What to Do in Maui When It Rains? Here Are Things You Shouldn’t Miss!


Aug 25
what to do in maui when it rains

No matter what time of the year you visit, it’s likely for you to find a sunny, cloudy, windy, and rainy areas in Maui. With a lot of microclimates in one place, this island receives a great variety of average annual rainfall, from about 400 inches annually in Hana’s lavish hills to 12 inches annually in Kihei. With that being said, the months of December to February are usually the wettest time of the year. This time of the year also happens to be the best time for whale watching. But aside from whale watching, what to do in Maui when it rains?


Well, the best thing you need to do is absolutely not to let the rain ruin your time on this beautiful island! No matter where you are, weather can be so unpredictable, so it’s important that that you know what to do in case rain falls down when you are anticipating a picture-perfect time on the island.

We have listed down what to do in Maui when it rains that you will surely enjoy no matter what your preference and interests are and what your age is.

Maui Ocean Center

Thing to do in Maui When It Rains

1. Go to the Maui Ocean Center

One of the best and also the most unique things to do in Maui when it’s raining is to stare at a hammerhead shark in the eye. You can also watch a turtle swim or get awe-struck by dancing jellyfishes or even see sharks swim above your head as you walk in a tunnel. All these things and more are some of the things you can experience when you visit Maui Ocean Center!

2. Shop Around Makawao

If you like the idea of shopping for some clothes or souvenirs during a rainy day, then you may want to go to Makawao. This is a two-street town which features more than a dozen clothing stores and art galleries. This is also a good place if you are looking for sports bars or restaurants to hang out in while it’s raining. 


3. Go Deep with Atlantis Submarines

If you want to avoid rain, you do it to the next level by going underneath the water where you will not be able to hear its constant drizzle. With this submarine tours, you can go up to 130 feet below water, which touches the ocean floor. On this tour, you will be able to visit a scurried whaling ship garlanded in colorful sea life. You will be amazed at the sight of fish, sharks, and if you’re lucky, whales through the portholes. 

4. Enjoy Drinking Hot Chocolate at Kula Lodge

Hovering at 3,200 feet on the hills of Haleakala, Kula restaurant will provide you with a romantic escape and the experience of watching a storm roll through. Protect yourself from the cold weather by having some nice hot chocolate while gawking into the clouds, and as the rain persists, check out the beautiful paintings of Curtis Wilson Cost at the gallery just located downstairs. 

5. Go to Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

The months of January through March are considered to the best time for watching humpback whales in Maui, even though visitors are able to learn about these 40-ton gentle giants whatever time or season they visit. You might also find other shows that range from turtles to monk seals, and Ko‘ie‘ie fishpond, which was built about 1450 AD. 

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6. Wander Around Lahaina and Maui’s Museums

Grab your umbrella and head to Lahaina. There’s a lot of history to enjoy as you wander around this old whaling village. You are able to go to the Historic Baldwin House where you are able to hear about the first missionary that got to Maui, along with the wonderful Wo Hing Museum that celebrates the first Chinese who arrived at the state of Hawaii. In Lahaina, you will be able to find many shops and of course, restaurants as well, so spending a rainy day here would be a great idea.

7. Watch a Show or Movie

If you don’t know already, Maui is home to several cinemas, with one of the best being Regal Cinemas Megaplex located in Maui Mall. You are also able to see the Maui Arts and Cultural Centre or MACC if you are interested to see some of the latest shows. Furthermore, if you are staying in a hotel, you may want to ask what entertainment they can offer you throughout your stay.

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8. Relax with a Massage

Last but not the list, you might want to spend a rainy day just relaxing by getting a massage. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Maui on a rainy day. With so a lot of high-end hotels you will find on Maui, there are many luxurious spas you can go to. After all, vacations are also about getting refreshed and relaxed, so make sure to book yourself a massage whether it is sunny or rainy!

Have you noticed that there aren’t a lot of postcards of Maui, or even Hawaii, in general, that show the island being soaked in the rain? This is kind of weird because the truth is, Maui can get really, really wet – especially throughout the winter season. While areas such as Wailea, Kihei, and Lahaina can go the while summertime without experiencing the rain, Napili, Kapalua, and Hana may get rain at random times of the year. Yes, you will always be able to hang out and snorkel at the beach even when it’s raining, or even hike to brave the slippery trail. However, it would always be a better idea to enjoy things you can do indoors. Hopefully, this article helped you in deciding what to do in Maui when it rains during your trip. Remembers, you shouldn’t let the weather ruin your trip. Instead, use this unforeseen event to do something spontaneous that will make your trip even more unforgettable.

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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