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Is there a worst time to go to Hawaii?
What is the worst time to go to Hawaii? As a Hawaii Travel Agent, I am asked this question often! The truth is, there isn’t a “worst” time to go when it comes to weather, but there is the worst time to go to Hawaii when it comes to crowds.
I already have a blog post about the best time to visit Hawaii, but I wanted to go into more detail because I’ve asked more often if there is a worst time to visit Hawaii than if there is a best time to visit Hawaii!
Does Hawaii have bad weather?
If you’re talking about the weather, Hawaii, in general, is beautiful year-round. Yes, there are times of the year when there is more rain, but only on certain parts of the islands. Hawaii has some of the rainiest spots on earth as well as some of the driest. The people who built the major resorts were well aware of this, and most of the popular resorts are in the dry areas on all islands. Even if you stay in an area with more rain (such as North Kauai), it likely won’t rain all day every day. If it does rain, you can drive 20 minutes and be in a completely different climate. That is the beauty of Hawaii.
What about hurricanes?
Hurricanes don’t often hit Hawaii. It has happened, but it’s extremely rare. The best way to explain it is that Hawaii is a tiny target in a vast ocean. It’s not like Florida, where you can count on hurricanes every year. 🙂 It’s safe to say that hurricanes are not something to worry about in Hawaii.
The worst time to go to Hawaii has to do with crowds, not weather
Now that we have established that Hawaii has terrific weather all year, let’s talk about tourism. Hawaii is, not surprisingly, very busy during school and significant holidays. June, July, the first half of August, the week of Thanksgiving and mid-December to early January are very busy.
When is it the least crowded in Hawaii?
You may be wondering when exactly you’ll find the smallest crowds in Hawaii. As I mentioned earlier, Hawaii is beautiful year-round, so there truly is no “off-season.” However, the “shoulder season,” which tends to be September-October and April-May does see fewer crowds and better prices on flights.
If you have to visit the Big Island, here is one crucial thing to keep in mind. The Ironman in Kona takes place in October. So although most of the islands are slower in October, the week of the Ironman is going to be packed in Kona, and accommodations will be hard to find!
Let’s talk about the busy season
You’ll likely see more expensive flights, more expensive rates on hotels and resorts, and many popular activities sold out. I understand that some people have no choice but to travel during the summer or holidays, but keep in mind that this is the worst time to go to Hawaii. That doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy yourselves; it just means that you need to prepare.
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If you’ll be visiting Hawaii during a busy time, it’s critical to book as early as possible. Many of the popular resorts (especially those in the mid-change with more affordable accommodations) will sell out. If you have your eye on a particular luau or boat tour, it’s likely to sell out too. As soon as you know your dates, book a package that includes your resort, flights, and car. Just get it out of the way so that you don’t have to stress about it later!
Consider a larger resort
One other thing I’d recommend is possibly staying at a larger resort like the Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island or Grand Hyatt on Kauai. Staying on a more extensive and more spread out property does help make you feel like it isn’t so crowded. Once you have the “important” things booked, you can move onto the fun stuff. Choose the things that you want to do while you’re in Hawaii. If you’re looking for ideas, I have a post about the 7 best tours in Hawaii that might help you.
Book activities ASAP
Go ahead and book those activities right away. I like to book through Viator because most activities are refundable up until 24-hours before the tour. Viator isn’t just for tours, you can book a luau, surf lesson, and a lot more, so check it out. Even if you decide that you want to cancel a particular tour, you can always do that later.
That’s all that you need to do! Just be prepared for crowds, give yourself an ample amount of time at the airports, and relax and have a great vacation.
Again, it’s not the weather!
Once more, I will stress that in regards to weather, the time of the year truly doesn’t matter. Most of the resort areas on all islands are located where they get very little rain. If you are worried about planning around weather, work with a Hawaii Travel Agent! As a Travel Advisor who specializes in Hawaii, I know exactly where to stay, and can give recommendations based on your preferences. Contact me for more information. I’d love to hear from you!
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