The Active Family Guide
HIGHLIGHTS: Kensington Tours offers a nine-day vacation for families who can’t choose between Oahu and Maui. You’ll start by relaxing on Waikiki—its gentle break is a great place to learn to surf—but a tour of greater Oahu quickly proves that the island is much more than Honolulu’s boutiques and mild beaches. You’ll see the North Shore’s raging breaks, the Japanese-style Byodo-In Temple, emerald expanses from Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, and Dole’s pineapple plantation (kids love the walk-through maze). You’ll also take a rainforest hike and be a luau guest. Once you get over to Maui, the tour becomes more animal-themed, with whale-watching, a visit to a sea-turtle nesting ground, and a snorkeling cruise of the Molokini crater. There’s some leisure time built into the itinerary; consider using it to take the kids to Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona memorial, which still bleeds oil from its sunken grave.
OUTFITTER: Kensington Tours, founded by Jeff Willner, a prolific explorer and a Royal Geographic Society Fellow, offers journeys to more than 90 countries.
ITINERARY: Honolulu (Oahu) to Lahaina (Maui).
DATES: Custom dates available.
PRICE: Starting at $1,863 per person, including lodging, all listed activities, ground transportation, and some meals.
INFO: kensingtontours.com, (888) 903-2001.