If you are looking for adventure and happen to be on Maui try the road to Hana.
The road to Hana is one of my favorite things to do there and you can see new things each time. There’s waterfalls, beaches, cute little shops, and much more! I’ve done it twice and would love to do it again! I really want to spend more time exploring some of the hiking trails. We’ve only done some of the short walks to waterfalls. Plus, I’d really love to sunrise or sunset at Ohe’o Gulch. It is basically the end of the road so you’d have to either stay in Hana or camp out.
The road to Hana is full of wind, curvy roads. Sometimes on the side of a cliff and at spots, it becomes a one-way road. If these things scare you, it may not be the best adventure for you. If you aren’t sure, give it a try! You can always turn around if you decide you’d rather not take the drive. If you get car sick it might be best to pack the Dramamine or skip this. If you do go and take it slow, be sure to pull over at spots to allow others to pass. The line of cars can grow quickly if one person is going under the speed limit.
Five tips for your road to Hana adventure
- Leave plenty of time to explore. If you don’t want to be driving these curvy, wild roads in the dark head out early in the morning. If you want to go all the way to Ohe’o Gulch and/or explore all the little spots on the way, it can be a full day.
- Download the Gypsy Guide app. They recommend places to stop on the way up and stories for the ride back. It’s $5.99 and well worth it. If you are doing Haleakala as well get the $9.99 version. We used it on both trips.
- Even with the app, plan ahead. Know what your must see and must-dos are. You don’t want to miss any stops that you were looking forward to! There aren’t a lot of places to stop and buy food so plan water and snacks if needed. Also, the cell phone connection is spotty so you won’t always have service.
- Take cash. Some of the spots and places only take cash. You may want to grab some fresh fruit or banana bread on your way!
- Remember, this drive is truly about the journey and not the destination. You are experiencing the road to Hana, not Hana itself.
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