Maui evokes exotic sunsets and romantic moonlit walks. But can a Maui vacation be relaxing when you’re accompanied by ‘tweens, who are in what my mother used to call, ‘the awkward age.’ Most definitely! Maui’s powdery beaches, easy snorkeling, and accessible sights equals plenty of fun for the whole family.
My best local advice when you arrive in Maui is to stop at Costco which is 7 minutes from Kahului airport. Buy everyone mask, fins, and snorkel--you’ll use them your entire vacation. Stock up on local snacks for the beach such as Japanese rice crackers called kakemochi, Hawaiian Sun drinks (especially guava and passion fruit), papayas, honey-roasted macademia nuts, and Ani’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread.
Kaanapali Beach is 3 miles of picture perfect warm white sand. Your tween will swim in naturally protected clear water and see fish, sea turtles and marine life. The humpback whales frolic off the west coast of Maui from November through May. The best times to see them are from January through April.
Read more about whale watching and my other recommendations for seeing Maui with tweens on Click here: Maui with Tweens: A Perfect Family Day - AOL Travel News
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