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Hawaii Winter Vacation Guide: Things to Do and Places to Go

Hawaii winter vacations are different from any other winter trips you’ll experience.

Unlike other parts of the world, Hawaii doesn’t get cold during the winter season. In fact, these “chilly” months are the most popular months to visit. Average temperatures during the winter are in the upper 70s, while average summer temperatures are in the mid-80s…not much difference. Some people may even prefer these temperatures.

In this guide, we’ll cover some of the best wintertime activities to keep you busy on your vacation.

What to Do and Where to Go During Hawaii Winters

The fantastic weather means you can stay outdoors all day without any problem. And some people may find the winter climate more pleasant than the summer weather.

Here are some of the most popular winter activities to try in Hawaii:

  • Surfing – Surfing is great during the winter. Swells are bigger, so some of Hawaii’s most famous beaches become meccas for surfers. The North Shore of Oahu, for instance, is home to some of the world’s biggest waves and the biggest surf competitions. The winter months are a great time to try your hand at some larger breaks or relax on the beach and watch the pros.
  • Whale Watching – Whales come to Hawaii between December and May, making whale watching a popular winter activity. To see some of these amazing creatures, take a popular whale watching tour. This is one of the most popular winter activities in Hawaii, so be sure to book your spot early.
  • Celebrate the Holidays – To some, Christmas may feel a bit different when it’s in the 70s all day long. But Hawaiians celebrate Christmas like any other place in the world. With such a big tourism industry, you will also have a large selection of Christmas dinners, buffets, and parties. New Year’s Eve also features plenty of events, parties, and celebrations.
  • See Snow – Yes, you can see snow in Hawaii. Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s highest mountain, sees snow regularly. In fact, it was even hit by a blizzard this past January. To see snow, stars, and sunsets, take an eco tour to the top of this famous mountain.
  • Watch Sports – Football season rages strong all winter long, even in Hawaii. There are plenty of sports bars throughout the islands, with more big-screen TVs than you can shake a surfboard at.
  • Enjoy Some Indoor Activities – Winter can be a bit rainier than other months. In the event that you get rained out from your day at the beach, you can always enjoy plenty of indoor activities. From museums and historical sites to restaurants and shopping, Hawaii is overflowing with enough indoor activities to fill your schedule. Check out this guide for a few Big Island activities to keep you busy on a rainy day.


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