When to Visit Hawaii
Hawaii is pretty much synonymous with sunshine. Visions of a cloudless blue sky with only the sun in sight, resting against the stunning blue Pacific Ocean at the horizon line are part of the day to day life in Hawaii, and that is what everyone is after when the visit the islands. There is nothing better than sitting on the beach, getting a nice tan, and taking the occasional dip in the water, only to return to the sand and relax and unwind. But not every day is like that, and knowing when to visit Hawaii is important when planning a vacation.
The question “when is the best time to visit Hawaii” is a bit of a loaded one, and finding the answer will take some time, leading to more questions, and more uncertainty. Really, it all depends on what you want from a trip, and what you plan to do and see while here.
So, when is the best time to visit Hawaii? Consider the following, and plan your trip accordingly.
The best time to see big waves in Hawaii is during the winter, from November to March. Sure, there are waves year round, but in the winter is when the huge swells hit the north facing shores of the islands.
The time to see Humpback Whales is also in the winter. They begin to show up in November, and stay until late March.
When is the best time to enjoy the sunshine? Technically, the answer is year round, however, once again, the winter months is the rainy season, and though it rains every day somewhere in Hawaii, we’ll have many days in a row with gloomy skies and constant rain.
The time to encounter the smallest crowds is during the “off seasons.” These are the times when fewer people travel, hotels rooms are readily available, and the top things to do are a little less busy. Consider coming between late January and late May or between September and early November.
What about when the weather is coolest? Again, we return to the winter months. The trade winds pick up, the rain cools everything off, and the temperatures are a little lower. Highs peak in the mid to high 70s, with lows dipping all the way into the 50s in some parts of Hawaii. It might not be time to break out the jackets, but it’s much cooler to residents.
Really, the answer to the question is, there is no bad time to visit Hawaii. The islands are always gorgeous, and there is always a different part to enjoy. Plan your trip around what you like and what you consider to be the best vacation for you.
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