Hawaii

CLASSIC ROAD TO HANA TOUR

DurationDuration 10-12 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 30
$19.99

Description

The Road to Hana is a 64.4-mile stretch of road lined by hidden waterfalls, scenic hikes, and small swimming holes. On our Classic Road to Hana Tour, we’ll recommend our favorite stops with stories along the way. But don’t just take our word for it -- check out our reviews in the App Store and on Google Play. Our Maui app has over 10,000 five-star reviews!

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Hike to Twin Falls
•⁠ Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a Black Sand Beach (advance reservations required)
•⁠ Visit Hana Town
•⁠ Swim at Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Falls)
•⁠ Explore a lava tube

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Paia Town
Direction: Loop, the tour then guides you back to Paia with more stories the same way you came.

ROAD TO HANA ADVISORY:
There is only one road into and out of Hana. People who live in nearby communities have to drive this road everyday and the thousands of daily drivers on this one-lane highway greatly impacts their lives. Please be respectful — do not park illegally, pay attention to signs, drive responsibly, and pull over to let locals pass. Do not enter private property or visit sites that are unsafe. And, please remember to pick up your trash.

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Road to Hana Intro
Pa'ia Town
Weather and Waterfalls
Mile Marker
Hairpin Turn
Ke'anae Arboretum Parking
Turn Left for Bay
Fishponds
Oheo Gulch
Intro to Return Trip
Story of Charles Lindberg
Venus Pools
Captain Cook
Whale's Hill
Victory at Kokomo, Iao, and Oahu
End of Tour - Farewell and Mahalo
JAWS

Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees, & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

There is only one road into and out of Hana. Locals have to drive this road everyday and the thousands of daily drivers on this one-lane highway greatly impacts their lives. Please be respectful — do not park illegally, pay attention to signs, drive responsibly, and pull over to let locals pass. Do not enter private property or visit sites that are unsafe. And, please remember to pick up your trash.

For more on being a responsible traveler to Hawaii, click here. You can also learn about proper Road to Hana etiquette here. And, before you travel to Hawaii, be sure to take the Pono Pledge here.

Safety precautions to note:

Waterfall Safety: Do not go underneath any waterfall due to falling rocks.

Swimming and Rock Jumping: Check depth before jumping off rock into pools

Hiking Safety: Bring water & hike in groups, stay away from ledges

Driving Safety: 3-5 cars per at a time for one-lane bridges. Pull over for locals.

Ocean safety: Watch for rogue waves. Be aware of strong undercurrents and waves especially during Winter months.

IMPORTANT: Beginning 3/1/2021 reservations are required to visit Waianapanapa State Park (black sand beach) - book up to 14 days in advance, no same-day reservations allowed, the price for entry is $10 to park AND $5 per person. Click here to book. Click here to learn how to plan your day based on your reservation time.

Here are more costs to consider:

$30 per car: Haleakala National Park (Oheo Pools)

$15 for adults: Garden of Eden (per person)

$10 parking, $5 per person: Waianapanapa State Park 

$11.95 per person: Hana Lava Tube

$10 per person: Kahana Gardens

If you wanted to do EVERYTHING on the tour -- each hike, scenic spot, swimming hole -- we recommend you plan to spend about 12 hours on the tour. Since there’s so much to see, we've created this suggested itinerary so you can plan which spots you want to visit in advance. Also, some advice: don’t get caught up in visiting every spot, sure you’ll want to make the most of your day, but this road trip is truly about the journey. Stay flexible and enjoy your time at the spots you do visit.

We recommend starting the tour by 8:00am (from Kahului). If you are starting from Kaanapali you should start driving more like 7:30am. We know it’s early, but it’s imperative if you want to visit all the spots and minimize nighttime driving.

Here are some other things to note:

If you’re staying in West Maui in the resort towns of Kaanapali or Lahaina, plan to spend 45 minutes driving to the start of the tour in Kahului.

The Hana Lava Tube, Garden of Eden and Kahana Gardens close at 4pm, so plan accordingly.

  • Very Important: Car charger
  • Layers and a Jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Cash - many stops along the way are cash only
  • Phone Mount

Tour FAQs

This tour starts and ends in Paia, just outside Kahului near the airport. It travels along Hana Highway to Hana Town. Once you reach Hana, we’ll guide you back to Paia on the same road, with different stories to entertain you for the whole drive. Most of the stops along this tour are on the way to Hana so on your return trip you’re just cruising back to Paia. 


Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 

  • Twin Falls
  • Honomanu Bay
  • Keahua Peninsula 
  • Nahiku Landing 
  • Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach
  • Hana Town
  • Hamoa Beach
  • Haleakala National Park - Oheo Gulch, Pipiwai Trail
  • Wailua Iki Falls Hike
  • Venus Pools

For help planning your day check out our Classic Road to Hana suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go.

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Here’s our packing list for this tour. It may seem a little long, but remember, what you bring depends on the activities you choose to do for the day.

  • Layers of clothing and a Jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Cash - many stops along the way are cash only
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount
How much you spend truly depends on what you do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs:

  • $30.00 per car: Haleakala National Park (Oheo Pools)
  • $15.00 for adults: Garden of Eden (per person)
  • $10.00 per car: Waianapanapa State Park 
  • $5.00 per person: Waianapanapa State Park
  • $11.95 per person: Hana Lava Tube
  • $10.00 per person: Kahana Gardens
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $10.00: Local snack, like banana bread or shave ice

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Please pay attention to all parking signs. Parking illegally on the Road to Hana can not only result in a ticket, it is extremely disrespectful to people who need to use this road everyday. The traffic on the road greatly impacts their lives, so you can help do your part by parking legally and adhering to all signs. We’ll advise you on where to park during the tour, and if there are no spots available, just wait for a spot to open up.

No, this tour can only be done clockwise, beginning and ending in Paia. 

Great! This means you can really take your time and break the tour up into two days. Just switch the tour off when you arrive in Hana, and turn it back on when you’re ready to get on the road the next day.


Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


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