Maui or Oahu Family Vacation

Maui or Oahu Family Vacation 2024: Which Hawaiian Island is Better?

When deciding on which Hawaiian island to visit – Maui or Oahu family vacation – it’s important to consider the different attractions, activities and accommodations that each island has to offer.

Oahu is known as “the gathering place” and the populated island is home to the state capital of Honolulu. With abundant shopping, dining, outdoor activities, historical sites, and entertainment, Oahu offers something for everyone.

This Hawaiian island is also known for its stunning beaches and warm waters, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, and more.

Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island and is also a great destination for families with children of all ages.

With beautiful waterfalls, lush rainforests, gorgeous beaches, and plenty of outdoor activities like snorkeling, paddling, hiking trails and more – it’s no wonder Maui is a top vacation destination in the world. The island also has plenty of great shopping, dining and entertainment to explore.

When considering which Hawaiian Island is better for families between Maui and Oahu, it really comes down to personal preference. Both Hawaiian islands offer a wide range of activities for all ages that can make for a very memorable family vacation.

So really depending on the type of activities, tourist attractions, and experiences your family is looking for – either island could be the perfect choice for your dream vacation!

My family loves BOTH so lets dive deep into each one so you can decide which Hawaii Island will be perfect for your family beach vacation.

Maui or Oahu Family Vacation: Why you should choose Oahu over Maui for Family vacation?

In my opinion, if this is your first trip to Hawaii with a young family, I would recommend Oahu. Oahu has more tourist attractions, shopping, and historical sites. It is also the essential “Hawaii” experience with Waikiki Beach, world class surfers on the North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and Diamond Head.

But, visiting Maui also offers something for everyone in your family, from its stunning beaches and ocean activities to luxury resorts that will satiate any appetite. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach escape or an adventure-filled vacation, the island of Maui is sure to provide!

Maui Family Vacations
Maui Family Vacations

What is Maui like for a Family vacation?

Maui is an excellent choice for a family vacation because of its stunning beaches, unique culture, and great activities. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions like the Maui Ocean Center, Haleakala Crater, Iao Valley State Park and more.

Plus, Maui offers some of the best snorkeling, whale watching and kayaking in Hawaii. Whether you are looking for a peaceful beach escape or an adventure-filled vacation Maui will be the perfect choice!

Although there are not as many resorts on Maua as Oahu, there are plenty of places to stay that will fit any budget.

Maui is the home of the iconic Hana Highway (otherwise known as The Road to Hana), a picturesque stretch that winds its way by the sea towards sleepy, idyllic Hana inlet. (A trip older kids will appreciate more the drive roundtrip can take up to 8 hours).

Oahu Family Vacation Waikiki Beach
Oahu Family Vacation Waikiki Beach

What is Oahu like for a family vacation?

Oahu is an excellent choice for a family vacation because of its diverse activities and attractions. Oahu is home to some of the most popular tourist spots in Hawaii, like Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.

For families who crave thrilling outdoor adventures, there’s surfing on the North Shore, hiking up to the top of Diamond Head and kayaking around the island. For those who are looking for a more relaxed vacation, Oahu has some great spots for family fun, such as Sea Life Park, Wet N’ Wild Waterpark and Kailua Beach Park and a zoo.

With its perfect weather, budget-friendly lodging options, extensive shopping centers, and breathtakingly beautiful beaches – it’s no surprise that Oahu captivates visitors from all over the globe.

Though some may be discouraged by the crowds of Oahu and instead choose to visit one of its more tranquil neighbor islands, Oahu is actually far from it – if you know where to explore off-the beaten path, you will discover a side to this majestic Hawaiian Island that your family will love.

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Maui vs. Oahu for Kids: Differences Between the Two

They both have great weather, amazing beaches and family friendly resorts so the difference may come down to the ages of your children and the types of activities that your family wants to do on vacation.

Best Family-Friendly Maui Attractions

Here are some fun family vacation ideas for Maui:

Do the Road to Hana with Kids

Maui’s Hana Highway is a stunning stretch of road that winds its way by the sea towards sleepy, idyllic Hana inlet. Along the way are dozens of pull-outs, waterfalls and lookouts to explore – the perfect family adventure. Be sure to visit the black sand beach and the bamboo forest in Hana.  You will enjoy it more if you are not the one doing the driving! Find a tour

Insider Tip: You can drive yourself but I recommend taking a tour or hiring a driver. That you everyone gets to enjoy the trip and no one has to white knuckle it along the narrow twisty roads. And as mentioned it can be a long time spent in the car so make sure you and your kids are prepared. It may be too much for younger kids.

