How To Plan a Family Hawaiian Vacation

Posted by Jake Riviera on March 16th, 2021

Parents everywhere universally agree that vacations with young children are not vacations at all. Instead, they resemble the same daily life with kids, just with a different scenery! Between packing the stroller, lugging the car seat, and airplane-checking the foldable crib, it is often easier to stay put at home. That said, few vacation destinations are as family-friendly as the gloriously beautiful Hawaiian Islands. The laid-back atmosphere, soft sandy beaches, and warm blue water are enough to relax even the most frazzled of families. From the moment you step off the plane, life’s troubles seem to wash away. Doing Hawaii right begins with some upfront research and careful planning. Once you establish the necessary arrangements, you can say goodbye to your daily stress and aloha to carefree days in the sun.

Book Flights

While Hawaii is a popular tourist destination year-round, certain seasons are cheaper and less crowded than others. Luckily, the weather is warm enough to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the season, so choose a time that works best for your schedule.

A simple internet search will help you determine the best time of year to purchase airline tickets. Always pay close attention to promotional deals and sales, as various airlines regularly advertise special pricing and discounts. Do not forget to research travel insurance quotes as well, for trip security is always a necessity when planning to travel with small children.

Research Accommodations

Though small in size, kids tend to take up an extraordinary amount of space. Therefore, put careful research into your Hawaiian accommodations, and be sure you will have plenty of room once you arrive.

From expansive resorts to cozy inns, Hawaii has accommodations for every family situation. First, determine your budget and filter hotels that fit within it. Next, consider your childrens’ ages before booking a room. Are your kids old enough to enjoy a water slide or boogie boarding? If so, an all-inclusive hotel with a large private beach might be best. Alternatively, if your children are babies, a condo rental with separate bedrooms and a quiet kiddie pool might better suit your needs.

Pack Properly

Even when it is raining, the weather in Hawaii is consistently warm and always delightful. Essentials include swimsuits, shorts, sundresses, sandals, and sunglasses. While the vibe is generally casual, you may want to pack a more formal outfit for a nice dinner out.

The beauty of Hawaii is the beach and sand provide children with endless hours of entertainment. That said, pack the necessities like sunscreen, umbrellas, and beach toys to keep them happy and protected. And don’t worry, whatever you forget at home, you can buy it there!

Plan Activities

Lounging on the beach from sunup to sundown is an excellent way to spend every day of a Hawaiian vacation. However, if this plan leaves you feeling restless, the islands offer plenty of activities and day trips for added entertainment.

Depending on the ages of your children, adventure abounds in Hawaii. For smaller kids, the beach and pool might be just enough action. Many resorts boast kiddie pools and play areas, and some even have daycare available to give tired parents a break!

Older children will enjoy more adventurous outings such as surfing and snorkeling. Brightly colored fish and sea turtles flourish in the warm water and enchant snorkelers young and old. Additionally, many surf camps and instructors frequent public beaches, educating tourists on the specifics of beginning surfing.

Take a long walk through the lush green wilderness, and visit waterfalls on the way. Hikes long and short are plentiful and fun for the whole family. Don’t forget your camera and sunscreen!

Winter is whale season in Hawaii when the humpback whales breach out of the water, splashing their enormous tails. Consider a family whale watching trip, as the seasoned guides know just where to anchor for the best views of these breathtaking mammals.

Taste Island Cuisine

Polynesian food is the fare of choice in Hawaii, with fresh fruit and just-caught fish always prepared to perfection. Some restaurants look over the ocean, and others are situated directly in the sand. Kids and parents alike will thoroughly enjoy dining as a family in Hawaii.

One of the most quintessential Hawaiian events is a traditional Polynesian luau. A luau is a festival located on the beach and features dancing and food reflective of Polynesian culture. Families enjoy delicious island cuisine while Hawaiian locals perform the hula, play live music, and showcase fire dancing. Fun for the whole family, definitely consider booking a luau during your next Hawaiian vacation.

For these reasons and many more, the Hawaiian Islands are a wonderful getaway for families with children, young or old. With a bit of upfront research and planning, you will be on your way to a magnificent adventure in paradise.

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