How to Survive Two Rainy Days in Hawaii
Remember, the reason tropical destinations are tropical is because it rains a lot.
Properly setting your expectation for some rain, and perhaps a lot of rain, will help your mind go from ruined vacation to experiencing all that a tropical destination might be.
Even though we are veteran Hawaii travelers, our most recent trip was beset with two days of hard rain and I had a difficult time changing my own attitude. I had dreams of doing some underwater photography at the Kapoho tide pools, and two days of very hard rain completely took that out of consideration.
Was I disappointed? You bet!
What to do if it rains during your Hawaiian vacation:
- Come to Hawaii expecting to experience rain. Many times this rain will be for short bursts with sun following. However, it’s certainly possible that you will experience intermittent hard rain for several days.
- Understand Hawaii’s micro-climates. Tropical islands will generally have a dry side and a wet side. Hawaii Island, for example, has extreme examples of this. The sunny Kohala Coast only gets around 7″ of rain each year, while the rain forests around Hilo can get upwards of 200″ each year. If you want to explore the beautiful waterfalls of Hawaii, expect the rain that creates them.
- Grab your umbrella and go explore anyway. We visited the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on a rainy day. With our umbrellas and the very thick foliage, we stayed completely dry.
- Consider driving to a different part of the island for the day. During one day on our recent Hawaii trip it was sunny on the Kohala Coast, snowing on Maunakea, and raining cats and dogs in Hilo. It’s entirely likely that a drive down the road will find entirely different weather.
- Consider inside activities. You might consider a visit to one of the beautiful museums on Hawaii Island; take in a coffee plantation, a macadamia nut farm, take a scenic drive in the rain, or as my wife would suggest: go shopping.
Our Facebook fans overwhelmingly opted for wine and nakedness on a rainy day in Hawaii!
As we were experiencing rain on Hawaii Island, I asked for advice from our 10,000+ Facebook fans. Here were a few of their suggestions:
- Anne C – If you are in paradise, who needs a back up plan…enjoy the moment!
- Wendy W - Lay back with a good book and relax. There is always tomorrow.
- Sue N – Beer
- Rachel G - Cuddling near a fire with a glass of wine.
- Ron W - Go fishing, or for a hike.
- Lynn B - Food, wine and um………dare I say it here?
- Ralph C - Wine, wine and more wine…
I hope we, along with our Facebook fans, have made the case that rain does not have to spoil your vacation while in a tropical paradise.
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