Visit the Maui Ocean Center

The Maui Ocean Center is a great place for kids to learn about marine life. With plenty of interactive exhibits, touch pools and a 75-foot long tunnel that allows you to come face-to-face with sharks, stingrays and sea turtles – it’s an excellent way to spend the day.

Take a Helicopter Tour

A helicopter tour of Maui is an unforgettable experience for families. Get an aerial view of the island and its breathtaking waterfalls, mountainside rainforests and black sand beaches – this is something your family will remember forever!

Maui Pineapple Tour

Take a tour of the Maui Gold Pineapple Farm and learn about how pineapples are grown on this lush tropical island pineapple plantation. Enjoy a complimentary pineapple tasting at the end – yum!

Whale Watching Tours

Yes you can see whales on all the Hawaiian Islands but on Maui they are the best I have seen. They hang out in Maui’s waters year round but the best time to visit is during whale season (December – April). The coastline provides plenty of perfect spots to spot a breaching whale or two and of course there are many tour operators taking you up close and personal.

We like to rent place with an ocean view so we can watch whales play from our balcony!

Hike to a Maui Waterfall with kids

If your kids are up for an adventurous hike, head to the 200-foot Waimoku Falls in Haleakala National Park. It’s a 4-mile roundtrip hike but its totally worth it – you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the falls and if you time it right there will be rainbows!

Sunrise at Haleakala Crater

Wake up early and make your way to the summit of Haleakala Crater for an unforgettable sunrise experience. The sun will slowly emerge from behind the clouds, painting a beautiful natural light show in the sky – it’s truly magical! Remember to dress warm, it’s chilly way up there!

Hike to See the I’ao Needle

Take a short and easy hike to the I’ao Needle. This iconic landmark is Maui’s most recognizable peak, rising 2000 feet above the surrounding landscape – it’s an impressive sight!

Ziplining on Maui

Ziplining is a great way to experience the natural beauty out of the island for thrill seekers. There are several ziplines in Maui that offer spectacular views, so it’s an activity your whole family can enjoy.

Best Maui Luaus for Families

Last but not least, no family trip to Maui would be complete without experiencing a luau. With traditional hula dances, live music, storytelling and delicious local food – it’s an unforgettable experience for the whole family!

The best Luau for you may depend on what part of the Island you are staying in and what is the easiest to get to. Some popular options for Luaus on Maui for families include: Old Lahaina Luau, Drums of the Pacific Luau, Honua’ula Floats and Feast at Lele.

Hanauma Beach Park Oahu
Hanauma Beach Park Oahu

Best Family-Friendly Oahu Attractions

Some favorite family vacation attractions on Oahu include:

Visit Pearl Harbor with Kids

Visiting the Pearl Harbor National Memorial is a popular options for families visiting Oahu. The memorial tells the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor and honors those who lost their lives on December 7th, 1941. There are plenty of interactive exhibits to explore at the Pearl Harbor Memorial and it’s a great way to teach your kids about history. The USS Arizona memorial is also worth a visit.

Hike the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

Take an easy hike on a paved and well-maintained trail to Makapu’u Lighthouse for stunning views of Oahu’s easternmost tip. The lighthouse is perched atop a cliff, so you can enjoy views of the crystal-clear waters below as well as glimpses of humpback whales in season.

Check Out the Dole Plantation

The Dole Plantation is a great place for families to visit. With the world’s largest maze, train rides and pineapple tasting, there is plenty of fun to be had here!

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Try Surfing with Kids

If your kids are feeling adventurous, sign them up for an introductory surfing lesson at Waikiki beach. Surfing is an awesome way for kids to explore the calm beaches of this area and have fun at the same time!

Find the best surfing lessons for your family on Oahu

Dive into a Sea Life Park Adventure

With a wide range of activities from snorkeling to dolphin interactions, Sea Life Park Hawaii is an excellent family-friendly attraction. You can also visit the aquariums to learn about the many species of marine life that live in and around Oahu.

Explore the Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a great way for families to immerse themselves in the culture and history of Hawaii’s Polynesian people. With canoe rides, crafts, arts and activities, there is plenty of fun to be had.

Insider Tip: The Polynesian Cultural Center also has a Luau, you stay for supper and see it as well!

