Must-Stops On Your Road To Hana TourUpdated: May 17, 2021
The Road to Hana is the famed 52-mile highway that snakes and winds through the island of Maui. It has become customary for Maui visitors to drive and make stops along this road to appreciate the sights and tastes of Maui’s bounties. Here’s our list of stops you must make to truly get the Road to Hana tour experience.
Ho’okipa Beach Park
Ho’okipa Beach is world-renowned for its impressive surfs, making it the perfect place for wind and board surfing. The white sandy beach also has picnic areas and pavilions for people who prefer swimming or watching the pros surf on the water.
The Twin Falls is the first of the many easily accessible waterfalls on a Road to Hana tour. You can stop and grab a quick bite to eat at the Twin Falls Farm Stand where they sell sugarcane juice, coconut candy, and fresh locally grown fruits. Also, you can take a dip in the refreshing waters or take a short hike on its beautiful trails.
Maui Garden of Eden
If you love being close to nature, then include this botanical garden as a must-stop on your Road to Hana tour. This arboretum is the creation of Alan Bradbury, Maui’s first ISA certified arborist. It’s 26 acres of unique flowers and trees that are native to Hawaii, scattered with trails and picnic spots with beautiful coastal views.
Home to a traditional Hawaii village, the Keanae peninsula boasts a stunning lava rock coastline. This place has a lot of history and, because of this, is considered “Old Hawaii.” Also close to the peninsula is the Kaenea Arboretum, another worthy stop for your Road to Hana tour.
Halfway through the Road to Hana tour, you might feel a pang of hunger. That’s why it’s a good idea to include the Nahiku marketplace as one of your stops. This little village has gift shops, art galleries, and many outdoor dining options that offer delicious local cuisine. Stop by and re-energize yourself for the remainder of your Road to Hana journey.
Wai’anapanapa State Park
Wai’anapanapa means glistening water, and this name rings true. The state park has a spectacular rugged lava rock coastline and a black sand beach worth seeing. Not only that, but the park also has hike trails, sea arches, ocean caves, and a blowhole. The park also has cabins for camping if you want to stay a bit longer. And for a thrill, you can dive off one of its rocky cliffs.
This sleepy and rural town, aptly named “Heavenly Hana,” is the conclusion of the long winding Road to Hana. The quaintness of the town is an escape from the humdrum of your mainstream life. While here, you can relax and immerse in the history of Hawaii, make new friends with locals, and marvel at the organic farms and beaches.
‘Ohe’o Gulch aka “Seven Sacred Pools”
Only 15 minutes past Hana Town, the ‘Ohe’o Gulch is a breathtaking picture of cascading waterfalls and freshwater pools that stream from one to the other until it reaches all the way to the ocean. Even though it’s known as the Seven Sacred Pools, this is quite incorrect. There are actually dozens of pools and waterfalls in ‘Ohe’o Gulch that flow into the ocean. Nonetheless, the name stuck and until now, the place is a must-see and must-experience.
The Road to Hana has numerous sights and stops that we can’t really list all down here. But the ones mentioned above are some of the places you must see to really get a feel for the island. If our list awakened your adventurous spirit to experience a Road to Hana tour, then we at Hoaloha Jeep Adventures can bring you on that unforgettable journey. Visit www.hoalohajeepadventures.com and book a tour with us!