Maui is a popular destination for all types of travelers: solo, couples, and families. With the perfect blend of relaxing and adventure-seeking activities Maui is an ideal choice for a family vacation.
Planning a trip in paradise may seem overwhelming, so we outlined a five-day itinerary of family activities in Maui to get you started.
Start your morning off right with a homemade breakfast in your vacation condo’s kitchen! We recommend enjoying Hawaii’s beautiful weather by enjoying your meal out on your private lanai.
Spend a relaxing morning at your condo where you can adjust to the time change by watching whales! The best time of year to see these majestic creatures is from December to April as they migrate to Hawaii’s warm waters. Chances are pretty good you’ll see some whales from your lanai, but if you want a closer look at the whales, we recommend a chartered tour. Ultimate Whale Watch Company guarantees you’ll see a whale and get as close as legally and safely allowed. Most trips are about an hour and a half to two hours.
That afternoon, head to the beach! Pack up the towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water and snacks for a fun afternoon on the beach. At Kahana Sunset, you’ll have access to a secluded beach but feel free to head over to neighboring beaches as well.
After a day of fun in the sun return to your condo for a family dinner. If your first night with us is on a Wednesday or Thursday, we highly recommend going to the Slack Key Show at 7:30 p.m. You may also do dinner and a show with dinner service beginning at 5 p.m.
You’ll be tired early so head back to your condo for a good night’s sleep.
Rise and shine! Prepare a delicious and perhaps light breakfast this morning as you’ll be off for ziplining today! Trips start as early as 6:30 a.m. if you’re up for a sunrise ride. If the little ones are more hesitant to jump off the dock, Kapalua Ziplines offers a parallel zipline system so you can ride side-by-side. Some tours allow children as young as 10 and others require kids to be 14 years of age to ride. Check with the zipline company prior to booking a tour.
After your adventure in the sky, return to earth and enjoy a day with your family by the beach. You may want to use our on-site grills for lunch or on your way back from ziplining, pick up some fresh fruit and fish for a light and tropical lunch!
For dinner, you’re going to Iron Imu BBQ Company for a taste of the mainland with Hawaiian flair!
Finally, end your day relaxing on your private lanai and perhaps play a game with the family or simply enjoy the breeze and views together.
Yesterday, you took to the skies and today you’ll dive into the ocean with a snorkeling adventure! You can either rent your own equipment on the island and take self-guided snorkel excursions or try a snorkeling tour where you’ll learn more about the ecology of the area and its inhabitants. A popular place the young ones might enjoy is Turtle Town!
In the afternoon, get your souvenir shopping done with a visit to one of our shopping malls or outlets. Find local art, handcrafted jewelry, or stunning photography to take back home with you or give to your friends as a makana or gift.
Tonight, you’ll experience a Hawaiian tradition by attending a luau! By far one of the most popular activities on any of the Hawaiian Islands, a luau is a celebration of food, friends, special occasions, dancing, and music.
Surf’s up today as you and the kids head off for school! Surf school is a great way to learn the techniques of surfing and about the waters surrounding Maui.
Surfing can be a tough activity, especially for a first time surfer, so we recommend taking a break later in the day by relaxing beachside to allow your muscles the chance to recuperate from the work they did that morning.
At night, use your kitchen or our grills to make a family dinner and again make great use of your lanai.
Today, you’ll get a little déjà vu from snorkeling the other day but get to stay completely dry! Hop aboard the Reef Dancer for an underwater adventure on a boat. There’s a 60-minute or 90-minute tour depending on how much time you want to spend at sea and exploring the reef off the Lahaina coast. The 90-minute tour does include a visit to a turtle site, but both offer window seats for every passenger, a dive show, and the comforts of air conditioning.
For lunch, you’ll find the Shark Pit Maui food truck at 78 Ulupono St. With shrimp, ground beef, and Korean tacos as just a few of the mouthwatering menu items, everyone in the family will be pleased with finding this Maui gem for lunch.
After lunch, do as the Hawaiians do and head makai or toward the ocean and enjoy a final lazy day at the beach. You can never get enough of those!