When is the best time to visit Hawaii?

Find out when to visit the Aloha state based on weather conditions, crowds and accommodation prices.


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We looked at the best overall time to visit postcard-perfect Hawaii, combining all important holiday factors.

Best time to visit Hawaii:

April-May and September-October


Even though Hawaii is a year-round sunshine destination, October to March, especially March, is when Hawaii sees the most rainfall. The dry, summer season runs from April until September, but June to August is tourist season. We’d recommend the shoulder months of April to May and September to October for a balance of well-priced accommodation, dry sunny days and minimal crowds.


Hawaii is located close to the equator so temperatures hover between 23-37°C.

Hawaii is a popular holiday destination for everyone, from American families to Australian travellers to Canadian sun-seekers, so avoid public holidays (Christmas, Easter) and school breaks when prices can skyrocket.

Weather & Prices:

Best time to visit Hawaii, weather-wise: The temperature is pleasant year-round, but April to October has the least rainfall.

Cheapest time to visit Hawaii: The best hotel prices tend to be available in May to June and in September.

Best time to visit Hawaii…

  • For surfing: You’ll catch the biggest swells in the winter season, which is November to March. This is the main surf season for the famous North Shore.
  • For snorkelling: You can snorkel year-round, but summer (April to September) has warmer water and less rainfall, which is important because rainfall can reduce visibility.
  • For whale-watching: Whale-watching season is November to May, with the very best chance of seeing a whale being from January to March.
  • On a budget: Avoid school holidays at all costs (July to August and December). Shoulder months like April to May and September are likely to be the cheapest travel months.

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