Wondering if driving Maui’s famous Road to Hana is worth planning into your vacation? Let’s allow some photos to do the talking and help you decide.
First, let’s check out the view from Wai’anapanapa State Park which is a must visit before you arrive in the sleepy town of Hana. This black sand beach amplifies the surrounding shades of blue and green, doesn’t it? I can still recall the first time I saw Wai’anapanapa Beach, I almost had to lift my jaw off the ground.
As the road to Hana threads through the rainforest and cliffs, beautiful coastal scenes come into view.
Oh, even more beautiful coastal views await your gaze.
Numerous waterfalls flow beside the road to Hana. Several are within view from the road and many others are a short hike away. On our journeys on the road to Hana, we enjoy keeping the windows down while we’re driving so that we can hear the waterfalls before we approach them. The photo below is of Wailua Falls just past the town of Hana.
Approximately ten miles past Hana town, you’ll find the Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park with the famous Oheo Gulch, which is also known as the seven sacred pools.
It is said that there’s some 600 curves and more than 50 one lane bridges on the road to Hana. The roadside scenery definitely makes the road to Hana worth the effort. Just for fun, we took this photo of these signs as a reminder of the challenge of this beautiful drive.
I’ve only provided a small sampling of views from the road to Hana, but hopefully enough to give you an idea of what you’ll see. See more road to Hana photos from our collection.
If you’ve toured road to Hana on your Maui vacation, would you agree that the views are worth the many curves and pauses before crossing dozens of one-lane bridges?