The best time to visit Hawaii depends on your preferred activities. Spring is considered an ideal time to visit because it is the beginning of the dry season and you can often find good travel bargains. The summer season typically has the lowest rates for both accommodations and car rentals, but airline prices are often higher during June and July nationwide because of the higher demand. Temperatures can also reach into the 90s, which makes many outdoor activities unpleasant for people who are not accustomed to high heat. The fall season, like the spring season, is usually very pleasant. Prices for traveling usually rise in mid-December. The holiday period is probably the busiest time on the islands, and you can probably anticipate the highest rates on accommodations. However, if you are planning to see any surfing events during your vacation, winter is definitely the time to come! The waves are the largest at this time of year, and are a huge draw for spectators.
Hawaii is blessed with warm weather all year, so we suggest packing your summer attire. Men do not typically wear suits and ties here, so we recommend more casual dress clothes or resort wear. You can always find a great Aloha shirt when you get here! Make sure you bring bathing suits and sandals for the beach, and sturdy shoes if you plan to hike.
The average temperature in Hawaii is between 75-85 degrees F. The drier period lasts from April to November, while you can expect more rain from December to March.
When trying to choose a Hawaiian island to visit, keep in mind that each island is unique – you may be surprised by the diversity. While all the islands have a different charm and personality, the island of Oahu definitely has the best selection of both cultural and historical sites, as well as the most opportunities to choose between the excitement of city life and the relaxation of mellow beach towns.
First of all, you should plan to do a little research before coming. Typically, Hawaii’s “low” period is during the summer months and you can usually find lower rates for accommodations. You should also research rates across the different islands. Rates tend to be lower on the islands of Oahu and the Big Island, and higher on the more remote islands of Lanai and Molokai.
We also recommend that you take advantage of our coupons. Seek Spot partners with some of the best business on the island to get you the best specials and deals!
Sunburns can definitely ruin your fun! We put together some tips to help deal with the pain and heal your burn quickly. To read more of these tips, visit our Blog – Tips to Treat a Sunburn
Look for signs that may be posted when there is an unusual influx of jellyfish. If you do happen to get stung, pick off any tentacles with a gloved hand or a stick so you don’t get stung more. Then rinse the area with fresh water and apply ice. We put together some tips on each and swimming safety in Hawaii including how to treat a sunburn and what to do when you get cut by sea urchins or coral. To read more of these tips, visit our Blog – On the Beach
Hawaii is home to some of the best coral reefs and they are definitely a sight to see! We have conveniently marked the best snorkeling spots on our map, which can be found here.
This is one of the most frequent questions we get from parents. Click Here for more information about Family-Friendly Beaches
Oahu offers many great hikes for every type of hiker. From flat hikes along the beach to trails leading to hidden waterfalls, there is a great expedition for everyone. To see our suggestions for different areas of Oahu, check out our blog posts on the best local hikes.
There are many family fun activities to do on Oahu. Whether it is a hike up to one of Hawaii’s beautiful waterfalls or family beach day, you will sure to find an activity that the whole family will enjoy. Check out our Featured Activities page for each area of the island for more great ideas.
Surfing is often at the top of everyone’s list, but the warm waters of the Pacific are conducive to a lot of other water activities too! Some of our favorite water activities include kayaking, scuba diving and stand up paddleboarding. For more water sports that you may want to try, visit our Blog – What’s Your Favorite Watersport?
If you want to catch the big waves, the surf is highest in the winter season. The following are the top three contests on the Northshore of Oahu:
Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, Waimea Bay
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing: Billabong Pipe Masters, Banzai Pipeline
Surf N Sea Haleiwa International Open, Haleiwa Alii Beach Park
Oahu’s main source of public transportation is the bus, which may be a good option if you don’t plan on leaving your place of lodging often. You can also rent a car if you plan to drive around the island, or you may also want to see our other options including bikes, mopeds, shuttles and island tours.
We have some great recommendations for a variety of cuisines, including Mexican, sushi, Thai, American and many more under our “Food and Dining” section. Check out our coupons to see if there are any special offers for restaurants in your area!
Hawaii definitely has some of the best tropical fruits and veggies. At local farmer’s markets you can often sample the produce as well as meet the growers face to face. In addition, some local farms offer the community fun ways to enjoy the beauty of our island and get a taste treat as well. For some recommended farmer’s markets and local farms, visit our Blog – Farm Fresh, Environmentally Friendly, Community Supported, and Delicious!
Whale watching season in Hawaii typically runs from late December to early May. For some ways to witness the fun-loving antics of our awesome winter visitors, visit our Blog – Whale Watching is an Unforgettable Adventure!
We offer free printable coupons to some of the best Oahu businesses. They are accessible here
While Waikiki is definitely the hotspot for many visitors, there is also a great variety of Bed and Breakfasts and Vacation Rentals across the island. We will be showcasing some of these homes on our website under ‘Accommodations’ very soon! Be sure to check back!