Are you looking for the best things to do in Maui with kids? Maui is a very special place, and well worth visiting with kids.
My husband and I have both traveled around the world and have lived abroad. But few places fill our hearts, like the Hawaiian islands, especially the island of Maui. We have visited Maui so many times, we consider ourselves experts when it comes to the best things to do when visiting Maui with kids.
Though it is often thought of as a destination for honeymooners, there are quite a lot of things to do in Maui with kids. We love visiting Maui every August, and we have visited Maui since our oldest was 18 months old. Not only do we know this island extremely well, but we have also explored so much of the island with our kids. From the Maui Ocean Center to snorkeling to even going on the Road to Hana, there is so much to do with kids in Maui.
No matter what we do each year or which Hawaii island we visit first, we always end our summer with a Maui vacation. Maui is our favorite of the Hawaiian islands, as it is a blend of things to do without being too busy, and full of Hawaiian culture and experiences.
It is very special to us as it’s like our second home. But you could easily visit during winter break too.
Now, let’s help YOU plan your trip to Maui with kids! This is the ULTIMATE guide for the best things to do on Maui with kids. It also includes the best things to do on Maui with toddlers and with teens.
If you plan your Hawaii trip thoughtfully, with the help of this guide, you’ll make your dream family Hawaiian vacation come true in Maui and create your fun-filled Maui itinerary. Here, you will certainly find a complete list of ideas to make your Maui island vacation memorable with these family-friendly activities and ideas. Let’s go!
Note that due to fires in West Maui, some of these activities may be unavailable at the time of your visit. But the rest of Maui is open and West Maui will open again, so we are keeping these activities on this list. This post contains affiliate links for which I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you, should you make a purchase using this link. Please see my disclaimer. Cover photo credit: Bon Voyage With Kids
Why You Should Experience Family-Friendly Activities On Maui
The spirit of Aloha and Hawaiian culture is very present on all of the islands, but we especially feel it on Maui. As the saying goes, “Maui Nō Ka ʻOi,” which means “Maui is the best” and we couldn’t agree more.
And, in my opinion, it is one of the best Hawaiian Islands for kids, including toddlers!
From the incredible views, the scuba diving and snorkeling, and the many opportunities for family adventures on Maui, it is a wonderful place for a family-friendly vacation. It is why we keep returning year after year.
There are many family-friendly resorts and Air B n Bs in idyllic locations that make it easy to access gorgeous beaches and family-friendly activities. In fact, some accommodations can support a multi-generational Hawaii vacation.
And, with great places to eat with kids on Maui, it is perfect for a family vacation.
It is a destination where you can have both fun in the sun and have cultural experiences. Manageable in size, Maui blends the perfect balance of family things to do and opportunities for quiet relaxation, making it our favorite Hawaiian Island. With many ways to enjoy the island, it is one of the best Hawaii islands for families.
And, with some planning, you can make your dream Hawaii trip come true in Maui.
The 25+ Very Best Things To Do In Maui With Kids For All Ages
Hawaii is far from the Mainland of the United States, but boy, is it ever worth it. If you plan on visiting Maui, I recommend at least seven days to really experience a variety of the best things to do with kids in Maui.
But, whether you have one or several days, there are many ways to discover this incredible island with amazing family activities on Maui. Be sure to include your snorkel and hiking shoes, along with your flip flops and swimsuits, on your Hawaii packing list because there are many adventures to be had!
Here are some of our family’s favorites.
The Hawaiians have great respect for the “Kai”, the Hawaiian word for the sea. Not only does it serve as a source of food, with a variety of ocean life.
But they very much appreciate and honor the habitats of the ocean. One of the best ways to see some of these special residents is by snorkeling. It’s a fun family activity that kids of all ages love. There’s even a little hut where you can rent snorkel gear.
For a simple day trip or morning snorkel, our favorite spot on Maui is Kapalua Bay Beach. It is one of the top spots for the best snorkeling in Maui. You will need to bring your own snorkel gear to this West Maui spot, but there is a stand on-site that rents floaties if you need them.
Because you are in the open ocean, I recommend kids have a good snorkeling set made for kids. This ensures that they will be able to enjoy the experience because it will fit properly and make it safer for them.
