The Road to Hana
We didn’t drive the road to Hana with R this year because he’s a bit small to sit in the car for the duration of the trip since it can take the full day from start to finish. I do think we’ll attempt it when R is a bit older, perhaps the next time we’re on the island.
As you drive on routes 36 and 360 through the various twists and turns, you’ll come across cute Hawaiian towns, beautiful waterfalls and overall fantastic scenery.
I did this trip many years ago with my parents when we visited Maui and I still remember swimming in the waterfall pools and watching the ocean as we drove past.
For more information on the Road to Hana you should check out this post from National Geographic.
Visit the Maui Ocean Centre
If the weather is windy or rainy one day, take a short drive to the Maui Ocean Centre for a fun day learning about the ocean and the fish and animals who inhabit it.
The MOC has a beautiful ocean front spot at Maalaea Harbour near Wailuku and hosts several unique exhibits. It’s not a huge aquarium but the beautiful surroundings and plentiful fish make up for the small size.
When you visit, be sure to check out the baby sea turtles (my favourite) and the underwater tunnel.
Go Snorkeling at the Black Rock
The Black Rock is a famous small cliff at the north end of Kaanapali Beach where you’ll find beautiful sea life including colourful fish, eels and the occasional sea turtle.
When I was a kid I would snorkel with my dad all around the black rock. We’d see the most fantastic fish and come face to face with massive sea turtles.
Since R’s swimming ability isn’t quite at the point where he can swim in the open ocean we didn’t take him snorkeling this time. Once he becomes a stronger swimmer, I’ll be sure to take him out to see the beautiful fish and coral formations.
The Black Rock is perfect for beginner snorkelers because there’s so much to see yet it’s quite close to the shore. If you get tired, it’s very quick and easy to go back to the beach.
Just Relax and Chill out at the Pool
Sigh… what would a family beach vacation be without lots of relaxing at the pool! Our hotel had an amazing pool with a water slide and pirate ship play area for the kids. It was perfect!
Maui is one of my favourite places to visit. Not only is Maui beautiful, relaxing and warm but there are a ton of kid friendly activities in Maui waiting to be explored.
If you’re looking for more travel tips, check out these posts:
- Secrets to Travelling with Kids
- What to Pack for a Family Beach Vacation
- Stress Free Travel without Kids
- Tips for Taking a 4 Year Old to Disneyland
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