Maui

REVERSE ROAD TO HANA TOUR

Description

Most Road to Hana tours start in Paia, but our Reverse Road to Hana Tour begins in Kula on the opposite side of the island. There are some serious advantages to this. Mainly, you’ll beat the crowds at some of the Road to Hana's most popular spots, like Oheo Pools and Hana Town. Not only that, you’ll visit the rarely explored backside of the Road to Hana.

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

•⁠ Explore the back road to Hana
•⁠ Beat the crowds to Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Falls)
• Visit Hana Town
•⁠ Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a Black Sand Beach⁠
•⁠ Visit loads of scenic waterfalls

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kula Town
Direction: Counterclockwise, beginning in Kula Town in Upcountry Maui and ending in Kahului
Please Note: The backside of Hana has some graded dirt roads and rusty guardrails so the drive requires extra caution. Because of this, some rental car companies will void insurance if you drive on the backside of Hana. Confirm that you're able to drive this section of the island with your rental car company in advance.

ROAD TO HANA ADVISORY:
There are currently an overwhelming number of visitors on the Road to Hana. You’re likely to get stuck in traffic, have trouble parking, and experience large crowds. We recommend you postpone your visit or start your trip in the early morning or afternoon to avoid peak hours. 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.

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Full-Day Tour (10-12 Hours) 127 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Natural Sea Arch

  • Huakini Beach

  • View of Nu’u Bay & Haleakala

  • Alelele Falls

  • Charles Lindbergh's Grave

  • Oheo Gulch aka Pools of ‘Ohe’o aka Seven Sacred Pools

  • Pipiwai Trail

  • Venus Pools

  • Wailua Falls

  • Hamoa Beach

  • Koki Beach

  • Hasegawa General Store

  • Hana Town

  • Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach

  • Kahanu Gardens

  • Nahiku Marketplace

  • Nahiku Landing

  • Makapipi Falls

  • Secret Lava Tube Cave

  • Waikani Falls (3 Bears)

  • Wailua State Wayside Park

  • Halfway to Hana Food Stand

  • Keanae Valley Overlook

  • Ke’anae Peninsula

  • Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread

  • Ke’anae Arboretum

  • Nua'ailua View Point

  • Honomanu Bay View

  • Kaumahina State Park

  • Garden of Eden Arboretum

  • Waikamoi Ridge Trail

  • Twin Falls

  • Jaws

  • Hookipa Beach

  • Paia Town

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour begins in Kula Town in upcountry Maui and travels around the eastern coast of the island until you reach Hana Town. From there, you’ll travel along Hana Highway to Paia, the traditional starting point for the Road to Hana.


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


  • Backside of Hana
  • Charles Lindberg's Grave
  • Wailua Iki Falls
  • Oheo Gulch & Pipiwai Trail
  • Venus Pools 
  • Hamoa Beach
  • Hana Town
  • Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach
  • Nahiku Landing 
  • Keahua Peninsula 
  • Honomanu Bay
  • Twin Falls

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

Where can I park along the road?

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.

Can I join the tour along the route?

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. 

What should I pack?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see What should I budget? below)

What should I budget?

How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs.


  • $14.99: Shaka Guide’s West Maui Tour
  • $29.00 (adult)/ $19.00 (child) per person: Maui Ocean Center
  • $7.00 (adult)/ free for children 12 and under: Wo Hing Museum
  • $5.00 per car: Iao Valley State Park
  • $7.00 (adult)/ $2.00 (child) per person: Bailey House Museum
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise starting in Kula Town. If you’d like to start the tour in Paia or Kahului check out our Loop Road to Hana Tour. 

What time will I get to Hana?

From the start of the tour in Kula, it takes about three hours to get to Hana, depending on the stops you make and how long you stay at each spot. 


Check out our Reverse Road to Hana suggested itinerary for help managing your time and planning your day.

What if I am spending the night in Hana?

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.

Is it safe to drive the Road to Hana at night?

Yes, however, the Road to Hana is a one-lane highway with twists and turns. For this reason, we recommend you start this tour early to avoid night-time driving as much as possible. One pro to this tour  you’ll arrive to some of the most popular stops before anyone else and you’re traveling in the opposite direction. This means you’ll save time sitting in traffic. 


Check out our suggested itinerary to learn more about planning your day to avoid driving at night.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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