Visit the Honolulu Zoo 

The Honolulu Zoo is great for families who want to get up close and personal with wildlife on family vacations. With over 900 animals, you can visit primates, reptiles, birds, and more! You should plan about 2-3 hours to experience the zoo in full. We were able to see almost all the animals in just a couple hours without stopping at the playground or eating lunch.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch is a great spot for families looking to explore the vast beauty of Oahu on your Hawaii vacation. From horseback riding to zip-lining, there are plenty of activities here to keep your whole family entertained. Plus, you can even visit the movie set locations from blockbuster hits like Jurassic Park and Godzilla!

Be sure to get tickets in advance for Kauloa Ranch Tours – the popular ones sell out!

Take the Kids on a Waterfall Hike on Oahu Island

Oahu is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world and there are plenty for families to explore. From Manoa Falls in Honolulu, Waihe’e Falls on the northwest side of the island and Kaipapa’u Falls in Kailua, you can take a hike through lush jungles to visit these spectacular natural wonders and see the cascading waters.

Best Oahu Luaus for Families

As we said, no trip to Hawaii is complete without experiencing a luau. Some of the best Luaus for families on Oahu include Germaine’s Luau, Paradise Cove Luau and Chief’s Luau.

Each offers an evening full of traditional Hawaiian dances, music and culture as well as mouth-watering island food. Again, which one to choose will depend on where you are staying and how easy it is to get to.

Find the best Luau on Oahu

Maui vs Oahu: Which has family-friendly beaches?

Maui and Oahu both offer a variety of kid friendly beaches for families. The beaches on both islands are generally safe for swimming (always check the safety signs and for lifeguards) and often have plenty of shallow areas for kids to explore.

On Maui, Ka’anapali Beach is a great option for families thanks to its miles of powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. On Oahu, Waikiki Beach is always popular with families thanks to its gentle waves and many nearby attractions.

Insider Tip: The beaches in Hawaii are all public, so even if it’s in front of hotel, you can access it. (Of course the hotels lounge chairs are off limits unless you are staying there!)

No matter which island you choose, you’re sure to find plenty of family friendly beaches!

Best Maui Beaches for Kids

With its white sand beaches, sparkling blue waters and year-round sunshine, Maui offers a heavenly vacation experience for the whole family.

Kapalua Bay Beach is one of the safest spots for young swimmers and snorkelers, while D.T. Fleming Beach Park offers calmer conditions due to its secluded location and shallow lagoon – perfect for building sandcastles!

For families looking to bring their beach toys, Wailea Beach is ideal as it has plenty of room to play.

Finally, don’t forget to visit Ka’anapali Beach which has ideal conditions for paddle boarding and surfing – plus an abundance of amenities nearby. Maui’s beaches will not disappoint!

Best Oahu Beaches for Kids

The most kid friendly beaches on Oahu include Waikiki Beach. It is the most popular spot to go with kids – surf lessons, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and boogie boards are all available right on the beach.

Hanauma Beach Park is also excellent for kids; there you can explore the tide pools or snorkel with them and have a blast.

Kailua Beach Park provides plenty of lagoon-like crystal clear shallow areas and powdery white sand, which makes it simple to entertain little ones in the water safely while they play.

Makapu’u Beach is often described as an ideal place for a family day trip too – its calm waters make it great for swimming and snorkeling and its proximity to other attractions ensures you won’t run out of entertainment quickly.

Best Places to Stay on Maui and Oahu for Families

When planning a family getaway to Hawaii, choosing the best place to stay is one of the most important decisions! The beautiful and varied Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu have something to offer for everyone, with loads of beachfront resorts that have activities designed with families in mind.

In Maui, popular choices include the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas which boasts private villas steps away from beautiful north shore beaches and two outdoor pools surrounded by whirlpools.

On Oahu, you can’t go wrong with Turtle Bay Resort which offers five miles of pristine coastline perfect for exploring. They also offer surfing lessons and private coral-reef snorkeling safaris.

Best Family Friendly Accommodations on Maui

If a colorful atmosphere, kid-friendly restaurants and epic resorts are what you seek during your stay, look no further than Ka’anapali! Located only 15 minutes from the historical hub of Lahaina featuring an array of activities, Ka’anapali guarantees to exceed all expectations with its selection of three and four star hotels.

If you’re searching for an oasis of relaxation, five-star luxury, and majestic resort pools that will take your breath away – be sure to check out magnificent Wailea!

