Hawaii

LOOP ROAD TO HANA TOUR

DurationDuration 10-12 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 36
$19.99

Description

Explore the Road to Hana in a completely unique way. Similar to our Classic Road to Hana Tour, you’ll drive the 64.4-mile stretch of Hana Highway from the town of Paia to Hana. However, instead of returning the way you came, you’ll complete a counterclockwise loop around the island discovering the rarely explored backside from Hana.

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 Pools)
•⁠ Explore the back road to Hana

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kahului
Direction: Clockwise, beginning in Kahului near the airport and ending in Kula Town
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 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
Wailua Falls
Story of Charles Lindbergh
Piilani Highway
Kaupo History
Huakini Beach Ahead
Hawaiian Island Origins
Ulupalakua
End of Loop Tour
PA'IA TOWN

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.

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.

Other costs:

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

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

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

$11.95 per person: Hana Lava Tube

$10 per person: Kahana Gardens

Please Note: If you’re staying in Lahaina or Kaanapali in West Maui, the drive to the starting point for the Road to Hana is about 45 minutes away. Don’t forget to include that extra time while you’re planning your day! Also, if you want to avoid driving at night as much as possible, we suggest you leave Oheo Pools around 5pm.

If you wanted to do EVERYTHING on the tour, 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.

  • 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 in Kahului near the airport and travels along Hana Highway past Hana Town where you’ll continue along the rarely explored backside of Hana to Kula.


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
  • Venus Pools 
  • Oheo Gulch & Pipiwai Trail
  • Wailua Iki Falls
  • Charles Lindberg's Grave
  • Backside of Hana

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

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.

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.

No, this tour can only be done clockwise, beginning in Kahului and ending in Kula. If you’d like to start the tour in Kula and end near the airport in Kahului, try our Reverse Road to Hana tour.

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.

Yes, however, on this tour you won’t be driving on the Road to Hana at night; unless you get a really late start (which we don’t recommend). You’ll end the tour in Kula Town and from there you can plug in directions back to your hotel. However, this tour travels on some dirt roads along coastal cliffs, so although you're not going to be on the Road to Hana, we recommend you start early to avoid driving these roads at night.

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


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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Shaka Guide for Boomers

We are four Boomers in our 60's and 70's who were not too sure about using an app to guide us through our first visit to Maui (read we are use to paper maps and a lot of stops asking for help). We could not be happier with Shaka Guide! We used it for the entire Road to Hana and the Haleakala Sunrise Tour. It was so easy to use, the pre trip information provided allowed us to get all the tickets or reservations we needed at stops( Black Sand Beach and Sunrise at Haleakala) prior to our trip which was excellent. The guide worked our entire drive never had any technical issues. We stopped at many places that we knew other people had no idea existed. It allowed us the freedom to take our time or pass up the things that Shaka didn't highly recommend and we weren't on a tour bus with 20 other people. We enjoyed the history given but really loved the music! It set the tone for some beautiful days spent on the backroads of Maui. We have recommended it already to other travelers and will continue to do so back in the States. Thank you Shaka Guide for giving these boomers some welcomed freedom on the road! David & Diana Hoffmann John & Judy Keilholz

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Awesome! Just get it!

Pros: Great stories and hits most major highlights to visit. Love that it can be used offline. Con: Heads-up for approaching turns often came as I was passing the turn. Every time I returned to car, had to restart the whole program to get it to play through blue tooth again. (App or car?) Would appreciate more tips (maybe in the know before you go) on how long it takes to get between major attractions to gauge how much time to spend along the way.

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