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Vacation SOS: What to Do in Hawaii When it Rains

rain over palms trees what to do in Hawaii when it rains

So you planned, packed, flew eight or more hours, and were expecting a sunny, fun-filled beach vacation on the Big Island. And then it started raining. Don’t worry! The less-than-ideal weather conditions will pass through soon enough. In the meantime, here are a few rainy-day activities that you are sure to enjoy.

Kula Kai Caverns

If it’s raining outside, why not explore underground? Head to the south side of the Big Island and go spelunking in the Kula Kai Caverns. This thousand-year-old lava tube is the perfect place for a subterranean adventure. You’ll learn the science behind the formation of the caves, the unique ecosystems they support, and how ancient Hawaiians used them hundreds of years ago. You might even see some petroglyphs or the hear the endangered Hawaiian Horay bat. Just don’t forget to make a reservation!

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Take a drive to the Hilo side of the island and check out the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. You can learn how astrology influenced ancient Hawaiian culture through interactive exhibits, go on an awe-inspiring audio-visual adventure in the planetarium, or learn about Hawaiian plant species and ecosystems in the native garden (provided there is a brief lull in the storm). Learn the word of the day before you go and get two dollars off admission.

Ocean Seahorse Farm

Hold live seahorses at the Ocean Seahorse Farm in Kailua, Kona. This family-owned business has been dedicated to saving seahorses from extinction since 1988. You’ll learn all about the 15 species bred on the farm and see pools full of baby sea horses. Visitors can even dip their hands straight into the baths and shake hands—or rather, tails—with a real, live seahorse.

Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

If the ocean isn’t too stormy, why not go on a glass bottom boat cruise? You’ll see a spectacular array of fish as you float inches above colorful coral reefs. Learn all about underwater flora and fauna from knowledgeable crew members while you stay warm and dry. You can even book a private trip and bring your own pupus on board!

Don’s Mai Tai Bar

After your appetizers, we suggest checking out Don’s Mai Tai Bar in the Royal Kona Resort. Enjoy one of 10 different types of Mai Tais on the al-fresco dining patio. It’s covered so rain isn’t a problem but you will still be able to enjoy beautiful ocean views as you sip on tasty, tropical cocktails.

Mauna Lani Bay Spa

Book a day of rest and tranquility at one of the top-rated spas on the island. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotels and Bungalows offers an array of treatments including massages, hot stones, and saunas that are sure to have you so relaxed, you’ll forget all about the rain outside.

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If you’ve ever entertained the idea of making Hawaii your permanent home, let us show you some the the best real estate on the island. We’ll guide you through the different neighborhoods and give you expert insights on the unique personalities you’ll find in each of the Big Island’s diverse communities. Send us an email  or call us at 808-217-8500.

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