Don’t drive to Hana – take a van
Every time we mention the Road to Hana to folks someone wants to drive it in their rental car. If you read the fine print on your rental agreement you can NOT go to the very south end of Maui – the roads are not paved and there is NO cell service. If you drive to Hana the shortest way back is around the south end of Maui – doubling back is hours longer. ALL rental cars now have GPS hidden in them and they can tell if you do go there – and get zapped with a huge repair bill.
Let a tour van service drive you and your family and you will thank me after they drop you off at your resort after the sun sets and you are just beat – and you didn’t drive. We have taken Valley Isle Excursions so many times I’ve lost count – they are fantastic. Their van picks you up as the sun rises, takes you for breakfast, drives you until lunch time, see Hana, then they drive the south Maui route to a winery, and then they head back to your resort. This is an all day event and it is just a blast.
You definitely want to sit in Captains’ chairs during the ride since the van sways left and right about 700 times during the day. Your van driver will stop at fruit stands and flower gardens during the day and you will learn more about Maui than any book can teach.
Vendor: Valley Isle Excursions
Product: Hana Classic Tour *
Description: The road to Hana is one of the most breathtaking drives on earth, fifty two miles, 617 curves, 56 one lane bridges, pineapple fields, spectacular cliffs, bamboo jungles and waterfalls. Enjoy an informative narrated tour of the Famed Road to Hana and beyond. Stop at waterfalls, stroll unique sand beaches, stop at the Wainapanapa State Park, see Charles Lindbergh’s Gravesite, and Swim at the Pools of O’heo . Lunch is served at the Hana Fresh Farmers Market where guests can shop for fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. *
Departure Point: Pick-up and return from hotel or condo.
Duration: All Day
Equipment: Luxurious Tour Vans with individual captains chairs and vertical viewing windows.
Capacity: Maximum of 12 passengers.
Inclusions: Continental Breakfast, Buffet Style Hot Picnic Lunch.
Menu: Breakfast: Bagels and Cream Cheese, Fresh Fruit, Muffins, Juice and Coffee.
Lunch: Hot Baked BBQ Chicken Breast, Macaroni Salad, Fresh Garden Salad, Bread Rolls, Dessert, Assorted Beverages (Vegetarian Plates available upon request). Served on tablecloths with china and silverware. Complimentary cold beverages served all day.
*Restrictions: Not recommended for pregnant women or small children.