When you were planning your trip to Maui, you had visions of sunny skies, warm temperatures, and relaxing trade winds to welcome you to the island. Instead, you stepped out of the airport to gloomy darkness, cold gusts, and a downpour like you’ve never seen. You might have even avoided booking certain dates just to avoid this, but Maui’s tropical weather is unpredictable. Now, you’re wondering how to fill all that beach, pool, and golf time you had planned. This should help you out!

Rainy days make for spectacular waterfalls!

Rainy days make for spectacular waterfalls!

  1. Hana Ultimate Tour

If you haven’t done a Road to Hana tour yet, a rainy day might be the day to do it! The Hana Ultimate is the perfect tour for when the weather isn’t; a run-of-the-menu restaurant breakfast and a three-course gourmet luncheon at the Travaasa Hana keep you (reasonably) dry, relaxed, and in the ultimate VIP state of mind. Obviously, if it’s seriously bad weather, we do consider safety first and don’t go. But a light rain that might preclude you from a day at the beach is perfect for a day in the rain forest (after all, why do you think they call it that?). East Maui is the rainier spot of the island anyway, so our State Certified Tour Guides are no strangers to getting a little wet. Feel free to don a raincoat or a poncho (we’ll provide the umbrellas), and get ready to see some spectacular waterfalls, which are at their best during or right after rainy weather. And don’t forget– “No rain, no rainbows!”

Get up (really!) close and personal with Hawaii's wide variety of sea life.

Get up (really!) close and personal with Hawaii’s wide variety of sea life.

  1. Maui Ocean Center

I know I’ve talked about the Maui Ocean Center before (in Kid-Friendly Maui Activities), but it deserves another mention here. Even if you don’t have kids, you’ll find this highly-rated attraction simply fascinating. Other than a few exhibits (like the touch pool), the aquarium is indoors, and provides a comfortable, relaxing environment to get close to all kinds of tropical ocean creatures. There’s an on-site restaurant (along with some other excellent dining spots in the same area), so you can have lunch and a drink after strolling through the aquarium’s vast and varied displays. For a rainy day, this is one of the best indoor activities on Maui.

  1. Catch a movie

If you’re greeted by clouds and rain drops outside your window, but still don’t feel like hanging out in your hotel all day, venture out to one of Maui’s three movie theaters! If there’s a movie you’ve been wanting to catch, more than likely it’ll play somewhere on the island. Take a sweater, indulge in a bag of warm popcorn, and relax. Who knows– with the way Maui’s weather can be, you might emerge from the theater to some bright sunshine, so go ahead and hit the beach! I’d recommend the Regal Maui Mall Megaplex in Kahului– it features the most screens, and puts you right in Central Maui, close to plenty of other shopping and dining. Even if it’s still raining after the credits roll, combine it with a trip to the Maui Ocean Center for your perfect indoor Maui day.

  1. Hit up the spa

Even if you weren’t planning on a massage or a spa treatment during your Maui stay, a rainy day might make you rethink that decision. If your resort doesn’t have an in-house spa, a nearby one certainly will. Check out Grand Wailea’s Spa Grande— sinking into one of their therapeutic bath treatments on a cool, rainy day sounds like pure paradise. Not a soaker? Most spas on Maui offer hot-stone massages– a perfect antidote to a not-so-hot day!

Saimin, one of Hawaii's signature dishes, is the perfect antidote for a gloomy day.

Saimin, one of Hawaii’s signature dishes, is the perfect pick-me-up on a gloomy day.

  1. Have some saimin

I don’t know about you, but rainy weather (no matter where I am) gets me in the mood for a hot bowl of soup. Broccoli cheese, beef and barley, matzo ball– I’m a soup fanatic. My all-time favorite, though, is a big steamy bowl of saimin. Although it has its roots in traditional Japanese ramen, it’s nothing like the packet of noodles you subsisted on in college. Usually, you get saimin in a big bowl, and then it’s a treasure hunt! Depending on where you get it, you’ll find eggs, kamaboko (bright-pink “fish cake” that looks strange, but has a wonderful subtle flavor), choi sum (a mustardy-tasting kind of cabbage), teriyaki beef, tempura shrimp, green onions, char siu pork– all kinds of delicious things– and of course, noodles! For a true saimin experience, mix in the super-spicy Chinese mustard that’s usually offered alongside it. Perfect rainy-day pick me up! Try it at Monkeypod Kitchen, Star Noodle, and local hotspot Sam Sato. By the way, a big bowl of saimin is particularly conducive to one of my other favorite rainy-day activities– a nice long nap.