The protected bay offers a shallow reef there, with a variety of wildlife, including the famous humuhumunukunukuapua’a (or just humu humu for short), a triggerfish known as Hawaii’s state fish. There is also a resident turtle who lives there, but take note that it is against Hawaiian law to go within 10 feet of the Hawaiian green sea turtles. Every time we have visited Maui, we are sure to stop by this West Maui spot for a snorkel.
I also want to add that you can see the Hawaiian green sea turtles at Ho’okipa Beach, located at mile #9 of the Hâna Highway. Ho’okipa Beach is one of the best places to visit sea turtles and other neat majestic creatures.
If you are visiting Maui with toddlers, visiting Kapalua is a good thing to do with toddlers. Kapalua Bay is one of the best beaches on Maui for families.
Toddlers can easily splash in the water and play in the sand, as there isn’t typically rough surf. It is one of our favorite family activities in Maui, and we make time for it each trip. If they are too young to snorkel, check out my tip on visiting the Maui Ocean Center as a way to get the littlest Keiki to see the incredible marine life.
If you’re looking for another great beach for families with younger kids, check out Baby Beach Lahaina at Baldwin Beach Park in Paia, a town on the north shore. The crystal clear waters of Baby Beach are shallow and safe for small children because of the offshore reef nearby.
Another great way to snorkel on Maui is during an Eco Adventure snorkel trip to Molokini Crater. We loved the experience with the Pacific Whale Foundation, which leaves right from the Ma’alaea Harbor, right near the Maui Ocean Center. In my opinion, it is definitely one of the very best things to do with kids on Maui.
The Molokini Crater is an iconic site off of Maui, known for its vibrant Pacific Ocean marine life. It is a fantastic place to see the incredible underwater world in crystal clear waters that mimic an aquarium.
In fact, Molokini is known around the world for being one of the best sites for Maui scuba diving as it’s a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. My husband and I have done it several times.
While my children are not certified in diving, the Molokini Crater is the perfect place to take your kids snorkeling. I must say, snorkeling Molokini is a must-do activity in Maui and a great place to see sea turtles and other marine life! And you can even take a snorkel tour for more structured fun.
Snorkelers and scuba divers alike can view the clarity and beauty of the scenery here! No for anyone who can’t snorkel, or for younger kids, be sure and add the Maui Ocean Center to your list before or after your boat ride so you can see the underwater world as well!
Molokini Crater. Photo credit: Bon Voyage With Kids
What is so fantastic about the Eco-Adventure tour with the Pacific Whale Foundation is that it is very family-friendly. Not only does this amazing tour include two snorkel stops at some of the best snorkel sites on Maui, but it also includes lunch.
The boat staff also invites children to talks about conservation during the 45-minute boat ride to and from the snorkel sites. They also serve as lifeguards while you snorkel. It is one of the best family snorkel experiences we have ever done, due to its thoughtful approach to experiencing and learning about the ocean.
They also visit other locations, like Honolua. But, it is a great way for kids to see what’s under the sea (along with a visit to Maui Ocean Center.)
Molokini Crater. Photo credit: Bon Voyage With Kids
This past year, we visited Camp Maui for a family-friendly zipline adventure. Now, I am afraid of heights, so this was an …. interesting….experience for me.
But I have to say Camp Maui did an amazing job with their Maui zipline tour. They worked with my fear of heights, and the staff was fantastic. And if you have some thrill-seekers in your family, you can even go rappelling at Rappel Maui. With my fear of heights, I will probably not be doing Rappel Maui anytime soon!
Camp Maui offers a family-friendly, seven-line Maui zipline experience on its private property. It is also the site of the Pacific World War II’s training base. The site hosts a small museum with vehicles and planes from World War II to look at before or after your zipline adventure.
This is one of the best family activities on Maui!
You can also check out Skyline Eco Adventures for another ziplining experience.
4. Road To Hana
The Road to Hana is one of the most spectacular experiences to do in Maui and absolutely should be on your travel bucket list. If you are on the island for two days or more, the Road to Hana experience is a must.
This all-day drive, which can take around eight to ten hours to complete, takes you all around the area to explore some of the most awe-inspiring spots on the island, including a gorgeous black sand beach.
