Family Travel Question:
Q | Which island in Hawaii is best for a trip with a toddler?
We're planning to visit Hawaii - any thoughts on which island is best to visit with a toddler? -Cindy, SC
A | Maui is the best Hawaiian island for toddlers
All the islands of Hawaii are terrific, and each in their own way, and everyone who visits them all has their own favorite. In terms of child-friendliness, though, you can’t beat Maui. Families aren’t dependent on their resort’s onsite kids activities for entertainment in Maui. The beach of Wailea is great for young children, with gentle waves and lots of little tide pool critters if you know where to look. There’s also the Maui Ocean Center, an aquarium that lets children see local Hawaiian marine life up close. And don’t forget the “baby beach” in Lahaina, which lets beginner snorkelers explore underwater in the safest way (while still being more interesting than, say, a pool).
If your toddler is at least two years old, he or she would like the Sugar Cane Train, which traverses the sugar cane fields in west Maui. The Whaler’s Museum in Kihei is fun for children and Whaler’s Village is an easy, touristy place to grab lunch and some shopping. For a more rugged side of Maui, try the Kapalua area. A half day spent with the Ambassadors of the Environment program based out of the Ritz-Carlton there is time well spent for kids of all ages.
Maui is great for kids. There’s a reason that Maui consistently lands on the “best tropical islands of the world” types of lists (such as Forbes). My kids love Maui, and I’m sure your toddler will, too.