While any time is a good time to visit Hawaii, not all months are created equal. Here’s how Aussies can escape the crowds, nab a cheaper hotel rate and find less expensive airfares for their next Hawaii holiday.
Between 620,000 and 810,000 visitors from around the world flock to Hawaii each month, making it a consistently popular holiday destination.
By looking at the number of Total Visitors and Australian Visitors to Hawaii, and relevant school Holiday Periods, natural patterns start to emerge across the Hawaii tourism industry. These patterns can help us identify when the destination is less busy, and when the hotels and airlines are more likely to extend lower prices as they try to entice more holiday-makers to Hawaii.
I’ve crunched the statistics to find the best time for Aussies to visit the Hawaiian Islands!
Total Visitors to Hawaii
Over 8.5 million people visit Hawaii each year, here is the breakdown by island:
• Oahu 5.3 million
• Maui 2.5 million
• Hawaii Island 1.5 million
• Kauai 1.15 million
• Molokai 65,000
• Lanai 57,000
Total Visitors to Hawaii travel to an average of 1.25 islands and stay for an average of 9.16 days.
If you are after a less crowded vacation consider Hawaii Island, Kauai, Molokai or Lanai.
Hawaii has the most number of visitors in July, December, June and March.
Hawaii has the least number of visitors in September, February, November and April. Therefore, these are the best months to escape the crowds and nab a cheaper hotel rate.
While hotel rates might be cheaper dependent on overall visitors, airfare prices are not. Airfare prices are dependent on when people are travelling to Hawaii from your own country of origin.
Australian Visitors to Hawaii
Approximately 330,000 Australians visit Hawaii each year, here is the breakdown by island:
• Oahu 324,000
• Maui 61,500
• Hawaii Island 50,000
• Kauai 28,000
• Molokai 3,100
• Lanai 4,400
Australian Visitors to Hawaii travel to an average of 1.41 islands and stay for an average of 9.53 days.
Hawaii has the most number of Aussie visitors in September, October, May and December.
Hawaii has the least number of Aussie visitors in February, March, April and November. Therefore, these are the best months to find less expensive airfares (avoiding Easter).
September is the busiest month for Aussies travelling to Hawaii, however it is one of the slowest months for travel to the destination overall. This means Hawaii hotel rates should be good value in September, helping to offset the increased cost of airfares from Australia.
Out of Hawaii’s 8.5 million people who visit each year, 5.7 million are from North America and 1.5 million are from Japan. If you look at the school holiday periods of these two major markets you’ll see the correlation between these dates and the number of Total Visitors to Hawaii.
Generally speaking, the two peak periods in Hawaii are:
• June to August, Hawaii’s three summer months which co-incide with the U.S. Summer Break, Japan’s Summer Holidays and Australia’s own Term 2 School Holiday period.
• Mid-December to Mid-January, a global period of celebration where the U.S. Winter Break, Japan’s Winter Holidays and Australia’s Term 4 School Holidays all occur.
There are two additional peak periods from Australia:
• April and September-October, Australia’s Term 1 School Holidays in April for Easter and Term 3 School Holidays in September-October mean a lot of Aussies on holidays full-stop.
Please be cognizant of Official Hawaii State Holidays. Many Americans take mini-breaks at these times, travelling inter-island or across from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii resulting in a price spike. For a list of State Observed Holidays click here.
In summary, if you compare Total Visitors and Australian Visitors to Hawaii, you’ll notice the months of February, April (avoiding Easter) and November overlap as having the least overall number of visitors, this should technically mean the Hawaii holiday trifecta – Aussies can escape the crowds, nab a cheaper hotel rate and find less expensive airfares!
You might also want to check seasonality of activities in Hawaii. The humpback whale watching season is December to April, for example, and Oahu’s big-wave surfing takes place December through February.
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