Crazy day for the drivers. We rented from 2 cars for a party of 10 from Enterprise. They do not pick up at the port. The drivers had to Uber. Other car rental companies do have transportation.
Check out the Shaka Maui app for the drive. It was great! It tells you exactly were to stop and what you will see and also includes a history lessons.
This was an 8 hour day and exhausting we had the most horrible driver/tour guide her name was Debbie. She needed to retire and get counseling for her road rage driving behavior and her hostility toward rental car drivers. Just beyond explaining
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.
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