While rainy days can strike anytime during the year, Maui’s wet season typically runs from November to April. Fortunately, most of the resort areas on Maui are (purposefully) located in the dry parts of the island. However, if a rainy day does hit during your visit, remember that rain is what makes the island so lush and keeps the waterfalls flowing!
In the event of a rainout, keep yourself busy with these top 10 Maui rainy day activities.
1. Wander around the Maui Ocean Center
A visit to the Maui Ocean Center is undoubtedly the best rainy day activity on the Valley Isle. At three acres, the Maui Ocean Center is the biggest aquarium in Hawaii and the largest living tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. Most of the exhibits are indoors or covered, ideal for exploring in the rain. The Maui Ocean Center showcases species found in Hawaiian waters, making the center a fantastic place to learn more about local marine life. Don’t miss the 3D ‘Humpbacks of Hawaii’ Exhibit!
2. Book an escape room
Unless a big storm is rolling through, most rain squalls on Maui don’t last all day. If you’re looking to kill an hour, gather your group and head to Mystery Maui in Wailuku. Mystery Maui’s titillating escape rooms put sleuthing skills to the test- participants will have exactly 60 minutes to solve the mystery and unlock the room. Hopefully, you get along with your travel companions! These escape rooms are specifically designed to test communication and teamwork skills.
3. Create a masterpiece at Island Art Party
Just because the weather is less than ideal does not mean fun comes to a halt. Island Art Party underscores this fact, providing visitors and residents alike with one of the most fun indoor activities on Maui- painting parties. Regardless of your artistic abilities, Island Art Party’s skilled instructors help each guest create a Maui-inspired masterpiece. In addition, an ample selection of alcoholic beverages supports the fun. Not only will you leave with a homemade Maui souvenir, but you’ll likely have made some new friends during the process.
4. Bounce around Ultimate Air Trampoline Park
If you’re traveling with keiki, the last thing you want to do is be cooped up in your hotel room on a rainy day. Ultimate Air Trampoline Park provides the perfect solution. Located in Maui Lani, Ultimate Air’s spacious warehouse is blanketed with dozens of trampolines and several foam pits. In addition, fun activities like jousting, dodgeball, and bouncy basketball are on offer. Adults are more than welcome to join in on the fun with their keiki. However, if you’d rather let the kids do their thing, Ultimate Air provides a row of comfy massage chairs for spectating parents.
5. Go Shopping
From the art galleries in Lahaina Town to the local shopping hub at Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, Maui is home to a wealth of shopping opportunities- and what better time to shop til you drop than on a rainy day! Regardless of where you’re staying on the island, there are unique shopping options at every turn, like Whalers Village in Kaʻanapali, the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina, and the Shops of Wailea. Or, if the weather isn’t too severe, explore local shopping options in Wailuku, Paʻia, or Makawao.
6. Visit the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center
The Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center is located on the sprawling Kaluanui Estate in Makawao. The property once housed one of Maui’s first sugar mills but today serves as an arts center, featuring rotating exhibits, classes, and art camps. If you’re fine with braving the rain, take a self-guided walking tour of the property. Otherwise, stay dry and explore the exhibits inside. The Gallery Shop in the Hui Noʻeau also has a great selection of locally made goodies and souvenirs. If you find yourself at the Hui, make a stop in nearby Makawao Town and watch the masters at work at Hot Island Glass. Or, head down the hill for lunch and unique shopping in Paʻia Town.
7. Go on a chocolate tasting tour
As if Maui could get any sweeter, the island is home to the largest chocolate factory in the state- Kuʻia Estate. A variety of chocolate is processed in Kuʻia’s expansive Lahaina factory, including cacao grown on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. Kuʻia hosts chocolate tasting tours daily from the factory’s rooftop pavilion (don’t worry, it’s covered! You’ll stay dry.) Chocolate fans can sample nine varieties of chocolate and learn about the chocolate-making process. Kuʻia’s factory also serves as the operation’s retail hub, so you can pick up more chocolatey goodies to bring home with you.
8. Head to the spa
Rain and spa days go hand in hand. The rain is a perfect excuse to indulge in a luxurious spa treatment, namely a Lomi Lomi massage. Lomi Lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage that uses long, flowing strokes and incorporates nut oils like macadamia and kukui. This long-standing Hawaiian practice is said to release tension, assist blood flow, and rejuvenate the body. There are a plethora of spas on Maui- most resorts boast elegant onsite spas. However, if your accommodation doesn’t have this option, head to the opulent Spa Montage in Kapalua for true pampering.
9. Tour the Maui Historical Society
Use the rain as an opportunity to take a deep dive into Hawaiian culture and the history of Maui. The Bailey House Museum in Wailuku houses the most extensive collection of pre-contact Hawaiian artifacts in Maui County. This historic estate is also home to the oldest Western structure on Maui, belongings of Queen Liliuokalani (Hawaii’s last reigning monarch), a display of the complete history of Nā Mōʻī Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian monarchy), a 100+-year-old canoe, and so much more. In addition to a wealth of rare, irreplaceable exhibits and artifacts, the Bailey House Museum’s gift shop also showcases locally made products, from jewelry to books to clothing.
10. Check out a local brewery
There’s nothing better than a crisp pint of locally brewed beer on a rainy day. Over the years, several craft breweries have cropped up around the island- from Mahalo Aleworks in Pukalani to Kohola Brewery in Lahaina. But, of course, the crown jewel of Maui-made beer comes from Maui Brewing Company’s sprawling 28,000 square foot facility. If you’re in South Maui, head up Lipoa Street to Maui Brewing Company’s taproom, where you can sign up for an hour tour or advanced beer tasting.
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