Although this 70 mile/110km Maui drive serves up some of the most amazing scenery in the state, it’s not an adventure to take lightly. So here are five mistakes you need to avoid when driving this thrilling road.
Sleeping in too late
Now’s not the time to catch up on sleep.
Unless you’re on the road by at least 7:30 a.m., you can expect the Road To Hana to be crowded with other drivers. And that means not only will your trip crawl along at a snail’s pace, but there will also be less room to park your vehicle along the most popular rest stops.
Forgetting to pack food
Although you will likely find a couple fruit stands along the way, the Road To Hana offers very few options for grabbing a meal. So if you don’t stock up on drinks and snacks before setting out, you’ll be starving by the time you arrive in town.
And also keep in mind that the options for grub in Hana – with a population of about 1200 – are pretty limited.
Trying to see everything in one day
Don’t rush into your Road To Hana trip trying to squeeze everything in at once. There are so many spectacular sights in this area, there’s no way to pack them all into a single day.
But a guide can help you take in only the best attractions. You could book a traditional guided Road To Hana tour, but then you’re tied to the operator’s itinerary and don’t have the freedom to see the sights at your own pace.
So if you’re more of an independent traveller, consider a GyPSy Guide audio tour guide app. These programs fill you in on the attractions, while still allowing you the freedom of solo exploration.
Not yielding to local drivers
Not everyone driving the Road To Hana is an awe-struck traveller soaking up the scenery. So if a vehicle comes up behind you and flashes their lights, pull over at the first safe opportunity.
Holding up traffic on this winding stretch of road can cause chaos, especially if drivers try to pass. So be polite and earn some karma points by letting the locals scoot by.
Taking the ‘back side’ back
Our recommendation: don’t do it. You’ll be motoring down a remote, unauthorized road that is unpaved, extremely windy and dotted with some major potholes. You could easily become stranded out here if your vehicle blows a tire.
Those who want to gaze out at remote Hawaiian scenery will probably be better off booking a helicopter tour. Sure, these high-flying trips can be pricey – but it’s cheaper than paying fora tow-truck if your car gets stuck.
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