Inside: Fun Things We Recently Did In Maui With Our Teens
When in Maui, or planning a vacation with your family in Maui, it can be overwhelming trying to plan your day-to-day schedule. With an abundance of activities to do on Maui, and a lot of competition to choose from, how can you know who offers the best tours and services? How can you find out what activities are best to do on Maui with teens?
So, we’ve done the research for you! We assure you that these things to do in Maui with teens is the best guide for choosing top activities! Check out our favorites and get to planning!
Things To Do in Maui with Teens
Maui has several areas with world-class waves. Ma‘alaea and Honolua Bay are two of the best. Honolua Bay is part of a Marine Life Conservation District, so there is no fishing or even rock and shell-hunting. The beach is known for snorkeling and surfing. Ma’alaea has a good surfing beach and is home to the Maui Ocean Center, Hawaii’s largest aquarium.
For those interested in learning, there are many classes offered throughout the island. Maui Surf Lessons in Kihei caters to the whole family and offers private lessons, too. The Cove at Kalama Beach Park in Kihei is ideal
Maui Ocean Center
At the Maui Ocean Center in Ma’alaea, Maui’s marine environment is showcased through a variety of aquarium displays, hands-on exhibits, and even a “touch pool” where visitors can touch various ocean creatures like sea urchins and starfish. Other live ocean inhabitants at the Center include jellyfish, octopus, reef fish, shrimp, eels, skipjack tuna, lobsters, rays and sharks.
See the Hawai’i Nature Center
Located in ‘Iao Valley, the Hawai’i Nature Center features an Interactive Science Arcade. Here, more than 30 hands-on exhibits will help you learn about Maui’s natural environment. You can even “experience” life as a dragonfly, simulating its ability to see in all directions at once. There is also a Rainforest Wilderness Walk guided by naturalists who interpret the culture and the natural history of ‘Iao Valley.
Maui for Teens
See Ka‘anapali Beach
Known as “Dig Me” beach among the local teens, Ka‘anapali Beach is one of Maui’s best beaches. It is four miles long, with grainy gold sand as far as the eye can see. The beach parallels the sea channel through most of its length and has a paved beach walk. Summertime swimming is excellent. Various beach activity vendors offer nearly every type of water activity and equipment.
Go for a Bike Ride
Cyclists can ride from Wailea to Kapalua, from Ho‘okipa to Kahului, and from Waiehu to Wailuku on improved shoulders or bike lanes. Numerous tour companies provide several unique biking adventures, including an exhilarating 38-mile ride from the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakala. Maui Mountain Riders will transport you and a bike to the summit of the mountain where you can watch the sunrise. Then you take an exciting and steep ride back down.
Boss Frog has bike rentals in both Lahaina and Kihei. Electric bikes are also available.
Go on a Hike
There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails on Maui, but only three of the trailheads are marked: Haleakala; Polipoli, a large upland forest; and ‘Ohe‘o Gulch in Kipahulu, a moderate, four-mile walk along a stream, past waterfalls, and through bamboo forests. Haleakala National Park rangers lead regularly scheduled hikes and you can also hike trails on your own.
Ancient Lahaina Pali Trail traverses the location of the 16th-century Pi‘ilani Highway, the first walking path built around the island. Remnants of it remain.
Don’t forget lunch! Eat at the Kihei Cafe for the bets chorizo breakfast burrito you’ll ever have!
Na Ala Hele, the State of Hawai‘i Trail and Access Program, provides an informative booklet that includes interesting facts and stories about certain points along the trails as well as trail maps. Na Ala Hele maintains trails and advocates for beach access
Things To Do in Maui with Teenagers
Swim With the Fish
Snorkeling gear can be rented for as little as $15 — a bargain when you consider the rare and wonderful sights that you’ll see underwater. Five of the best spots on Maui to snorkel and dive are Honolua Bay, ‘Ahihi-Kina‘u Bay, Ka‘anapali’s Pu‘u Keka‘a or Black Rock, and Wailea’s ‘Ulua Beach.
We spotted turtles and swam with them at black rock beach multiple times while staying in Maui. Sometimes all you need is a little snorkel gear nearby.
Numerous charter boats offering sailing, cruising and snorkeling trips can be found anchored in Ma‘alaea like Aqua Adventures and in Lahaina Harbor where you’ll find Ultimate Whale Watch who will take you out for whale watching and snorkeling. You can even take a boat tour to Molokini to snorkel.
Ho‘okipa Beach is the “windsurfing capital of the world,” hosting international championships and drawing hundreds of spectators. Only the pros surf Ho‘okipa. Novices should practice at Kanaha, Kihei, and Spreckelsville. Windsurfing gear can be rented at several sports shops in Pa‘ia, Wailuku, and Kahului.
Soar Above the Landscape
Side-by-side zip lines over a tropical plantation are offered for adults and children at Maui Tropical Plantation. Maui Zipline Company provides a thrilling adventure soaring over the beautiful tropical plantation. You’ll zip over a lush landscape, among the swaying palms enjoy views of the valley. They operate five side-by-side ziplines, ranging from 300 to 900 feet.
They also have a great restaurant with a good priced happy hour, where the adults can sit and watch the teens zip lining their hearts out.
For a little more excitement go to Upcountry Maui and try the Piiholo Ranch Zipline, the longest in Hawaii where you can zip along for a half-mile and cross deep gulches and tall trees to experience stunning vistas from mountain to sea. The ranch also offers hiking tours.
More Fun Vacation Ideas with Teens
- Fun Things To Do in San Diego for Teens – There are tons of great activities for families visiting San Diego, CA with teenagers to enjoy. From fun outdoor adventures, educational (but still fun) museums, and so much more, your teens will have no problem unplugging for a bit to enjoy all the activities you have planned. We’ve listed the best beaches, tours, museums, and other fun things to do in San Diego with teens. We recently took a trip ourselves with our teens and they have a blast!
- Fun Things To Do in Los Angeles – Sticking with our traveling in California with teens theme, check out our favorite things to do in Los Angeles. From fun roller coasters, cool downtown areas, and exciting rides, there is no your teens will be bored of this trip.
- Fun Things To Do in Las Vegas – There are a ton of cool things to do in Las Vegas with teens. Exciting tour options include everything a teenager wants to see and conquer including zip lines, roller coasters, navigating an ATV or dune buggy, and there are even options to take them to a shooting range.