Best things to do
when it rains on Maui
At any given time, it’s likely to be sunny, windy, rainy and cloudy in different areas of the island. With so many microclimates in one place, Maui sees a huge range of average annual rainfall, from approximately 400 inches per year in the lush hills of Hana to 12 inches per year in Kihei. That being said, December through February are typically the wettest months of the year, which also happens to coincide with the best whale watching of the year.
While the U.S. is home to several impressive aquariums, you probably haven’t visited one quite like the Maui Ocean Center. Open since 1998, it is the largest tropical aquarium in the western hemisphere! It features only animals found in the waters surrounding the island of Maui, including some of which can’t be seen anywhere else on earth.
The great thing about the majority of resorts, condos, and vacation rentals on Maui is the fact that they often include a covered lanai, perfect for sipping a cup of Maui coffee (or mai tai) and watching the weather in action.
No matter the weather, there are so many interesting and unique things to explore in Maui. If you head to Maui’s West Side, there’s an especially rare and artistic activity to do in Lahaina. We also think this is a super daytime activity for couples looking for things to do when it’s raining in Maui.
When the weather’s less than ideal, sometimes the best thing to do is have a drink and enjoy it anyway!
No matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s a poke bowl in a laid-back Paia hangout, top notch sushi dinner in a swanky Wailea resort, Bikini Blonde in a Wailuku dive bar, or Ocean Vodka martini with an ocean view, Maui’s got it all.
While you probably didn’t picture spending your afternoon in a dark movie theater in paradise, sometimes it’s one of the best ways to pass the time, and likely, one of the best ways to wait for the rain to end while being simultaneously entertained.
Don’t let rain discourage you from enjoying the many splendors of the Island of Maui. Although rain doesn’t make for the best conditions for a sightseeing drive to all parts of Maui, it is still a great option to research for drier areas of the Valley Isle.
If your inner artist wants to come out and play, Island Art Party is right up your alley! With a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, get ready to paint your rainy day blues away with this fantastically fun class. The instructor will guide you step-by-step, making sure you’re having fun along the way. At the end of this rainy day, you’ll walk away with a masterpiece and a few great memories!
Even if it is raining on Maui during your vacation in paradise, there’s no need to be bummed out. Being that you’re visiting a tropical destination, weather is always up to Mother Nature’s ultimate decision. The good news is that, rain on Maui doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s cold! Stay positive, and get out and have some fun. Depending on the amount of rain, you can still enjoy your vacation in Hawaii.