Happy Weekend! Today I’m finally sharing our photos on our Road to Hana trip while in Maui this past April. The Road to Hana is a very popular drive through Maui’s lush countryside filled with gorgeous sights to be seen along the way. It;s only a 52 mile drive but can take anywhere between 2-4 hours one way because it has more than 600 turns and over 50 one way bridges so the drive can be pretty intense! You can either drive yourself or take a tour. Be prepared to wake up early and spend most of the day on your journey to and from Hana.
Was it worth it? Yes! With the Road to Hana it’s all about the journey and not the destination. If you are Maui for 10 days or more then definitely plan to do the Road to Hana. If you appreciate insanely gorgeous beaches, jawdropping waterfalls, and the beautiful tropical countryside you will not be disappointed.
Brett and I decided to drive since we wanted to go at out own pace and only see the highlights. I was worried if we went on a tour we would be forced to see things we weren’t necessarily interested in. Again, do plan on spending most of your day on this trip. We got out the door by 6AM and were back by 5/5:30PM just in time for happy hour at our hotel.
You’ll want to keep your eyes wide open and your camera ready throughout this drive. Despite the winding roads that can cause your nerves to spike, it is the most gorgeous drive I’ve ever been on. Every turn is just as photogenic as the next. The first image above is what a lot of the drive looks like – the most stunning views of the tropical mountains overlooking the water. We decided to use another self guided tour on the same app we used for Haleakalā which again proved to be super helpful.
There were a handful of spots we did quick drive bys like Wailua Valley, Upper Waikani Falls, the Rainbow Eucalypus Trees, and various waterfalls. But there were a few favorite spots that were worth stopping for a little longer.
Ho’opika Lookout – We already went there a few days before we went to dinner at Mama’s Fish House but the views of this beach are stunning and I loved people watching the surfer crowd. For more pictures check out this post. Also, don’t miss Paia Town which is the first town you will drive past before you reach Ho’opika. We went to both of these places before dinner which I definitely recommend.
Black Sand Beach – I’m a beach girl through and through so of course the main places I wanted to see was the beach! This beach was pretty freaking cool with the black sand and the gorgeous water. It is not to be missed!
Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls – After a 2+ hour drive we had finally made it to the national park entrance and we were ready to stretch our legs so we checked out the 7 sacred pools and then hiked the Pipiwai Trail which is in a bamboo forest that leads to a 400 foot waterfall called Waimoku Falls. The hike was very intriguing the whole way through and the enormous waterfall at the end made the hike worth it. It was a pretty amazing site to see. The hike was very wet so make sure you bring crummy shoes and don’t worry about getting a little muddy.
Red Sand Beach – This was a stop we almost skipped but I’m glad we didn’t because this beach was just as awesome as Black Sand Beach. The red sand and rocks make the water look turquoise…very picture worthy. A lot of people were going for a dip here but we opted to head our to grab a quick bite.
Bruddah Hutt’s BBQ Grill – This food truck located off the road when in Hana was probably the best BBQ I’ve ever had in my life. I got the pulled pork and it was SO good. I highly recommend stopping by this place for lunch when you’re in Hana. There are so many yummy looking spots all along the road to Hana and this one didn’t disappoint.
I loved the Road to Hana because it is the part of Maui where you truly feel like you’re in “real” Hawaii. All of the local food stops are all comprised of little beach shacks, food trucks, or basic stands. The whole countryside is very well maintained and gorgeous. I hope they never develop this part of Maui ever. It’s like going back in time in a way and the sights make the trip worth it.
PS: Be prepared for a lot of rainfall during your trip! So plan accordingly 🙂