Road to Hana Best Stops You Can MakeUpdated: December 27, 2021
The Road to Hana is a can’t miss experience when you’re in Maui, Hawaii. And with so many exciting places you can see while on the road, it could take you a whole week to explore all of them! But if you don’t have that kind of time, check out our list of the Road to Hana best stops that you should make.
First on the list is the Ho’okipa Lookout or the Ho’okipa Beach Park. This is where pro surfers and windsurfers compete annually because of the big waves they can catch here. You might also see some turtles on the beach but make sure to leave them alone as they are endangered and protected by the local government.
The twin falls are the first of the many waterfalls you’ll see in Maui, so this stop is well-known. As such, expect to see lots of fellow tourists at this stop. The twin falls are accessible from the road, as it is only a short and easy walk. If you find this stop too crowded, don’t worry because there are still plenty of falls that you can see ahead of your drive.
Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees
Down the road, near Mile Marker 7, is an incredible sight of rainbow eucalyptus trees. These trees originally hail from the Philippines, but since they thrive in warm, humid climates, they also flourish here in Maui. Note that these trees are on private property, so make sure you or your group don’t trespass.
Garden of Eden Arboretum
The Arboretum is 26 acres of beautiful garden paradise that is worth checking out! Aside from the hundreds of flora species in the garden, it also has walking trails and scenic views of the valley. There’s also a restaurant and bathrooms, so it makes for a great pit stop.
Located near Mile marker 13, this long finger of lava formation juts out into the ocean and provides fantastic views of the lava beaches commonly found on the big island. It’s advised not to go swimming here but instead is an excellent spot for taking photos.
Halfway to Hana
As you drive down towards Mile Marker 17, you can spot the sign that says Halfway to Hana right away. This stop is a fruit stand, and they also sell their delicious banana bread and shaved ice in different fruit flavors.
Upper Waikani Falls
Are you a photographer or aspiring to be one? Then you will love Upper Waikani Falls. This picturesque waterfall is located between mile markers 19 and 20 but not marked, so drive slowly. You can get a nice shot from the roadside or take a short hike down to the pools.
Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach
This stop deserves a spot on your itinerary. The Wai’anapanapa State Park boasts a pristine black sand beach formed by the lava flow from the Maui Mountains. You can find some easy hikes here as well as ocean caves that you can explore.
Draw up your Road to Hana checklist and make sure the stops we mentioned above are included! If you’re making this trip alone or with your friends or family, make sure that you’re well prepared for this trip. However, you can also book a private jeep tour with Hoaloha Jeep Adventures. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the experience, and we’ll take care of the rest!