Months Visited: August
Our family likes to explore new places and see unusual sights, and we have an adventurous spirit that takes us to some remote and unique places. We enjoy activities that are exciting and those that we have not experienced before, but we also like to see the best of nature and relax on the beach or lounge around a pool on some days as well. We like to experience a wide range of stops and activities, and we are all fairly active and in good physical shape. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 18 years, Boy age 13 years, Boy age 11 years.
Description: Haleakala National Park is one of the most popular Hawaiian attractions, and this park offers unique landscapes and views that can not be seen anywhere else in the world. Enjoy views of old lava flows from the distant past which cooled in place, walk around the base of an actual volcano that is dormant, and experience a landscape that is both thrilling and a little frightening at the same time. Steam vents, craters, cinder cones, and other natural formations can be found in this park. Anyone who has a medical condition should be careful to avoid areas with concentrations of volcanic gases, and this is also true for pregnant women and young children.
Our Experiences: This national park was really exciting to visit and explore. The adults were just as excited as the kids were to see where lava flowed many centuries ago, and all of the evidence of previous volcanic activity in the area. Make sure to pay attention to all the signs and warnings that are posted while you are here. This park offers a rim tour that can be taken by car, and those who are elderly or anyone with limited mobility may not be able to access some areas that are off the road. This was a really interesting stop that we all enjoyed quite a bit, and we spent a large part of the day here.
Description: The ocean and scenic coastline are some of the most popular Hawaiian attractions, and para sailing lets you enjoy these views from the air. As you soar over the ocean you will see the larger picture, and experience all of the beauty that the Hawaiian Islands represent. Para sailing can be a thrilling experience that most will enjoy immensely. Smaller children may not be able to ride alone, and infants may not be allowed to ride even when attached to an adult.
Our Experiences: Everyone had a great time para sailing, although if you are fearful of heights then you may not enjoy this stop. The breathtaking views from the sky were gorgeous, and sailing through the air was really exciting. The experience was not really frightening for us because the harness made us feel safe, although this may not be a great activity for all family members or types of families. The kids rated this stop highly and we consider it one of the highlights of the time we spent on Maui.