Months Visited: January
Our family likes a mix of activities and stops. Educational spots and historic locations are important, but sometimes we just want to have fun or enjoy the ultimate in luxury as well. We are an active family who enjoys hiking and seeing the best of nature, and we enjoy adventure and excitement much of the time. We also like to enjoy more relaxed stops, like beaches, in order to rest and recharge. Some days we are on the move from sun up until after sundown, but there are other days when we schedule fewer stops and take time to really experience the local culture and residents. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 21 years, Boy age 16 years, Boy age 14 years.
Description: Horseback riding can be a good way to see some of the best views and more remote places in Hawaii, and there are a number of stables which rent horses and even guides for those who want to take part in this activity. Horses can be used for the many trails which crisscross each island, and a beach ride can be thrilling or romantic. In some areas there are ocean bluffs and canyon cliffs that can be followed on horseback as well.
Our Experiences: We had a lot of fun on our horseback ride, and the kids were charmed by the animals as well as excited by the scenery and views. Our guide was very nice and explained a number of things to us as we rode along and pointed out places of interest. This was an enjoyable couple of hours that we all liked a lot, and our ride was very relaxing.
Description: Kapalua Bay Beach has a lot to offer visitors, and it is not one of the more remote places in Hawaii so it is fairly easy to access. This beach is quite popular but it rarely seems crowded, and the water in the bay is generally calm and protected from the rough ocean conditions. The beach consists of white sand, and it is nestled inside a cove that is in the shape of a C. This spot can be great for families with younger kids and those who want to learn to snorkel as well as other types of families.
Our Experiences: When we arrived at Kapalua Bay Beach there were quite a few people already there, but in spite of this there was plenty of room and it did not seem that crowded. The beach area was nice, with sand that was soft on our feet. The water in the bay was fairly calm and the we all spent some time swimming here and also laying around and playing on the beach. This was a nice spot to visit, and a nice beach to spend a few hours at. We did not snorkel but we did see some fish in the water while we were swimming.
Description: Golf is a very popular pastime on the islands, and this ranks up there with finding more remote places in Hawaii to explore for some. A driving range can be a good way to keep your game in shape and get in some practice, whether you actually plan on hitting a course or two while you are here.
Our Experiences: We went to a local driving range, and the adults got in some practice while the kids had some fun hitting the golf balls around. This was not a top highlight of our time in Hawaii for the kids, there were other stops that they found more exciting or adventurous, but it was a pleasant stop that allowed us to spend time together and and enjoy an activity as a family.