Best Time to Visit Hawaii
Glorious beaches and volcanoes, astonishing landscapes, coloured rainbows and whales in the sea … Hawaii, land of surf, sea sports, beach life, honeymooners - a mass tourism destination, pulling up more than seven million tourists per year, two million of which are Japanese (Hawaii is almost midway between the American west coast and Japan).
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The Hawaii islands have a tropical oceanic climate. Temperatures are moderate due to altitude and regular sea breezes. The differences in average daily temperatures throughout the year are very small. Though humidity is high, the combination of temperatures and humidity isn't a cause for discomfort.
The southwest coasts of the islands are relatively dry. Precipitation is heavier in the December to March period, but only on the north-eastern coasts of the several islands can it be considered a nuisance for tourists (resorts are located on the opposite coasts).
BEST TIME TO VISIT THE HAWAII ISLANDS
Hawaii is an all-year round destination. Temperatures remain temperate all over the year: between 70ºF and 85ºF (21-29ºC).
Rainfalls are heaviest from December to March (which is, curiously, the most popular time to visit the islands) and vary strongly within each island and among islands. Due to its pattern rain doesn't spoil most vacations in the main resorts, but you should still take it into account.
There are some sharp differences between precipitation in the southwest coasts (relatively dry, where most of beach resorts are located) and precipitation in the north-eastern, very exposed to heavy rainfalls during the whole year.
Some mountain slopes on the Big Island and in Kauai are particularly wet, with annual precipitations exceeding 400 inches (10,000 mm).
Due to the amount of cloud between the wetter and drier areas of the islands, the average daily sunshine hours vary sharply: most of Kauai Island has an average of just four hours of daily sunshine while Honolulu, for example, has double that amount.
WHEN NOT TO GO TO HAWAII
There isn’t a bad period to visit Hawaii, but you should consider precipitation in some islands, particularly in Kauai or in the Big Island.
If you want to find lower hotel prices do not go in the most popular period: December to March.
For details about precipitation and other weather details in the several islands see:
Ohau Honolulu Hawaii Weather Map
Big Island Hawaii Weather Map
Maui Hawaii Weather Map
Kaui Hawaii Weather Map
HAWAII MAP WITH MAIN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Explore the map below for details:
MAIN TRAVEL AND GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES
It's the most visited island. Most of Hawaii's visitors limit their visit to Oahu Island and Waikiki.
See, for more details:Ohau Island
Big Island has the world’s most active volcano - the Kilauea Volcano - always pouring molten lava into the sea and enlarging the island.
See, for more details:Big Island
Located in the Maui Island is Lahaina, an historic city, as well as the Haleakala volcano, allowing magnificent coastal sceneries.
See, for more details:Maui Island
For fantastic landscapes, consider this island. Jurassic Park was filmed in the Na Pali coastline of this island.
See, for more details:Kauai Island
Other islands:Niihau, Dahu, Molokai and Lanai islands
These islands are less popular, though they still offer some excellent resorts and the same exceptional climate conditions.
WHAT TO VISIT AND WHAT TO DO IN HAWAII?
Top sea sports and beach life in some of the world's most famous beaches, spectacular whale and volcano watching, hiking or cycling in unique landscapes are some of Hawaii's highlights:
Downhill biking trip on the slopes of Haleakala volcano
Lahaina historic town
Kalalau Hiking Trail
Na Pali coastline