Having driven this Road to Hana myself on two different occasions, I was happy to sit back in our comfortable van and leave the driving to our guide. The occasional stops were both interesting and considerate.
The driver was good, you don't need to spend extra on this. No big buses will be travelling the road so it will all be done in small vans. Not comfortable getting in and out of the van over and over. Swim at the black sand beach, the beach at the end wasn't special but the black sand one was!
We travelled in the opposite direction of most tours (counter clockwise) heading along the southwest coast first. This avoided much of the traffic heading in the opposite direction. Our tour guide was great.
We were disappointed, couldn't see most of the views as it was super windy, foggy and raining 90% of the tour, lunch was just average. Bonus....Our tour price went down $75 each when we switched the day, agent didn't know why.
This was an all day excursion. It was on a comfortable 8 person conversion van. Hana Road is extremely narrow and winding. I would have loved more stops for picture taking but, the road itself doesn't provide a lot of opportunities. The scenery is beautiful and there is a stop to try and swim in the waterfall. It was very cold.
An amazing tour that everyone should take advantage in doing. Its a 9 hour road trip with lots of stops in between with food snacks and drinks provided. Its worth the trip because it is one of the most stunning views I have ever seen.
This is a 10 hour tour that takes you around the east side of Maui. About 40 miles of the route is the Road to Hana a very curvy (620 curves) with many (59) one lane bridges and road sections that are really one lane but you may need to squeeze by other vehicles. Our mini-bus hugged the mountainside many times. The scenery is tropical rain forest passing several beautiful waterfalls, scenic views, and cattle ranches. There is a short stop at the Waianapanapa State park and black sand beach. I was fortunate to have Bruce as the driver/guide for the day. Bruce a transplanted Texan made it an enjoyable day and took into consideration the needs of his 15 not so young passengers. At the end of 10 hours we all felt we had a great time and made new friends. There are sufficient breaks and opportunities to get out, stretch your legs, and use bathroom facilities. The stops allow enough time to view the area but you don’t feel rushed. The stop at Palapala Congressional Church the location of Charles Lindbergh’s grave was very interesting as well as the Kipahulu National Park location of the 7 sacred pools. It is about a half mile walk down to the pools. The visitor/ranger station had some very interesting history of early Hawaiian life. Along the highway are homes of several famous people - Oprah, one of the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson and others. There is a stop at Travaasa Experiential Resort for lunch which was just OK, but I am a bit jaded after many days of superb cruise ship dining. A word of warning, they caution people with back backs and pregnant women to avoid this trip – pay attention to this warning the road has many miles of unpaved and poorly paved roads.
We took the Deluxe Road to Hana Excursion, small mini bus. Excellent scenery, however, the bus really can not stop on the road for photos, so most of your photos are taken through dirty windows. There are several places where stops are made that have parking facilities.
The bus was comfortable, and driven by a driver who was friendly and professional. There were beautiful views of the rainforest and coastline during the tour. There were good stops along the way, and a nice lunch that was served. There were unlimited waters, juices, and sodas available on board the bus.
A long day but we had a good guide. The drive is the tour - there really isn't anything there when you get to Hana. Lots of vegetation, waterfalls, and cliffs. We got rained on (heavily) twice, always when farthest from the bus.
The road to Hana is one of those times when it probably is best to let someone else do the driving. 600+ curves, 59 1-lane bridges, a lot of the road is barely more than 1 lane anyway. It's gorgeous - you start out thinking every new vista is beautiful, only to realize it gets better and better. Black-rock beaches with blue, blue water, lush green hillsides with waterfalls, sheer cliffs and drop-offs, then a black sand beach with lava tube cave, and the seven sacred pools at Ohe'o Gulch. You can rent a car but apparently, the car rental companies won't let you drive the entire route because at a certain point, the road gets VERY rough. I can vouch for that. Tour companies do the full circle, so you see Charles Lindbergh's grave and the desert end of Maui. Plus, once the road straightens out, it's a lot easier going on than turning back . . . .Unless you stay somewhere along the way, you will be rushed to do this in one day whether by tour or rental car.
Awesome!!! Very long day. Many many stops. Breathtaking scenery! Road has been repaired in some spots so not as bumpy as previously. Not as scary as I was expecting. Excellent lunch provided at the flower shop stop. Medium sized van with comfortable seats. Tour guide was great. highly recommend!
The views are beautiful and it is so lush and colorful, but the steep cliffs inches away from a road with no railing, the several crazy twist and turns every 2 seconds coupled with tourist and locals who want to speed around the mountain made this drive terrifying! We've knick named it the Treacherous Road to Hana. Perhaps an experienced driver on a tour bus would be best but I don't think I would be any less terrified on a bus on those roads. We had an economy car and that was too big at some points on the road. A road that has two way traffic on a one lane road about 70% of the time I might add.
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