No visit to Maui is complete without a road trip to Hana. This lovely jaunt will take you along the coastline, and, some of most stunning views you will ever see in your lifetime. This winding, narrow road takes you around 620 curves and fifty-nine beautiful bridges. Cascading waterfalls and a lush tropical rainforest will have you feeling like you are in another world.
When beginning your trip, know that the objective is not to just get to the town of Hana, it is about the experience of the whole drive!
You will find endless opportunities to explore. One of the most popular attractions are the quaint stands on the side of the road that employ the honor system to sell their goods. Here you can find some of the best banana bread in the world, plus fresh floral leis, tropical fruits and other varieties of goodies.
It may be best to obtain a guide book, considering the variety of opportunities on this trip. Black and red sand beaches, gorgeous hiking trails, historic sites and tropical waterfalls are just a small sample of some of the adventures waiting for you.
Though this part of your journey is not free, we recommend taking a break from your day and having lunch at the Travaasa Hotel. Here you will find a most tranquil space to enjoy a quiet lunch, just outside on the patio.
Before you begin your journey to Hana, be sure you have a full tank of gas, a change of clothes, a towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, food, water, camera and medicine if you get car sick. This is a whole day adventure, so plan on making this your only activity for the day.
Most people turn around once they reach Hana. However, the road continues all the way around the island and offers a complete change in scenery. Car companies usually do not allow you to take their cars on this route, as it can be dangerous and in some places it is not paved. Use caution if you decide to go all the way around and know that cell phone service is nonexistent in some areas.