The Road To Hana hugs the coastline of the Hawaiian island of Maui. The tropical weather and lush greenery gently changes into a windswept lunar landscape as you pass under Haleakala Crater. The trip takes several hours (depending on your route) and is worth every second.
Although the Hana Highway itself only spans 103km, it takes 2.5 hours, 620 curves and 59 one-way bridges to complete the road trip. But driving slow allows you to take in the pure awesomeness of the Road To Hana. Every five minutes there will be a roadside waterfall and natural swimming pool to enjoy (such as at Twin Falls or Haleakala National Park), and if you’re ever feeling peckish there are plenty of roadside stalls.
When the Hana Highway ends, you must decide where to go next. We decided to continue up to Kula on the same road rather than turn back and repeat the Hana Highway. Making this choice allowed for some of the best scenery and fewer tourists on the road. However, car rental companies do not recommend driving there due to the narrow roads and unpaved sections. But trust us, it’s beautiful! If you are willing to risk it, go for it.
Driving the Road To Hana was an awesome experience and we would definitely recommend it to people visiting Maui. Allow a whole day so that you can fully enjoy the drive. Hiring a car is the way to go (it will most likely be a Jeep or Mustang).
One of the first stops along the Road To Hana (and yes, those rocks at the end of the beach are in fact turtles)
Attempting to put the roof back on the Jeep after a brief stint without it. We thought the red Jeep was unique until we realised everyone had one.
Twin Falls is one of the first waterfall stops of the Road To Hana, it’s touristed but incredible
A view of the winding road from above
Some swimming holes were equipped with swinging ropes
Yep, another waterfall
The beautiful tropical surrounds go past slowly as you drive to the 10mph speed limit
All the waterfalls makes for refreshing drive breaks
The Falls at Halaekala National Park
One of the many beaches passed on the Road To Hana with volcanic black sand
After passing the Haleakala Crater, scenery begins to start changing
Things begin to look more lunar and volcanic from the car window
The road winds around the coast before heading back into the centre of the island
The rugged coastline of Maui which can be seen if you take the long way home
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