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What to do on a rainy day in Oahu

09 Oct 2017, Posted by Ashley in Blog

Excited for your perfect trip to Hawaii but the weather forecast calls for rain while you’re here? Not to worry, Oahu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but we have great indoor activities as well!

Want to check out some marine life? Check out the Waikiki Aquarium. This is the second oldest aquarium in the United States. It’s full of great wildlife and fun activities such as interactive displays and a monk seal feeding show. We suggest you grab an umbrella for the show- you wont want to miss it! Another marine life activity is the Atlantis Submarines Waikiki. While the top of the ocean may offer low visibility in the rain, 100 feet down you’ll reach the ocean floor where you’ll find large schools of brightly-colored fish, turtles, and even a shipwreck! The bottom of the submarine is a huge glass window that lets you see the vast ocean below you.

Hiking can be fun in the rain as well as long as you know where to go. Manoa falls is a 150-foot waterfall that comes to life during and after a good rain. If you don’t mind the mud and embracing getting soaked during the downpour, this is a great option and a great hike!

How about chasing after-rain waterfalls?! On days of heavy rains, there are places you can drive to specifically see dozens and dozens of the most heavenly waterfalls in a row cascading down the jagged green steep mountains. Spots to see the majestic temporary waterfalls during the rain include: driving over the scenic H-3 highway, Kaneohe -Haiku Valley, and Waimanalo. Even for lifelong residents of Hawaii, this is always a breathtaking sight! (*If you’re driving, remember to not take your eyes off the road!)

The island also offers tons of museums and theaters. The Honolulu Museum of Art is the largest fine art museum in the state with over 50,000 pieces and 5 centuries of rich history.

The only Royal Palace in the United States is on Oahu, so it’s a must see for any traveler. ‘Iolani Palace was the royal residence of Queen Lili’uokalani. ‘Ionali Palace became a historic landmark on December 29, 1962.

If you’re feeling like a shopping spree, you’re in luck! There’s no better excuse to spend a whole day shopping than a rainy day in Hawaii. In Waikiki we have over 40 luxury retail stores, 3 department stores and 80 dining options. If you want to venture out of Waikiki, we have Ala Moana shopping center, the largest outdoor mall in the world. Ala Moana got even bigger this year, adding 37 stores and restaurants to the Ewa wing.

Still feeling a little down about the rain? Ask a local what there is to do on the rainy day in paradise, they just might know some hidden gems on this beautiful island. Or check out this blog post on where to eat and what to do in China Town for some inspiration!