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If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, then you should consider going on an ATV ride. Kauai offers some of the best ATV trails in the country, and the scenery is breathtaking. However, not all seasons are created equal when it comes to ATV rides. In this blog post, we will discuss the pros and cons of each season and hear the general opinion of our staff on the matter.

The Muddy Season

Kauai gets rain all season long, however certain parts of the year get much more than others. A general rule of thumb is you can expect rain at almost anytime depending on what region you are in. November to March is normally the rainy season here – however, the weather is always subject to change and this is not a set-in-stone timeline.

If you don’t care about mud and getting dirty, then riding ATVs during this period will be no problem. One thing to keep in mind is trails will be slippery, and some parts of the trails could be inaccessible due to the rainfall. If you’re deadset on exploring during this time – it is still guaranteed to be a blast. Lean towards the months of November, December, April, or May for our “optimal” muddy tours. These months lend the best to mud, typically without having to deal with torrential downpours while out on the trails.

Learn more about Kauai’s Climates and Weather

The “Dry” Season

Generally, the weather in the summer months of Kauai will be dry with much less rain than in winter and springtime. If you’re looking to explore the island to the fullest extent on an ATV, this time of the year would be the best. However, the drawback to a slightly more dry tour is the lack of mud. There is no way to get dirty and cover your friends and family in layers of mud without that added moisture. This time of year lends much better to those who want to kick the dust up. You’ll have an easier time traversing tricky sections and it will overall make for a smoother adventure.

This is the time to come if you don’t want your tour ruined by rain. May through November is considered our “dry” season with very little rainfall. However, these are also some of the busiest tourist months, so be sure to book your tour in advance!

The Rainy Season

The middle of winter, typically January through March, has a much higher chance of rain and storms. This can make for a very fun and messy adventure around the island, but it brings with it the risk of flash flooding and lightning. A little risk is what ATVs are all about, but when the weather takes a turn for the worst, we prioritize our riders safely and will steer towards tour cancellations when needed.

Don’t let this get you down though, weather is never predictable and even in the seasons of flooding you could have a perfect experience cruising through the mud accessing all trails you set out for.

The Best Season

Here at Kauai ATV’s, we can’t choose a favorite! However, in our professional opinion, the winter months will be the best for all ages and experiences while typically providing the perfect about of fun in the mud! Regardless of the season, be sure to check out the best outdoor activities in Kauai to help you plan.

One final thing to keep in mind is the temperature you are going to have the most fun in. Regardless of mud and our opinions on the matter. The temperatures can range drastically between summer and winter. Winter months have the best mud and water to ride around in but tend to be colder and with the windchill added for fast speeds, you will need to dress warm and possibly in layers! The summer is generally warmer and dryer, so hours in the sun can get hot fast and there are not many opportunities to cool off when out on the trails. You will need to provide sun protection and be ready with lots of water in the summer. All seasons can be fun depending on what type of outdoor adventure you want, so look at this as a recommendation rather than set in stone seasons that are better than others!

Ready to Book Your ATV Tour?

Now that you know you can rip around on an ATV any time of the year, it’s time to book an ATV tour! Feel free to contact us to learn more about your trip, or with any questions about what we offer. Get to riding!

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