When is the Best Time to Visit Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are ideal for visiting all year round, thanks to the sunny warm weather and outstanding beaches which makes it a popular destination for tourists from around the world.

Interestingly, there is very little difference in temperature between the summer and winter months; with summer highs averaging around 31 degrees Celsius and winter highs at 28 degrees Celsius. Therefore, if you’re looking for a destination with relatively settled weather throughout the year, Hawaii is sure to tick the boxes.

Having said that, the best time to visit Hawaii would be during the dry season between May – October, when there is very little rain but larger crowds.

Visiting Hawaii in January

January is considered the coldest month of the year, with daytime temperatures averaging at a modest 23°C, and is also part of the annual wet season. This is one of the best months to go whale watching. If you’re lucky, you may spot humpbacks making an appearance off the coastline.

Visiting Hawaii in February

February remains much the same as January in terms of temperature and rainfall, so be sure to pack protective layers. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for whales heading down from Alaska, as this month is considered the peak time for sightings.

Visiting Hawaii in March

In March, temperatures pick up an average of 24°C during the daytime but the occasional winter storm is likely. There is an abundance of events happening in March, including the Honolulu Festival and the Kona Brewers Festival.

Visiting Hawaii in April

April’s average high is 24°C, which is the perfect temperature for relaxing on the beach or exploring local attractions. There is less chance of rainfall and sea temperatures rise to a comfortable 25°C which is ideal for swimming and water sports. If you’re visiting during the Easter break, don’t miss the week-long Merrie Monarch Festival with the grand finale parade in the town of Hilo.

Visiting Hawaii in May

May is the start of the dry season in Hawaii, with average high temperatures of 27°C. This is the ideal month for hiking, thanks to the increased daylight hours and drier walking trails. Despite the settled weather, May is one of the quieter tourist months, giving you the best chance to avoid crowds and grab off-peak deals.

Visiting Hawaii in June

June is one of the hottest months of the year, with temperatures peaking at 28°C into the afternoon. The sun is high and strong with minimum rainfall, but you can still expect the occasional short shower. Again, June is another quiet month tourist-wise, so you can visit sights and attractions without large crowds.

There is an abundance of events happening in June, including the Kamehameha Day Celebration, the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival, and the Pan-Pacific Festival.

Visiting Hawaii in July

Temperatures soar to the high 20s during July, and so do tourist numbers, as the peak summer season begins. If you’re keen to get away from the crowds, venture to Waikiki beach to enjoy a more laid-back getaway. To the south, the sea is calm and warm at this time of year but heading up north is where you can catch some wild waves for surfing.

Some of the key events during July include the Haleiwa Arts Festival and the Makawao Rodeo.

Visiting Hawaii in August

August is one of the hottest months of the year, which average highs of 29°C. Sea temperatures are also warm at 27°C degrees, which is perfect for snokelling, swimming, and surfing. During this month, you can catch events including the Korean Festival and Statehood Day.

Visiting Hawaii in September

With the school holidays coming to an end, the summer crowds start to diminish in September. The climate is hot and humid with highs of 27°C. It’s a popular month for deep sea divers to visit, thanks to the great underwater visibility at this time of year.

Visiting Hawaii in October

October is the end of the tourist season so you can take advantage of lower flight and accommodation prices, as well as fewer crowds in key areas. It’s also a great time of year to visit to enjoy the warm, sunny weather without the intense humidity of the summer months.

October is a busy month for events, ranging from Hawaii International Film Festival, Halloween in Lahaina, and the Maui Fair.

Visiting Hawaii in November

November marks the beginning of the wet season in Hawaii, so be sure to pack a raincoat to avoid those sharp showers. Yet, temperatures remain at a pleasant 25°C which is the ideal climate for exploring sights, hiking, and taking a dip in the ocean.

Visiting Hawaii in December

December marks the start of the whale season in Hawaii. There’s a festive feel around the islands, so if you’re heading to Hawaii for Christmas, be sure to catch special events such as the Honolulu City Lights, Festival of Lights Christmas Boat Parade and Santa Comes to the Beach.