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.

When is the best time to visit Hawaii?

The best time to visit Hawaii is April-May and September-October.

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. If you're looking to book strictly on the cheapest price and don't mind a bit of rain, consider travelling in February.

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

Hawaii is a popular destination for American families as well as Australian travellers, so avoid public holidays (Christmas, Easter) and school holidays 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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