During the winter months, you’re more likely to encounter rain on Maui. Per Weather.com, Maui averages 2.46 inches of rain per month from October through March. In summer months (April through September), Maui averages 0.68 inches of rain per month. So by doing the math, you’ll discover that Maui gets 3.6 times more rain in the winter months as compared to the summer months. With that said, I’ve been to Hawaii plenty of times in the winter and encountered much more sun that than rain. In fact, I’ve rarely had rain interfere with my Hawaii vacation plans.
However, rain does happen. (Hey, if it didn’t, you wouldn’t find the lush tropical rain forests, rainbows, and incredible waterfalls that make Hawaii so beautiful!) So, what are you to do on a rainy day in Maui? Here are some fun ideas:
- Visit the Maui Ocean Center. This aquarium does a great job of introducing you to the fishes of Hawaii. They have some great exhibits on the humpback whales that visit Hawaii’s waters each winter. (Admission fee is required.)
- Tour the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum. (Modest admission fee required.)
- Learn about Maui’s whaling history at Whalers Village Museum in Kaanapali. (Modest admission fee.)
- Shop at the Lahaina Cannery Mall, Kaanapali’s Whalers Village, or Wailea’s Shops at Wailea where you can stay relatively dry as you move from store to store.
- Tour the historic Baldwin House in Lahaina. (Currently open daily from 10 – 4. Located at 120 Dickenson Street in Lahaina. Modest admission fee of $3 for adults, $5 for families, and $2 for children is required.)
- Admire 100% locally made crafts at the Maui Crafts Guild in lovely Paia. (Free)
- Schedule some pampering time at a spa. Maui has an abundance of top rated spas. (Be sure to check out our popular suggestions for maximizing your Hawaii spa treatments.)
- Play a round of golf. That may sound like a crazy idea, but at TravelGolf.com, Maui’s rainy day golf comes highly rated.
- Enjoy some pool time, but without the crowds. You’re going to get wet anyway, so why not have some fun in the rain?
- Learn to play the ukulele, dance hula or the art of lei making. Many resorts offer these classes for free or low cost.