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Na Pali Coastline, Kauai

When is the best time to visit Hawaii?

Hawaii's perennial warm weather makes it a good destination at any time of year, but between March and September sees the least rain and highest temperatures — good for being on the beach or water. It's wetter and marginally cooler during the rest of the year, especially at altitude, but you may get the chance to see a tropical beach with a snow-capped volcano as a backdrop. It's also the case that the islands’ west coasts are significantly drier than the east. There are fewer visitors from October to November, lending the islands an unhurried feel, while the ocean swells of January to March bring professional surfers in search of giant waves.

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The different islands and the variation of the climate from one coast to the next mean Hawaii really can be considered at any time of year. If pushed, I’d choose the quieter shoulder seasons of April to May or September to November, when there are fewer visitors and the relaxed aloha spirit is more prevalent.

Carl, USA Specialist

Hawaii Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
The Big Island (Hawaii) 27°C 125mm 27°C 89mm 27°C 102mm 27°C 80mm 28°C 57mm 29°C 37mm 30°C 46mm 30°C 38mm 30°C 40mm 30°C 78mm 28°C 112mm 27°C 124mm
Kauai 25°C 349mm 24°C 284mm 24°C 337mm 25°C 327mm 26°C 296mm 27°C 195mm 28°C 291mm 28°C 301mm 28°C 218mm 27°C 293mm 26°C 368mm 25°C 370mm
Lanai 23°C 141mm 23°C 90mm 23°C 88mm 24°C 65mm 25°C 53mm 26°C 23mm 26°C 32mm 27°C 23mm 27°C 36mm 26°C 59mm 25°C 88mm 24°C 106mm
Maui 26°C 115mm 26°C 74mm 27°C 69mm 27°C 38mm 28°C 17mm 29°C 3mm 29°C 7mm 29°C 11mm 30°C 7mm 30°C 28mm 28°C 65mm 27°C 83mm
Molokai 26°C 114mm 26°C 74mm 26°C 83mm 27°C 43mm 28°C 29mm 29°C 11mm 29°C 12mm 30°C 12mm 30°C 13mm 29°C 46mm 28°C 75mm 26°C 96mm
Oahu 26°C 182mm 26°C 141mm 26°C 178mm 26°C 169mm 28°C 128mm 28°C 91mm 29°C 117mm 29°C 94mm 29°C 89mm 29°C 137mm 27°C 192mm 26°C 188mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Hawaii

Humpback whale - Maui

Visiting Hawaii in December

December marks the start of the whale season in Hawaii — you have a chance of spotting humpback whales offshore, which migrate from Alaska to Hawaii’s waters to breed and have their young. On land, crowds are absent until the Christmas period, it's warm and dry, and there’s a festive feel around the islands.

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  • Humpback whales can be spotted around the island chain from December to May. The best time to see them is from January to March.

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