When visiting Maui, Hawaii, families have the option of exploring the land or seas. Dozens of tour companies have created a wide variety of outdoor activities, so families can find excursions that meet the needs of all ages and skill level. Families should take the time not only to explore the ocean, but also to discover what Maui has to offer on land.
Hike Maui, a naturalist-lead guided tour company, offers day hikes ranging from easy to strenuous skill level. The tour includes not only a guided hike, but also transportation to the trails, outfitting and a lunch made up of deli sandwiches and fresh fruits right from the island. For children who aren't old enough to handle a full-day hike, "short hikes" and half-day hikes are also available. Families can choose between waterfall and rain forest hikes or a hike around the Haleakala Crater. Hike Maui also offers a combination hike, where hikers kayak for two and a half hours before stopping for lunch and continuing on to a three-hour waterfalls and rain forest hike.
285 Hukilike St.
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
At Kapalua Resort, guests can experience dozens of different outdoor activities and tours for all ages and skill levels. The zip line at Kapalua Resort is one of the longest in the country, ranging close to 2,000 feet long. Families can ride side-by-side (two at a time) and start out slower before progressing to faster speeds. Kapalua Resort is also home to a high ropes challenge course, where families can experience a secure-ropes course 40 feet in the air. The course consists of cable crossings, a trapeze and a giant two-person swing overlooking the natural beauty of Maui. While Kapalua Adventures is great for families, children must be 10 years or older and weigh more than 60 pounds to participate.
2000 Village Road
Lahaina, HI 96761
Blue Water Rafting
Blue Water Rafting, an outdoor adventure company, allows guests to explore the sea caves and lava arches of Maui on board a covered raft. Guests then have the opportunity to snorkel at one of the top 10-rated dive and snorkel locations in the world. Blue Water Rafting offers different combination packages, including whale watching/snorkeling, dolphin encounters and volcano exploration tours. Children must be 4 years of age or older to participate in any of the tours, and children under the age of 12 require adult supervision.
Blue Water Rafting
1280 South Kihei Road, Suite 205
Kihel, HI 96753
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