Whale Watching Hawaii

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What’s winter like in Hawaii? There is still a lot of fun in the sun, but despite popular beliefs Hawaii does have seasons. Winters in Hawaii usually have temperatures in the 70’s and can get as low as 55 degrees at night. So, bringing a lightweight coat on vacation is probably a good idea. Winter is also the rainiest season in Hawaii, but it still only rains about 5 days a month.

If you’re looking to get away from the cold, there’s no better place than Hawaii in the winter. Find out how we do winter Hawaiian style!

Things to do in Winter in Hawaii

Whale Watching

Winter is the perfect time of year for whale watching (January through March is your best bet).  This is the time period when nearly 10000 humpback whales migrate from the Pacific Coast to the warmer waters of Hawaii. Whale watching is probably the most popular winter activity with a variety of whale watching tours available as well as great whale watching spots like Poipu Beach on Kauai, Kohala Coast on the Big Island, and Makapuu Lighthouse on Oahu.

Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

As well as being a great spot for whale watching, Makapuu Lighthouse is a hiking destination. Winter is a great time to hike it due to the more mild weather. It’s a two-mile hike on Oahu’s southern tip known for its breathtaking views

Snowboarding at Mauna Kea Summit

If you’re looking for some traditional winter activities, would you believe there’s snowboarding? Mauna Kea, also known as the “white mountain,” is cold all year long but is particularly frosty from December to February. The public is welcome to snowboard or ski down the summit, but keep in mind there’s no ski lift. Skiing is only accessible through tours and special vehicles.

Watch Surfing

World-class surfers flock to Hawaii during this time of year because the waves are strongest during the winter months. This is the perfect time of year to visit the North Shore to witness the largest waves in the world for herself (but leave the surfing to the pros). You can also take in surf competitions like the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.


Winter is also a great time to take in the beautiful Hawaiian sky. Stargazing is a popular activity at night and probably the best spot in Hawaii is atop Mt. Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Mt. Mauna Kea is 14000 ft. above sea level with stars clearly visible almost every night of the year. Remember to dress warmly though as it does get chilly up there. Another popular stargazing location is Haleakala National Park on Maui.

If you’re looking for other things to do in the winter, tours are available all through the winter with IMI Tours. Reserve a winter tour on Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island with IMI Tours.