For us, any time is the best time to visit Kauai. However, depending on what you’d like to do while you’re here, different times of the year may be best for your itinerary. Read our tips below to make the best out of your time with us on beautiful Kaua’i.
For Snorkeling, Kayaking and Paddleboarding
For more relaxed water sports like these, best time to take a trip to Kauai is summer. That’s because the waters tend to be gentler. The average water temperature is 74-degrees Fahrenheit, but the water can heat up to 80-degrees Fahrenheit.
Be aware that there’s more direct sunlight in Kaua’i than in many other parts of the world. It receives more direct sunlight than any other place in the islands due to its latitude. Don’t wear anything less than SPF 30 and consider avoiding some outdoor activities between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For Surfing Big Waves
Winter brings Pacific storms that drive ocean swells toward the islands. Those swells are what create Hawaii’s big waves and, as a result, rougher conditions.
So if you’re planning on surfing or lounging at the beach, check the surf report first. Ask our staff, check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website or browse websites like Surfline to get reports on the water. It’s an important step to staying safe and catching great waves.
For the Hottest Weather
If you’re looking for really hot weather, August and July are the hottest months of the year in Hawaii and the best time time to go on a trip to Kauai. Average temperatures hover around 85-degrees Fahrenheit. With hot weather comes a lot of visitors, however, so keep that in mind when booking.
Best Time to Visit Kauai for the Fewest Crowds
If you’re looking for fewer crowds and a less expensive vacation, consider vacationing here in the spring or early fall. The seasons are mild, and the island doesn’t draw as many visitors. These seasons come with a little more rain but with average temperatures maxing out at around 83-degrees Fahrenheit, you can’t be too disappointed.