The Hawaiian Island of Maui is known as a romantic couples’ retreat. However, it is also a great island for families to enjoy themselves! Here are ten activities to do with toddlers on Maui, Hawaii.
Take a Short Hike to Twin Falls
Doing the famed road to Hana with children is pretty much impossible. But you can get a taste of that amazing experience by taking a short hike to Twin Falls. Just two miles in on the road to Hana, Twin Falls is the first stop for any group attempting the long, windy drive.
The hike itself to Twin Falls is barely a hike. It is more like a five-minute walk. And at the end of your walk, you’ll be able to see a stunning pair of waterfalls unlike any other across all of the Hawaiian Islands.
Snorkel with Tons of Fish with a Molokini Snorkeling Tour
The small island of Molokini is the most popular snorkeling destination on Maui – and there’s really no question why. The crescent-shaped island makes for the perfect little hideaway from the currents for ocean life. You and your little toddlers can take a tour to this island to see schools of colorful fish, and, if you’re lucky, even a turtle or two! Molokini snorkeling tour prices range from $42 to $110 for an adult ticket, and $33 to $74 for a child ticket.
Enjoy Delicious Shave Ice from Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice has taken its time to create the perfect shave ice. With a thin, soft ice texture and dozens of syrups derived directly from the fruit (or nuts or coffee beans or whatnot), Ululani’s is hands down the best shave ice across the Hawaiian Island chain. Try flavors like lilikoi (passion fruit), tamarind, or pickled mango if you’re feeling adventurous. Or if you want to err towards the safe side, there is also vanilla, watermelon, cotton candy, lime, and more!
Also, note that it is shave ice and not shaved ice. That’s how you know that it’s authentic.
Watch the Sunset from Haleakala
Recently, Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak at just over 10,000 feet, has made national news for getting a very rare sprinkling of snow! Head to the top of this chilly Hawaii for one of Maui’s most stunning (and definitely one of its most unique) sunset spots!
Stop and Smell the Flowers at Alii Kula Lavender Farms
Perhaps before your long drive up Haleakala, you and your toddlers can spend an hour or two at Alii Kula Lavender Farms, located just at the base of the mountain. In addition to the stunning purple flowers, there is even an interactive stamp scavenger hunt around the property! There is an entrance fee of $3 per person (cash only).
Spend a Few Hours at the Maui Ocean Center
The Maui Ocean Center is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island, especially for families. This safe environment is the perfect place to get some face-to-face experience with some of the ocean’s scarier creatures, like stingrays and sharks! Adult tickets are $34.95 per person, and child tickets are $24.95 per person.
Wander around Iao Valley
Besides Haleakala and the road to Hana, the next most iconic landmark on Maui is Iao Needle in Iao Valley. Not only is this towering mountain towering in shape, but it is also iconic in history. Iao Valley is where King Kamehameha I’s army fought with the army from Maui. Maui’s army eventually lost to King Kamehameha’s group, leading to the eventual unification of all of the Hawaiian Islands. Parking is $5 for non-Hawaii residents.
Dive Under the Surface with the Atlantis Submarine Tour
Hoping to take a look at the fish in the Pacific Ocean without getting wet? Take an Atlantis submarine tour! Get a close up look at a sunken supply vessel, which is now home to hundreds of colorful fish and other sea life. Plus, get a free child ticket with the purchase of a full price adult ticket ($124). Do note that your child has to be at least 36 inches tall to ride the submarine.
Spend a Night at the Grand Wailea
The Grand Wailea is quite the extravagant, yet kid-friendly hotel. With five slides, a lazy river, a rope swing, and the world’s only water elevator, the Grand Wailea basically boasts its own waterpark. It’s any toddlers dream.
Spot Turtles at Kalepolepo Beach Park
Pretty much every Hawaiian Island has THE spot to go see turtles. Maui is no exception. If you want to have the best odds of seeing a turtle during your time on Maui, Kalepolepo Beach Park is the place to go! Plus, the water is very shallow, so your little ones will be able to be in the water with the turtles without even having to swim!