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Guide to Maui for Families

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In this incredible paradise, there is lots to do and many different ways to spend quality time with your family. This guide will help you decide what to do and where to go, to make your time in Maui an unforgettable experience filled with adventure and laughter!

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Kihei Caffe

Restaurants

Haleakala National Park

National Parks

Atlantis Submarines Maui

Submarine Tours

Hang Gliding Maui

Sightseeing Tours

Pony Express Tours

Horseback Riding Tours

Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade

Restaurants

Hawaiian Paddle Sports

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kayaking & Canoeing, Scuba & Snorkeling, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Hang Loose Surf Club

Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Redline Rafting Co.

Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours, Water Sports, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba & Snorkeling

Shaka Pops

Restaurants

Ivette C's City Tips

  • You are going to spend quite some time outdoors, so wear sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated!
  • May to October is the summer season, while November to April is the winter.
  • Maui benefits from very consistent weather, making it a great year-round destination. (Plus, when it rains, the downpour is usually confined to the highest points on the island.)
  • You can dress casually throughout the day and night here.
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    Kihei Caffe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe, Hawaiian)
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    Ivette C Says:

    This delicious cafe serves breakfast all day! You can have eggs, fruit, burritos, omelets, French toast — you name it! If you go at lunchtime, you can also choose hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. An excellent place that will satisfy both kids and adults.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open from 5am for the early birds.
    • Lunch specials are served from 11am until 3pm.
    • Try the cinnamon roll and coffee, and the Loco Moco breakfast.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 739 restaurants in Maui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worst service I've ever had 17/11/2017
    • Only place for breakfast! 17/11/2017
    • Kihei Caffe
    Address:
    1945 S Kihei Rd
    Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-7836
    Phone:
    +1 808-879-2230
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Haleakala National Park
    National Parks
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    Ivette C Says:

    When thinking about Maui, beaches are the first thing that comes to mind. But this incredible island also has a national park that will leave you breathless. For active families, the Haleakala National Park is a dream-like place where you can hike on volcanoes at an altitude of 3,000 meters; there's no better spot to watch the sunset and sunrise.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I highly recommend that you rent a car to get there, and if you want to catch the sunrise, you should be heading to the Haleakala crater very early (around 3am).
    • Remember that you'll be at a great altitude and temperatures tend to drop, so you should bring comfortable and suitable shoes for the activity, and warm clothes such as pants and a poncho.
    • Bring snacks and beverages for the trip!
    • The admission fee is for three days, starting from the day you've purchased it.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Kula
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Two parks and one fee 18/11/2017
    • Beautiful drive even though cloudy and could not see Haleakala 16/11/2017
    • Haleakala National Park
    Phone:
    +1 808-572-4400
    Other:
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    Atlantis Submarines Maui
    Submarine Tours
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    Ivette C Says:

    The adventure begins in this submarine with room for 48 people. The kids will be in their element, visiting the depths of the ocean and admiring the gorgeous marine treasures of the region: corals, sharks, sunken ships, and all types of fish — it's better than going to an aquarium!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you are not fond of being in tight spaces, this tour is not for you.
    • If you are visiting between December and May, you might encounter whales.
    • I recommend that you arrive 30 minutes early to check-in on time.
    • Children must be at least 36 inches tall (91 centimeters) to go on the tour.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 116 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Lahaina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking!!! 17/11/2017
    • Under Da Sea 15/11/2017
    • Atlantis Submarines Maui
    Address:
    658 Wharf St
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1266
    Phone:
    +1 800-381-0237
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Hang Gliding Maui
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Ivette C Says:

    A very adventurous and different way to get to know your surroundings is by hang gliding. Enjoy the unique views of the Hana coast and the cliffs of Haleakala, and try to spot whales if you are there for the season (December to May.) Breathtaking! The professional guides will make sure your flight is pleasant, comfortable and safe for all members of the family!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If your budget allows it, you can purchase a video of your flight!
    • The activity is suitable for anyone from the age of 12 to 92!
    • Wear shorts and sneakers; a flying suit is provided by the staff.
    • Keep in mind that this activity is done individually and lasts between 30 minutes to one hour per person.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 9 Tours in Hana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WOW!! AMAZING...oh did I mention AMAZING! 13/11/2017
    • Amazing! Definitely add this to your Maui adventures 08/11/2017
    • Hang Gliding Maui
    Address:
    Hana Airport
    Hana, Maui, HI
    Phone:
    +1 808-264-3287
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Pony Express Tours
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    Ivette C Says:

    A great opportunity to spend time together and experience the island is to take a tour via horseback. You'll get panoramic sea views, ride through eucalyptus forests with amazing aromas, and see the mysterious mist that tends to cover the mountains.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Horseback riding is not recommend for pregnant women, but it is suitable for kids, adults and seniors.
    • The ride includes a refreshment.
    • I recommend that you arrive early to check-in for your tour.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Kula
    • Beautiful view with and great fun with experienced guide. 20/02/2016
    • Great Morning ride with Laura 29/10/2015
    • Pony Express Tours
    Address:
    18303 Haleakala Hwy
    Haleakala Ranch
    Kula, Maui, HI 96790
    Phone:
    +1 808-667-2200
    Other:
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    Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade
    Restaurants (Hawaiian)
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    Ivette C Says:

    If you feel like having a refreshing, natural, gourmet beverage, try the traditional Hawaiian lemonade at Wow Wow. The owners of the cafe support the local economy and also care for their customers health; there's a really lovely, social philosophy behind these delicious drinks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A percentage of Wow Wow's profits supports different organizations, a great gesture.
    • Lemonades are made-to-order; they are fresh and natural.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #170 of 739 restaurants in Maui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unexpected 15/11/2017
    • Meh. Not worth the stop. 13/11/2017
    • Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade
    Address:
    1279 S Kihei Rd Ste 309
    Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
    Phone:
    +1 808-344-0319
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Hawaiian Paddle Sports
    Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kayaking & Canoeing, Scuba & Snorkeling, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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    Ivette C Says:

    If you would like to know more about the marine life of Hawaii, and do a lovely sustainable activity in the process, this is a good option. You can try canoes, kayaks, and even do some snorkeling to explore the different species in the sea. You can also take lessons in surfing, paddle boarding, and canoe surfing, and if you are lucky you'll get to see whales while at sea! Before heading out, you will be asking the sea for permission to enter, it is quite magical!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I can recommend all these activities for everyone, from kids to seniors.
    • Be sure to listen to your guide's instructions — safety first!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 84 Tours in Kihei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stellar Kayak and Snorkeling trip! 18/11/2017
    • Excellent last minute private kayak/turtle trip! 14/11/2017
    • Hawaiian Paddle Sports
    Address:
    27 Halekuai St
    Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-8100
    Phone:
    +1 808-442-6436
    Price range:
    US$119 - US$119
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Hang Loose Surf Club
    Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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    Ivette C Says:

    It doesn't matter if you've never surfed before, as anyone can learn it and have fun in the process! Hang Loose has great instructors that are all certified and real experts at teaching the tips and tricks of the sport.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can choose from private or shared lessons, just be sure to get in touch to book in advance.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 116 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Lahaina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Time! 06/11/2017
    • Fun lesson 29/10/2017
    • Hang Loose Surf Club
    Address:
    626 Front St
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1271
    Phone:
    +1 808-633-5166
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Redline Rafting Co.
    Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours, Water Sports, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Ivette C Says:

    If you are interested in a snorkeling adventure and feel like doing this with a small family group, consider going on an organized tour. If you are lucky enough, you'll get to see dolphins or whales while snorkeling; it's a gorgeous experience.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Includes breakfast and lunch.
    • I don't recommend snorkeling for pregnant women, people who suffer from back or neck pains, or kids under eight.
    • When booking a tour, make sure you choose a tour company that is considerate of the environment.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 84 Tours in Kihei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Trip 17/11/2017
    • Better than expected 15/11/2017
    • Redline Rafting Co.
    Address:
    2800 S Kihei Rd
    Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9613
    Phone:
    +1 808-757-9211
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Shaka Pops
    Restaurants (Hawaiian)
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    Ivette C Says:

    A delicious way for the family to freshen up on hot and sunny day in Maui. These delicious pops are handmade with local and organic ingredients sourced from the region.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ask for a sugar-free option, if you prefer.
    • If you buy the Flavor of the Week, you're contributing to the Maui Food Bank.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #187 of 739 restaurants in Maui
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Look for Shaka Pops around the island-multiple locations. 03/07/2017
    • Stop In If You Are Lucky Enough To See The Cart 15/04/2017
    • Shaka Pops
    Address:
    5170 Hana Highway
    Across from Hasegawa Store
    Hana, Maui, HI 96713
    Phone:
    +1 808-442-2926
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$5
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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