So imagine yourself watching the sunrise over Haleakala on your family Maui vacations. As the sun continues it’s slow climb into the sky, you’ll feel like you are standing on top of the world. All of Maui is at your feet and the drive up to the summit and your worries are forgotten….. but wait there is still lots more to do that is sure to please even the most reluctant member of your family.
You can also immerse yourself in an Aquarium! The Living Reef at the Maui Ocean Center is like stepping into a giant aquarium. Tropical fishes going about their daily lives through live coral reefs, scenery once only available to divers.
Experience a Maui Luau during your Maui family vacation. Your evening begins with Hawaiian Luau music and audience participation featuring hula lessons, poi ball lessons, coconut tree climbing, coconut husking and finally the imu ceremony, the unveiling of the main dish – Kalua Pua’a (pig). Friendly greetings by Royal Polynesians followed by a Polynesian fashion show. A Hawaiian Luau is a great evening activity for your family on vacation in Hawaii! Our family goes each visit.
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Tunnel through a Lava Tube while you travel with experienced guides deep into the subterranean passages of the Ka’eleku Caverns, the 18th largest volcanic lava tube in the world.
Hawaii is home to eight different species of dolphin. Enjoy a day of adventure on the remote and beautiful island of Lanai – chase the largest school of Spinner dolphins in Hawaii aboard a high-speed jet drive Zodiac, and explore Lanai’s mysterious interior on an Island Jeep Safari! A great family Maui vacations experience!
Go big or go home – Whale watching is an incredibly special family-friendly experience in Maui! If your hotel has an ocean view, you’ll probably see the humpbacks wave to you from water when they cruise by from November to May. There are plenty of areas on Maui where humpbacks can frequently be seen from the shore during whale season when they migrate to these warm waters. The scenic McGregor Point lookout west of Maalaea and the beaches of Kaanapali, Kihei and Wailea are also great spots to see whales. If you want to see these majestic creatures up close, you can easily book a tour.
The Island of Molokini is a crescent shaped island that is located not too far past the southern coast of Maui. Although those just looking to sightsee will enjoy the boat trip, Molokini is home to some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling that all of Hawaii has to offer. In fact, this crescent-shaped crater is one of the best snorkeling destinations you can find in Maui. While snorkeling in Maui with kids, you might see puffer fish, sea turtles, parrotfish, angelfish and more! Private and group tours are available to the island some with snorkeling included.
The Iao Valley State park, located in central Maui, beautiful historical land. According to Hawaii’s Official Tourism Site, it was home to the great Battle of Kepaniwai, which occurred in 1790.
The biggest attraction at the Iao Valley State Park is that of the Iao Needle. The Iao Needle is a sightseers dream come true. A visit to this state park is ideal for those who enjoy hiking and learning about the history or Maui.
The Banyan Tree, located in Lahaina, is another must visit for all Maui tourists. The Banyan Tree is one largest trees of its kind in all of the United States. The Official Hawaii Tourism Site states that the tree is the size of an average city block!
If your Maui vacation is a family vacation, you should definitely take your children to see the tree, as it is something that they will likely never forget.
As mentioned earlier, The Haleakala National Park is located on the eastern side of Maui. There you will find the world’s largest dormant volcano. Past tourists recommend hiking to watch the sunrise at the Haleakala Crater.
The Haleakala National Park, like many other parks in Hawaii, can be explored by foot, car, or bike. In addition to the Haleakala volcanoes, you will be able to see and explore tropical landscaping that features rare flowers and plants, beautiful streams and waterfalls.
A Must Do in Maui: The Hana Highway
Also located on the eastern edge of Maui is the Hana Highway. Although a highway itself may not seem like a must see tourist attraction it is. It is one of the most scenic places to visit in all of Hawaii and what you will see will, literally, amazing you. On the drive, you will pass through narrow, yet beautiful bridges, see amazing waterfalls, get breathtaking views of the ocean, see amazing foliage, and so much more. Be to stop at Waianapanapa State Park, the kids will love its unique black sand beach and lava tubes. In addition, there will be countless amazing food trucks along the way allowing you to indulge in traditional Hawaiian dishes and shave ice.
A drive along the scenic Hana Highway is enough reason alone why you should rent a car for your next Hawaii vacation.
As highlighted above, there are a number of Maui attractions that you should take the time to visit. Since the above mentioned Maui attractions are just a few of the many that you will find on the Island, you may want to do a little bit of research before your trip. With a standard internet search online, you can find detailed Maui travel guides, as well as request free printed travel guides to be delivered to your home.
So make sure you also take time to sun, snorkel and swim Kaanapali on your Hawaii family vacation! The most beautiful stretch of beach on Maui is Kaanapali, boasting beautiful white sand beaches and tempting blue water, it’s a must do when in Maui on your Family Hawaii Vacation
Additionally, several of the larger resort hotels provide supervised activity programs that offer young guests a chance to experience Hawaii’s unique culture.
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