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Road to Hana Ultime Guide: day trips, tips, prices... in Maui

The legendary Road to Hana is one of Maui's biggest tourist attractions and one of the most beautiful roads in Hawaii. Discover it!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Road to Hana Ultime Guide: day trips, tips, prices... in Maui

Curve of the road on the coast | ©Deepti Hari

Every trip should include a short road trip, an exciting road adventure to discover fascinating and unusual landscapes close to the city you are visiting.

Nicknamed "the Magic Island", Maui happens to have one of the most beautiful roads in the world, Road to Hana, where the important thing is not the destination (the little village from which it takes its name) but the road itself. Get your camera ready because here you will take some of the most beautiful photos of your trip!

Best Road to Hana Coastal Walking Tours

Part of the Road to Hana coastal tour| ©Randy Robertson
Part of the Road to Hana coastal tour| ©Randy Robertson

Although you can do this road trip on your own by renting a car in Maui, if you want to explore the scenery of this part of the island, my advice is to join one of the organised Road to Hana tours.

The reason for this is not insignificant. As it's a twisty road through unfamiliar rainforest, to avoid unnecessary driving risks during your holiday, it's best to travel with local drivers and guides who know the terrain like the back of their hand and will show you the most stunning Maui scenery safely, so all you have to worry about is enjoying the views!

Set aside a full day of your holiday to embark on an unforgettable Road to Hana adventure by taking a trip to some of the island's most picturesque sites such as Wai'anapanapa State Park, Waikani Falls, Ho'okipa Beach, Wailua Falls, Pua'a Ka'a State Park, the traditional village of Ke'anae and many more.

The great thing about these types of Road to Hana tours is that they include a local guide who will explain the history of all the sites you'll see along the way and they usually include lunch and transportation to and from the hotel for your convenience during the trip.

Road To Hana Excursions

The most premium options for visiting Road To Hana: travel in a small group or combine the tour with a helicopter flight

For the beauty of the locations visited during the Road to Hana tour, there is no doubt that this road trip in Hawaii is a memorable experience in itself, but for a little more money you can make it premium and travel with a small group of less than 10 people in a luxury limousine for extra comfort and relaxation, especially on the return journey when you're tired after a full day out.

These tours also include a local guide (who will explain the Hawaiian culture and history of all the sites you will visit along the way) as well as lunch and transport to and from the hotel, but that's not all.

During the tour you will see incredible sites such as Wai'anapanapa State Park, Waikani Falls, Haleakala Crater, Hana Tropicals Gardens and the towns of Ke'anae and Hana.

If these premium Road to Hana tours are worthwhile, it's because during the activity you can swim on a black sand beach in Hana or under a waterfall in Pua'a Ka'a State Park. You'll get some great photos and a unique souvenir of your stay in Maui!

And if you want to get an overview of Maui's beautiful scenery, there are tours to Hana that combine a visit by land and by air. That is, one part of the tour is done by car and the other by helicopter, as many places can only be reached by air due to the unique geography of the place.

So don't hesitate, get your camera ready because Road to Hana is an extraordinary adventure!

Excursions to Road To Hana


What to see on the Road to Hana

Waikani Falls| ©Alexander Tat
Waikani Falls| ©Alexander Tat

Depending on the Road to Hana tour you choose, you can see some of the most amazing scenery on the island of Maui such as Haleakala Crater, Kaumahina State Park, Hana Tropicals Gardens, Waikani Falls, Wai'anapanapa State Park, the towns of Ke'anae and Hana, Ho'okipa Beach, Wailua Falls, Pua'a Ka'a State Park, Charles Lindbergh's grave, Ohe'o Gulch, the bamboo forest and some local farms where you can sample some local produce.

Why Road to Hana is worth a visit

Discover postcard-perfect scenery| ©dronepicr
Discover postcard-perfect scenery| ©dronepicr

It's a spectacular 72-kilometre drive along Maui' s north shore with 620 hairpin bends and more than 50 bridges that leads to beautiful landscapes of virgin rainforest, steep cliffs, beautiful waterfalls, black sand beaches and palm tree fields.

If you're a lover of ecotourism and road trips, you'll really enjoy this Road to Hana adventure because you'll see incredible scenery and quaint villages while learning about Hawaiian culture and history.

How long Road to Hana tours last

Ohe'o Gulch| ©Katie (alaskahokie)
Ohe'o Gulch| ©Katie (alaskahokie)

Excursions to Road to Hana can take approximately 6 to 10 hours.

The best waterfalls on the Road to Hana

Waimoku Falls emerging through the greenery| ©Mark Doliner
Waimoku Falls emerging through the greenery| ©Mark Doliner

Some of the most beautiful waterfalls you can see in Maui are Waimoku Falls (the highest on the island), Waikani Falls, Alelele Falls, Wailua Falls, Hanawi Falls and many others.

How to book a Road to Hana tour

Take your time and enjoy the journey| ©Ted Murphy
Take your time and enjoy the journey| ©Ted Murphy

At you can compare prices and schedules as well as the availability of excursions to Road to Hana on the date you want. You are sure to find the excursion that best suits you!