Full disclosure – the roads are windy, so if you are prone to motion sickness, take precautions. In fact, you should definitely consult a Road To Hana guide so you know what to expect.
You can either take the drive yourself (though some rental car companies prefer that you don’t) or you can go on a guided tour.
Keep in mind that while there are spectacular things to see along the way, driving the Road to Hana is about the journey, not the destination. Picturesque waterfalls cascading into pools that overlook the rugged coast, black rock beaches, rain forest, and of course, Hana town are some of the many things to experience along the way on this coastal drive.
Note, if you want to see a neat black sand beach, check out Honokalani Black Sand Beach, located in Waianapanapa State Park in East Maui. It’s Maui’s most famous black sand beach.
If you see any road stands on the journey, be sure to stop for a treat. Nothing is quite as delicious as homemade banana bread during your drive. There are many stands along the way and not only are they a great place to stretch your legs, but it’s also a great chance to find snacks and fresh fruit, and you support a local business.
Part of what makes Maui so spectacular is seeing it from the land, the sea, and from above. At 10,000 feet above sea level, you will certainly do so by visiting Haleakalā National Park in Upcountry Maui.
This dormant volcano offers a variety of landscapes and is home to the rare plant Haleakalā Silverswords of Upcountry Maui. The views alone make it worth the visit, but for a very special experience, visit it to watch the sunrise or sunset.
You can either visit the volcano yourself or on a guided tour. Many types are offered at Haleakala National Park.
If you are traveling with older kids (teens), you can book an early sunrise bike tour. After the tour brings you to the top of Haleakala National Park, you will watch the sunrise and then bicycle down the volcano.
It is a great way to experience yet another of Maui’s magical treasures and one of my favorite things to do in Upcountry Maui with kids.
There are also great hiking trails like Seven Sacred Pools and Sliding Sands Trail in Haleakala National Park. Sacred Pools is a short hike under a mile long that traverses some truly beautiful scenery.
And while we’re talking about Upcountry Maui, you may want to visit the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. The young kids will love interacting with the goats at this unique location. Even older kids will stay engaged, visiting the pigs, goats, cats, and dogs. Definitely add Surfing Goat Dairy Farm to you Maui kids list of things to do!
Another one of my favorite things to do with kids on Maui is to go hiking in the Iao Valley. This beautiful location is located in central Maui and is ideal to experience Maui’s lush and breathtaking landscapes. It is simply a breathtaking experience.
The Iao Valley is also a fantastic way to experience the culture of the Hawaiian people, so you must add it to your Maui itinerary. This location is significant to Hawaiian history and is also considered sacred for housing ancient Hawaiian demigods.
I love learning about the culture of Hawaii, as it is very much alive and present on the island. The Iao Valley is a mystical place is a great place to experience it firsthand.
The Iao Valley is a great place to enjoy a special family day hiking the trails, visiting the waterfalls and swimming in pools, and enjoying a picnic. Hands down, this is one of the best experiences to do with kids in Hawaii.
If you don’t want a full-day hike, but you still want to experience nature on Maui, you can do so in a unique way with a family Maui Treasure Hunt. This three-hour family-friendly experience starts in Kahului in Central Maui. The Treasure Hunt in central Maui will take you on a family tour, a hike, and a swim in the ocean or a private lagoon.
And it also includes a hunt for treasure with a map designed for families. The Maui Treasure Hunt is a great way to engage the kids while enjoying the lush nature of central Maui has to offer and experience an awesome family adventure on Maui.
A perfect experience for kids ages five on up, it is definitely a fun and unique thing for kids to do in Maui.
One of the best things to do with school-age kids in Maui is to attend an authentic, family-friendly luau. The traditional Hawaiian party/feast popular with tourists is a great way to enjoy a Hawaiian tradition and learn about the island’s culture. It’s also a fascinating experience to have Polynesian Dances and Chants explained, which is one of the highlights of attending a luau.
Our favorite Luau in Maui has historically been the Old Lahaina Luau which is close to the Kaanapali resort area. While many hotels often have their own Luaus, the Sheraton Maui Black Rock is our favorite of the hotel Luaus, as you watch a diver dive off the cliff as part of the experience.
