There are endless fun things to do in Maui....
here's something away from the beach
Keiki in Kihei
Do: Take a whale watching trip ( December thru May but February is the best month )
Do: Stay in a condo. Kid's need down time and easy snacks. You need a washing machine and a bedroom with a tv.
Do: Stay within an easy walk of the pool. Maui is about relaxing and sometimes walking to the pool for an hour is a lot easier than the beach. A swim time before hopping in the car for an adventure will keep the wiggles and "are we there yet" to a minimum.
Do: Rent your kid gear. Most condo's don't have cribs, playpens, high chairs etc. and rather than carry it all from home renting is very easy. Most car companies have car seats available. For cribs I recommend Nokaoi Baby Rentals to my guests. They deliver to the condo and can have it waiting for you.
Many airlines such as Delta allow you to bring baby gear for free.
Do: Take in one of the FREE hula shows at the Shops at Wailea. They are very well done and last for about an hour. While you won't get the wonderful, traditional meal included in a luau you will be able to easily walk with your little one if they get antsy sitting for long periods.
Do: Go on a submarine ride with Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure. As long as your child is over 3 feet tall you can go 100 feet down and get a close up look at unwatered magic.
Do: Book ahead and on weekdays to get the best flight prices but don't try and save by making extra connections. You and your kids will be exhausted when you arrive and the trip will start on a grumpy note. Connections also increase the chances of a delayed flight and missed connection and since most flights to Hawaii are already full you might be waiting in the airport over night.
Do: EAT SHAVE ICE !! Lots and lots of shave ice. Our favorite it is Peace Love Shave Ice in Kihei across from Ace hardware. She uses distilled water for her ice and offers natural flavorings and you can truly taste the difference.
Do: Take a hike. Twin Falls has streams to cross and a water fall to swim under but is still a pretty easy walk. Little kids can easily go up the trail and cross the streams with hand holding.
Do: prepare your littlest for the feel of grass and sand on their feet and wind in their hair. On our first trip with toddlers I Ieft with visions of them happily digging at the oceans edge. The reality was they hated the sand, the grass and the open car windows.
Don't: Tell your kids you're going to see whales or they'll be disappointed if you don't see one. Tell them it's a boat ride and let any whale sitings be an exciting surprise.
Don't: forget reef safe sunscreen and hats. Nothing will ruin your trip faster than having to stay out of the sun.
Don't: While most condo's have beach chairs, boogie boards and snorkels they don't all have little kid toys or have life vests. Check specifics with the owner so you can prepare accordingly.
Don't: forget beach shoes. The sand is HOT especially for little feet. Rubber thongs will easily do the trick.
Don't: take car sick prone kids to Hana. The road is mostly hairpin turns and once a tummy turns it's a long way until you can get back to a straight away
Don't: go on Altantis Submarine ride if you are claustrophobic.
Don't: forget warm clothes if you go to Haleakala. It's a fascinating experience but it can be cold, even in the day.
Don't: have a fixed agenda. Relax and go with your kids flow. It might be worth it to miss a trip up to the crater in exchange for an easy day at the beach with happy laughing children.
Don't: forgo travel insurance or the kids health insurance card. Kids can have all sorts of things go wrong: ear infections, bronchitis, broken bones...... Better to be prepared than sorry. Most condos, car rentals and airlines do not give refunds.
Don't: forget to bring their special blankie or soft toy. Their lovies will make sleeping in a new place easier.
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