Located 2,365 km above the equator, Hawaii has a tropical climate that enjoys fantastic weather all year round. Winter scarcely exists in Hawaii; its two main seasons are characterised by a warm winter and an even warmer summer. Thankfully, the islands are cooled by trade winds that provide a refreshing breeze even in the scorching temperatures. As each island features impressive mountains in their centre, temperatures also cool the further inland you travel.
When considering travelling to Hawaii, March to May is generally recommended as the best time to visit. This is when the islands experience pleasant spring weather and the days are cooler, the waters are calmer and there is less rainfall. However, it should come as no surprise that summer and winter are also popular times to visit, especially over the Christmas and Easter period which tend to draw large crowds.
Possibly Hawaii's favourite past time, surfing is prevalent across all islands, where some of the world's most spectacular breaks (including Pipeline and Waimea) roll in. Although surfing these waves is not recommended unless you are especially experienced, the rough breaks make for great on-shore entertainment. Due to the sports popularity, there are also a number of surf schools that operate out of the islands – these are the ideal guides to protect you from the swells and enable you to find your feet. Overall, Hawaii's best surfing takes place from October to March though this does vary according to the island.
On Oahu, the North Shore is best experienced between October and March however this island is known for good waves throughout the year. Those heading to Kaua'i will find that the best time to surf is between April and August however surfers should always consult specialist websites for conditions on specific breaks.