After an initial welcome and usually a refreshing beverage and greeting with a flower or shell lei, guests at a luau can spend some time enjoying traditional games and activities and checking out handicrafts available for purchase.
This is usually followed by a buffet or family-style meal of fish and pork, sides, and traditional desserts that is the main attraction of a Luau.
There are other luaus all over the island, like the Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui and Maui Nui at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa.
Once dinner is mostly over, the dinner show with singers and musicians performing traditional Hawaiian songs, hula dancers, and sometimes fire throwers. The songs and dances often tell the story of Hawaiian culture.
Luaus are a wonderful way to experience and learn about the culture of Hawaii, which is very strong and present on all of the islands of Hawaii, and the Luau is a great way to learn about it. It is one of the best things to do with the whole family.
Surfing and Hawaii go hand in hand. Some of the most famous Hawaiians were surfers and even heroes, like Duke Kahanamoku, who made the ancient sport of surfing popular, and Eddie Aikau, the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on Ohau.
Surf lessons are some of the most iconic things to do when visiting the islands. You can’t drive past a beach on Maui without seeing surfers waiting for the next round of ocean waves. You can take individual lessons or even a group lesson as a family.
So, when in Hawaii, why not do what the Hawaiians do and take surf lessons from some of the best surfers in the area?
For kids ages 10 and up, group surf lessons are available from a variety of vendors, depending on your resort area. Kids ages nine and under can also learn but are encouraged to take private or semi-private surf lessons.
Our 10-year-old son took his first lesson last year with my husband and loved every minute of it. In his two-hour lesson, he was able to get up on the board and ride a few waves. It was definitely a highlight of our trip and one of the coolest things to do with kids in Maui.
10. Take A Lei Making Class, Hula Lesson, or Learn To Play the Ukulele
Another one of the best things to do in Maui with kids is to experience something cultural and unique. Oftentimes, family-friendly hotels on Maui will offer classes for ukelele and hula lessons, or you can even find a lei-making class. Learn how to make the famous fresh flower lei that you see in anything promoting Hawaii.
You can also take Hawaiian culture lessons and even learn some Hawaiian words – at Aloha Hula.
Lei-making and hula lessons are great interactive experiences that make learning about the culture of the Hawaiian people fun. And it is definitely one of the best things to do with kids in Hawaii.
My daughter and I loved learning to make a beautiful fresh flower lei at our hotel. It was a wonderful experience to see how these beautiful and delicate pieces of art are made, and a great thing to do to experience Hawaiian culture.
Whale season is during the winter months on Maui. But, if you happen to visit during the winter months, a whale watching tour is one of the best things to do with kids of all ages in Maui. Maui, Hawaii, is one of the best places for whale watching in North America.
Kids will love seeing the gentle giants breaching the waters and you can take boat charters to do whale watching. It is quite a sight to behold and kids will be mesmerized. It is a very special experience and one of the best things to do in Maui with kids.
12. Shop For Unique Hawaiian Souvenirs
One of our favorite family things to do on Maui is visit Whaler’s Village or Wailea for shopping. There are so many wonderful places to get a lasting memory of your trip to Maui, and you’ll find gift shops in many locations.
From handmade quilted items, gorgeous jewelry from Na Hoku (my favorite) or Maui Divers Jewelry, incredible artwork, wonderful Hawaiian shirts or dresses, ukuleles, and more, picking up trinkets at a gift shop is a must-do activity on Maui!
In fact, our home has a gorgeous piece of sketched art to remind us of our favorite place. And my kids have come home with many special treasures from these shopping areas.
13. Stop By Honolulu Cookie Company
One of our must-stop shops on every trip is the Honolulu Cookie Company. Located in multiple spots around the island, these special shortbread cookies are hard to put down.
They come in a variety of types, from plain to coffee to macadamia nut flavored and more. And the chocolate-dipped ones with sprinkled coconut can’t be beaten.
While there are several shops around the island, our favorite shop is in Lahania, so you can enjoy it while discovering the largest Lahaina Banyan Tree in Banyan Tree Park. Banyan Tree Park is the perfect escape to do something a little different with the kids, and you can even go shopping.
