Experience the road less traveled. Traverse through verdant country side, jagged lava fields and expansive pasture. Then arrive at Haleakala National Park & The Pools of ‘Oheo. Here we embark on a 4-mile hike through the famed Bamboo Forest. Marvel at a 200 foot and 400 foot waterfall and surround yourself by the towering thickets. Along the way we learn about indigenous plants and non-native species. Witness the crashing waves and mouth of the river before departing on the Road to Hāna. Taste seasonal exotic fruit & vegan coconut ice cream. Swim at Pailoa Bay Black Sand Beach then sit back, relax and enjoy the dramatic and scenic coastal drive featuring many more waterfalls, cliffs, bluffs & bays.
FULL LENGTH DESCRIPTION
As your journey begins, we pass the swaying jurassic grasses of Maui’s sugar cane fields. Stories of Maui’s plantation era will bring this area to life. Our first stop is Ho’okipa Beach Park to take in a bird’s eye view of this world class surfing and wind surfing hot spot. Walk down to visit the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles basking on the shoreline. Then transition to the rolling countryside of Huelo which gives way to thick bamboo forest. We stop at the vibrantly colored rainbow eucalyptus for some tree hugging before traveling deeper into the winding turns of the Road to Hāna. Along this shady curving road, we see streams and waterfalls packed with ferns, moss, fruit trees, birds and bamboo. We may stop for a swim in waterfall pool (depends on strength of flow). Then visit fruit stands for shave ice & Maui’s famous Banana Bread.
Drive down to the Keanae Peninsula, site of a traditional Hawaiian village, known for its taro fields. Tended by mahi’ai (cultivators) in the same fashion as their Hawaiian ancestors. There we will visit an original stone missionary church built in 1856, the lone building to survive the devastating tsunami of 1946.
Wailua, the village next door, is our next stop. It brings us to the best waterfall the road has to offer, a grand, three-tiered falls named Waikani. If you wish, we can take a short, adventurous trail to the base of the falls for pictures & swimming.
Next, we head to an underground path through an ancient lava flow. With the use of headlamps we observe many interesting features making it a must-see for those interested in caves, geology & Hawaiian mythology. Here, we learn about Pele, the Goddess of Fire, creator of the Hawaiian Islands and a well-known deity often referred to as Ka wahine ʻai honua, “The earth-eating woman”.
Do you believe in dessert before lunch? If yes, then we will park at Coconut Glen’s to fully explore the culinary delights of candy & ice cream made from Maui coconuts.
As we glide closer to Hāna town, we stop at Wai’anapanapa Beach Park. The translation for Wai’anapanapa is “glistening water” or “water flashing rainbow hues”. The name is perfect as the powerful contrast between the black, pebble lava field and the deep blue-greens of the ocean are dazzling. A path leads us to a naturally made lava arch and powerful blowhole. The cove-shaped black sand beach opens to a cave on the east side that can be traveled through to the ocean. Here we can dip in the sea, swim through the caves or just enjoy the glorious tropical beauty at this world famous Maui beach park.
Next, is the Nahiku Marketplace, a mini-village of tropical delights. This is a great place to enjoy local-style cuisine such as smoked fish, coconut shrimp or baked ‘ulu (breadfruit)–so delicious! Find a variety of locally made gifts, including rare shell and semiprecious stone jewelry, spiritual icons, woodwork, glass art, paintings and more.
Following Nahiku is Hāna town. An area once favored by the Ali’i (royalty) and the seat of power for the entire island in the 15th Century. Learn about the metamorphisis of this native fishing village through the plantation era ending in modern time.
Just beyond Hāna the road becomes narrow and rugged. The dripping jungle of Kipahulu gives way to the barren lava fields of Maui’s hidden side; the road less traveled. The leeward part of Haleakalā is exposed; grass and shrubs scattered over jagged lava rock. We see canyon formations where ferocious wind has carved its way into the land. In this area, Maui’s most recent lava flow is still exposed and cinder cones are still in tact. Observe the stark contrast between the wet & dry sides of the volcano. Next, we climb up high on the shoulder of the mountain to get a birds eye view of Maui’s coastline and outer lying islands. Then, as the sun sets, relax, reflect, or nap as we take you down the mountain back towards our original starting point.
- Experience the road less traveled
- Traverse through verdant country side, jagged lava fields and expansive pasture
- Arrive at Haleakala National Park & The Pools of ‘Oheo
- Embark on a 4-mile hike through the famed Bamboo Forest
- Marvel at a 200 foot and 400 foot waterfall
- Admire an immense Banyan tree
- Learn about indigenous plants and non-native species
- Take a short coastal trail to witness the crashing waves and mouth of the river
- Depart on the Road to Hāna
- Visit the Ono Farms Exotic Fruit Stand
- Hāna Town
- Pailoa Bay Black Sand Beach
- Coconut Glen’s Ice Cream
- Road to Hāna Scenic Coastal Drive
- View Many More Waterfalls, Rainforest and Flora & Fauna
Black Sand Beach
Tide Pool Exploration
Fruit & Roadside Stands
Sunset with a Bird’s Eye View
DEPARTURE & DURATION
Morning departure between 7am – 8am
Duration is approximately 10 hours from Kahului
If you have a rental car please meet us at the Kahului Park & Ride. If you do not have a rental car, then we can include round-trip for an additional fee. South Side accommodations (Kihei or Wailea) incur $60.00, West Side accommodations (Lahaina, Kaʻanapali) incur $85.00 and Napili or Kapalua incurs $100.00. This is the total cost, not a per person fee. All Kahului, Paʻia or Haʻiku accommodations will receive complimentary transportation. Please contact us to make these special arrangements. A minimum notice of 48 hours prior is required to schedule.
NCL - PRIDE OF AMERICA CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS
We offer complimentary port pick up for all tours. Carrying the necessary credentials allows us to enter the harbor and retrieve you right from the dock. We will greet you with a sign reading your name just outside the passenger terminal. There is no need to walk to another location or catch a shuttle. A little bit of VIP style!
Your ship is due to arrive on Sunday at 8am and will depart on Monday at 6pm. Your paperwork will say that you need to be back on board two hours prior to the departure time, but the call time will be 5:30pm.
Which excursions work for you? Sunday can include any of our excursions. If you see a start time that is earlier than your ship arrival please know that it can be modified to accommodate your debarkation. Monday is limited to anything but our All the Way Around, Pipiwai & Hāna Tour, Sunset West Maui Excursion and Sunset Haleakala Summit & Stroll.
LAHAINA PORT CRUISE SHIPS
Repositioning and off-season Alaska cruise ships will visit Hawaii at various times throughout the year. Most are scheduled at our tender port, Lahaina. Each ship’s itinerary varies. Please contact us for suggestions that fit within your required time frame. Port pick-up/return can be included for a flat rate fee of $75. This fee is due to the distance of the port from our main office.