Teenagers traveling to Maui are often planning to do a great deal of relaxing on the beach and not much else. However, families traveling together want to find activities that everyone can enjoy, from the smallest family members to teens and adults.
Fortunately, the beautiful island of Maui is so full of wonderful things to see and do that you’ll have no trouble filling your days and nights with one great experience after another. The only difficulty is choosing which ones you’ll have time for.
Here is the list of Things To Do In Hawaii With Teenagers:
Coming to Hawaii without attending a luau is like visiting New York City without seeing the Empire State building. However, there are luaus and there are luaus. Many luaus are traditional rather than touristy and the food, entertainment, and aloha spirit will stay with you long after you get back home.
This activity is great for everyone, from the youngest family members to the oldest. We suggest choosing from these select Maui luaus.
Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is the best exploration adventure on Maui. Period. Almost anyone you meet in Maui will ask if you’ve been to Hana yet. Friends back home who have been to Maui will ask you how it was. There’s a reason why taking the Road to Hana is one of the most popular activities in Maui. The winding road up to Hana will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery on the island.
The trip will take all day if you’re doing it right, and you can choose to drive it yourself or take one of the many great guided tours and leave the driving up to the professionals! We feel like the best way to experience Hana is to stay in Hana for a few days.
There are only three underwater volcanoes on the planet and Maui has one of them. Molokini Crater is a diving experience like no other. Crystal clear water as deep as 200 feet and thousands of gorgeous fish make it one of the most awe-inspiring things you’ll ever see. There are many family-friendly Molokini snorkel excursions to choose from, with snorkeling, snuba, and scuba available as well.
Meals on most tours are included, which makes it a great deal for an amazing day. This is a great activity for the entire family, so get out on a boat and experience Maui from the water!
Learn to FLY
Taking in the beauty of Maui from above is a must-do while on the island. Why not learn how to fly a plane while you’re at it? Get a taste of flight school with Fly Maui’s unforgettable Discovery Flight experience. This hands-on flight lesson is open to just about anyone, and it’s a great way to discover some of the island’s most well-kept secrets.
Charlie Don’t Surf? He does now. No one should come to Maui without at least trying one surfing lesson. There are tons of surf instructors in Maui, but our hands-down favorite is at Maui Surf Lessons mostly because they offer private lessons and take you away from crowded surf school locations.
Living in paradise is attainable. Maui is one of the most beautiful and accessible places on the planet, and there are some amazing homes available. There’s no harm in looking at what’s available, be it for full-time or part-time residency. See some of the best new Maui real estate listings.
If you’re visiting Maui in Winter, you can’t miss seeing Maui’s famous humpback whales, which come here every year between December and May. The best way to see them is on a Maui whale-watching tour. The pros know where the whales are and how to get you (safely) close to them. It’s an experience no one in your family will ever forget.
For adventure lovers and thrill-seekers, you can’t do better than ziplining in Maui. We have several options for zipline tours, including Maui Zipline Company at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Children as young as 5 years old zip over the gardens, farms, and lagoon.
Take a scenic drive through upcountry Maui and head to the highest point on the island, Haleakala, at 10,000 feet. Whether you want to make it an early morning and head up to watch the sunrise or make the drive later in the day to catch the sunset, Haleakala is a great place for the whole family to bundle up and enjoy the views below. Pack warm clothing, a snack, and your camera!
Valley Isle Excursions will drive you for your Haleakala sunrise, which makes things easier and allows access without the hassle of reserving your park pass months ahead of time. They have a unique agreement with the park, so you can book their tour, and leave permitting to them.
Maui Ocean Center
A visit to Maui’s aquarium is spellbinding anytime, but it’s a great activity if you happen to catch one of Maui’s rare rainy days or if the kids have gotten too much sun. It’s also a great evening option. There is dining on-site and there are tons of organized activities for kids. Check out the giant sharks and rays and stay for feeding time for a real treat.
Maui Ocean Center is centrally located at Maalaea Harbor, so it’s easy to get to from most areas of the island.