Road to Hana Tour

Mahalo Tours
Hana
Transportation Included
Breakfast & Lunch Included
Waterfalls

Highlights

  • Famous coastal drive includes ocean views, waterfalls, black/red sand beaches, rainforest, and much more
  • Go all the way around (no retracing) to observe old lava flows on the backside of the volcano
  • Enjoy the scenery more without the stress of driving the windy road yourself
  • Local guide entertains you and provides insight into Hawaiian life and history
  • Small group tour of only 6-8 guests max (but larger private groups possible)
  • Comfortable new vans customized for route; door-to-door service included
From
$149 per adult
  • Pickup 6:50am - 8:00am
  • Duration 9 - 12 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

The famous “Road to Hana” (or Hana Highway) winds along the undeveloped eastern coast of Maui with cliffs above the Pacific Ocean on one side and lush rainforest full of majestic waterfalls on the other. See the highlights with a full day tour which allows you to efficiently fit in much more than one could do on one’s own, to learn about the sights and Hawaiian culture and history from a knowledgeable and fun local guide, and to relax while taking in the scenery rather than driving yourself many hours on the long narrow windy and sometimes bumpy road.

In modern, air-conditioned vans, you will be picked up from your lodging and safely transported to many stops while receiving personalized attention with only a maximum of 6-8 people on the tour (note: for larger groups and private tours, see FAQ for more details). Highlights include waterfalls, beaches (including black and red sand beaches), lava tubes, bamboo forests, remote towns, swimming off beaches (optional), Charles Lindbergh’s grave, and of course many lookouts and ocean views along the way. This is a "full circle" tour, so no turning around in Hana but instead return via the southern loop with very different terrain including unique views of the backside of the volcano.

A light breakfast, a cooked-to-order local BBQ lunch in Hana, fresh fruit, local snacks, and all-day drinks are included, as well as pick-up/drop-off at your lodging and most Kahului cruise ships (including Pride of America).

Booking Tips

  • If you're not seeing enough availability on the only days you can do and you have at least 4 people, please contact us as we may be able to still accommodate your party.
  • If you are not coming in on a cruise ship, it is suggested to pick a day other than Sundays, as that is when the road is the busiest due to a large cruise ship in port.
  • If you are coming in on the Pride of America, this tour picks up & drops off at your cruise ship and is compatible with your ship schedule, as long as you book it for Sunday (your first day in port).
  • If possible, it is advised to book this tour for early in your trip to increase the chances of being able to reschedule if it is cancelled due to weather conditions or other reasons (more common in the winter but still rare).
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TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
Review by TravelShack Team
  • Small, personalized tour with only 8 passenger maximum (in a van fitting 14)
  • Every party has unobstructed left window view (only 2 people per row), which is where the best views are, whereas other tours you will likely share row (4 people per row) and have obstructed view if sitting on right side
  • Does the full loop, rather than turn around at Hana, so you see very different terrain and don’t have to retrace the same windy road back (backside road is much straighter)
  • Hawaiian style — fun local Polynesian guide with roots in the area (all are from Maui) will provide insight into the real Hawaii
  • Pick-up/drop-off at lodgings throughout Maui
  • Swimming opportunities (black sand beach, and waterfalls by request)
  • Hot BBQ lunch cooked fresh at local gem
  • More stops by far (others just drive by them) (see FAQ for full list)

Tour Route

This map shows a general representation of the Road to Hana route for this tour. It does not show the free pick-ups/drop-offs from lodgings around the island (i.e. West Maui / South Maui), the Pride of America cruise ship port in Kahului, and the airport in Kahului.

Guidebook Reviews

Maui Revealed Guidebook:

The road to Hana is without question the most famous road in all Hawai’i, the crown jewel. A slow, winding road through a lush paradise. The Hawaii of your dreams, the tropical fantasy that becomes reality.

Driving all the way to Hana and then turning around — which the vast majority of visitors do — is like a shave ice without the ice cream on the bottom. It means missing the incredibly expansive views of the coastline, the impossibly blue sky against the brown and red upper slopes of the volcano, and the utter lack of civilized development — these are the things that make a drive along the bottom part of the island (the loop) worthwhile.

Car break-ins can occur at scenic spots [if you drive yourselves]

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Hawaii’s Top 20: Road to Hana. Hold on tight! Of all the jaw-droppingly dramatic drives in Hawaii, this is the Big Kahuna. A roller coaster of a ride, it twists down into jungly valleys and back up towering cliffs, curling around 600 twists and turns along the way. 54 one-lane bridges cross nearly as many waterfalls. It’s ravishingly gorgeous, but certainly not easy.

Smash-and-grab thefts do occur [if you drive yourselves]

Fodor's Guidebook:

Maui’s Top 15 Attractions. The stunning Road to Hana is an iconic, winding road with dramatic coastal views and can be the highlight of a trip. It is a Hawaii pilgrimage and is one of Hawaii’s best experiences. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful drives on the planet.

Moon Guidebook:

Arguably the most beautiful place on earth. Devote a full day to the experience. Don’t drive back the same way you came in: Following the back road all the way around the island, you are graced with new views as your surroundings change to windswept, arid lava flows. If you question your ability to drive narrow, mountainous roads, then take a guided van tour. Local guides can provide insights into Hawaiian history, culture, and personal anecdotes which add humor to the lengthy drive.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Owned and operated by Hawaiian family, so you are more directly supporting the local community and benefiting from a more authentic tour
  • Guides are all born on Maui and many are from Hana area
  • Voluntarily caps number of vans, despite higher demand, to keep in check the environmental and community impacts
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • No refunds after 48 hours prior to activity time (4 days for an entire van, 7 days for 2 entire vans)
Taxes added at checkout
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
Restrictions
  • If you are pregnant (2nd & 3rd trimesters) or have a bad back, this tour is not recommended due to a short rough section of the road which is over 10 miles long and takes about a hour to get through. If you still go, you will need to sign a waiver at check-in.
  • Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, and strollers are not allowed, even collapsible ones. Canes are permitted.
  • Maximum weight of 400 lbs / 180 kg per person