Maui's Scenic, Sometimes Scary Road to Hana
If you visit Maui you will probably notice many tourists wearing the "I survived the Road to Hana" T-shirt. The Road to Hana is a day-long journey, not a destination, and it is a favorite for many who visit the Hawaiian island. The road traverses the coastline of eastern Maui, providing scenic overlooks, waterfalls, beaches, and hiking trails through the rainforest. The drive can be a bit daunting, with 617 curves, 56 one-lane bridges, and a few sections of road that cut across cliffs with limited guard rails. I took the journey in a rental car on April 7, with the family.
Keep reading for a few of my favorite photos from the trip...
I was in Maui for seven days and I watched the weather forecast very carefully to choose the best weather day for my drive on the Road to Hana. The road is located in the rainforest, in an area that sees frequent and heavy rainfall. I chose a day with a forecast for scattered clouds and breezy conditions, which is fairly uncommon for that area of the island. We were fortunate to have bright sunshine and beautiful weather for our entire drive. Heavy rain from the previous day provided plenty of water for the numerous waterfalls along the route.
It is best to plan an all-day trip if you want to drive the Road to Hana. Factor in time to stop for hikes, swims, and sightseeing. Bring along towels and extra clothing. It's also best to make the entire trip during the day; the road can be extra scary at night with the endless curves and sections of one-lane road. Tour bus options are also available for those who would prefer not to drive.
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