When’s The Perfect Time To Visit Hawaii?

iStock_000005654084SmallKnowing the perfect time of year to visit Hawaii that will offer the best weather for all of the sights you wish to see, along with navigating when is the most affordable time to visit, can be a bit overwhelming. As a CPA in Hawaii, we’ve got the experience and some inside tips that can aid in your travel plans.

#1 When’s the best time of year to visit?
There are many things to consider – the weather, which island(s) you plan to visit, the cost of airfare, where you plan to stay and what you want to do when you arrive.

The weather in Hawaii is consistently good most of the year, but the prices are much higher during the “high” travel season. Deciding what you want to do while in Hawaii and when the best time to do and see those things will help narrow down when you should visit.

#2 Weather in Hawaii
Visiting Hawaii during the winter season for mainland America is actually not the ideal time to find the best weather and bargains. The best weather is often found in April, May, September and October. These are also the months when you can find some good travel bargains. Hawaii has a dry season (April to October) and a rainy season (November to March.) The summer months can be hot and humid, especially in Honolulu and Waikiki.

#3 Which island to visit?
There are eight islands in Hawaii, six of which you can visit. The time of year you choose for your trip is a consideration for which island(s) you visit. For example, if you want to see the high waves that make Hawaii a world famous surfing destination, you’ll want to plan your trip for November – January. However, during summer, this same surf is mostly calm and a great place to bring the whole family.

#4 Cost of airfare
Airfare tends to be more expensive during the “high” season of mid-December to mid-April. The cost of a round-trip airline ticket to Hawaii has increased substantially over the past 10 years. However, there are a large number of airlines that fly to Hawaii, and the costs due vary from day to day and airline to airline, so the key is to plan ahead and compare prices.

#5 Where to stay?
Like airfare, lodging tends to be more expensive during the “high” season of mid-December to mid-April. There are resorts, standard hotels, condominium hotels, bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals. Cost will vary, often greatly, depending on where you decide to stay. Larger resorts tend to be more expensive than a standard hotel, but they often offer nicer rooms and pools, on-site restaurants and shopping, and more activities. Condominium hotels and vacation rentals are a great alternative for families since most come with a kitchen and you can save significant money on food.