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Best Time To Visit Hawaii (READ Before Visiting!)

Most tend to travel to Hawaii between March to September. The reason is, there’s less rain during that time (almost none during June, July and September), it’s warm and the beaches are perfect for swimming and surfing. It’s a beach paradise.

Fascinatingly, December to February also experiences a lot of travellers. This is obviously because of the Christmas season. Some travellers look forward to enjoying their holiday away from the snowy winter. It is absolute beach holiday madness!

But what can you expect from other seasons? Is summer the best time to travel? We are looking for answers.

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Hawaii Seasons

Hawaii experiences 2 seasons. That’s summer and winter.

Whether you spend your vacation in Hawaii during summer (May to October) or during winter (November to March), each season comes with its own unique package and its own set of pros and cons. We will let you decide which package suits your holiday plans the most.

Pros And Cons Of Visiting Hawaii During Summer


Picture perfect weather  

Summer is all about sunny weather. These are perfect conditions for swimming and even easy surfing, hiking and enjoying all things that belong to the glorious Summer.


Hawaii has an abundance of waves. Whether you head to the north coast or the south, there are ample waves to keep you and your surfboard busy throughout your vacation. The perfect playground for novice surfers!

Go Bon dancing

Bon dance events are a star attraction on all the key islands. It was introduced by the Japanese plantation workers that were brought to Hawaii. Dancers rotate around a specific structure as a group of taiko instrumentalists provide the ancient melodies.

Go Hiking

This crisp summer weather takes hiking in Hawaii to a whole other level. The nature reserves are just full of lushness, you can chase waterfalls, and enjoy the incredible mountainscapes and landscapes. It brings a completely different element to captivating nature lovers and photographers.


It’s hot and humid

Sometimes it’s just too hot and too humid. If your heat tolerance is low, this can sometimes turn into a bit of an issue. If you are hiking on an unshaded landscape, you’ll have to watch out for a heat stroke.

It gets crowded

Summer vacation invites massive crowds, so you’ll be sharing a lot of the public beach places and touring places with the masses. This also means heavy traffic and long waiting time for some restaurants.

High prices

Flight rates, hotel bookings, tours – literally the price of everything will reach the same high levels as your excitement about going on vacation.

Fewer waves

Despite Waikiki being the go-to beach when in Hawaii, the waves can be a little slow and lazy, which makes the waters perfect for swimming though.

Best Places To Visit During Summer

View of Sunset from Volcanoes National Park

1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Big Island

Home to one of the most powerful volcanoes in Hawaii. It’s otherworldly and a must-see!

2. Kailua-Kona – Hawaii Islands

It’s a bustling tourist area. Thanks to its incredible beach coast and historic structures and volcanoes.

3. Hanalei Pier – Kauai

It’s surrounded by cinematic-looking mountains and breathtaking ocean views. Ideal place for fishing, picnicking, swimming and having the time of your life.

4. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – Oahu

It is open for visitors, it’s also vigilantly protected and maintained.

5. Waikiki Beach – Oahu

When you think of surfing and enthralling beach outings, Waikiki should pop right into your head.

6. Haleakala National Park – Maui

Enjoy a hiking and camping trip of a lifetime! Get ready to camp under the starry skies, unbelievable sunsets and sunrises and enjoy jaw-dropping sceneries.

7. Kona Coffee Living History Farm – Big Island

A one-of-a-kind coffee tour experience awaits! Indulge in tasting some of the best coffee in the world while taking a walk through history!

8. Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park – Kailua Kona

This coastal region has light-shaded crystal clear beaches, freshwater rivers, cascading waterfalls and almost terrestrial-looking mountainscapes.

9. Hana Road – Maui

From the coastal beauty on one side and the Hawaiian verdant mountainscapes on the other. It’s like taking a drive through paradise.

10. Moloka’i’s Kalaupapa National Historical Park – Maui

Witness and experience the beauty of an almost untouched part of Hawaii. It still embodies the true spirit and beauty of ancient Hawaii. A nature lovers haven!

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Pros And Cons Of Visiting Hawaii During Winter


It doesn’t rain throughout the season

Yes, winter is more of a rainy season, BUT! That doesn’t mean that it will be raining throughout the winter. Winter experiences many travellers thanks to Christmas because the weather can be quite pleasant. Sometimes it’s only a quick drizzle.

The weather is cool

If you enjoy cooler temperatures, this is the perfect time to come.

Surf’s up!

Winter means the waves are more pumped and perfect for surfing. It’s the season for surfing competitions too!

Cheaper rates

Because it’s not the peak season, the rates come down, which obviously makes the holiday even better.

More rainbows and fewer crowds!

If you hate crowds, could you ask for a better combination? We think not. An abundance of rainbows to enjoy without being disturbed by the masses.

Peak whale watching season

Whales tend to be more common in the Hawaiian waters during the months of November, Jan, Feb and March. It’s the perfect time to go whale watching.


It rains

You can’t expect every day to have the sunny weather you see on Instagram during the winter season, unfortunately.

Hiking is risky

Some nature trails can be risky because some areas tend to experience flash floods(especially near small streams or waterfalls and rivers).

It’s Cold

Wet weather means cold weather. So bring your jumpers and coats.

No swimming

Swimming won’t be permitted if the rainy weather conditions get worse. It can get quite rough and dangerous.


Best Places To Visit During Winter

Sunset Over Haleakala

These are a few of the best places to visit during the winter season in Hawaii if you do want to experience a little bit of snow and immerse in the best of the winter season!

  • Maui – Haleakala (ideal island to visit for whale watching)
  • Hawaiʻi Island – Mauna Loa
  • Hawaiʻi Island – Mauna Kea

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The Challenging Hurricane Season

This falls between the summer and winter. While the storms can get pretty intense, it doesn’t necessarily turn into massive hurricanes every time.

This cyclonic period falls between June end and early November.

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It’s true. Hawaii is an all-year-round beach destination. But there is much to enjoy and some things you’d wish you can avoid in each season. But each is worth experiencing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it rain during the summer season?

Yes, it does rain sometimes.

What are the best islands for year-round surfing?

Maui, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island.

Which season brings more mosquitos?

The summer

On which islands can we do helicopter tours?

Oahu, Maui, Kauai or the Big Island.

Are there seasonal festivals in Hawaii?

Yes, the Lantern Floating Festival and the Honolulu Festival take place in Spring time. The Aloha Festival falls in September.