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Best Things to do with Toddlers in Maui

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Planning a trip to Maui with toddlers and looking for some kid friendly activities? Keep scrolling to find out the best things to do with toddlers in Maui for your next family vacation!

One of the top questions I get from readers here at Hawaii Travel with Kids is about things to do on Maui with kids besides hanging at the beach.

While there are lots of Maui adventures like ziplining, snorkeling, or cliff jumping, most of these aren’t good for little kids.

So you might be worried about what to do in Maui with toddlers.

Thankfully, there are tons of fun things to do in Maui with toddlers. A lot more than you probably realize.

So, I figured I’d create a list of some of the coolest Maui tours and excursions that allow toddlers (kids ages 2 or 3 years old). And I’ve even included links for discounted tickets to save you money.

I suggest adding a few of these to your Maui itinerary and spacing them out so you have plenty of time to relax.

Let’s keep scrolling to check out all the best things to do with toddlers in Maui!

Don’t have time to read a bunch of Hawaii blog posts and reviews? Here are some of our top picks for visiting Maui with kids.

Best Kid-Friendly Maui Tours/Activities

Best Kid-Friendly Maui Resorts

  • Hyatt Regency Maui (this has the BEST pool area and on-site shave ice stand)
  • Honua Kai Resort & Spa (this is one of our personal favorites because there are tons of pools and there are condo options)
  • Fairmont Kea Lani (this is a swanky resort with incredible kids’ programming and an awesome pool area)

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Maui with a Toddler FAQs

What are the best Maui family resorts?

There are tons of kid friendly resorts in Maui perfect for families. A few of my top picks include the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Grand Wailea Resort, Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

Is it worth visiting Maui with toddlers?

Yes! I think it’s important to set realistic expectations and scale down your itinerary, but it can be a blast bringing toddlers to Maui. There are lots of calm beaches, kid friendly restaurants, and fun excursions in Maui for toddlers.

Should I bring my toddler to a luau on Maui?

Most Maui luaus are super kid friendly. And toddlers are often free (or have a reduced ticket price). Because of the time change, I suggest booking your luau on Maui for later in your trip so your toddler can stay awake for part of the show. Then, bring a stroller so they can fall asleep and you can still enjoy your night out. I think it’s one of the best activities for kids in Maui.

13 Best Things to do with Toddlers in Maui

Heading to Maui with young kids? You’re in luck! There are tons of toddler activities in Maui worth adding to your itinerary!

1. Maui Ocean Center

When it comes to things to do in Maui for kids, we have to kick off our list with the Maui Ocean Center. It’s the premier kid friendly attraction on Maui and one of our favorite Maui activities with toddlers.

The Maui Ocean Center is one of the top things to do with kids on Maui. Image of a couple standing in a tunnel through an aquarium on Maui.
Maui Ocean Center. Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tommy Lundberg

It’s basically an indoor/outdoor Maui aquarium with cultural programs and hands on experiences perfect for visiting Maui with kids of all ages. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids ages 3 and younger are free. There’s also an on-site restaurant that’s pretty tasty. It’s no wonder it’s one of the best Maui kids activities.

2. Old Lahaina Luau

Out of all the luaus on Maui, our top pick is Old Lahaina Luau. It’s long had the reputation as being one of the best Maui luaus for kids.

The Best Luau in Maui featured by top Hawaii travel blog, Hawaii Travel with Kids: The Old Lahaina Luau is one of the best luaus on Maui
Photo credit: Old Lahaina Luau

Because it’s so popular, it’s super important to book this West Maui luau at least a month before your trip. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids ages 2 and younger are free. Your family will love this 4-course meal, tropical cocktails, and exciting entertainment. Read my full review.

3. Four Winds Maui Molokini Snorkel Cruise

Since a lot of Maui snorkel cruises have age limits, this one is really awesome because you can bring along your baby or toddler. And they even have flotation devices if you want to paddle around with them.

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Snorkeling on Maui with kids.

This snorkel tour on Maui heads to the famous Molokini Crater where you can look at all kinds of Hawaiian sea life. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids ages 2 and younger are free. You’ll get breakfast, a BBQ lunch, and lots of drinks. It’s one of the most adventurous Maui activities for kids who are little.

Plus, there’s a glass bottom so toddlers don’t even need to get wet to see underwater!

4. Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

One of the most popular Maui things to do is experience the sunrise at Haleakala National Park. It’s one of the most impressive sunrises in the world.

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Breathtaking sunrise at Haleakala National Park.

While you can totally drive it on your own, it’s much more relaxing to have someone else take the wheel in the wee hours of the morning. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids get a reduced rate. And everyone will get to enjoy breakfast at the historic Kula Lodge after sunrise.

5. Lahaina Glass Bottom Boat

If you want to see underwater in West Maui without getting wet, this Lahaina glass bottom boat ride is perfect for families! It’s a yellow semi-submarine that goes partway underwater for epic views of sea life.

