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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 8 guests max (larger and private groups also possible)
  • Comfortable new vans customized for route; door-to-door service included
From
$149 per adult
  • Pickup 7:00am - 8:15am
  • 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, and to learn about the sights, history, and Hawaiian culture from a knowledgeable and fun local guide. By doing a tour, you can also relax while taking in the scenery rather than driving yourself many hours on the long narrow windy and sometimes bumpy road.

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 in a roomy modern air-conditioned van designed for 14 (note: for larger groups and private tours, see FAQ for more details). Highlights include waterfalls, beaches (including black and red sand beaches), lava tubes, 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 you will not be turning around in Hana but instead return via the southern loop with very different terrain and 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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: This tour has reopened and follows all Federal, State, and local regulations and guidelines to keep the guide and guests safe. Guests are expected to wear masks at all times unless eating, drinking, or when able to socially distance outside the van.

AVAILABILITY: This tour is often selling out, including some dates weeks in advance. However, if you can't do one of the available dates and you are a party of 5 or more, we may still be able to accommodate you, even possibly for tomorrow. Please contact us. If you are less than 5, please email us with the number of people and all dates that would work for you, and we will contact you if a tour becomes available. 

Pride of America Cruise Ship Excursion (Sundays)

On Sundays (starting again in June), this tour serves those coming in to Kahului on the Pride of America cruise ship! Pickup is around 8 am and dropoff is around 5 pm at the cruise terminal. Please note that Sundays often book up weeks in advance, and the price is $159/person. Please choose the second option (not Standard) in the booking form.

Booking Tips

  • Within 48 hours of the tour date? Our booking calendar above is kept up-to-date and will show any availability until ~5 pm the day before. If showing, please proceed with booking online at your earliest. 
  • If you are traveling in June 2021 or later and can only do a Sunday and are not coming in on the Pride of America cruise ship, please go ahead and book Option 2: Pride of America cruise ship and just make a note at checkout of your lodging. The tour is the same and you can be picked up at your lodging.
  • All else being equal, it is suggested 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 (on occasion in the winter but not common) or other unforeseen circumstances.

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Small, personalized tour with only 8 passenger maximum (sometimes ends up being less), in a van designed for 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)
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

4.9 out of 5 stars
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Yelp

Great trip because of Justin and his knowledge of the the state and route!


AMAZING! My husband and I enjoyed this Feb 25 tour because it was not on a large tour bus. It was with 4 other people which totaled 6 people. It was comfortable and fun. I wish I could remember the driver's name, our guide... maybe Shelly. Either way, I'm sure any driver they provide would be great. Our guide was a native to Hana which made it even more special. She took us to many hot spots before the other big tour buses got there. It was beautiful and we will never forget it. Thank you for the memories !


My husband & I had a wonderful time taking this tour on March 9. Our guide/driver Nathan was considerate & very detailed. Since Nathan was born & raised there we feel that he literally took us to his hometown to show us around his 'home' which adds a personal feel to the tour. Instead of just sightseeing, it made us feel 'connected' to the places we visited & the locals we met along the way. Our driver back to our hotel also was very funny (I forgot his name), instead of feeling tired after a long day, he helped us finish the tour on a very happy note. I highly recommend this tour.

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.

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.

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
  • Fully refundable or changeable until 48 hours prior to pick-up time (72 hours for parties of 5+, 4 days for a private tour, 7 days for private tour with 2 vans)
  • Any exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis. If members of your party get sick, a Maui-based doctor's note will be requested and a refund considered only for those sick.
  • If there is a weather cancellation, you will be contacted to reschedule or receive a full refund
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 350 lbs / 160 kg per person
  • You are expected to follow all applicable State & local regulations related to COVID. For example, a face mask should be worn at all times when inside the van and when social distancing is not possible, except when drinking or eating.