Traveling to Hawaii during March
Weather, Crowds, & Prices for March
March in Hawaii offers sun-filled days and cool nights by the ocean. There is always more than enough to keep you busy in March. Plenty of events and seasonal draws will make your trip worthwhile. We can’t say there’s a bad month to visit Hawaii, but there are a few advantages to planning your trip in March.
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Hawaii Weather in March
You won’t hear many complaints about the Hawaiian weather in March. With daytime average highs in the high 70s and low 80s, sunshine and blue skies await. Some people are surprised by the evening chill, which can dip into the middle 60s along the beach. Just grab a sweater, and you'll be very comfortable. You will find the daytime beaches lovely and the waters warm.
Hawaii consists of several islands, each with its climate. You can expect to see drier weather along the leeward side of the islands as well as cooler temperatures when you are visiting the local volcanoes and mountainous areas. Some of the cooler areas include Kokee on Kauai and Volcano on the Big Island, especially in the evening. At these higher elevations, you might want a light jacket and pants.
Although December is Hawaii's rainy season, March does tend to sit on the medium to high end of the state's average rainfall. Some of the drier areas to stay are south Maui, the southern and southwestern regions of Oahu, and Kohala Coast on Big Island.
Remember, you’re visiting a tropical location where it is not uncommon for sudden rain showers to occur without warning. These cooling showers only last about 10 minutes, and then it’s back to sunny skies. Just bring an umbrella for protection when you are out and about. The good news is that rain tends to fall more at night when you are safe and dry in your hotel room.
Hawaii Crowds in March
There are two significant travel periods in March in Hawaii: Spring Break and Easter (if it falls within the month). It’s no secret that Spring Break gets busy in most North American tropical climates, so this should come as no surprise. Easter is another favorite time, but it does not always fall in March.
In general, pre- and post-March break periods are best if you want to avoid crowds, but March is one of the most popular months for Hawaiian travel. That said, you will still be able to avoid areas swarming with tourists, so your trip should work out just fine.
Hawaii Costs in March
The only hotel price rise in March tends to be around Easter. Other than that, hotel rates lean towards the annual average at about $370. Although March is one of the more popular travel times in Hawaii, you will still find the rates manageable with savings of about $150 per night when compared to peak season rates.
Airfares fluctuate too drastically to pinpoint an average fare. However, you might see moderate to high fares at this time of year. If your heart is set on March, make sure to check online for deals.
Hawaii Events & Highlights in March
With events happening across all the islands, you might want to plan some island hopping during your visit.
- The biggest March attraction is the winding down of humpback whale mating season. You can get an up-close-and-personal look at these gentle giants around Maui, Hawaii's Big Island, Lanai, and Molokai.
- Oahu is home to the annual Honolulu Festival, one of Hawaii’s premier cultural events. People come from far and wide to experience the rich blend of Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian cultures.
- The Prince Kuhio Festival takes place on the island of Kauai to honor the life of Prince Kuhio with cultural events including music, parades, arts, and food.
- The Kona Brewers Festival is an exciting Big Island Event that has been taking place for more than 25 years. The perfect activity for foodies and beer lovers alike, as it celebrates local handcrafted brews and local cuisine. This is a zero-waste event proudly focused on living in a sustainable community.
Hawaii in March offers pleasant temperatures, mostly sunny skies, and plenty of activities and events to fill your days and nights.
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