In addition to a great in-room snack, they also make gorgeous souvenirs to bring home or a gift. They usually have samples areas to taste (my kids favorite part.) But this is a must-stop shop on your trip to Maui!
14. Get a Shave Ice
Kids and Toddlers love a special treat. And there is no better one in Hawaii than flavored shave ice from Ululani. You will find them in various spots on Maui, but shave ice is definitely one Hawaiian food not to miss.
15. Take A Farm Tour And Taste The Islands
Maui is one of the most beautiful Hawaiian islands, with so much nature to appreciate both on the land and on the sea. Local Hawaiians treasure their land and grow amazing food that is often sourced by local Maui restaurants.
A really fun and unique thing to do on Maui with kids is to take a farm tour and taste the islands. From a pineapple farm to a cacao farm (with chocolate tasting) to a goat farm known for its cheeses, there are many different options to learn a lot about the island, its agriculture, and what grows there. It is another way to experience Hawaiian hospitality and culture with kids!
For kids who may be ready for an underwater adventure but not quite old enough to snuba or scuba dive, you can enjoy the Atlantis Submarine to see the world under the sea, including fascinating and rare marine life like Humpback Whales.
You will dive 100 feet down and can see Maui’s vibrant Hawaiian sea life from the comfort of your Atlantis submarine window! If you or your kids are up for it, then book your underwater submarine adventure here.
They will love seeing the artificial reef, humpback whales, and other marine life and views of the ocean during this underwater adventure. Whale watching is one of our favorite activities in Maui. This Atlantis Submarine adventure is one of the most unique ways to see Hawaii.
For additional ideas of activities on Maui, check out this unique list of unusual things to do on Maui.
17. Learn To Swim Like A Mermaid
Any mermaid-loving kid will absolutely love this unique adventure! Available to all ages (as long as they weigh at least 50 pounds), your aspiring mermaid will learn to swim like one with an instructor wearing a mermaid tail! At Hawaii Mermaid Adventures, kids will learn from the mermaid instructor how to swim like a mermaid, all the while learning about the ocean and how to protect it and observing Maui’s ocean life.
For little mermaids too young for the Hawaii Mermaid Adventures lesson, they can meet and greet a mermaid and hear tales about her ocean adventures.
They even offer free digital underwater photos with your lesson. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Maui with kids! And they have a program that talks about the mythology behind mermaids and Hawaii’s flora and fauna.
18. Take A Rainforest And Waterfall Hiking Adventure
Kids ages six and up can enjoy this magical hike through one of Maui’s most gorgeous valleys nestled on the Road to Hana Highway. It’s a great way to learn facts about the rainforest and experience this side of Maui.
Our family loved Hike Maui’s guided five-hour adventure through spectacular waterfalls and the chance to jump into some of the pools. It is a spectacular way to experience Maui’s beauty up close and personal and is an activity the whole family will love!
19. Take A Family Outrigger Canoe Ride
Discover Maui in a completely different way with a family outrigger canoe ride. During this unique experience, families will learn about Maui history, Polynesian culture, and the native Hawaiians’ use of outriggers to travel between the islands. It is also a great opportunity to observe sea life up close. This unique experience is one of our favorite things to do in Maui with kids.
20. Visit Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm in Upcountry Maui
If you visit Haleakalā on the way home, be sure to stop at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. This is a lovely place in Upcountry Maui to discover something you wouldn’t expect to see on your Maui vacation – fields of a variety of beautiful lavender and olive trees. They also have a secret garden treasure hunt that starts at the gift shop and tours the hidden, lesser-known areas of the Kula Lavender Farm.
You can also get a breathtaking view of Maui from the Ali’i kula Lavender Farm. It is a great place for kids to stretch their legs, explore the farm, take photos, try some lavender-flavored treats, and pick up beautiful art or a special gift at the gift shop. Kids love the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, and I definitely recommend it as a must-stop when visiting Maui with kids.
Things To Do In Maui With Toddlers
If you are traveling to Maui with a toddler, there are a few activities you can swap on this list. We first visited Maui when our son was 18 months old and then again when our twins were 12 months old.
While some of the above activities are things to do with young kids in Maui, some will be too much.
