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Reasons to Visit Hawaii in January


If you ask anyone about where they want to spend their dream vacation, Hawaii will undoubtedly be one of those must-see destinations – which is not surprising. This paradise is among the best vacation spots any traveler would adore, no matter what time of the year. Visiting Hawaii during the month of January is something to consider for a savvy traveler. 


Here are some of the reasons why many travelers think that January is the best time to visit Hawaii:


The January Weather in Hawaii


Hawaii is a tropical place. This means that the only weather you can experience is the dry and wet seasons. The temperature is relatively average in January, perfect for a cool stroll and for outdoor activities.


The trade winds bring cooler air from the north toward and over Hawaii during the summer months. On the other hand, the Kona winds of the winter bring warmer equatorial air from the south. These winds are the reason why Hawaii does not experience extreme weather temperatures. 


Cheap Airfare


While airfares to Hawaii during January are not as cheap as those from February to March, you can still find more affordable flights compared to the peak months. January is the time when the holiday rush is starting to subside. Because of this, you can expect to find open seats around mid-to-late January. 


Affordable Hotel Rates


Another significant reason why it is best to visit Hawaii during January is the hotel rates. Compared to the peak months of June and July, there is a noticeable difference in hotel rates in January, especially during the mid to last week of the month. Since the holidays are starting to die down during this time, you can expect more hotel deals. 


Perfect Time to Snorkel


This one is for our adventure junkies! If you are into water activities such as snorkeling, January might be the perfect time to visit Hawaii. While you can go on snorkeling tours on Oahu any time of the year, January is when thousands of humpback whales migrate from Alaska to Hawaii to give birth. This means during this time, you can swim with the majestic Hawaiian green sea turtles and witness the beauty of whales delivering their calves. 


If you are wondering where to book a snorkeling excursion, you can check Go Tours Hawaii’s Waikiki Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Tour. This tour takes you right to Turtle Canyon where you can see the best that the Pacific Ocean has to offer. You can call if you have any questions or easily book it online. 




If there is a perfect month for surfing, there is no doubt it will be January. This month is in the middle of the epic surf season. Many surfers gather around Oahu’s North Shore to battle it with the ocean’s powerful 20+ foot waves. 


As a pro surfer, this is the perfect time to ride some epic waves and be one with the ocean. On the other hand, if you just admire watching the amazing surfers there are lots of surfing competitions and events hosted on the island this month. For example, The Pipeline WSL Championship and the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout are just two of Oahu’s most popular surfing events held in January. Be sure to arrive at the beach early, as it tends to get crowded for these events with parking and finding a good spot on the beach. Don’t forget to come prepared with your umbrella, beach chairs and coolers for a relaxing and fun time!


Ask a local for guidance with Go Tours Hawaii

Vacation should be all about relaxation, unwinding, fun, and excitement. Some things might inevitably stress you out, but can be avoided. Things like itineraries and accommodations can be the number one stressors for travelers. Thankfully, there are local tour operators like Go Tours Hawaii that can help you figure out all the logistics for your perfect vacation in Hawaii. 


Go Tours Hawaii is a local tour operator specializing in Oahu island tours. With our variety of activities, you can be sure that there is a custom fit for your and your loved ones’ preferences. To learn more about us, you can check our website at or read the following articles:

Hawaiian Surf Spot: Welcome to the North Shore

Waikiki Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Trip

Hawaiian Travel Tips