Vacationing With a Toddler – Maui, Hawaii Version. Maui Activities.

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Part 1. Vacationing With a Toddler, Maui Version. Choosing a Location.

Part 2. Vacationing With a Toddler, Maui Version. Shopping and Restaurants.

Places We Chose to Visit

Beaches and Snorkeling

We tried a number of beaches during our stay from Big Beach to the south to the hotel beaches at Ka’anapali and they were broadly excellent. General comments:
– If you’re taking your cameras make sure you have a sand-proof, water proof bag or container to hold it. When the winds pick up sand gets in EVERYTHING. Additionally, while we didn’t experience it we heard tell of rogue waves rushing up on the beach and surprising people and their belongings. Better safe than sorry.
– Ask around about the trade winds. Maui beaches with low wind are wonderful. Maui beaches when the winds arrive are hard to bear.
– We didn’t bring any children’s toys at the recommendation of friends. We’d recommend you do the same. Save the luggage space as the condo you rent will almost certainly have all the toys you need from prior families.
– Snorkeling gear. We rented our snorkeling gear from Boss Frogs for ~$30.00/week for each of us. Totally worth it so you have gear with you where ever you find yourself. Boss Frogs is located all over the place and you can rent from one location and return to which ever is most convenient at the time (we rented in Ka-anapali and returned in Kihei). My only issue with them is the attempts to upsell on tourist packages when all you want to do is rent a snorkel, mask and fins.

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Ka’anapali
Ka’anapali beaches were nice in that they were accessible to people not staying at the various hotels, were very clean and offered easy, pleasant swimming. The one issue we had while visiting was that we arrived at roughly the same time as the trade winds, and with the absence of any kind of wind break we were sand-whipped to the point that we had to leave the beach.

Kamaole Beach I, II and III

Big Beach
We drove south to Big Beach early in our vacation and on one of the hottest days of our stay. I suggest that you arrive early in order to secure a parking spot, and that you bring sandals as you won’t want to walk across the sand or the asphalt later in the day. The heat is remarkable.

The beach itself is long and ‘deep’ with a great deal of space between tide and vegetation. Shortly after we arrived the lifeguards got on the horn and made sure that everyone was aware that a) the waves were up that day and were easily strong enough to knock an adult down, b) there was a strong undertow and c) unless you were very comfortable in such waters you should probably stay out… Their warnings were quickly justified as a group of teens jogged into the surf and were quickly taught a lesson before eventually struggling beyond the break to calmer waters.

Finally, we observed our first ‘rogue wave’ while at Big Beach and several families who were many, many feet from the high water mark found themselves scrambling to grab their belongings when the tide quickly surrounded them and then quickly backed off again.

In short, this is a great beach for time on the sand, but probably not the ideal place for a toddler who enjoys playing in the water.

See also

Part 1. Vacationing With a Toddler, Maui Version. Choosing a Location.

Part 2. Vacationing With a Toddler, Maui Version. Shopping and Restaurants.

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Vacationing With a Toddler – Maui, Hawaii Version

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Part 2. Vacationing With a Toddler, Maui Version. Shopping and Restaurants.

Part 3. Vacationing With a Toddler, Maui Version. Maui Activities.

The Choice of Location. Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

We decided on Hawaii given that a) we live on the west coast and b) recent trip to the Caribbean was an ordeal taking 3 days to get from home to our selected island. Admittedly it would normally take 2 days to make the trip, but we were delayed in Antigua adding an additional 12 hours and some serious GI issues from the dinner provided by LIAT.

We decided on Maui given that a number of friends with children seemed to settle on Maui over the other Hawaiian islands. No need to break from what seems to work for others. In fairness, in absence of the little one we’d likely have selected Kauai given the available activities, but those freedoms are gone.

We decided on Kihei similarly, as for our circle of friends visiting Maui few have the means to stay in the Napili / Kaanapali area for any length of time.

We decided on Kamaole Sands because a close friend had stayed there with their children and had good things to stay.

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The Choice of Accommodation. Kamaole Sands, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Located across the road from Kamaole Beach III and park, Kamaole Sands is a complex comprised of ~10 discrete buildings, each 4 stories tall with each floor having a number of condo units. Units range from 1 through 3 bedroom (so far as I’m aware) and may span a single, or two levels. In our case we had a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit that was well-appointed with a queen bed in the master and 2 twins in the second bedroom, open kitchen, 60″ wall-mounted cable TV, hi-speed internet with wifi, safe, washer / dryer, linens etc. We were located on the second floor with a small balcony large enough for a table and 4 chairs.

The size of the unit and amenities were great, but if we were to do it again (and I’m quite certain we will) we would rent for a specific building as they are arranged around a central green space which also houses the pool and other amenities. There are two rows of buildings arranged in this pattern with the buildings around the pool enjoying better views (green space, pool, sunsets etc) and those on the outside having a very small green space to the outside of the complex, bounded by road / lanes. A ground floor suite in the first ring would allow children to run directly from the condo to the open area.

The complex itself offers a number of barbecue areas on a first-come first-served basis that are very well maintained and cleaned on a daily basis. The grounds offer ample green space for kids to run, some water features, tennis courts, a pool area with a children’s pool (2′ depth) and 2 hot tubs, small fitness room, table tennis, foosball and a lending library.

Oh, there’s also a sizeable mango tree across from building 8 that gifted us with several mangos during our stay and a mature papaya tree near the pool that wasn’t so generous. By the time we’d left we’d enjoyed 9 mangos, free and without having to climb. It seemed as though they tended to fall in the early evening, or when the trade winds arrived around noon, blowing strongly between the buildings. No better way to welcome the day than with a mango / banana shake fresh from the tree!

See also

Part 2. Vacationing With a Toddler, Maui Version. Shopping and Restaurants.

Part 3. Vacationing With a Toddler, Maui Version. Maui Activities.

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