Hana Full Loop Private Tour



Hana full loop Private Tour
"ALL THE WAY AROUND"

Price: $749.00
(First 2 guests included)
Additional Guest- All Ages $175


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 Hana 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.

 

 

DEPARTURE & DURATION

 
  • Morning departure between 7am – 8am

  • Depart from the Kahului Park & Ride

  • Duration is approximately 10 hours from Kahului

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Black Sand Beach

  • Lava Tubes

  • Best Waterfalls

  • Sea Caves

  • Blowhole

  • Hāna town

  • Rugged Terrain

  • Tide Pool Exploration

  • Fruit & Roadside Stands

  • Sunset with a Bird’s Eye View

 

TakeMeAnywhere17

Reviewed September 11, 2019

Private Road to Hana Tour (All the way around)

THE BEST MONEY WE SPENT IN MAUI.

My boyfriend and I booked a private tour to take us all the way around the road to Hana. I can honestly say that out of everything we saw and did, our driver Gus made this the most incredible experience of our entire trip. Jasmine organized the trip for us and was SO accommodating from start to end. They were so flexible in meeting our requests to create a custom tour and special day based on what we wanted to experience.

To give you an idea of just how amazing, kind and generous Gus was....
1) We were running 15 minutes late and Gus called to tell us not to worry and kindly offered us directions to the meeting spot
2) We brought a few beverages but forgot a cooler so on the way Gus stopped by his house and got us a cooler & some of his fresh home-grown limes to take for the ride - he even insisted that we keep the cooler at the end!
3) We asked to stop for the restroom so Gus took us to this off the beaten path coffee hut and when we returned to the car he had bought us both amazing cups of fresh Kona brew :)
4) At every stop without even being asked Gus offered to take 100+ pictures of us from all angles
5) He answered every single question we asked at him, including details about his life in Maui, his family, etc. He even showed us a video of his daughter's Hulu performance!

These are just a few examples but there were so, so many more times that we were blown away by his generosity. He made it so clear that he was here for YOU and he wanted to make sure you had the absolute best experience.

Aside from Jasmine and Gus being unbelievably kind and amazing people, I can assure you that this tour company gives you the most informative, interesting and efficient tour of Hana that you could ever get. Here's why:

From the second we took off to the moment we returned (8 hours later) Gus had information about every single thing we passed. Whether it was a sugar field that got shut down three years ago or a secret path in Hana where the locals go on Fridays - Gus knows about everything and everyone all along the road to Hana. I can not tell you how many people said hello to him along our drive and on all of our stops along the way. It is clear that he is a beloved local in Maui. Not only does he have endless information and amazing stories about the history - he is very clearly in love with everything about Maui, and was SO passionate and excited throughout the entire ride. Whether it was showing us a secret waterfall or pointing out the baby pineapples that take a year to ripe - he was so enthusiastic and proud to show us everything that the road to Hana had to offer.

I could go on to write an entire essay about this tour company, Gus, and our experience with them. I have never written a review ever in my life, but Gus gave us such an amazing experience and did so much for us along the way that I felt it is the very least I could do in return.

To Jasmine & Gus (if you are reading this) THANK YOU SO MUCH. You both are so incredible and I hope that everyone coming to Maui is lucky enough to spend the day touring with your company!!! We will absolutely be back to experience another tour. MAHALO!

To everyone else out there - this tour company is THE gem of Maui. End of story. If there is one thing you are going to splurge on - make it a trip with them!!! Better than any dinner, sunset cruise or excursion that we experienced. You will not regret it.
Lisa B
Sterling, Massachusetts

Reviewed September 15, 2019

Road to Hana (all the way around).

My family booked The Road to Hana tour with Holo Holo Maui. Gus was our tour guide and he was phenomenal. Great, personable guy and very knowledgeable about plant and animal life and the history and culture of the Island- he made our tour very interesting pointing out various things (trees, flowers, waterfalls, church) to us along the way. Gus was very good about bringing us to shops and eateries owned and run by locals (as opposed to "touristy" stops), which we appreciated. The Road to Hana is certainly a tour you want to do with a guide and we absolutely recommend Gus with Holo Holo Maui. Our family had an absolute blast and wonderful memories of Maui from this tour. There is sooo much to see and experience. You will not be disappointed!