If you’re dreaming about a piña colada on a white sand beach, there’s not a wrong time to visit Hawaii. The Aloha spirit and island vibes are a year-round presence on this Pacific archipelago.
So when is the best time to visit Hawaii? It depends what you’re looking for.
If you want abundant sunshine with no chance of rain than you’re likely to miss out on whale watching. If you want to travel when it’s cheapest, you might be sacrificing the surf. No matter what you’re looking for, we have the answer on when it’s your best time to visit Hawaii.
Best Time to Visit Hawaii: For Good Weather
Clear skies, warm air, and sunshine for days. Let’s be honest– this is why most of us dream about the Hawaiian islands.
And for the most part, Hawaii is always warm. The average daytime weather in the summer is 85 degrees, while it’s still an average high of 78 in the winter.
Hawaii’s dry season is typically from April through September. This is the best time to visit if you don’t want to worry about a sudden storm interrupting your afternoon at the beach. However, even during the wet months, rain falls mostly at night on the islands and if you have a wet day, it’s unlikely to last for very long.
Best Time to Visit Hawaii: For Less Crowds
The most popular month (aka the busiest) to visit Hawaii is July, followed closely by December.
June through August is also a popular time to visit, especially for families whose kids are out of school. December, January, and February are typically the coldest months on the continental U.S., so Hawaii sees an influx of warmth-seeking tourists at this time.
If you’re looking to have the islands all to yourself (or as much as possible), than the best time to visit would be during the shoulder months of April/May and September/October.
Best Time to Visit Hawaii: For Cheap Flights
Based on our historical data of flight prices to the Hawaiian islands, Skyscanner estimates the cheapest time to fly will be during January and September.
We also ran our data on the cheapest months to book flights to Hawaii, how far in advance to book a flight to Hawaii for the best savings, and more. Click here for all the details on how to maximize savings on your Hawaiian flights in 2019.
If you know which island you want to fly into, try setting a Price Alert in advance to get notified when your route decreases in price.
And if your interests are a bit more specific…
Best Time to Visit Hawaii: For Whale Watching
Whale watching season falls between December through May, with the peak usually falling around Valentine’s Day. 🐳
Best Time to Visit Hawaii: For Surfing
The optimal surf season in Hawaii is from November through March. 🤙
Best Time to Visit Hawaii: For Specific Events
- Kapalua Food and Wine Festival – the longest running food and wine festival in the U.S. Held from June 6-9, 2019 on Maui
- The Island of Hawaii’s Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival on all things coffee with nearly 50 events over 10 days, in October
- Oahu’s Prince Lot Hula Competition in July
- Waikiki’s Spam Jam Festival on April 28, 2019 – Yup. It’s a Festival celebrating Spam.
- Hawaii’s Lantern Floating Festival on Memorial Day every year, for collective and individual remembrance