Waikiki Beach, a Honolulu Attraction
February 5, 2018
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Jana Free

7 Reasons to Book a Winter Stay at our Waikiki Hotel

There are hundreds of reasons to book a winter stay at our Waikiki Hotel—here are a few of the best!

Many travelers wonder if winter is a good time to visit Oahu. They aren’t sure if the weather will be good enough to enjoy the beaches or if there will be any fun events to attend. We assure you that winter on Oahu is wonderful. It’s a time when the surf is arguably at its best and there is no shortage of fun activities. In fact, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained and busy every minute of the day!

If you’re curious about the availability of Oahu Activities from late December to early March, in particular the Honolulu Things to Do in the heart of the city, here are 7 reasons why a winter stay at our Waikiki Hotel is a great idea.

1.  The Most Glorious Weather
If you’re from a cold climate, head to Waikiki to embrace the warm during winter. Even though our island typically sees its lowest temperatures in January and February, these months average 80°F during the day. Not bad for a winter vacation! Evenings get “chillier” so you might need a light sweater for the 66°F weather. Winter weather on Oahu is perfect for morning strolls on the beach and afternoons spent sunning on the sand. It makes for great nights that include dinners along the shore or authentic dance performances enjoyed outdoors.

Winter weather on Oahu is perfect for morning strolls on the beach and afternoons spent sunning on the sand. It makes for great nights that include dinners along the shore or authentic dance performances enjoyed outdoors.

2.  The Waves
The biggest waves hit Oahu during winter. If you’ve come to our Waikiki Hotel for the island surf, you’re going to be met by monster waves—truly memorable ones. The giant swells on Oahu’s North Shore reach 20 feet and higher during wintertime. Surfers come from all over the world to experience the massive water forces that come from the north and make events like the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing possible.

Man surfing on the North Shore of Oahu
Watch the world's best surfers catch winter waves on Oahu's North Shore.

3.  Whale Watching
Winter is whale-watching season around Oahu. Every year from January to March, between 4 and 6 thousand humpback whales migrate to the protected waters of Hawaii to give birth to their young. It’s remarkable to see 40-ton whales leap out of the ocean and splash down with such finesse. Sometimes, you’ll just catch a glimpse of a tail extended out of the sea, and even that is a spectacular sight.

4. Fresh Produce
Hawaii boasts a benevolent climate for agriculture. When you might only find mediocre produce on the mainland U.S. during wintertime, on Hawaii you’ll be surrounded by lush offerings of tropical fruits and colorful vegetables. The farmers markets are everywhere on Oahu from December to March. Look for perfectly tasty, crisp and juicy produce including lychees, papayas, tangerines, pineapples, corn, carrots, avocados, and zucchini—much of it picked that morning.

5. Special Events
The kick-off winter event on Oahu is Honolulu City Lights, but after that there are plenty more Oahu Activities to take part in during winter. The annual Sony Open golf tournament typically takes place in January and the Bollywood Film Festival runs during the winter season. There are theatrical and musical performances running throughout the winter months, and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii rings in the New Year with its annual Ohana Festival during wintertime.

6. World-Famous Beaches
You’ve likely thought of visiting Hawaii because of its beautiful beaches. All of the world-famous beaches that we’re privileged to have on our island are ready to welcome you during the winter months. Waikiki Beach near our hotel is one of the most popular beaches on the planet, and it draws more than 4 million visitors each year. Wintertime is great at this beach because the always-calm waters are bath water temperature and they’re perfect for learning a new activity, such as paddle boarding. Check out the North Shore beaches on Oahu if you want to watch some of the most daring surf adventures in existence.

7. Hiking
If you’ve filled up on holiday fare and feel you need to exercise a bit during your winter break, our island’s hiking trails are ideal. Oahu has you covered when it comes to paths that move through rainforests, to the top of waterfalls and up stairs bringing you to the most marvelous views in all of Hawaii.

There are hundreds of reasons to book a winter stay on Oahu and at our Waikiki Hotel. View our Visitors Guide to discover more.

Learn more about all the best our beautiful Island has to offer by browsing our Oahu FAQs about Attractions, Dining, Shopping, and more. View our beautiful Guest Rooms & Suites and take a look at our current Special Offers as you plan your visit!