Hawaii is a beautiful warm weather destination and many refer to it as paradise. With pristine beaches, lush plant life, and clear ocean water it is no wonder why vacationers come back year after year. This paradise gives travelers a choice of six beautiful islands: Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Hawaii’s big island-Honolulu. Each Hawaiian island has unique characteristics and qualities. Outdoor activities include boating, horseback riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and other water sports. Although the weather is warm all year round, there are certain times of the year when travel to Hawaii is better.
The two seasons are winter and summer with few temperature differences between them. Summer season is April through November and average temperatures range from 75 degrees to 88 degrees. December through March is the winter season and is cooler with temperatures between 68 degrees and 80 degrees. Hawaii has naturally occurring trade winds making it comfortable year round. Be sure to carry a wrap or sweater because the evening temperature drops approximately 10 degrees during both the summer and winter. In contrast to winter, it rains more during the summer but only lasts for brief periods.
This is the peak time of year when bookings are up and when there are larger numbers of vacationers. Airfare, car rentals, and room rates are more expensive during the high season. Vacationers wanting to make travel arrangements have to plan far in advance. Hawaii's winter season runs from mid December through the end of March and sometimes through mid April. During the end of December, there are more vacationers because other parts of the world are experiencing winter. Those traveling from cold weather are trading in heavy winter clothing for bathing suits and beachwear to enjoy the warm climate of Hawaii.
Another busy time of the year, which also includes large crowds, is the last week of April through the beginning of May. The reason for the increased
activity is that there are three back to back Japanese holidays and is why it is a popular destination for these vacationers.
Besides being one of the best vacation places, events like football and golf are other reasons for traveling to Hawaii. Two annual events are the Aloha Bowl in December and several PGA championship tournaments in January. For some, these events are an attraction and for others it is the reason to avoid travel to Hawaii during the time of these events.
Between June and August is another popular time of the year because school is not in session. This is the time when parents bring their children to Hawaii for family vacations. It is also when the cost of hotels, car rentals, airfare, and resort rates increase.
From mid April through mid June and from September through mid December, Hawaii is less crowded. Prices for hotel rooms, resorts, airfare, and car rentals are cheaper. During the winter months, there is less rainfall and travel packages cost much less than during peak or high season. Most vacation spots are not desirable during their off season; however, Hawaii is the exception. The reasons for making the trip during the off-peak season are better weather, less tourists, and low prices for travel packages.
Additionally, surfing is at its best during this season, and Oahu’s North Shore has the best surfing conditions. However, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii's big Island are also good choices for favorable surfing conditions.
Vacationers may initially travel to Hawaii because of the year round weather conditions and abundant outdoor activities, but there are advantages to making the trip during the off-peak season. Fortunately, the only decisions travelers need to make are finding a week or two of vacation time, booking the trip, and deciding what to pack in a suitcase.
Ken Lyons writes for Express Roofing, a home improvement company that is a Marlborough siding contractor.
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