Top Places to See on Road to Hana, Maui
The beautiful and scenic drive down Road to Hana is a must when visiting Maui. The unique and legendary drive offers views to some of the most amazing sights, waterfalls, and beaches around the island. However, it comes with a price – a long and windy 52 mile drive with narrow one lane bridges and cliffs. However, thanks to Valley Isle Excursions, they provide stops to all the top places to see on Road to Hana while cruising in a comfortable large van in one full day. I was able to kick back and relax and take as many photos as possible with breathtaking stops through Maui’s tropical rainforest. Join me on on an adventure to all the top places to see on Road to Hana ranging from views of spectacular cliffs, waterfalls, colorful island flowers, and rainforest vegetation.
Valley Isle Excursion picked us up in a 12-seat bus right on time at our hotel early morning at 6:30am and we were greeted by our friendly tour guide, Jeff. The bus is spacious, cozy, with large clean windows so you can take photos through.
The day started out at a continental breakfast at Maui Lani Golf Course club house. Breakfast consisted of warm croissants, muffins, pineapple, coffee, and juice. The views at the golf course early morning were beautiful and serene, a great aloha to start to the day.
Soon enough, we are on the road and entered the windy curving streets in the green mountains as Jeff shared many memorable stories about growing up in Maui and the culture on the island.
Our first sighting was the rainbow eucalyptus trees which had such gorgeous colors!
Maui has so many stunning waterfalls, each varying in size and flow of water. The waterfalls come from the rains from Haleakala and generally stream down the slopes.
Our guide Jeff found the best waterfalls and made it easily accessible for us to stop and take a quick photo.
The black lava rocks are staggered throughout the beach after a big lava flow came from Haleakala Crater. The coastline is rocky so you can’t really swim in this area.
Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread
Time for some delicious homemade banana bread! The banana bread was delicious and served warm! Get them while you can, I noticed the next few stops that sold it were slightly more expensive. Plus, it served as a great snack if breakfast and lunch isn’t enough.
Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach
Next we arrived at the famous Black Sand Beach! The black sand was created from all the rough surf pounding on Haleakala’s fresh lava flow for thousands of years and it is where a Queen once took refuge, making this a sacred place to many.
We went down a short little trail to the black sand beach and it was everything you’d expect and more! It had beautiful black pebbles glittering on the soft black sand.
Picnic in Hana
Next up was lunch time! Our guide took us to a special little picnic area filled with beautiful flowers and a little garden.
The owners gave a brief intro to their special flowers and arrangements and we each got to keep one. Mahalo.
Lunch was a standard BBQ chicken, macaroni salad, green salad, bread, and unlimited drinks.
Pools at Oheo
After lunch, we were headed to the Pools at Oheo in Haleakala National Park. If you have extra time, try to do both the Pipiwai Trail and Kuloa Point Trail! Otherwise, stick to the Kuloa point trail to see the pools.
It is a short 5-10 min walk down to the pools.
Soon enough, you are greeted with wonderful views of the pools and waterfalls! This is formed by the Pipiwai Stream towards the ocean. Our guide did warn us the pools may be a little too muddy to swim in since it just rained. The sight was still gorgeous, a few people still swam while others sat out on the rocks.
The view on the other side by the ocean.
On our way out, we made a quick stop at the Palapala Ho’omau Church where Charles Lindbergh was buried. I absolutely loved the green and lush vegetation around the area.
At this part of the tour, we made our way to the backside of Haleakala in Kaupo. The land becomes drier and has more open fields with views of the beautiful volcano and ocean. The scenery drastically changes as all the lush vegetation disappears and you get an amazing view of the volcano. The roads are unpaved and steep so get ready for a bumpy ride! Just a note, some car rental companies will not allow you to take the cars down this route!
Our last stop was the Tedeschi Winery with complimentary tastings of unique and delicious Hawaiian flavors like Pineapple wine.
Valley Isle Excursions
Overall, I highly recommend this tour if you want a quick overview of Road to Hana and are limited on time on the island. That said, do not expect too much time to explore on your own for each stop but you will see so much more with the convenience of a driver dropping you off to all the top spots. Each sight was just beautiful and unique and the scenic drive along the coast was breathtaking. If you are the type who likes to leisurely explore, go on your own…but just know the driving is quite some work where the driver will not be able to enjoy the scenic route. Valley Isle Excursions allows you to see more of the island sites in less time than you would be able to see on your own. Our tour guide Jeffrey treats you like one big family. He is such a passionate guy who truly loves what he does and praises his boss. His positive energy and attitude just makes you enjoy the day more and appreciate the company values their employees and customer’s reviews.
– If you get motion sickness, request a seat in the front. Bring motion sickness medicine and take it before the tour starts. Trust me, it is one windy trip.
– Sit on the left side for the view! Although the left side has great waterfall views.
– Bring bug spray, those sneaky mosquitos will creep into the bus when we open doors so I got bit once.
– Plenty of bathroom breaks are made throughout the day, so don’t worry!