Updated: Mar 2
Planning a vacation on the island of Maui or the Big Island can be a lot of fun! However, when you are
taking an autistic child with you, there are a few additional variables you must consider when planning
your trip. Now, before you start to think that a vacation to one of these Hawaiian Islands isn’t possible, I
want to remind you that travel is for everyone. And that means I can help you find autism-friendly tours
and hotels on Maui and the Big Island. All you need to do is contact me by clicking here and we can get a conversation started. To give you a few ideas of what is available on Maui and the Big Island, I thought I would share some of the best autism-friendly tours and hotels on the islands.
Autism Friendly Tours and Hotels on Maui and the Big Island
Autism Friendly Tours on Maui
There are numerous autism-friendly tours on the island of Maui. While an adaptive surf program may
not be an actual tour, I had to include it on this list. After all, one of the main reasons families like yours
visit the Hawaiian Islands is to venture out into the ocean to surf! Thankfully, you don’t need to skip this
amazing adventure if you have an autistic child. Instead, you can sign your child with autism up for one
of the multiple adaptive surfing programs on Maui.
Both you and your child can catch a wave while riding tandem, as the staff encourages you every step of the way. Each surfing destination for these programs has been carefully chosen, so you are in a true
beginner’s surfing environment. You will even be given an ergonomically shaped surfboard to make it
easier for your autistic child to use.
One of the most popular autism-friendly tours on Maui is visiting the Maui Ocean Center. Most autistic
children love animals. So, it isn’t surprising that an autism-friendly tour of this aquarium tops the list for
many autistic families. The Plexiglass Tunnel allows your family to be surrounded by swimming marine
life. Yet, it may be the Touching Tank that interests your children the most, because they can touch
different sea creatures.
Other autism-friendly tours on Maui include horseback riding, ATV rides, visiting country farms, and
whale watching. And if your autistic child loves helicopters, I can always book a helicopter tour.
Autism Friendly Hotels on Maui
There are many child-friendly hotels on Maui, but not all of them are autism-friendly. So, it is important
that we work together on what your family needs, so I can choose the best hotel for your family
Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is one of the resorts that are child-friendly, and also autism-friendly. The
daily kids’ programs and included beach gear ensure that your kids have fun. While you may need to be
hands-on throughout most of your vacation at this resort, you will still love the downtime that you will
get on occasion.
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers an opportunity to spend time with flamingos and
penguins each day without having to leave the resort. The on-site water park will also be a favorite for
autistic children. And you will love knowing your children are being entertained at Camp Hyatt, while
you are enjoying a little downtime.
Autism Friendly Tours on the Big Island
Over on the Big Island, you have many of the same autism-friendly tours available that you would on the
island of Maui. Catamaran cruises are huge on this island, and it allows your autistic child to be out on
the water in a calm environment. Luaus, exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, whale watching,
dolphin watching, and sea turtle watching are a few other autism-friendly tours on the Big Island.
But one of your autistic child’s favorite tours might be snorkeling in the Red Hill area. Or manta ray
snorkeling over in Kona. The glass-bottom boat cruises are a lot of fun too. There are so many autism-friendly tours to choose from, but no worries! I have you covered. All you need to do is let me know
what your autistic child likes, and I will find an autism-friendly tour for your vacation on the Big Island.
Autism Friendly Hotels on the Big Island
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is one of the most autism-friendly hotels on the Big Island. Prior to
your arrival, you can request items to childproof your room to make it safer for your family. Of course,
the kids’ club will be a hit with your kids, and you, since you will get some much-needed downtime.
Time at the swimming pool doesn’t need to be overstimulating, especially since you can choose to take
a dip in the Keiki (children’s) Pool. And the wi-fi will come in handy when your autistic child wants to
watch their favorite show.
These are only some of the autism-friendly tours and hotels on Maui and the Big Island. Contact me
today by clicking here and we can get a conversation started on how I can plan an incredible vacation for your autistic family. I look forward to helping you make fantastic vacation memories with your family!