Tag: Road to Hana by rating
Last updated 29. Aug, 2013 by Mark.
In a nutshell: The Road to Hana is the crown-jewel of Hawaii driving tours. Lush rainforest, dramatic and rugged ocean vistas, countless waterfalls and pools.
Minuses: If you get car-sick, there are going to be 600 opportunities to review your breakfast.
Sound-bite: “600 turns?!? More like one 50-mile-long turn…”
Just exactly where “The Road to Hana” begins and where it ends is subject to some debate. For my guide purposes, I usually start in the North Shore (Paia area) and end at what …
Last updated 29. Aug, 2013 by Mark.
In a nutshell: The North Shore of Maui is less developed, less crowded with plenty of world-class beaches.
Minuses: Doesn’t cater commercially to resort-oriented tourists.
Sound-bite: “That guy playing in Charley’s looked and sounded exactly like Willie Nelson!”
The exact boundaries of Maui’s North Shore are not well defined, and there is overlap between Central Maui, Upcountry Maui and the Road to Hana. Even in my guide info, I often duplicate North Shore articles in Road to Hana categories since this is how the …
Last updated 25. Jul, 2013 by Mark.
In a nutshell: Valley Isle Excursions’ knowledge, cultural understanding and genuine spirit of Aloha are second to none.
Minuses: Those who love to drive don’t get to!
Sound-bite: “The guide quality makes or breaks a guided tour to Hana”
First, I don’t care how long you are here, the Road to Hana is not to be missed. Now many folks will choose to drive the Road to Hana themselves – and if you love to drive challenging roads with stunning scenery, it truly is a driver’s delight. But if you’re not a confident driver, or want to focus on the sights while gaining a better understanding of what you are seeing, then this trip can be even more spectacular when taken with a knowledgeable guide.…Continue Reading
Road to Hana van tour
$100 - $125
Last updated 24. Dec, 2010 by Mark.
In a nutshell: Insider/wholesale pricing on rental cars.
Minuses: Online rental process is not real-time.
Sound-bite: “Are you sure these rates are correct?”
Okay, this one of those situations where it pays to know someone local. Maui truly plays by its own set of rules – and those locally connected pay less…Continue Reading
Wholesale car rental
Last updated 11. Aug, 2010 by Mark.
In a nutshell: A beautiful crescent beach with a reliable surf break.
Minuses: Currents can be strong.
Sound-bite: “Am I sticking out too far in the road?”
This beach is often ranked up there with the famous beaches in the resort areas of Maui, and deservingly so. A postcard-perfect 100′ wide by 1000′ long crescent.
Hamoa Beach is surrounded by cliffs, with two points of public access – stairs leading down from the hotel shuttle dropoff and a small service road at the other end. (walk, don’t …
Last updated 19. Jun, 2012 by Mark.
Do any of these describe you?
– Usually active on vacation
– Plan on seeing it all
– Love hiking, waterfalls & adventure
– Prefer being closer to nature
– Seek authenticity in travel
– Plan lots of surfing/windsurf/kiteboard
– Escape touristy hustle and bustle
– Enjoy experiencing how people are living alternative/green/natural lifestyles
– Like to get away from it all – but still be close enough to drive back in
Maui’s North Shore is less developed, less crowded, has cooler days, and is …
Last updated 05. Sep, 2012 by Mark.
In a nutshell: The best natural food store on Maui. Better food, selection & pricing than the chain supermarkets.
Sound-bite: “Absolutely the best Calamari salad I ever ate.”
What makes Mana Foods #1 is that they’re well beyond just being “the local natural foods store.” They carry the island’s widest selection of the highest quality fresh…Continue Reading
Best market on Maui
49 Baldwin Ave, Paia
Best on Maui
Last updated 27. Dec, 2010 by Mark.
*how we rate restaurants
Rated #1 North Shore Coffee Shop
In a nutshell: A funky, friendly and delicious mom-and-pop coffee shop.
Minuses: Can become busy.
Sound-bite: “The owner befriended me first time I set foot in the store.”
Great coffee & tea selections, breakfast, lunch, pastries & ice cream.
90 Hana Hwy., Paia, HI 96779
Last updated 18. Apr, 2011 by lilikoi.
In a nutshell: Twin Falls is the first easily accessible string of waterfalls and pools on the Road to Hana. It also has one of the better snack stands on the journey. Twin falls is typically underrated by guidebooks, and is a worthy stop.
Minuses: You must budget your time properly here if you are cramming the Road to Hana into only one day.
Sound-bite: “How much further to the falls?”
Okay, why in the world does the most popular guidebook for Maui tell …
Last updated 01. Aug, 2012 by Walker.
In a nutshell: Na’ili’ili Haele, for most, will be a nice short hike to two or three waterfalls and pools. The more able hikers will be rewarded with more significant sights.
Minuses: Access may be restricted by EMI. Can become dangerous to nearly impossible depending on conditions/how far you go.
Sound-bite: “Is that really a ladder?”
This is a great place for everyone from the novice to the extreme hiker, and everyone in between – you …