5. Maui

Nicknamed the “The Valley Isle” Maui is a family favourite for its legendary beaches, migrating humpback whale season, fresh food, and sunrise or sunset views from Haleakala. Condé Nast Traveler has voted Maui the “Best Island in the U.S.” for over 20 years. The only downside of a family trip to Maui is that you won’t want to leave.

What to do:

Bring the kids rash guards and book a Molokini Snorkel Tour with Pride of Maui. With over 30 years of experience, your family’s safety and enjoyment is Pride of Maui’s main priority. Families can enjoy expert snorkel lessons and feel confident diving into the waters of one of the best diving locations in the world. Be sure the kids lookout for green sea turtles or even spinner dolphins.

Let the whole family learn how to surf with Maui Surf Lessons. Reserve a guided lesson for traditional surfing, canoe surfing or stand up paddle boarding. Families can book private surf lessons year-round for beginner or intermediate surf conditions.

Watch the kids turn into mermaids with the help of Hawaiian Mermaid Adventures. Here, kids interested in mythology and the ocean can swim with a mermaid tail while being supervised by a trained lifeguard. Free underwater photos are taken during your child’s 2-hour mermaid lesson.

A Maui classic is one of the island’s famous whale watching tours. Bring your family to see north Pacific Humpback Whales up close along the Hawaiian shores. The official whale watching season is November through late May. Peak season is December through the end of March. The kids will be amazed by these 40-foot creatures that weigh over 40-tons. See whale splashes while making long lasting family memories.

Where to stay:

There is no better place to stay in Maui than the Grand Wailea, which combines luxury with kid-friendly attractions. While parents relax by the Hibiscus Pool, the kids can float down the lazy river or ride the lava tube slide. The Grand Wailea also offers a kid and teen room, which include fun activities like hula lessons, LEGO wall building, ping-pong tournaments, and much more. To make a stay here even better, kids ages 5 and under dine free for breakfast at the Grand Dining Room and dinner at the famous Humuhumunukunukuapua’a! With over 40 acres of tropical gardens, this resort cannot be beat.

Where to eat:

 For a dinner that both parents and kids will love, make a reservation at Monekypod Kitchen. Go for lunch or dinner and sit outside underneath the lantern lights with lovely views. We recommend the Fresh caught fish tacos or hamakua wild mushroom & truffle oil wood fired pizza. The kids will enjoy a customised local children’s menu offering favourites like the easy cheesy pizza or monkey business saimin.

For a delicious Hawaiian brunch, go to Longhi’s, which has been satisfying customers of all ages for over 30 years. This classic restaurant offers a Keiki Menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The kids will have a hard time choosing between the creamy fettuccine alfredo or grilled chicken with mixed vegetables.

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