5 Affordable Family Activities in Maui
When you think of Maui, honeymoons and romance might come to mind. But did you know Maui is actually a great vacation spot for the whole family? It has picturesque beaches, fun road trips, and stretches of vast forest to explore. Here’s our list of five affordable family-friendly activities in Maui, because making memories together doesn’t need to break the bank!
Spend the Day at a Family-Friendly Beach
Hawaii is known for it’s big swells, and while those are great for surfing, they’re not ideal for families. Maui has some family-friendly beaches with soft white sand and barriers from harsh waves. Two popular spots are Kapalua Bay and Baby Beach (aka Pu’unoa beach). Kapalua Bay is a scenic beach with a gradual slope into the ocean. Baby Beach is nice for — you guessed it — young kids. Its shallow water is filled with marine life making it an ideal snorkel spot too!
Tour the Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center is the largest tropical aquarium in America. Walk around the outdoor sea turtle sanctuary, the Hammerhead shark pool, and spot the Hawaiian Tako otherwise known as the octopus. The indoor shark tank contains Hammerhead sharks, Tiger sharks, White Tips, Grey Tips, and deep-sea fish. Not only it is an interesting and fun family activity in Maui to see what’s really under the water, but it is a great learning experience especially for kids! The entrance fee is between $18 and $26 per person.
Hike to the ʻIao Valley State Monument
Iao State Valley Park
ʻIao Valley State Monument is a short and easy hike, allowing easy access for all ages, including younger kids! The hike takes you to a viewpoint to see the peak, otherwise known as Kuka’emoku. It also has a bit of historical significance. It was known as the phallic stone of Kanaloa, the Hawaiian god of the ocean. It was once a sacred place that only royalty could enter and use as a burial site.
Drive the Road to Hana with Shaka Guide
Still looking for other fun family activities in Maui? Drive from Kahului to Hana through 68 miles of villages beaches, and forest. You can pick and choose stops along the way depending on what you want your day to look like. We have three options available including the classic route, the “loop” road, and the “reverse” road. One stop along the way is the Pipiwai Trail and for a $15 entrance fee, you can walk through the bamboo forest, see waterfalls and views of the ocean including seven sacred pools of water!
Watch the Sunrise at the Haleakala National Park
Sunrise atop Haleakala
Haleakala is Maui’s tallest point. The best time to go is at sunrise or sunset because the views overlooking the crater at 10,000 ft are breathtaking. Keep in mind that a reservation is needed if you’re going between 3 AM-7 AM to watch the sunrise! It’s only $1.50, but make sure you make the reservation in advance. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Haleakala National Park. There is also a park entry fee — you have to pay this on top of the reservation fee. It costs $30 per car, $25 per motorcycle, or $15 per pedestrian/bicycle.
Each of these activities will give you a true sense of Maui’s beautiful scenery and unique history.
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