What’s extra cool is that there’s a diver who will bring all kinds of Hawaiian sea life right up to the windows so kids can get a better look. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids ages 3 and younger have a greatly reduced ticket price. Plus, it’s just 60-90 minutes, so it’s the perfect half day adventure. It’s one of the more unique things to do in Maui with kids.

6. Maui Haleakala Sunset Sightseeing Tour

If you’re looking for a fun Maui tour where you can bring your toddler, this Haleakala sunset tour is a great option. It starts in the afternoon and goes all the way into evening.

Image of a Maui sunset from Haleakala Crater
Haleakala at sunset.

You’ll get to check out a local market, explore the Haleakala Visitors Center, watch the impressive Maui sunset, and enjoy a tasty dinner. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids ages 2 and younger are free. It comes with hotel pickup so your family can truly relax and take in all the sights without worrying about driving.

7. Drums of the Pacific Luau

The Drums of the Pacific Luau is located at the Hyatt Regency Maui right on Kaanapali Beach. This is an awesome choice for families already staying at this Maui family resort or nearby.

Families love the Drums of the Pacific Luau on Maui
If you want a thrilling Polynesian show, the Drums of the Pacific in Lahaina is the place to be! Photo credit: Drums of the Pacific

It’s actually the most popular Kaanapali luau for families and you’ll love the food and exciting entertainment. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids 3 and younger are free and there are plenty of food options they can try. Luaus are definitely one of the top things to do for kids in Maui.

8. Maui Surfing Lessons

While I normally wouldn’t suggest surfing lessons for toddlers, the Goofy Foot Surf School has private lessons on Maui with kids as young as 3 years old able to participate.

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Book a private Maui surfing lesson for kids.

These surfing lessons on Maui have private instructors for each kid and they can learn the basics of getting up on a board. Check latest rates and more information.

I think this is a good option for families with a toddler and an older kid so they can do it together, but separately.

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9. Road to Hana Private Tour

One of the top things to do on Maui is drive the famous Road to Hana. But, it can be difficult to enjoy all the scenic views if you drive yourself on this Maui day trip.

Book a private Road to Hana tour that's kid friendly. Image of some surfboards along the Road to Hana in Maui Hawaii.
Road to Hana on Maui.

That’s why splurging for a private tour might be worth it. Plus, you can dictate which kid friendly stops you’d like to do and which to skip. Check latest rates and more information.

This tour comes with snacks and drinks. And you’ll have a local guide who can give you insider tips and tricks you can use for the rest of your Maui family vacation.

10. Maui Kaanapali Sunset Cocktail Sail

The sunsets in Maui are simply gorgeous and one of the best ways to experience the sunset on Maui with a boat ride.

Image of sunset over the ocean with a tour boat in the foreground
Sunset in Kaanapali is incredible!

This Maui sunset cruise is conveniently located in Kaanapali and you’ll enjoy a premium open bar and lots of tasty appetizers. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids ages 2 and younger are actually free. This is a great way to feel like you’re getting a night out.

11. Maui Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise

If you want a more robust Maui sunset cruise, try this dinner cruise from Lahaina. You’ll get table service and 3 cocktails.

Plus, you can sit and enjoy live music during the cruise while watching the stunning sunset in Maui. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids ages 3 and younger are free, but they aren’t served dinner. However, the portions are large enough that you can easily share with them or bring snacks.

12. Clear Kayak and Snorkel Adventure

This is a really unique Maui activity where families can paddle a clear kayak and see all kinds of coral and tropical fish from the comfort of their boat.

It leaves from Makena Landing Park, so it’s perfect for families staying in Wailea. Check latest rates and more information.

Kids as young as 3 years old can participate. And there’s also an option to snorkel and they provide bottled water and snacks.

13. Atlantis Submarine Tour

So, I’m including this Maui submarine ride on the list because it’s for kids at least 36 inches tall. So, if you have a tall toddler, this might be a fun option for you.

Atlantis Submarine kid-friendly Maui tour
Photo credit: Atlantis Submarine

We did this a few years ago when my son was 2 years old and it was really cool! Check latest rates and more information.

The whole excursion is about 2 hours long and it’s a fun thing to do in Lahaina with kids.

Wrap Up

These are just some of the Maui family activities worth looking into. Now that you know what to do in Maui with kids, you can start filling in your Maui itinerary with toddlers.

In addition to these Maui things to do with toddlers, you can also explore I’ao Needle, go shopping at the Maui Swap Meet, build sandcastles at the beach, and eat lots of shave ice. Or hire a vacation babysitter in Hawaii and go exploring on your own.

And you’ll definitely want to shop for some cute Hawaiian toys for toddlers!

Maui family vacations really do offer something for kids of all ages! I hope you have the best time in Maui with kids!

Looking for more kid friendly Maui tips? Check out the best Maui family resorts, coolest Maui boat tours, best Maui luaus, what to do on Maui at night, and my 5 day Maui itinerary!