It’s hard to believe it’s already August, but with only a month left before the inevitable start of the school year, we’ll all soon be wrapping up our summer vacation plans. However, as the days get cooler and shorter in most of North America, down in the Hawaiian Islands, life is as carefree and casual as it ever was. September is largely a warm, dry, and sunny month on the island of Oahu, and even the winter season in Hawaii is likely to see temperatures in the mid 70s. September through December is a great time to visit Oahu because airfare and accommodations can be found for cheaper than they can during the pricey tourist seasons. You’ll also have fewer crowds to deal with! Why not brighten up the darker months with a Hawaiian vacation?
There’s so much fun to be had on Oahu in autumn and winter months, from whale watching during the great humpback migration to sunbathing on Waikiki Beach, which tends to remain one of the driest places on the Island even in the wet season. You can enjoy the most popular Hawaiian attractions at low prices by taking advantage of Oahu attraction ticket discounts. With a Go Oahu Card, offered by Smart Destinations, you’ll have access to 34+ cultural, historic, and recreational attractions on the Island without paying anything extra to get in.
Where should you start when planning your Oahu vacation? Sometimes, the most fun part is to build your itinerary.
Start by picturing yourself cruising around the pristine waters of the Pacific on the Makani Catamaran Sail. The popular two-hour cruise offers comfort, relaxation, and stunning views. Dolphins, sea turtles, and flying fish can most always be seen if you keep alert, and in the migration season (November-May), you may even spot a humpback whale!
To see more marine life native to Hawaii, go on a Hanauma Bay Snorkeling adventure just 25-minutes from Waikiki (with round trip transportation provided). With equipment and instructions provided, you’ll view vibrant tropical fish and sea turtles in the crystal-clear water of the Bay. It’s a great experience for families and provides a safe way for kids to explore the beautiful ocean.
Oahu boasts an abundance of cultural and historical points of interest in addition to the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Many visitors like to learn about the traditions of Hawaii and the other Pacific Islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. As you wander among re-created villages in Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Hawaii, you’ll discover interactive activities and incredible demonstrations. Fire dancing, spear throwing, coconut husking, and hula dancing are all things you can expect to find in the mix. Plus, general admission includes the Rainbows of Paradise Canoe Pageant.
For an even more phenomenal experience, upgrade your Polynesian Cultural Center discount tickets to gain admission to the HA! Breath of Life Dinner Show and Alii Luau. This award-winning performance and feast is an experience that will delight all of your senses and leave you in contemplative awe.
For more immersion in the culture of Oahu, make sure to look into the many events and festivals that take place in the fall. For Instance, September features the Mid-Autumn Cultural Festival in Chinatown for a full day of fun with families and friends, as well as the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival—which is every bit as tasty as it sounds. In October, you have a lot to look forward to: The Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival, and the annual Hallowbaloo Music and Arts festival on Halloween weekend. November marks the beginning of the world-renowned Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Tournament, and in December, you can expect the holiday festivities to begin!