Toddlers can’t do some of the more active activities on this list, but never fear! There are still amazing things to do in Maui with toddlers. I recommend these activities.
Toddlers love watching fish, so you should visit Maui Ocean Center is a great place to do that and get to see marine life up close. Getting a glimpse of some of Maui’s favorite underwater residents is one of the best things to do in Maui with toddlers.
All my children love the Maui Ocean Center, especially the young kids, so you definitely don’t want to miss it. You get to learn more about the rich culture of the very first Hawaiians and explore the ocean depths to see sharks and stingrays, tropical fish, a living coral reef, and other marine life.
I would allow at least two hours when you visit Maui Ocean Center with young kids, and you may want to avoid peak hours that start in the morning and run through lunchtime. There are fewer visitors after 1 PM.
Visit this charming goat dairy farm in Kula, pet some goats, and enjoy goat milk treats. You may even get to milk a goat! Surfing Goat Dairy is a fun place for kids to interact with the goats, learn about its history, and tour the dairy.
This is definitely a unique experience on Maui and one of the best things to do in Maui with younger kids.
23. Penguin Feeding and Bird Chatting at Hyatt Regency Maui
Yes, there ARE penguins on Maui! When my kids were toddlers, we would often take a walk to the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort to watch and feed the resident penguins. There are also several talking birds hanging in large cages.
It is a great thing to do with toddlers in Maui when they need a break from the sun, and the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort is a great place to stop and it’s a place the whole family will enjoy!
If you are heading to Hyatt Regency Maui Resort, be sure and stop by the Maui Butterfly Farm at Olowalu. Located on the way in Ol the Maui Butterly Farm is another great animal stop. You can take a butterfly tour and learn about butterfly conservation on Maui. It’s a great thing to do in Maui with kids (especially toddlers!).
24. Maui Animal Farm
For kids who need a change of scenery from sun and sand, a visit to the Maui animal farm is a great thing to do with toddlers in Maui. Tots can have a chance to meet and pet a variety of sweet animal friends, like goats, pigs, a tortoise, and more!
Several of the hotels on Maui have amazing toddler-friendly splash areas at their hotel pool. When choosing the most family resorts on Maui, look for one that has one of these special areas.
Our favorite kid-friendly resorts are the Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club and the Hyatt Regency Maui on Kaanapali on West Maui. Both of these resorts have at least one awesome hotel pool and many more activities.
Things To Do On Maui With Teens and Tweens
If you are traveling to Maui with teens, there are a few additional activities they might like to try. While they can certainly do all of the things on the list above, here are a few things that might be fun for the older, more adventurous kids (a.k.a. tweens and teens.)
26. Parasailing To See Maui From Above
I’m gonna admit something. I am not a huge fan of this activity, because I am afraid of heights (especially when my feet dangle.) But my husband absolutely loved parasailing over Ka’anapaali in West Maui.
That said, because Maui’s views are so incredible, it is worth a mention of one of the popular things to do in Maui. If you are a fan of heights or views from above, this is definitely a fun thing to do in Maui with tweens or teens.
27. Horseback Riding in West Maui Mountains
Kids ages 12 and above can experience Maui via horseback on a guided tour through the West Maui mountains! It is an amazing way to see Maui’s incredible views and many hidden gems. This is definitely a very special thing to do in West Maui with kids ages 12 and up!
28. Golf Maui’s Epic Courses
If you have a golf enthusiast in your group, getting to tee off on one of Maui’s legendary golf courses is a great thing to do. Our family loves the Ka’anapali golf courses.
The views overlooking the ocean from the Ka’anapali hillside simply can’t be beaten. It is one of our favorite things to do in Maui with our preteen.
While a younger child could potentially do these golf courses, I would recommend it more for older kids and teens. It’s a great way to enjoy some of the best golf courses in the US while overlooking the gorgeous Maui scenery.
29. Snuba In Maui
For teens who might want to get a taste of diving or spend a bit more time underwater than just snorkeling, Snuba is a great thing to do in Maui. Snuba does not require scuba experience or certification. But it can be an introductory experience to getting to see Maui’s incredible sea life, like sea turtles, a bit more up close and personal than snorkeling.
You can go out on a snorkel tour, so it is another fun thing to do on Maui with teens.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Area of Maui Is Best For Families? What Part of Maui is Best For Kids?
