2/5 Maui


Why go?

A popular destination for visitors, the Valley Isle of Maui is the perfect playground for an active family.


For older kids who aren’t afraid of the water, board America II, an authentic America’s Cup racing boat in Lahaina, for a wild ride. Dress warmly and bring dry clothes; you’ll get soaked!

Or for families of any age, take a snorkeling trip with Four Winds II out of Ma’alea Harbor to Molokini, a submerged crater and marine preserve, or Coral Gardens. The catamaran even has a waterslide and glass bottom viewing room! If you’re feeling independent, snorkel Black Rock near the Hyatt Regency on your own. Learn to surf with Maui Beach Boys or watch the pros on the world-famous North Shore.

There’s plenty of adventure on land with Maui Zipline. The plantation has tandem lines, so you can experience flight with your kids (they must be aged five and up), or hike the Twin Falls Trail, featuring waterfalls, swimming holes and one of the better snack stands on the Road to Hana.

The Lowdown

Getting there: British Airways flies to Los Angeles. You then fly on to Kahului on Maui. We recommend hiring a car here from the airport.

Accommodation: The pool area at the Grand Wailea is unbeatable. It’s actually nine pools on six different levels with caves, slides, waterfalls, lazy river, rope swing and swim-up bar. On the beach, you can kayak, paddle board and snorkel. The resort also has a kids’ centre and teen lounge. Price: £160 per night.

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, located in Kaanapali, offers a kid-friendly pool with slides and a lazy river, hula lessons and lei-making classes. Or your kids can boogie board the day away on the hotel beach. The restaurants at nearby Whalers Village are a less-expensive option tohotel dining, too. Price: Rates start at £136 per night.

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