Choose Kihei for its cost-effective condos, family fun activities and mesmerizing beaches. And finally, explore the remote Maui villages of Hana and Upcountry for an adventure like no other.

Some of our Favorite Family Resorts in Maui

Hyatt Regency Maui

This resort has an amazing pool area for the kids. You can choose from the amazing grounds to explore, a lazy river and waterslides, as well as a lava-rock pool. There’s also a supervised “Keiki Pool” for kids aged 4-12.

Grand Wailea Resort

This is one of the most acclaimed family resorts in Maui, and with good reason. With nine pools, the Grand Wailea offers something for everyone in your family. There are two adult-only pools, a swim-jet pool, several smaller pools and a river of waterfalls that create an oasis of relaxation.

Honua Kai Resort and Spa

Honua Kai Resort and Spa is great for kids because it has a wide range of activities such as snorkeling and kayaking. The resort also has a two-tiered pool with a kid-friendly area and plenty of beach toys.

The Kaanapali Alii

The Kaanapali Alii provides the perfect beachfront condo resort for your family vacations. Our one and two-bedroom condos range from 1,500 to 1,900 feet with full kitchens and ample living space that will make you feel like you’re staying at a friend’s luxurious Maui residence. It truly is an unforgettable experience!

Book the best family resorts on Maui here

Best Family Friendly Accommodations on Oahu

Oahu offers a variety of other family friendly beaches and accommodations to choose from. Head over to Waikiki for its convenient location, selection of restaurants, family-friendly beaches and the famous Zoo.

If you’re looking to stay at a resort with stunning ocean views, Ko Olina is an ideal destination – especially at the Disney resort. Here you can explore sandy lagoons, tranquil pools and even take part in snorkeling excursions or sunset cruises.

For a more laid-back experience, the northern part of Oahu – the is a great choice with its numerous beaches and small towns. Accommodation here tends to be less expensive than in Waikiki and you’ll have access to plenty of outdoor activities such as swimming, surfing and snorkeling.

Some of our Favorite Family Resorts in Oahu

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort is a great choice for families looking for the perfect beach getaway in the Hawaiian islands. With its five miles of pristine coastline, two golf courses and nine restaurants, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. The resort also offers surfing lessons and private coral-reef snorkeling safaris for more adventurous activities. Turtle Bay resort also has an outdoor pool, children’s play area and a range of spa treatments and yoga classes. It is located on the North Shore of Oahu, just an hour drive away from Waikiki.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

This hotel offers a secluded and luxurious getaway from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. The resort features multiple pools, private beach access, a golf course, spa and even an on-site dolphin lagoon – giving your family plenty to explore! Oh and did I mention in-house Dolphins!

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

This resort is located in the perfect spot for exploring all that this area has has to offer. The beachfront hotel features a pool with a 50-foot water slide, an on-site Marine Life Conservation Center and plenty of dining options. Kids will also love the access to the nearby zoo and aquarium.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

This resort is a great option if you’re looking for the full Hawaiian experience. With its own lagoon, tropical pools and beach access, you won’t be disappointed. Kids will also love exploring with their own “Kapu Kuapa Adventure Program” – an interactive tour that allows them to learn more about their surroundings.

Aulani Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani Disney Resort & Spa

Disney Resort Aulani Hotel in Ko Olina

If your family is looking for a truly magical experience, then Aulani is the perfect choice. With its family-friendly pools and slides, children-centered activities and in-house spa treatments – this resort has everything you need for an unforgettable getaway! The resort also provides shuttle services to explore other parts of Oahu.

Book the best family resorts on Oahu here

Hawaiian Cultural Activities on Maui and Oahu

From spectacular spots to watch the sunrise and colorful festivals, the Hawaiian Islands have plenty of activities to explore their unique culture. Maui and Oahu offer the best island and some of the most exciting ways to learn about Hawaii’s vibrant heritage.

On Maui, visitors can check out an agricultural festival with samples of local tropical delicacies, see an art show celebrating traditional Hawaiian painting and sculpture or tour a secluded park where they can observe native wildlife in their natural habitat.

Meanwhile on Oahu, enthusiasts can join a luau party with performances full of rich Polynesian history and cuisine, take part in an activity like snorkeling or canoeing around ancient villages or follow scenic trails around nearby waterfalls for a perfect photo opportunity.

On both Oahu or Maui, there is no shortage of fun cultural activities for those looking to discover Hawaii’s many offerings!

