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When to Visit Hawaii

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Humpback Whale Breaching

Humpback Whale Breaching

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The good news is that the vast majority of activities in Hawaii are available year-round as you would expect for a tropical island group. There are, however, some exceptions. Here are a few:

  • If you want to see humpback whales, you'll need to visit from November until early May. The best months are January to early March.

  • Parasailing on Maui is not available during whale season (May 16th through December 14th).

  • If you want to sail along the Na Pali Coast of Kauai, you should avoid the winter. On many winter days the current is much too strong for catamarans and Zodiacs.

  • Generally speaking most water activities - sailing, SCUBA, snorkeling - are better from spring through fall. Again, ocean waves, currents and associated storms can be unpredictable in winter.

  • If you want to drive to the summit of Haleakala on Maui or Mauna Kea on the Big Island, it can be very cold in winter and you may even find snow, especially on Mauna Kea.

Here are our picks for the best things to do in Hawaii by island:

Top Things to Do on the Big Island of Hawaii
Top Things to Do on Kauai
Top Things to Do on Maui
Top Things to Do on Oahu

I know I've advised you to consider a lot of different things. Next we'll do a brief recap and then you can see some tips from folks who have been to Hawaii.

Next Page - Recap and Polls for You to Take

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