How To Plan a Family Vacation to Hawaii

How To Plan a Family Vacation to Hawaii
With its clear blue waters and long sandy beaches in a variety of colors, a trip to Hawaii is a dream vacation. But how do you plan a trip to Hawaii that the whole family can enjoy? Luckily, there are numerous options for families in Hawaii. From the keiki programs found at most large resorts to child friendly attractions like Sea Life Park Hawaii or the Maui Ocean Center, there is plenty for everybody to enjoy.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Decide when to go. Hawaii has two seasons: summer and winter. Temperatures in Hawaii's tropical climate tend to only differ by about 10 degrees between summer and winter, with winter also being the rainy season. The busy season in Hawaii is from December to April and also in the summer when school is out. If you hope to see humpback whales, make sure you travel between December and April when the whales come to Hawaii to breed.
Step 2
Choose an island to visit. Each of the major Hawaiian Islands has something different to offer. Oahu is the most crowded, however, if you want to see Pearl Harbor, or want to be close to the stores in Honolulu and experience Waikiki, that's where you need to go. Kauai is the quietest of the major islands. It is best known for Waimea Canyon and the spectacular Na Pali coastline. The Big Island is the place to see volcano eruptions. It's also excellent for diving. Maui has a little bit of everything, with black sand beaches, mountains, spectacular diving, and is the best place to watch humpback whales.
Step 3
Look for a hotel that offers activities for the entire family. Many of the resorts have keiki programs designed for kids. These programs will teach kids about Hawaiian culture, such as lei-making or hula classes, and some even offer outings to child friendly attractions.
Step 4
Get a rental car. While it is possible to travel around the islands using public transportation, a rental car is usually the better option for families. Make sure you book your rental as soon as you've booked your tickets and hotel. You don't want to wait until the last minute, as it is not uncommon for rental companies to run out of cars during the high season.
Step 5
Plan activities for the whole family. There are plenty of activities in Hawaii that the whole family can enjoy. Consider buying cheap snorkeling gear and going to the beach to snorkel. While you're there, you could make sandcastles and have a picnic. There are also many aquariums and other attractions that are great for the entire family. You can even go on a submarine ride.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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