Hawaii - The Big Island Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Hawaii - The Big Island

The best time to visit Hawaii's Big Island is between September and November. That's when the island's generally reasonable room rates take the most significant plunge. Temperatures remain constant throughout the year – generally in the high 70s or low 80s – so you might want to avoid the priciest season, from December to March, unless you like to surf.

Weather in Hawaii - The Big Island

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Average Temperature (°F)
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Average Precipitation (in)
0.38
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0.56
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0.29
0.42
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0.38
0.61
0.41
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

December-March

Americans from cold climates don't like roughing it through winter, as evidenced by the spiking hotel prices. But the Big Island's rates are lower than some of the other popular Hawaiian islands, so you might find a room for less than $200 a night. Keep in mind that this can be a rainier season on the island. And although surfing isn't as popular here as on Kauai or Maui, you will still find the best waves in this peak season. Plus, prime whale-watching season runs from January to early April.

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April-May

While you might find a good deal in winter, you'll almost definitely find a reasonable room rate in this tiny pocket of time. Just be sure to avoid a Memorial Day trip – some people like to plan extended time off around built-in holidays in their work calendar, so there could be more crowds.

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June-August

There's a bit of a jump in airfare and hotel rates as families begin to arrive on the Big Island. There's also a slight (but most likely, unnoticeable) rise in temperatures in summer; highs can reach the low 80s.

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September-November

Once again, the room rates dip as the family summer vacation season reaches a close. If you're thinking of traveling at this time, lean more toward September and October; November is the rainiest month on Hawaii's Big Island.

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Popular Times to Visit Hawaii - The Big Island

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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