Which Island is Cheaper to Visit: Oahu or Maui?

When it comes to cost of travel, Oahu and Maui are both can be affordable in comparison to other popular tourist destinations with the right planning.

The cost of accommodation on Oahu is generally cheaper than that on Maui as there are more budget-friendly hotels and condos available.

Transportation costs between Honolulu International Airport and Waikiki Beach tend to be lower in Oahu compared to Maui. On Oahu there are also public buses which can be cheaper than renting a car.

We recommend car rental for both Islands for at least part of your stay to truly be able to experience all that these islands have to offer.

When it comes to dining, Oahu offers more eateries with affordable prices than Maui. There are many local food trucks serving up delicious Hawaiian cuisine that won’t break your budget.

Food and drinks are generally cheaper on Oahu, but there is a difference when it comes to activities.

On Maui, you can explore its many beaches for free while more adventurous activities such as swimming, surfing and snorkeling may require additional fees.

On the other hand, Oahu offers more free activities such as visiting local cultural sites and festivals.

In conclusion, when considering the cost of your Hawaiian vacation, each island will have its own unique advantages that should be taken into account so you can make the most out of your stay.

Overall the cost of travel to Oahu and Maui is relatively similar so the deciding factor may come down to personal preference or what activities you plan on doing while visiting.

Free Things to Do on Oahu vs Maui

Which is the cheapest Hawaiian island resort vacation ever? Check out the free activities they offer and decide what interests you most.

Oahu is home to many cultural attractions like exploring Honolulu’s Chinatown or seeing the surfers on the North Shore, as well as natural wonders such as the Halona Blowhole and Diamond Head State Monument.

Maui’s free offerings lean more towards outdoor recreation, like kayaking up the Wailuku River or hiking through Haleakala National Park with its vast views from atop a 10,000ft dormant volcano – either way, you can’t go wrong!

Free Things to do on Maui with Kids

Taking the kids to Maui? The island screams relaxation and fun, with plenty to do that won’t break the bank.

  • Check out the Iao Valley for breathtaking hikes and explore its lush foliage, or Haleakala National Park for its tropical fauna, among other activities.
  • Take a stroll through picturesque Lahaina Town or learn about Hawaiian culture at Ka’anapali Beach.
  • Many museums, aquariums and art galleries offer free admission too, perfect for getting a real feel for the area.
  • After dark, there are plenty of events catering to children—from cultural festivals to live theatre performances and even movie showings under the stars.
  • Stargazing on the beach together is always an excellent way to end your day in Maui!
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, head out to one of the lush hiking trails located around the island, where you may even be able to spot some of Maui’s native wildlife.
  • Even a a drive down Maui’s renowned Hana Highway is free!

Free Things to do on Oahu with Kids

Oahu is a great place for families looking for fun and free activities.

  • Explore the beautiful beaches of Waikiki, Kailua and Waimanalo on the East side.
  • Head to downtown Honolulu for free outdoor movie screenings or take part in cultural events such as the Aloha Festivals at Kapiolani Park.
  • Other activities include exploring the Puu O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, walking around Diamond Head State Monument or snorkeling at Sharks Cove.
  • Oahu also offers some great parks and nature preserves, perfect for a family picnic or day of sightseeing.
  • Enjoy free fireworks on Friday night over the beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • There is no entry fee for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
  • Journey to the majestic North Shore of Oahu, renowned for its epic surfing spots and hiking trails. Only an hour away from bustling Honolulu city center!
Things to do North Shore, Oahu Hawaii

No matter what you decide to do on your Hawaiian vacation, renting a car will be essential for exploring both islands at the lowest cost possible.

Don’t forget that you can always look for deals if you book in advance. With all of the activities and sights to see, you’ll be able to make the most out of your incredible Hawaiian getaway.

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Maui or Oahu with a Toddler?

Oahu is an amazing destination for a family with a toddler. Oahu is also filled with beaches, including the iconic Waikiki Beach, as well as an abundance of attractions like Sea Life Park, the Honolulu Zoo.

Hawaii Family Vacations with Toddlers or Teens
Hawaii Family Vacations with Toddlers or Teens

Filled with adventure and natural beauty, you can experience all the wonders it has to offer while keeping your toddler in safe surroundings.

Beach days are the perfect setting for getting the most out of the island, as access to shallow waters, lifeguards, and adventure areas for sandcastle building makes for memorable experiences.

