When planning a holiday to the Hawaiian Islands, the first thing travellers want to know is the best time to travel. In deciding the best time to visit Hawaii for you, it’s important to consider the weather forecast for the time of year, which islands you wish to visit, whether there are any festivals or events you’d like to attend and the price of accommodation and airfares at the time of year.
It’s also important to keep in mind whether you’re happy to holiday among the high-season crowds, whether the activities and attractions you’re interested in are available at the time of year you’re looking and, if you're a return visitor to Hawaii, which other islands and seasons you may wish to experience.
Hawaii's dry season falls from April to October while the wet season occurs from November to March. Although summer sounds like the best time to travel to Hawaii, the climate is actually very hot and humid, something to keep in mind if you struggle with extreme temperatures. Fortunately, Hawaii is incredibly pleasant throughout the year so there is no ‘bad’ time to visit. Temperature-wise, April, May, September and October are probably the most enjoyable times to visit (which luckily coincides with some good travel deals).
The best time to travel to Hawaii also depends on which islands you'll be spending time on, as each is different to the next. If you want to catch Hawaii's world famous surf then the best time to visit is from November to January; however if this isn't your cup of tea than you may want to avoid the crowds and traffic that flock to the Oahu North Shore around this time. Towards late summer when the weather has cooled down a little and the surf crowds have passed, the whole family can enjoy calmer conditions.
Flights and accommodation tend to be more expensive from mid-December to mid-April as this is what is known as the 'high' season. If you especially want to visit during this time, it is recommended that you book as far in advance as possible. If natural attractions such as watching the humpback whales appeals to you then you'll want to visit sometime during November to early May.
A great way to truly experience and appreciate the Hawaiian culture is to attend or participate in a major festival or event. There are many held throughout the year and by researching what is available, you can also plan the best time to travel to Hawaii accordingly.