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Are Boat Tours Family Friendly

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Family vacations create memories that last a lifetime, especially family vacations to Hawaii. This beautiful tropical paradise gives visitors an unforgettable opportunity to see lush landscapes, experience authentic luau’s, interact with wildlife, and learn about a unique culture. Plus, it’s a great bonding experience for families.

Once here, visitors want to see every part of Hawaii from every angle. Many visitors love kayaking the rivers, wandering the beaches and hiking trails, taking a helicopter tour, and even taking a cruise around the island. But helicopter tours, some hikes and kayaking excursions, and even some beaches aren’t necessarily family-friendly. This leads many parents to ask, are boat tours family-friendly?

The answer is yes. Boat tours are very family-friendly and a great way to tour the beautiful Garden Island. Here are our top four reasons why boat tours are the perfect, family-friendly excursion.

Hawaiian Vacations Can Be Educational

Did you realize that a trip to Hawaii can be extremely educational? Take a boat tour and find out. Boat tours are led by tour guides and their captain. Most of the tour guides have lived in the area for years and spent a great deal of time learning the secrets of the island.


There’s nothing more family-friendly than learning more about the world. For example, on our Napali Coast cruise, your family will learn that the first settlers on the Napali Coast were the Polynesians in 1200 AD. During the tour, you’ll learn how they settled on the Napali Coast and the captain will narrate their legends.


The tour guides will also point out the geographical history and interesting facts about the area. For example, the tour guides will explain how volcanoes made the islands and how lava tunnels created sea caves around the island.

Simply, boat cruises provide more information about the area than you might learn by hiking or exploring on your own. It’s a great learning opportunity for your kids. For months, they’ll excitedly tell their friends, teachers, neighbors, and relatives all the cool facts and stories they learned.

Fun Adventures

Boat tours offer so much more than a nice ride across the water. They also offer unique experiences and fun adventures for families to enjoy together including snorkeling and whale watching.


Dive into the underwater world of adventure with the whole family. So many children’s’ (and adults!) favorite animals can be found on a snorkeling adventure, like sea turtles, tropical fish, and dolphins.

Kauai Snorkeling Tours

Whale Watching

Every year, humpback whales migrate to Kauai from fall through spring. These majestic creatures are a major symbol in Hawaiian culture, and they’re a treat to see in person. Imagine how excited your kids will be to see a whale gliding over the surface of the water. Learn more about the humpback whales of Kauai in our previous blog post, The History You Should Know About Whale Watching.

Kauai Whale Watching Tours


When we drop anchor, we also set up a waterslide for the kids to slide into the ocean. It’s kind of like a waterpark, but instead, you’re sliding into sapphire-blue ocean water.

Family-Friendly Amenities

Boat tours offer a family-friendly environment with amenities like bathrooms onboard and easy storage for personal items. You also won’t have to worry about the kids not being able to see the whale or interesting landmarks because the boats offer unobstructed views. Plus, there’s food and delicious beverages served on board to keep the kids happy and fed.

Discounts for Kids

The best boat tours offer a discount for kids instead of a flat cost per ticket. This makes it a cost-effective way for families to spend time together, learn something new, try out a new experience, and make memories. We do ask that children be at least 3 years old or older to ride a Catamaran.

Kauai Sea Tours

Are you and your family ready to explore Hawaii on a boat tour? Kauai Sea Tours has been providing award-winning tours since 1991, with a history of ten consecutive TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards. Our team is passionate about creating incredible adventures in paradise and we’re excited to explore the Napali Coast with you.


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