Further inland from the sun-kissed, aquamarine beaches and world class surf of Maui, you find yourself surrounded by rolling Hawaiian taro fields, irresistibly lush wild jungle and a network of breathtaking waterfalls and magical plunge pools. Prepare to discover the Road to Hana Tour, taking you to a gorgeous Hawaiian town in the heart of Maui, home to the beautiful Pii-lani Temple, stunning natural beauty integrated within the settlement with a culture to match. This Maui tour is wildly popular among travelers who want to see what else the northern coast of Maui has to offer other than beaches and surf (which you also can’t miss!).
Like most of the Hawaiian Islands, there are endless magical destinations to be found just a short distance from the postcard beach locations and either hiking or driving tours are the best way to see them. As a result, the road to Hana tour is offered by various operators, all worth checking out in their own right depending on what kind of experience you’re looking for. We’ve got first-hand experience with the best of the best of them and you can book the top three from right here.
Here’s a brief overview of how the tours compare to each other.
The Top 3 Road to Hana Tours
Tour #1 Heavenly Hana Tour
First up we have the Heavenly Hana Tour, the cheapest option for a road to Hana tour and also the one with the longest duration, lasting around 11 hours and making it an excellent value for the money. This tour is perfect for those who want to experience their journey through paradise with a large, lively group – giving you the opportunity to make new friends along the way. With a maximum capacity of 24 passengers, you’ll be surrounded by likeminded travelers who you can appreciate the wonders of this East Maui treasure with, all from the comfort of Heavenly Hana’s renowned coaches.
All-inclusive is the name of the game with the Heavenly Hana Tour and this gives this particular experience the edge over another road to Hana tour that might not offer the same level of service. You’ll be treated to a visit to Hooklpa Beach Lookout, a spectacular viewpoint on one of the most famous beaches in the world known for its towering surf that can reach up to 30 feet high.
You’ll then be cruised along the road to Hana itself, a journey that takes you along a winding coastal road with over 600 curves that’ll whisk you through tropical rainforest, past magnificent waterfalls, and through Maui’s indescribably beautiful agricultural zone. With a Continental breakfast and Picnic lunch included with stops for refreshments and 100% Maui grown coffee, it’s hard to find a road to Hana tour with better value. If this sounds like the tour for you and you want to book your place, please click here.
11 hour tour
Maximum of 24 guests
Journey over a windy coastal road with over 600 curves
Stops at various locations including Keanae Lookout and three state parks
Breakfast Bento and Picnic Lunch provided
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available
Visit Ho’okipa Beach Lookout – one of the most famous beaches in the world
All day tour may be hard for some
Tour #2 Hana Picnic Tour
Another all-inclusive road to Hana tour, but this time with a touch of luxury. As the most expensive tour on our list at $219 per person, we can guarantee that the experience is more than worth every penny. With less passengers (6-8), the Limo-Vans you’ll traverse this Eastern Maui paradise in are the most luxurious out of our picks, being both spacious and air-conditioned. You’ll be treated to a complimentary pick-up from your hotel, resort, harbor or even condo – the perfect stress free way to begin your journey in comfort. Over the course of 10 hours you’ll get the opportunity to not just weave your way down the road to Hana but to stop in various wondrous locations dependent on the group’s preferences.
Popular stops include the beautiful Hana Tropical Gardens where you’ll have the opportunity to wander through acres of colorful tropical flowers and an orchid nursery. You’ll also have the chance to swim in the ocean off one of the glittering black sand beaches on your route, not to mention taking a dip in one of the many waterfall plunge pools. Including morning refreshments and a delicious lunch on a beach in Hana, this tour is the highest rated one out of our choices. Book early to avoid disappointment, to do so click here.
10 hour tour
Hawaii State Certified Guide
Walk through acres of tropical flowers and orchid nursery as you enter the Hana Tropical Gardens
Enjoy a dip in the waterfall or a swim at black sand beach
Morning snack and lunch provided
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available
Complimentary pick up provided from your residence or hotel/resort/harbor location
Small group up to 6 or 8 guests
All day tour
“Experience the TRUE beauty of Maui’s landscape and picturesque views with a Road to Hana Tour!”
Tour #3 Road to Hana Private Tour
For a truly customizable and fully private taste of some of the best sights Maui has to offer, we recommend the Private Road to Hana Tour – a full day journey clocking in at between 8-10 hours with frankly unbeatable service that even extends to you modifying the stops along the way to accommodate the preferences of your group.
A highlight of the tour is the fact that the more people sign up, the cheaper the individual price gets. Once your group is between 4 and 10 people, you’re only paying as much as you would for the larger Heavenly Hana Tour, but with all the benefits of a fully bespoke, flexible, family-owned tour agency. If you like the sound of driving through paradise munching on freshly baked banana bread, eating lunch on mountaintops and learning about the island, then this is the Maui Tour for you.
With an emphasis on blending culture with nature, the Private Road to Hana Tour also stops in Nahiku Marketplace, a village bursting with Hawaiian cuisine and crafts. In addition to this you’ll learn about the history of the Keanae Peninsula and have the chance to swim through underground beach caves! As variable as it is enjoyable and potentially all for a modest price, this is a strong contender for one of the best Road to Hana tours. Book well in advance as this tour fills up fast due to the quality of the experience. Click here to grab your reservation
8 – 10 hour tour
Swim through underground beach caves
Learn about Keanae Peninsula
Multiple stops along the way to see beautiful views such as Ho’okipa Beach Park (world class surfing and windsurfing hot spot) and Wai’anapanapa Beach Park
Experience amazing areas of the island including a Black Sand Beach, Lava Tubes, Sea Caves, Hāna Town, and some of the best Waterfalls
Short hike to waterfall pool for a swim
Stop at an original stone missionary church built in 1856, the only building to survive the 1946 tsunami
Free hotel pickup is offered from hotels in Kahului, Kahului Airport, Pa’ia, Ma’alaeaa and Kihei
Fresh banana bread and bottled water provided
All day tour
Swim at waterfall pool depends on strength of flow
Additional costs for pickup locations in Wailea, Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Kahana, Honokowai, and Kapalua
All of these tours will give you a great experience as you head down the Road to Hana. It just depends on what type of experience you’re looking for, and what your budget is. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve made up a table that compares all of the tours, so you can easily see the pros and cons of each. Now all you have to do is pick your favorite and off you go!