If you're going to Maui and like road trips, the Road to Hana is a must. We rented a Jeep Wrangler and were so glad we drove ourselves rather than booking a tour bus. There are so many stops along the way and you really want to be able to take your time with it!
We started out the day with some crepes at a place called Cafe Des Amis in Paia, a cute little hippie town. I put together the map below to point out some of our favorite stops! Click on each pinpoint below to read a little more about it.
Red Sand beach is a little tricky to get to, but completely worth it. Park at the dead end next to the community center and walk through the grass until you reach a sign that says 'danger'. A tip we discovered is rather than trying to take the path the whole way to the beach, walk the pebbled beach as far as you can, then the last 1/4 of the path you can take - it makes the trek a little easier.
Here's the start of our hike at Haleakalā National Park. It was a 2 mile hike, and one of my favorite hikes I've ever done. After hiking through a bamboo forest, you end at Waimoku Falls, an insanely tall and beautiful waterfall.
Here's our amazing little yurt we stayed in at Halemano! We fell asleep to the waves crashing at night - it was the best! Here's the airbnb listing.
After driving all day, the last thing you would want to do is drive back, so we were really glad we stayed just south of Hana for a few nights. Rather than drive back up the Hana highway, we continued driving the back way around the island - it is insanely beautiful as well, and I think I may have liked it even a little more than the Hana highway itself!
You can see more photos from the trip on my Instagram!
Have you ever driven the Road to Hana? What'd you think?