Best Time to Visit
When Is the Best Time to Visit Oahu?
We’ll get right to the point: There is no “bad time” to visit Oahu. Our island is bathed in sun almost year-round and temperatures are typically very comfortable, even in the doldrums of winter. You’ll be satisfied no matter what time of year you visit, but there are certain characteristics that define each season here. The best time to visit Oahu depends on what you and your family want to experience. To help you decide, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about Oahu weather and season-specific activities. For a complete list of insider tips and local recommendations, be sure to request access to our complimentary Oahu Travel Guide!
When to Visit Oahu: What You Need to Know
- 1 When Is the Best Time to Visit Oahu?
- 1.1 When to Visit Oahu: What You Need to Know
- 1.1.1 Winter
- 1.1.2 Spring
- 1.1.3 Summer
- 1.1.4 Fall
- 1.2 Here’s the Best Place to Stay on Oahu This Season
- 1.1 When to Visit Oahu: What You Need to Know
Weather: Cooler, Occasionally Rainy
Though winter is often considered the “rainy season” on Oahu, the weather is seldom gray for very long. Between December and February, the average high temperature on Oahu is around 78 degrees with lows in the 60s. The windward side of Oahu (East and North Shores) is often cooler and wetter than the leeward side (South Shore).
Activities: Surf’s Up!
If your family is into surfing, we recommend visiting in the winter—that’s when major competitions like the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing World Cup take place. Many people flock to the island beginning in late December for this. If you’d rather avoid the crowds, we recommend planning a trip in late November or early December.
Sick of the snow? Oahu is also an incredible place to spend the holidays! During your winter getaway, be sure to check out a few of Oahu’s spirited winter events like the Honolulu Marathon or Honolulu City Lights Trolley Tour.
Weather: Warm, Relatively Sunny
On Oahu, spring temperatures closely mimic winter temperatures, but each night’s low increases around this time of year. Look for highs around 80 and lows around 65. Though most spring days on Oahu are relatively sunny, be on the lookout for a stray shower or two, especially if you’re staying on the Windward side of the island.
Activities: Whale Watching
Spring is considered a shoulder season for the Hawaiian islands, so it’s an incredible opportunity to score great deals on Oahu vacation rentals or excursions. This season is also an ideal time to visit for those interested in whale watching off the shore of Oahu. Though Humpback whales can be spotted anytime between January and May, the warmer spring months (March, April, and May) typically see the most of these majestic creatures.
The period between late April and early May can get quite busy on Oahu. In Japan, the last week of April is “Golden Week”—during this time, three Japanese holidays take place back-to-back. Lots of Japanese travelers celebrate on Oahu, so, unless you’re celebrating Golden Week yourself or don’t mind crowds, you may want to consider other spring weeks for your vacation.
Weather: Very Warm, Sunny
Ah, summer—everyone’s favorite season in Hawaii! The weather is gorgeous on Oahu this time of year, which is when most people book their vacations. Rain is less common during the summer and highs soar into the mid-80s. The average low for a summer night on Oahu is a cool and comfortable 70 degrees, so be sure to crack a window and enjoy the fresh air!
Activities: Sun, Sand, and Swimming in the Surf
If your ideal Oahu family vacation includes sun, sand, and swimming in the surf, summer is the best time to visit Oahu. Summer in “The Gathering Place” means gentler waves, warmer temperatures, and increased activity at wildlife-centric attractions like Turtle Beach. This is Oahu’s peak season, so expect crowds at some of Oahu’s most popular things to do (like the Ala Moana Shopping Center).
Weather: Warm, Occasional Showers
One of the best characteristics of Oahu is its year-round temperate climate. That’s right—autumn feels almost just like summer here, so don’t expect any fall foliage or chilly breezes on Oahu. Between September and November, highs remain in the low- to mid-80s, while lows drop into the high 60s. The fall season brings an average of 4 days of rain to the island.
Activities: Venturing Off the Beaten Path
Fall is a superb time to enjoy off-the-beaten-path Oahu activities! Take advantage of the beautiful weather by exploring Oahu’s hidden gems! Outdoor activities like embarking on a lighthouse hike are recommended. Though Oahu’s surf tends to get swifter and choppier in late fall, beach days are still very much encouraged! Like spring, fall is a shoulder season. That’s why some consider it the best time to visit Oahu!
Here’s the Best Place to Stay on Oahu This Season
After exploring stunning natural wonders, trying some of Oahu’s best restaurants, and becoming one with the island, come back and experience an Oahu sunset at one of our beachfront accommodations! Each of our bright and airy rentals boasts ocean views and premium amenities found nowhere else on the island. At Hawaii Beach Homes, we’re dedicated to making you feel right at home during your trip—no matter what time you decide to visit! There’s no better place to experience Aloha than in a private home just steps from the beach. Choose between our North Shore, East Shore/Lanikai, and South Shore properties. You’ll always be a short drive away from everything the island has to offer!