5 Reasons To Visit Hawaii in January

Whale watching in Hawaii in January
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Thinking of visiting Hawaii in January? Read this first!

From mid-December through the first week in January, visitors flock to the islands. And, it’s no surprise why — when the rest of the mainland is freezing, we have what everyone is looking for: A respite from the cold. 

But, when the kids get back to school around January 9th, Hawaii becomes somewhat of a ghost town. And, you know what that means — it’s a great time to take your Hawaii vacation!

Here are 5 reasons why you should come to Hawaii in January (especially the middle or end of January!).

1. Cheaper Airfares

I can’t promise anything, but TYPICALLY, you’ll find cheaper airfares as soon as the holiday rush starts to subside. My Mom usually flies standby to come to see me, and she seems to find open seats around mid-to-late January. And, open seats = cheaper airfares.

2. Cheaper Hotel Rooms

When the holiday rush is over, I start to notice all sorts of hotel “deals” aimed at us kamaaina (locals). That means they’re hunting for customers. 

You may have to be a bit careful if you book your vacation over Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but otherwise, you should be able to find pretty good deals if you visit Hawaii in January.

3. Cooler Temperatures

If you’re an avid hiker or like to do outdoor activities, the Hawaii summer heat can overwhelm you. But, not so in January! The average high temperature in Hawaii during January is a fabulous 78 degrees, and lows can get in the upper 60’s. So, it’s the perfect month to take your Hawaii vacation if you don’t want to swelter!

4. Whales: Hawaii in January is Peak Whale Watching Season

humpback whale breaching

January is right smack dab in the middle of whale season, and it’s one of the best months to go whale watching. 

Each year, thousands of humpback whales migrate about 3,000 miles from Alaska to Hawaii to give birth in the warm Hawaiian waters. And, for visitors, this can be a “bucket-list” chance of a lifetime! Hawaii Aloha Travel can help book a whale-watching tour via boat, which provides a fantastic opportunity to see these amazing mammals up close!

Many visitors come to Hawaii in January just to see the whales.

5. Epic Surf

1600px Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational Surf Contest Waimea Bay Hawaii Febrary 2016 (24982903470)
1600px Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational Surf Contest Waimea Bay Hawaii Febrary 2016 (24982903470)

January in Hawaii also happens to be right in the middle of the epic surf season, which is a most fantastical time of year. Who WOULDN’T be impressed by 20 + foot waves on the North Shore of Oahu? Check out the brave surfers who battle the giant waves, and stand in awe of their courage. Above all, take in the incredible power of the ocean!

Finding Deals & Unique Sights: Visiting Hawaii in January

Goodbye crowds — hello deals! That’s how I feel about January in Hawaii. If you’re a bargain-hunter, now’s the time to book your trip to Hawaii!