots for turtle-spotting is on Ho’okipa Seashore in Maui.

Go to in the summertime, throughout nesting season, to extend your odds. You may even discover sea turtles on some lodge grounds. I used to be in a position to stand up shut and private with turtles on a journey to the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Large Island. At that lodge, they hand around in the lodge’s lagoon.

Many distributors promote turtle snorkeling adventures and I’ve had nice luck with two separate snorkeling journeys in Hawaii.

A warning, although: please do not get too shut. Individuals are requested to provide the turtles no less than ten toes of house and by no means contact them. Human contact can unfold micro organism to turtles, which might result in hunger for the creature. Do not forget that inexperienced sea turtles are listed as an endangered species.

Hawaii has 5 of the seven species of sea turtles on this planet, however inexperienced sea turtles are the commonest.

When to go to Hawaii for occasions

Summer season occasions

In the summertime, on the third weekend of July, guests can attend the Prince Lot Hula Pageant, Hawaii’s largest non-competitive hula occasion.

Fall occasions

The Hawaii Meals & Wine Pageant is a significant draw for foodies, that includes an intensive lineup of dinners, events, cooking lessons and extra going down in October and November of 2024 on three completely different islands – Hawaii, Maui and Oahu.

In September, vacationers can attend the Aloha Festivals in Waikiki, which characteristic arts and crafts, meals and efficiency levels. Remember the floral parade.

Winter occasions

That is prime season for browsing competitions, together with the Vans Triple Crown of browsing on the North Shore of Oahu.

Spring occasions

Heading to Hawaii within the springtime? Think about the Honolulu Pageant in March or the Lantern Floating Pageant, held on Memorial Day yearly in Ala Moana Seashore Park in Honolulu.

Worst time to go to Hawaii?

That is form of a trick query, as there may be actually no dangerous time to go to Hawaii. You may discover heat climate and sunshine many of the 12 months. Even when it does rain, it’s typically only for a couple of minutes.

Rainbow from Honolulu November 2023. CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY

That mentioned, some locals say December is the worst time of the 12 months due to the additional crowds, further prices, and the elevated rain bathe odds. However even with all that, I would commerce Northeast winter climate for that any time of the 12 months.

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