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When to Visit Hawaii


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The Weather in Hawaii
Rainbow in the West Maui Mountains at Sunset

Rainbow in the West Maui Mountains at Sunset

Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com

What is the best time to go to Hawaii? There are many things to consider - the weather; which island(s) you plan to visit; the cost of airfare; whether you'll stay at a hotel, resort, bed & breakfast or rent a condominium; should you plan around a major festival; and finally what do you want to do once you arrive in the islands?

So, how do you decide on the best time to visit Hawaii? We'll look at each of the considerations I've mentioned and, hopefully, you'll have a better idea. Each of the things that I'll discuss in this feature are important to help you make your final decision. Consider all of them and then weigh them against each other.

Before we begin, here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you read further:

  • The weather in Hawaii is consistently good most of the year, but the prices are much higher during the "high" travel season.

  • Decide what you want to see and do while you're in Hawaii and then find the best time of year to meet your requirements.

  • If you're a return visitor, plan your trip in a different season. The islands have a different look at various times of the year.

With those in mind, let's begin.

The Weather in Hawaii

While the inclination for many folks is to visit Hawaii in the winter to escape the cold and snowy winter weather on the mainland, it's actually not the time to find either the best weather or the best bargains.

Despite being a tropical climate, the weather in Hawaii is not the same every month of the year.

Hawaii has a dry season (April to October) and a rainy season (November to March.) In recent years, however, even the rainy season has been relatively dry as many parts of Hawaii have been suffering drought conditions. The summer months can be hot and humid, especially in Honolulu and Waikiki.

Hurricanes are rare but the hurricane season is from June to November. Fortunately, the last major hurricane to hit Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki, which severely damaged Kauai in September 1992.

The best weather is often found in April, May, September and October. Those are my favorite months to visit Hawaii. These are also the months when you can find some good travel bargains, as we'll look at later. First, let's help you choose which island(s) to visit.

Next Page - How to Decide Which Island(s) to Visit

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