Months Visited: August
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: Wiamea Bay is situated on Hawaii’s famous North Shore, and it is considered one of the starting points of the sport of surfing and riding the big waves. During the winter months the waves here can be massive, and this very popular beach is the site of a number of world renown surfing competitions held each year. This is one of the top Hawaiian beaches, and during the summer months swimming is possible in these waters because the waves are smaller and calmer. A large sandy beach makes Waimea Bay a good spot for tourists and residents who want to enjoy a day in the sun and lay in the sand, and for those who want to watch the surfers battle epic waves between November and February.
Our Experiences: When we went to Waimea Beach the waves were not huge, but there were plenty of surfers in the water even in August. There was very limited parking in the lot when we arrived, maybe because this beach is so popular. The sandy beach area is quite large and did not seem too crowded even though there were many people here. There were lifeguards on duty, which was reassuring as a parent, and we were also grateful to see restrooms and showers. We were warned that the water can be very deadly when the swells are high and the surf is rough, and during the winter months a strong riptide is present. We saw a number of posted warnings on the beach and visitors should always obey all of these signs. It was easy to see how Waimea Bay became so popular with surfers around the globe. We had a great time here and we enjoyed this beach very much.
Description: In addition to some of the top Hawaiian beaches in the area Maui also offers some of the most diverse waters and marine life found anywhere around the world. The ocean aquarium offers visitors a chance to actually view under the ocean, with more than 40 exhibits designed to awe and delight visitors of all ages. There is a living reef, a turtle lagoon, an exhibit full of hammerhead sharks, and even a tide pool display that is full of life. These are just a few of the exhibits that can be found at the aquarium.
Our Experiences: This stop was great, everyone loved it and gave it a big thumbs up. We were fascinated by the many different types of life that can be found in the ocean around Hawaii. The kids really liked the jellyfish exhibit, and they were very excited to go through a clear tunnel under the sea and get a close up view of what goes on in the ocean. This stop was also very educational, and we learned many interesting facts about the different fish and animals that were displayed. The aquarium uses actual ocean water that is pumped into the tanks. This was one of the highlights of our trip, and it is recommended for everyone. There is something here for every member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest.