Hawaii is a year-round destination, and the temperatures are pleasant enough to provide you with bathing fun every day of the year. Although there are many different climates on the islands , the coastal regions are always bathing temperatures. If you come to Hawaii for scuba diving, you only need to pack your diving gear, swimwear, t-shirts, shorts and a light jacket.
When is the best time to Scuba dive in Hawaii
Hawaii has only two seasons: summer, which lasts from May to October, and winter, which lasts from November to April. On average, temperatures in Hawaii reach around 78 degrees Fahrenheit, with the thermometer often climbing to 86 degrees Fahrenheit in summer. At night, it cools little. Although the temperatures are never stiflingly hot, it is still necessary to protect yourself from the sun. The Island State is near the equator and therefore the sun is strong. Especially on clear days appropriate sun protection is essential.
From July to August the visibility under water is perfect and with the calm seas, the ideal time for diving or sailing. The intensity of the currents varies from weak to very strong, depending on the site, but dive centers can offer more accurate readings so you feel safe before diving deeper. Similarly, the level of difficulty varies by location, but novices can certainly complete their first scuba dive during a Hawaiian vacation.
Between the months of November and April, the rainy season prevails on the Hawaiian Islands, which is characterized by varying levels of rainfall. Thus, the windward coasts in the northeast of the islands get a lot of rain, on the other hand, the wind-turned-off coasts in the southwest show little to no rain. Most hotels are generally on the rain-poor side. The sunniest and driest places in Hawaii include Waikiki on Oahu , Kohala and Kona on the Big Island , Kihei and Makena on Maui and Poipu on Kauai .
Characteristic of the rainy season are stronger winds which makes scuba diving Hawaii a less attactive option. The winds invite surfers to Hawaii during the winter months for fun and competitions. The Christmas holidays are usually perfect conditions for the popular water sports . The daily surf report in TV or newspaper gives information about the highest waves of the island. Windsurfers, on the other hand, are best off in summer when the trade winds are constant.
For all those travelers who fly to Hawaii for swimming, the following applies: no matter if it is cloudy or sunny – swimming and splashing in the sea is always possible. Depending on the time of year, the Pacific Ocean can reach temperatures ranging from 71 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Travelers planning to hike one of the Hawaiian volcanoes should not expect such temperatures. The mountains and volcanoes of the islands are expected to be cool all year round. As a rule of thumb, the temperature drops by about two degrees every 1000 feet of altitude rise.
The amount and intensity of rain varies from day to day, and in all likelihood, it does not rain so much as to deter one from venturing out of their rooms. For some people this is definitely the best time to visit Hawaii, as you can see the island in all its splendor and beauty.
There are certain pockets within the Island, where it will rain more than other parts, and this is due to the trade winds that blow differently from east to west of the island. As a result, the west and south sides are quite dry and warmer, while the east and north sides of the island are cooler and more humid. The best time to visit Hawaii may depend on each person’s individual choice of whether or not a little rain can be tolerated.
At any other time of the year you will see a couple of showers during the day and this is perfectly normal. The weather at this time will be slightly warmer.
If you do not mind traveling there in the relatively warm summer months, then this could be the best time to visit Hawaii for you. Do your research about the beaches of Hawaii.
To summarize: The best travel time is probably mid-April to the end of June and in October and September. When it’s summer in Hawaii the temperatures are higher and the rainfall is less. In terms of climate, the months of July and August, offer the perfect weather but the islands are often full of tourists.