Traveling to Hawaii during November
Weather, Crowds, & Prices for November
When planning your Hawaiian vacation, it always makes sense to consider all the aspects that can affect your trip. Weather, travel rates, and local events should all be researched before you decide to book. The time of year you choose will never be “bad.” A visit to the islands is as close to paradise as you can get. However, here are some things to consider if you are looking to schedule your Hawaiian adventure in November.
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Hawaii Weather in November
Ask any local, and they will tell you the weather is always beautiful in Hawaii. As a tourist, you will love the seasonal temperatures that stay in the mid to low 80s. As November inches towards winter, you can see a dip in the evening temperature to the high 60s or low 70s, which is still perfectly fine for evening strolls along the beach.
November does see higher than average rainfall as it approaches the rainy season of winter. However, rain showers are more common at night. The odd daytime showers are sudden and short, nothing a little umbrella or jacket can’t handle. Rain showers are still pretty infrequent and unlikely to interfere with your outdoor plans. If rain worries you, you can always choose to book your stay on the leeward side of the islands as they tend to experience less rain. As well, Big Island sees the lowest levels of rain at this time of year.
The Pacific Ocean surrounding the islands remains warm enough for swimming all year round. As well, November marks the end of hurricane season in the Pacific. If you are planning to visit the more mountainous regions or volcanoes of Hawaii, you will want to bring a jacket. Due to the higher elevations, temperatures are chillier all year round.
Hawaii Crowds in November
November is one of Hawaii’s slowest months for tourism. Not surprisingly, the busiest time in November coincides with the week of Thanksgiving if you want to avoid this expected wave of tourists, book earlier in the month.
Hawaii Costs in November
November has some of the lowest hotel rates of the year, not including a slight increase due to Thanksgiving. For the majority of the month, rates hover at around $200. Even on Thanksgiving Day, hotel rates are about $25 lower per night than the annual average of $250. Airfares are also lower in November, making this the month to plan your trip if you are on a budget.
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Hawaii Events & Highlights in November
Coffee lovers rejoice as Big Island features the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival in November. Hawaii’s oldest food festival around, dedicated to world-famous cups of coffee. The festival runs for 10-days with celebrations honoring the coffee and culture of the island. Visit the Kona coffee farms to learn about the history, growth, and harvest of Kona coffee. You can also experience the coffee art scene, music, dance, and food events.
Other events for November include:
- Hula O Na Keiki: Held on the grounds of Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel in Maui, this children’s hula competition attracts students from Hawaii and around the world. Contests include dance, chant, and costume categories.
- Maui Invitational: If you love basketball, you can sit in the bleachers to cheer on the gifted athletes participating in this college basketball tournament.
- Vans Triple Crown of Surfing: It is no surprise that this surfing competition is held along the coast of the islands’ most majestic shorelines. The Vans World Cup has made the career of many a champion surfer. The challenging location provides powerful waves that present competitors with treacherous peaks and difficult paddling to test the endurance of the determined surfers. This is a must-see event for surfing enthusiasts, attracting people from around the world. The event takes place along the North Shore’s Sunset Beach where visitors are wowed by one of the most dramatic surfing competitions and island experiences of the year.
With near-perfect temperatures, awe-inspiring competitions, and a coffee lover's dream event, November offers a joyful experience in paradise. Lower rates for both hotels and airfare make it even more attractive for the budget-conscious traveler.