Months Visited: August
About Our Family: We are a family that likes to get out and explore the world. From natural spots like beaches to historical locations to tourist hotspots, we are adventurous and look for new things to try and do. We do enjoy comfort at times and we have been known to stay in luxury options on some trips. We try to schedule educational activities as well as attractions that are fun for the kids. We want to include as many experiences as we can for each trip without missing anything or rushing. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 18 years, Boy age 13 years, Boy age 11 years.
Description: Hanuama Bay is a protected underwater park and a marine life conservation area, and this Hawaiian bay is home to one of the most diverse marine life populations found anywhere. The floor of the bay is a volcanic crater from long ago, and when the walls of the crater collapsed the ocean filled it in. The beach here is beautiful, it is one of the more popular beaches in Hawaii, with large expanses of sandy areas. There are a number of hiking trails that can be accessed here, and these can lead to some spectacular views. The bay is curved, and this helps to protect the area from the rough waters of the ocean and provides a great place for swimmers most of the time. It is illegal to attempt to remove any of the marine life in the bay, or to harass or interfere with these animals in any way. The entire area and everything in it is protected. Snorkeling is allowed, and there is a large reef that extends out into the deep ocean.
Our Experiences: The water in Hanuama Bay was very blue and very clear, and the tropical fish and other marine animals were not difficult to see at all while we were here. There is a paved walkway that leads from the parking lot to the beach area. There are facilities where snorkel equipment can be rented, and the bathrooms are clean and modern. Lifeguards were on duty, and there were a number of signs posted on the beach. The sand was soft and smooth, and there was plenty of it. The kids enjoyed seeing the many tropical fish here, and the reef is large and extensive. This was a very nice stop, one that we recommend for any family who enjoys the beach or who wants to see marine life in the natural habitat. Make sure that you do not touch the coral or interfere with the fish and other marine animals though, we were warned that this is illegal and can damage the fragile ecosystem. All in all this was a good stop that we would repeat if we are ever in the area again.
Address: 675 Wharf Street, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Description: Lahaina Harbor started out as a whaling village, but today it is a top attraction for residents and visitors both. There are many things to see and do here, with numerous shops, several galleries, a number of restaurants, and several historic locations that may be of interest. The views of the harbor and the surrounding landscape can be stunning, especially during sunrise and sunset. The harbor is usually full of ships from all over the globe, and in the past this port was a haven for ships engaged in illegal whaling. There are ferries that can be used to reach nearby islands, and this harbor is a starting point for many types of excursions.
Our Experiences: We went for an evening stroll through Lahaina Harbor and it was a nice experience. This spot does not compete with some of the most popular beaches in Hawaii, but there is a lot to see and do here in spite of this. The kids enjoyed seeing all of the boats and ships that were docked, and we spent some time going into the various shops and browsing. There were many types of boats to watch, from small pleasure vessels to large Navy ships. There were quite a few people but the harbor did not seem too crowded. This stop may not have been the most exciting one we visited while we were in Hawaii but it is worth a visit for most families.