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Maui With Kids
Activities for kids on Maui
traveled to Maui almost every year for the last six years.
Our kids are now five and seven, so we have experienced many of
the child wonder years during our travels.
While traveling with kids may not be the romantic getaway you
experienced as a couple, we’ve listed below ten events that you and
your kids can enjoy together.
Top Ten Activities for kids
trip to Maui we chose the Atlantis Submarine ride as a family event that
the kids would enjoy, and could learn from the experience.
was a little concerned that this would be a simple “tourist ride”,
but was pleasantly surprised by this unique adventure.
Atlantis submarine tour begins with a 15-minute boat ride from Lahaina
to the dive location. Once
onboard the Atlantis the sub dives to the bottom, circles some reef
formations, and tours a section of the ocean floor.
During our tour we saw schools of fish, a shark, eel, and
was long enough for the kids to see many interesting fish, and short
enough to prevent them from getting restless in the confined space. We thoroughly enjoyed the Atlantis tour and felt this made
for a quality family outing.
More Information : http://www.atlantisadventures.com/destinations.php?site=8
kids are old enough, and adventurous enough, snorkeling Maui can be an
enjoyable day for all. Our
kids were ready for limited snorkeling at about four years old, and more
advanced snorkeling by six. If
you are snorkeling from shore you can rent gear, or buy it as it is
generally less than $20 for mask and snorkel.
many paid snorkeling activities to choose from.
One of the more popular paid tours is to the Molokini
Crater Ocean Preserve. This
half-moon crater provides a spectacular assortment of sea life.
If you wish to venture
out on your own, here are a couple of the popular places you can drive
to for snorkeling.
Maui – Honolua Bay (see http://www.sportfishhawaii.com/honolua.htm)
Southwestern Maui – Kanahena (Past Makena beach toward the end of the
Wailea Public Beach
This is not a pitch for the Grand Wailea, but I must say they have one of
the best family beaches on Maui. We
stay in a condo in Kihei and regularly make the trip to the Grand Wailea
beach for a day outing. The
beach offers a fairly gradual drop into the water, light break in the
shallow areas, and excellent sand for castles.
The atmosphere is comfortable for both parents and kids.
Public access to the
Grand Wailea beach is via a park entrance just past the hotel.
There are showers and restrooms at the parking area.
If you have not been there before, plan some time to walk the Grand
Wailea grounds. They have a
large fish pool near the restaurant, and a spectacular hotel pool with
slides, rope swings, caves and Jacuzzis.
Unfortunately if you are not staying at the hotel pool access is
only permitted with a $300 “day room” reservation.
More Hotel Information: http://www.grandwailea.com/
Old Lahaina Luau
If you and your family have not experienced a Hawaiian Luau, the Old
Lahaina Luau may be for you. The
luau provides a taste of Hawaiian history coupled with the entertainment of the luau presentation and feast.
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More Information: http://www.oldlahainaluau.com/
Kihei – Maalaea Beaches
There are a number of beaches along Highway 310 between Kihei and Maalaea
that offer pure sand, shallow waters, and plenty of space.
A reef about 100 yards out limits the shore break in this area.
The beaches are gradual into the water making it easier to watch
the kids. Parents will
enjoy these beaches for the space – many times you will have a long
strip of beach to yourselves. (free activity)
Ioa valley is located about five miles from the main airport.
Although this park is not a traditional “kids” park with
playground, it provides a number of short trails and overlooks.
Our kids love the opportunity to explore, and we like the walk
and scenery. The park area
is not particularly large so one to two hours is more than adequate for
exploring. (free activity)
Up Country Exploring
Kula Botanical Gardens provides another location
for parents and kids to explore. The
gardens are located off Highway 377 at an elevation of 3300 feet.
While in the high country you may wish to visit the
top of the Haleakala Crater. If
interested in stretching the legs there are trails that allow you to
hike down to the cinder cones within the crater.
Driving to the
upcountry locations can take a fair amount of time so these locations
should only be attempted if your kids travel well.
Maui Ocean Center
The Maui Ocean center offers a chance to explore
Maui’s underwater life including sea-turtles, reefs, sharks, and a
variety of tropical fish. The
center offers educational programs and information for learning about
whales and the marine environment.
The Maui Ocean center is a good experience if you do not mind the
price of admissions.
More Information : http://www.mauioceancenter.com/
Watch Center - Kihei
There is a whale watch center at the north end of Kihei along the water.
The center is free to visitors, and offers an assortment of
materials for kids to learn about whales and other sea life.
The center has provides free coloring books, costumes for the
kids to use, and the staff is available and friendly for answering
questions. The center is
relatively small so it makes a good stop combined with other
With all the preceding activities what kids (and
parents) often enjoy most is a day in the pool.
You can intermix this with other planned activities, or just plan
the full day for relaxation. Kids
usually do not require extravagant tours to entertain them, and in fact
may be overwhelmed by the experience of flying to a “foreign place”
and journeying out each day on adventures.
A day by the pool may be just the vacation they are seeking.
Maui with kids requires planning of events that both you and the kids can
enjoy. While some paid
activities may spice up the vacation, many of our top ten items are
free for your enjoyment. Balancing
your Maui activities can make your family trip a memorable vacation
article is provided by Mr. Marc Elpel and SunsetMaui.com.
Mr Elpel has been an avid activity based traveler for years.
Motto – “Travel is for doing, not just seeing.”
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