Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Maui

Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Maui
You may have come to Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, to hike along the black sand beaches, around dormant volcanoes and through its national parks. But when the rains come, outdoor plans must usually be put on hold. Here are a few indoor and rain-friendly options to tide you over while waiting for the good weather to return.

Maui Ocean Center

If it's too rainy for snorkeling, then the Maui Ocean Center is your next best bet. It is the largest coral reef aquarium in the Western hemisphere. Attractions include green sea turtles, rays, hammerhead sharks and monk seals. The center is open every day of the year from 9 to 5, with extended hours in the summer.

Maui Ocean Center
192 Ma'alaea Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
(808) 270-7000

Hawaii Nature Center

Even if it's too wet to hike, you can stil take in the scenery at the Hawaii Nature Center. Located in the beautiful 'Iao Valley, the Hawaiian Nature Center will provide hours of fun for kids. A nature museum with more than 30 exhibits is located on-site. In addition, the center curates a number of activities, from hikes to star-gazing trips.

Hawaii Nature Center
875 Iao Valley Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
(888) 244-6503

Whalers Village Museum

The Whalers Village Museum in Lahaina celebrates the island's heritage by re-creating the interior of whaling ship. The museum is loaded with whaling gear, sailing equipment and the personal artifacts of the sailors who set out for five year voyages. The museum also boasts one of the largest collections of 19th century scrimshaw in the United States. Plus, admission to the museum is always free.

Whalers Village Museum
2435 Ka'anapali Parkway
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
(808) 661-5992

Wailea

When it comes to tropical islands, weather activity can be highly variable across the island. Even if it's raining, you may still be able to find a little patch of sunshine somewhere. Wailea, on Maui's southwest edge, receives the least rain on the island. Wailea is most well-known for its five beaches. Each beach is isolated by borders of lava rock outcroppings, creating pleasant swimming coves.

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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