Maui no ka oi translates to “Maui is the best” and we wholeheartedly agree — especially when it comes to the Road to Hana.
The second-largest of Hawaii’s eight islands, it’s no exaggeration to say Maui is hands-down one of the most beautiful tropical paradises in the US. Perfect for honeymooners, families and groups of friends, there is something for everyone: golf, beach, SCUBA, surfing, deep sea fishing and so much more.
Maui can be as active or relaxing as you want it to be. If lying on the beach and listening as the waves crash along the shore is your idea of paradise, look no further than Maui. If you’d prefer hiking, biking, fishing or other active pursuits, Maui’s your place. One of the most notable excursions in Maui is the Road to Hana, which is perfect for those seeking adventure or just beautiful scenery. A 55-mile drive along the hairpin turns of Highway 360, the Road to Hana is filled with cascading waterfalls, tropical valleys, beach views and more. There are hundreds of little sites to see on the road, and the drive can take all day … Make sure you have your road trip essentials!
How To See The Road To Hana
Most people rent a car and drive the road themselves, while some elect to hire drivers through tour companies. We recommend driving yourself so you can stop as often and wherever you wish. Most rental car companies offer convertibles and jeeps; we recommend a convertible, as the open air is refreshing and you can feel the waterfall mist as you drive. Be wary of several rental car companies who try and upsell you on the Jeeps — they may say you’ll need one to traverse some of the hairpin turns, but having personally done this drive in a Mustang convertible, I’d recommend the convertible option.
How Long It Takes
While the road to Hana is technically only 55 miles, it can take an entire day, as the best part is stopping to see what’s alongside the road: rainforests, rolling valleys, cascading waterfalls and so much more. We recommend leaving early (no later than 9 AM), as often an early start time will help you beat the rush and enables you to see everything you want to see before sunset. There’s a lovely little roadside stand at the halfway mark; make sure to stop and get some fresh banana bread!
What To Wear
If you rent a convertible, don’t forget a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, as the sun is strong! Bring a bathing suit, too, as you’ll likely want to stop and dip in the waterfalls. While Keens and other water shoes may not be the most attractive footwear options, they’ll come in handy if you want to wade through the water at several stops. Make sure to bring a warm jacket or shirt as well, as areas of fog can add a chill to the air.
Don’t Forget …
If you have stomach problems be sure to bring Dramamine, as the turns can get rough!
Now that you know how to prepare for the Road to Hana, here’s what you’ll want to stop and see while doing the drive. There are dozens of stops you can take, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. Without further adieu, here are the top five must-see stops along the Road to Hana:
5.) Twin Falls (Mile Marker #2)
We could spend hours at Twin Falls. The falls themselves are spectacular, but the hike to get to the falls is what makes this stop so unique. Twin Falls is located on a private farm called Waiele Farm, a part of the Ho’olawa Valley, with two streams running through the farm. Ho’olaw means “to provide, to share in abundance, to equip or make available so everyone has enough.” Though private, the land is open to the public free of charge (though donations are welcomed). If driving the Road to Hana from the airport, this will be your first waterfall stop along the Hana Highway and is certainly worth stopping for. In addition to the infamous Twin Falls, there are multiple other waterfalls on the land, but Twin Falls truly is the best. We recommend hiking the entire route and celebrating with a dip in the pools of the falls to celebrate.