Honolulu - Oahu Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Honolulu - Oahu

The best time to visit Oahu is from mid-April to early June or between September and mid-December. During these shoulder seasons, attractions are less crowded, festivals are plentiful and airfare and room rates are at their lowest. Average temperatures comfortably sit in the mid-60s to high 80s year-round, but rain showers are less prevalent from mid-June to August (Oahu's summer season), so tourists flock to the island to take advantage of the sunnier weather. Another popular (and pricey) time to visit is between late December and early April, when surfers head to the North Shore to catch waves or watch professionals compete in various surfing events. 

Weather in Honolulu - Oahu

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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Late December-early April

This peak season attracts surfers in droves thanks to its righteous swells and highly regarded surfing competitions. Can't-miss winter events include the Volcom Pipe Pro and Da Hui Pipeline Warriors. These months (plus May) are also the the best times to spot humpback whales, and daytime highs rarely stray from the low 80s. But remember to pack an umbrella since rain showers are common. Also, keep in mind that winter's influx of tourists means accommodations are more expensive and harder to come by, so finalizing hotel bookings months in advance is strongly recommended.

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Mid-April-Early June

Between the end of surf season and the start of summer, fewer tourists come to the island, resulting in many hotels and airlines offering reduced rates. Plus, attractions in and around Honolulu are less crowded, and visitors may even catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales in April and May. Average spring temperatures hover in the high 60s to high 80s, but unlike fall, this shoulder season rarely encounters rain and only hosts a few festivals.

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Mid-June-August

Once mid-June rolls around, more and more travelers head to the island to take advantage of its superb weather. Temps generally sit in the mid-70s to high 80s, and rain showers are unlikely. But Oahu's phenomenal weather comes at a cost: Hotels and airlines charge more in the summer. To ensure availability, visitors will need to book their rooms and flights well in advance.

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September-mid-December

As temperatures begin to (slightly) drop, so, too, do room rates. Fewer tourists come during this shoulder season, meaning you'll have more elbow room at popular attractions like Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. Culture hounds will especially love Oahu in fall, when the island hosts events centered around food, fashion, film and Hawaiian heritage. However, the chance for rain increases as autumn progresses, and in November and December, the North Shore swells with surfers competing in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

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Popular Times to Visit Honolulu - Oahu

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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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