Don’t forget about visiting iconic landmarks like Dole Plantation or Polynesian Cultural Center as well – your toddler will love it!

On Maui you can spend your days exploring Haleakala National Park, playing at the Wailea beachfront, and snorkeling along the vibrant reefs.

Don’t forget to explore some of Maui’s delicious eateries; even young ones can appreciate sweet treats like monkey-bread or li hing mango slush!

Treat your family to an evening luau show for dinner and a cultural performance or two. There are plenty of ways to make amazing experiences on this beautiful island with your little one that you’ll never forget!

Insider Tip: I recommend booking vacation rentals when traveling with very young children. That way you get all the comforts of home – including a full kitchen – to make your stay even more enjoyable and save some money as well.

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Maui or Oahu with a Teen?

If you have older kids, again which Hawaii island you prefer will depend on what kind of vacation you are looking for. When it comes to choosing a Hawaiian island with a teen in tow, Maui and Oahu offer some of the most exciting vacation opportunities out there.

Maui boasts great outdoors activities for your thrill-seeking teen, such as snorkeling and kayaking, while Oahu offers urban and outdoor adventures too, from visiting Honolulu and checking out the city scenes to catching the waves at Waikiki Beach or professional surfers on the North Shore in the winter months.

Of course, either island will also provide plenty of stylish shopping and delicious dining options that teens love. All in all, whichever option you choose, you’ll be sure to give them an unforgettable Hawaiian experience!

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So – Which is better for kids Maui or Oahu for Family Vacation?

The answer on which is the best Hawaii Island for you really depends on what kind of experience you want to offer your family. As mentioned, Oahu gives that iconic “Hawaii” experience, is easy to navigate and has a ton of family friendly activities.

Maui on the other hand is a bit more laid back, filled with beaches and nature activities. So, if you are looking for a vacation full of adventure and outdoor fun, then Maui is definitely your best bet.

Insider tip: Can’t decide between these two popular Hawaiian islands? Why not do both Maui or Oahu for family vacation? Inter island hop flights are fairly inexpensive. Hawaiian Airlines offers on average 170 daily flights between the various Hawaiian Islands.

No matter which Hawaiian island you choose though, rest assured that both will leave your kids with lasting memories of fun and exploration!

FAQ’s: Maui or Oahu for Family Vacation?

Q: Which of the 4 Hawaiian islands is the most family friendly?

A: Oahu is the most family friendly of the four Hawaiian islands but by a very slim margin. It’s home to Waikiki Beach, Sea Life Park, and plenty of other attractions and activities that cater to families with children. There are also lots of restaurants, shopping centers and hotels that make it an ideal destination for a family vacation.

Q: What are some family-friendly activities that are unique to Maui or Oahu?

A: Both Maui and Oahu offer plenty of family-friendly activities, depending on what type of experience you are looking for.

Oahu is known for its iconic “Hawaii” experience with beaches, hikes, shopping, surfing and cultural attractions like Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona memorial or the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Meanwhile Maui has plenty of outdoor and beach activities that the whole family can enjoy, such as snorkeling at Molokini Crater, kayaking with sea turtles, or exploring Haleakala National Park.

Q: What are some insider tips to keep in mind while planning a family vacation to Maui or Oahu?

A: When traveling with very young children, you may consider to book vacation rentals rather than hotel. That way you get all the comforts of home – including a full kitchen – which will make your stay even more enjoyable and save you some money.

Best Rental Sites Similar to Airbnb:

Additionally, it’s always good to plan ahead and make reservations for any attractions or activities, so that you can avoid long lines on the day of. And finally, be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray!

With those tips in mind, you and your family are sure to have a wonderful time and enjoy your dream vacation on either Maui or Oahu.

Q: Is there anything else I should know about vacationing in Maui or Oahu with my family?

A: Of course! On both islands, the local culture is extremely diverse and vibrant – from historic sites and luaus to street art and farmers markets. Be sure to explore these gems as much as possible, in addition to the more traditional family activities mentioned above.

Also, Hawaii has a wide variety of incredible wildlife that your kids can experience – from spotting whales during whale season (winter months), catching a glimpse of an endangered Hawaiian monk seal on the beach or even visiting one of the many petroglyph sites.

Finally, when packing for your vacation, don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes – your family will be doing a lot of walking! With all these tips in mind, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience that the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy your Maui or Oahu family vacation! 🙂

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