Kid-Approved Activities in Maui
Headed to the island of Maui? With kids? Well, the whole family is in for a treat. Maui is not only beautiful but it’s the perfect destination for those who have kids, whether toddlers or teens. Check out these kid-approved activities to take part in on Maui.
Hike at Iao Valley State Park
This day trip will wear out the kids, for sure, but they’ll have so much fun getting in touch with nature. This cultural landmark in Maui is also a sacred Hawaiian site that honors ancient demigods in a mystical, breathtaking setting amidst greenery and mountains. The trails are great for any ability, equally amenable to both small kids and older ones. Perhaps the best attractions at Iao are the waterfalls and pools providing the perfect backdrop for a family picnic.
Hit the Beach
Of course, no stay in Maui would be complete without spending a day on the beach. Fortunately, there are plenty of them here. Check out Baby Beach at Baldwin Beach Park and HO’okipa Beach Park on the North Shore, Secret Beach in Wailea, Kamaole I, II and III in Kihei, Big Beach at Makena, and Hana Bay and Hamoa Beach in East Maui. These are all great beaches for families because the surf isn’t too rough, with stretches of white sandy beach perfect for running, building sandcastles, looking for sea shells and playing paddle ball.
Enjoy the Wonder of the Maui Ocean Center
This facility is dedicated to all manner of Hawaiian sea life, with educational exhibits on whale life, ocean ecology, and even Hawaiian culture. You can take a guided walking tour that takes you outdoors to the Hammerhead Shark Pool and Sea Turtle Sanctuary. The indoor aquarium portion gets you up close and personal to the Hawaiian Tako, otherwise known as octopus, and other weird sea creatures. The kids will be in awe of the indoor shark tank that’s home to all sorts of sharks, from grey tips and white tips to tiger and hammerhead sharks.
Snorkel at Molokini
This crescent-shaped crater is world famous for its distinctive appearance and abundant snorkeling opportunities. This crater is all that’s left of an eruption that occurred here 230,000 years ago, which left a cinder cone that has since morphed into a crescent atoll. It’s still an uninhabited island just as it was thousands of years ago; the only difference is that now it attracts a multitude of snorkelers each day, young and old. You can only get here by boat. The calm, clear waters are ideal here to feast the eyes on 250 species of indigenous fish and marine life such as parrotfish, moorish idol, black triggerfish, bluefin trevally, moray eels and raccoon butterfly fish.
Maui is a fun place to take the kids. So is Oahu! Come and experience all that we have to offer with a tour through Hoku Hawaii Tours!