Travel Team | Jul 28, 2015
Gearing up for a vacation may just be one of the most exciting things you get to do, perhaps almost as exciting as going on the vacation itself. Amidst this excitement, it is easy to get caught up in the budgeting, the packing, the daydreaming, and forget that you could end up getting caught in the rain. Remove the element of surprise and the lack of preparation, and this can be a blessing in disguise.
For one, travel during rainy seasons opens up opportunities to explore activities beside sun bathing and snorkeling that you might otherwise not have time for. In addition, travelers can often save significant sums of money or snag more luxurious accommodations during rainy seasons, when tourism isn’t at a peak. So, if a little water doesn’t scare you, grab your umbrella and get ready to splash through some puddles in six of our rainiest vacation destinations around the world.
It’s hard not to think of Hawaii when you think of vacationing: its sweet aromas, beautiful beaches, warm weather, relaxing tunes and aloha spirit make it a paradise for travelers from all around the world. While daydreaming of piña coladas and “getting lei-ed,” it’s not uncommon to forget that many parts of the islands experience heavy bouts of rain, on a consistent basis.
For example, many tourists visiting Maui will make it a priority to tour the Road to Hana in search of the Seven Sacred Falls, located within Haleakala National Park, however, they may not realize that on the edge of this picturesque park, overlooking the black sand beaches of Hana, lies “Big Bog,” which was recently deemed Hawaii’s wettest destination and receives over 33 feet of rain per year!
You can expect to get wet during your venture through the Hana Highway, though you may find “getting caught in the rain” just as refreshing as your piña colada, as temperatures range from 75⁰F - 85⁰F, even during showers. Throughout the rest of the island, rain is more sporadic and not as heavy, so unless you’re afraid of a bad hair day, no need to pack a parka or umbrella.
Peru, third largest country in South America, is one of the 17 mega-diverse countries in the world, which means it is packed with Kodak moments. Manu National Park, located within the 60% of the country that is occupied by Amazonian rainforest, boasts over 25,000 unique species of plant-life alone, making it a mecca for Eco-tourists. Imagine the rainbow of flora, the songs of birds high above in the canopy, and a myriad of creatures big and small, all around.
Travelers can expect a warm, damp climate in this tropical region, with average temperatures between 70⁰F to 93⁰F... but they don’t call it the rainforest for nothing. The Manu Wilderness can get up to 11.5 feet of rain per year! While travelers may potentially save money by visiting during this time, they should be warned that during the rainy seasons, frequent torrential rainfall often causes the rivers to overflow and flood. The rainy season lasts from December through March, so if you are planning to travel during this time, be sure to remember your ponchos or get ready to embrace one wet and wild adventure.
Floating just off the coast of Cameroon, Bioko Island is an untapped paradise for wildlife study and preservation, and <strong>is the largest island in the Gulf of Guinea. It is home to Africa’s greatest concentration of endangered primates, over fifty species of plant-life and a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles. Eco-tourists flock to San Antonio de Ureca, familiarly referred to as Ureca, to study these rare creatures and volunteer in various preservation programs, as the southern-most part of the island is mostly undisturbed rainforest.
American citizens do not need a visa to visit, however, citizens of any other nation do require a travel visa. This tropical island has a warm, damp climate with temperatures averaging 77⁰F, with little variation. Monsoon winds cause heavy rainfall in Ureca, with annual averages reaching over 37 feet of precipitation, making Ureca the wettest place in all of Africa. So, while you may not need to bundle up, all areas are considered a splash zone and YOU WILL GET WET!
Settled over 10,000 feet above, amidst a sea of clouds, Mt. Emei is home to the first Buddhist temple built in China. Today, Mt. Emei is considered one of four sacred mountains to Buddhists and often referred to as the “wonderland of celestial being.” As you can imagine being so high up in the sky, the climate is fairly cool and damp, with average temperatures ranging from 32⁰F to 45⁰F, so be sure to wear layers. Beyond the beautiful temples and breathtaking views, visitors are likely to encounter Emeishan’s mascots, the Tibetan Macaques. These aggressive and mischievous monkeys are notorious for stealing snacks, so hold on tightly to your trail mix, unless you are looking for a real food fight.
While Mt. Emei experiences rain year-round, the rainiest season is in the summer, when it receives 70% of its annual precipitation, which reaches about 26.8 feet! Despite the increased chance of rain, summer months are actually considered high-peak for tourism, and visitors will pay slightly higher entrance fees, but also enjoy extended visiting hours. Emeishan’s serenity and awe-inspiring beauty makes it a must-see for Zen-seekers and nature lovers alike.
Named after four converging rivers, Forks is a small, coastal town in Washington, known to attract avid steel-head fishers and vampire groupies alike. Considering the nearly 100% chance of rain 212 days out of the year, it’s no surprise that fiction novelist, Stephanie Meyer, set the scene for her best-selling novels, The Twilight Saga, in the United States’ rainiest town. Twilight tours are available year-round, though travelers should know that many of the locations visited are based upon depictions from the novel, as the film was actually shot in Oregon, not Forks.
Many other sun-evading individuals seek comfort in the cooler oceanic climate of the Olympic Peninsula, which ranges from 34⁰F - 44⁰F during the coolest month of the year (December), to 51⁰F - 74⁰F during the warmest month (August). Aside from fishing and vampire sight-seeing, outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy a number of wildlife hikes, river rafting, and waterfalls in the surrounding Olympic National Park.
Oddly enough, not a sound, but actually a fiord, Milford Sound is located in the southwestern region of New Zealand’s southern island. Acclaimed as one of the world’s top travel destinations and sometimes heralded as the eighth wonder of the world, many come to see the beautiful waterfalls and towering sea cliffs. After dark, you can watch the waters come to life as the bioluminescent glow lights up the night. Hands down, exploring by water is the way to go. Many travelers choose to hop aboard a cruise, however, opting for a kayak tour, though unarguably more physically challenging, can even further engulf travelers in awe of the vastness of Milford’s scenery.
In addition, kayakers are more likely to experience up-close wildlife encounters with dolphins, seals and even penguins, than those who opt for the cruise. Milford Sound is considered New Zealand’s wettest destination and has a considerably cool climate, with an average high under 60⁰F. Averaging over 20 feet of rain per year, you’ll not only want to bundle up, but also make sure to pack a water resistant jacket and waterproof any electronics.
When planning vacations, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of escaping reality. Insuring your trip is protected is probably the last thing on your mind! If your going to embrace the rainy seasons this year or next, be sure to protect your vacation with a RoundTrip Trip Protection Plan. Here are a few of the benefits:
Important information from the United States Fire Insurance Company.