Hawaii is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, but you may be interested in visiting when the sun is high in the sky and the island is at its most glorious. After gazing through the long list of gorgeous hawaii beach rentals and making sure your passport is up to date it’ll be time to book your vacation. But when is the best time to travel to Hawaii, and when can you make the most of all that the islands have to offer? we’re going to look at this now:
Springtime in Hawaii
During the spring Hawaii sees a lot less rain and fewer winds too. This makes the area perfect for a vacation. While some people call springtime in Hawaii the ‘Dry season’, the weather tends to be really good most of the time. However, the spring is perhaps one of the best times to visit if you’re looking for cheap flights as the islands tend to be less busy than they are during the summer.
One of the best things about Hawaii this time of year are the fruit, flowers and the vegetation that seem to crop up everywhere. The islands tend to look quite beautiful, even more so than usual so we would recommend visiting in the spring if you’re a lover of all-things nature.
Please note that the Merrie Monarch festival takes place in Hilo on Easter Sunday meaning the area can get quite busy, but the festival is a lot of fun and well worth a visit.
Summertime in Hawaii
Known as the ‘Low season’ summer in Hawaii brings with it cheaper vehicle rentals and cheaper entry to a few attractions. However, June and August tend to be really busy months as far as tourists are concerned, which means the prices of flights tend to rise quite a bit. During the summer, temperatures can reach as high as 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). Combine the temperature with a bit of humidity and it can be quite uncomfortable. However, if you love the heat then summer is the best time to visit Hawaii.
Rain is unlikely to fall during the summer months so it’s unlikely you will need to pack any waterproofs. However, hurricanes although quite rare can hit the island during the low season. The good news is that the hurricanes don’t tend to be as strong as they were back in 1992.
If you would like to go hiking around Hawaii you should be aware that the summer may be a bit too hot for this activity. You may, therefore, want to think about visiting Hawaii during the cooler months as temperatures simply won’t be as high and hiking and other strenuous activities are much more enjoyable.
Autumn in Hawaii
As the summer turns into Autumn we see more rain falling on the islands. The trade winds begin to increase and more rain reaches the islands and tends to hit the Mauka areas along with the Windward coast. While there have been a few floods in Hawaii in recent years the Kona storms can make things rather interesting. Kona storms tend to change the direction of the wind and they can be destructive, but they also tend to be quite rare. When they do occur, the storms can bring snow to Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea which are mountains on the Big Island. However, storms such as these don’t occur very often so you shouldn’t be too worried about them, but it never hurts to keep an eye on the local news so you can batten down the hatches if needs be.
Storms aside, the month of October tends to be quite a busy month for the islands as the Ironman Triathlon takes place in the Kona area of the Big Island. This event is well worth watching as it can be pretty entertaining although you should expect to see quite a few crowds. If the Ironman Triathlon is not your thing, why not head to the beach and escape those crowds?
Wintertime in Hawaii
December tends to be a pretty busy time for Hawaii as throngs of visitors come from all over the world. The good news is that most of the visitors tend to stay for Christmas and the New Year before heading home again. This means that the area will quieten down once the festive season has ended, so you may want to visit in January rather than late December. However, if you don’t mind crowds, come to Hawaii in December and enjoy the festive feel.
Temperatures during the winter tend to be around the 25 degree Celsius mark (78 degrees Fahrenheit). The lower temperatures make the beaches a lot more bearable, although you may want to think twice about heading out to the water for a swim as the sea can be quite rough. However, if you’re a lover of all-things surfing then you’re in for a real treat. Surfing events usually take place in Oahu and Maui as the waves tend to be pretty impressive. Bring a wetsuit and a surfboard and spend some time on the waves, or bring a camera and watch a few competitions take place.
Winter also happens to be the perfect time to enjoy a spot of whale-watching as many Humpback whales make their way from Alaska to Hawaii to mate, give birth and look after their young. The whales can be found off Maui’s coast in the shallow waters and are a must-see.
While Hawaii is a beautiful place to be throughout the year, some people prefer to visit during the spring when the vegetation is at its most glorious, whereas others enjoy the summer and the long hot days. The autumn is ideal if you’re a fan of all-things sporty and the winter is perfect for a spot of surfing and whale-spotting. So, now you know a little more about Hawaii’s seasons you can decide exactly when you would like to visit.