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Our most recommended Maui Family-friendly Activities

Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

1. Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

Maui: Underwater Submarine Adventure

2. Maui: Underwater Submarine Adventure

Dive into the pristine waters of Maui and explore an underwater paradise on this submarine tour. Enjoy views of stunning coral reefs, a replica shipwreck, and a whole world of colorful marine life from the comfort of an air-conditioned submarine. Begin your tour with a boat ride from the shores of Maui. Enjoy the beautiful sights of Maui as you make your way towards the submarine that will take you underwater. After boarding the submarine, get your camera ready to take Instagram-worthy pictures of the picturesque coral reef below the sea. Pass through the colorful reefs and spot the many fish and underwater creatures swimming by. As you sail, learn about the creatures you see from the onboard commentary from a local naturalist. Continue to a replica of a whaling shipwreck and marvel at the many fish, sharks, and other creatures who have made it their home. Return to shore, having experienced the underwater paradise that exists just off Maui's shores.

Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

3. Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

Discover the marine life of Hawaii on an express snorkeling trip. Journey to one of the best snorkel sites in Maui, and be back at the beach in time for lunch. This experience is great for beginners and children. Board the boat at Ka'anapali Beach and cruise towards Mala Wharf or another popular snorkeling spot in West Maui. Your guide will choose the best location, depending on weather and sea conditions for the day. Jump into the clear waters to swim alongside Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Explore the reef, admiring the variety of colorful fish and corals. Relax on the deck with a drink from the open bar, as you cruise back to the beach.

Lahaina: 1.5-Hour Cacao Farm Tour with Chocolate Tasting

4. Lahaina: 1.5-Hour Cacao Farm Tour with Chocolate Tasting

Visit Hawaii's largest chocolate factory and conclude with a 9-piece tasting of award-winning chocolate and a cocoa drink. Learn about cocoa production as you tour a private cocoa estate. Tour a private cacao estate featuring over 20 acres of cacao, nestled in the foothills of the West Maui mountains. Learn about the process of cocoa from the farm to a chocolate bar. During your interactive and educational tour, you'll be introduced to cacao trees and hands-on fruit harvesting techniques.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

5. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2.5 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (October through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

Maui: 7 Zip Lines and WWII Museum

6. Maui: 7 Zip Lines and WWII Museum

Zip across giant eucalyptus trees in upcountry Maui on a 2-hour zipline tour, suitable for the entire family. Swoop from tree to tree on an exhilarating eco-adventure designed for for young and old alike. Upon arrival at the historic Camp Maui location, used as a Marine base during World War II, be greeted by friendly guides who’ll help you with all zipline gear. Safety is of utmost importance, and guides go through all procedures to make sure everyone is comfortable. Then, go to Boot Camp for a test run on the Trainer Line, and practice your zip techniques. Once everyone graduates from Boot Camp, it's on to Active Duty. Sail across a canopy of giant eucalyptus trees, via a network of 7 ziplines, suspension bridges, and aerial transfer platforms. Stay entertained with your guide’s jokes and games en route. Enjoy ocean views and scenic panoramas of up-country Maui's verdant northern shore. The grand finale is Top Gun, where you can reach speeds of up to 45 mph, while the 3-point harness allows you to try a range of motions, including sideways, backward, and spinning movements. After the last zip, head back to Base Camp, where photographers will be waiting with action shots of your tour to purchase as digital files.

From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

7. From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

Exploreone of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

Maui: Interactive Butterfly Farm Entrance Ticket

8. Maui: Interactive Butterfly Farm Entrance Ticket

Help save Hawaii's butterfly population when you visit the Maui Butterly Fly Farm. Enjoy a guided tour through the lush grounds and marvel at the flowers, plants, and fruit growing. Get an up-close look at butterflies and more. This 45 minute tour brings you face to face with some of Maui's most colorful residents. Learn about the benefits of butterflies, and why they have become so rare. View caterpillars, cocoons and insects of many kinds. Find out how you can help save Hawaii's butterflies and the butterflies at home. Take part in a an interactive nature experience for families and folks of all ages.

Maui: Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

9. Maui: Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

Elevate your Hawaiian experience with Maui's most authentic luxury Luau at Andaz Maui Wailea Resort. Take part in a beautifully-curated cultural and culinary experience set among our iconic grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu beach. Take a journey into Polynesian history as your host regales you with the story of the arrival of the Polynesians in Maui. Learn about how ahupua'a was settled and gain insight into Hawaiian values. Marvel at Hula dancers and be thrilled by the fire dancers. Indulge in an ohana (family) style meal, beautifully plated and executed by the executive chef, Isaac Bancaco. Handcrafted cocktails personalized to your liking will also be available to enhance this culinary family style experience. Choose Classic seating if you'd like to be seated in the second row and beyond. Upgrade your party to Premium Seating for a truly VIP experience. Premium seats are located on the first row, with the best views of the luau. 

Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

10. Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

Your naturalist guide will walk you through the rainforest to two dazzling waterfalls. Here, you can swim in natural pools and practice 10-foot cannonball jumps from safe rock ledges (weather permitting). Along the way, you will learn about the island and its rainforests from your knowledgeable guides. This easy one-mile roundtrip hike is great for families, and multi-generational groups. Snacks and bottled water are included.

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What people are saying about Maui

We were a family of 6 adults. Ages 28-65. I am 64, moderately out of shape so climbing back into kayak required assistance from guide. But I made it! We paid for the photography package our guide, Cody, offered for $60 and it was incredible! He caught some beautiful pictures of our group swimming under water and group shots of us together in kayaks. A memory I will treasure forever. We all love to swim and move our bodies so this was a great activity. Other groups were just kayaking or just snorkeling so this allowed us to do both. We recommend the early morning trip. It is cooler and waters are calmer. Also, water shoes seem like a must when walking down to kayak and up to road again. I had on flip flops and really struggled.

Snorkeling was amazing! Highly recommend. John was a terrific kayak guide and so knowledgeable about the Maui coast, culture and helped make the experience fantastic. We saw beautiful sea turtles and loads of fish. the coral reefs he brought us to were a quiet place with no other groups or boat activity. The day before we snorkeled off a boat with 50 people and saw little. As long as you can take instruction and are able to paddle with another person (all our boats were 2 people kayaks) Go for it!

Our tour guide John was awesome, very knowledgable, detailed, funny, and patient. We really enjoyed the tour and would recommend others to do this tour. I would have to say it was much better than the Molokini tour 10 years ago. :

Captain and the crew were awesome. Food was filling and timely (nothing exotic but good). The activity was itself amazing. Weather was cooperative as well. Saw bunch of different fishes, turtles, coral reefs, etc

Great snorkeling experience. Staff is wonderful and helpful