There are many places to stay on Maui for families or best for kids. The majority of families tend to stay in Wailea or Kihei, where there are great vacation rentals, or near Ka’anapali and Kapalua. There are plenty of family-friendly hotels and resorts in these areas. And both are wonderful for families.
But our preference is Ka’anapali, where there are all kinds of family-friendly resorts like the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa. We have always loved the town of Lahaina, but it was sadly destroyed in the recent fire.
However, we do love the area of Ka’anapali as it has great beaches, a lovely walking area, great restaurants, and you have great views and sunsets. If you stay in this resort area, there is also a wonderful ocean-front walkway, which is great for strolling or exercising, and you have easy access to the beach. You can also walk to Whaler’s Village, which is a great spot for dining and shopping.
Is Maui Good For Families? Is Maui a Good Place To Visit With A Family?
As you can see from this list, Maui is excellent for families! It is, in my opinion, one of the best Hawaii islands for kids. There are plenty of activities for the whole family, from toddlers to teens! And there are lots of family-friendly resorts in Maui and family-friendly restaurants.
It is also a nice blend of activities with relaxation. And there is much to choose from regardless of your activity or adventure level.
Is Maui Good For Toddlers? Is Maui Good For Kids?
Yes! Maui is very good for toddlers and kids of all ages. We took our son here for the first time when he was 18 months old. And we took our toddlers to Maui when they were 1 year old. Our kids have been going ever since and there is always been something new for them to explore. There are many things to do on Maui for toddlers and kids, and many of the resorts have splash areas and playgrounds, and stroller-friendly walking paths. There is plenty for the Keiki to do on Maui.
How Long To Be On Maui With Kids?
I recommend 7 to 10 days to be on Maui with kids. This gives you enough time to have some active days and some relaxing pool or beach days. Maui is so much more than just the resort areas of Wailea, Kihei, Kapalua, and Kanapaali. There is a lot to experience, learn about culturally, and to explore!
Our family likes to spend a couple of days exploring some of the other areas either Upcountry (Kula or near Haleakala), visiting some of the other towns, black sand beaches, or exploring the Road to Hana or the Iao Valley. There are many sacred and culturally significant areas as well and the more you explore outside the resorts, the more you learn about Hawaiian history and culture.
If you only have a few days to spend on Maui, I definitely recommend a minimum of four, so you have two days to explore and two days to relax.
Is 3 Days In Maui Worth It?
Maui is so special, and while I recommend longer in Maui to truly embrace the island, 3 days in Maui is worth it. You could accomplish a few activities in this time, including the Road to Hana, snorkeling to Kapalua, Honolua, or Molokini Crater, and you may even get to go to Haleakala. It would be a busy couple of days, but you could see a lot of what Maui has to offer.
Maui is such a beautiful island that, personally, I say if you have only 3 days, Maui is definitely still worth it. It’s also small enough that you can get around easily in this time.
How Do I Plan A Family Trip To Maui?
You will certainly need to think about flights, family-friendly resorts in Maui or an Air BnB, things to do with children in Maui, and family-friendly restaurants. We like to book at the Maui Ocean Club in Ka’anapaali because it includes kitchenettes and free laundry on the property. It also has lots of family-friendly activities on site, a toddler splash area, great pools, grills, and excellent amenities. Then, book your family activities and restaurant reservations.
You may also want to contact a travel agent to help plan your trip and get you the best deals. And you may want to consider travel insurance for your family vacation. This “just in case” insurance can help protect your belongings, finances, family, and your investment in the trip.
Need a Maui Travel Guide? Check out this great Maui Travel Guide from fellow blogger Marcie!
Final Thought About What To Do In Maui With Kids
Maui is an amazing place for a family vacation. There are so many things to do with kids in Maui that will teach them about Hawaiian islands and culture and enjoy a relaxing family vacation full of unique experiences together.
Whether you want to go whale watching, hiking, visit the Maui Tropical Plantation, learn about the Hawaiian culture, or just relax on the beach, you’ll find plenty to do! You will leave your island paradise vacation knowing why the Hawaiians often say, “Maui Nō Ka ʻOi!”