A relaxed way to see the sites on a very challenging highway – valley isle excursions, wailuku traveller reviews – tripadvisor gas prices going up june 2016

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The Road to Hana starts in Kahului, where the main airport for Maui is located in the north central part of the island. The road (HI 36) or Hana Highway meanders along the Pacific coast to the small town of Hana on the eastern tip of Maui. This can be a treacherous road, and there are periodic deaths from people driving off the road from being distracted from the scenic views.

Why? The Road to Hana has 620 curves and 59 one lane bridges. People I talked to that didn’t make it all the way drew weary of the constant curves, many of them blind hairpin curves, and the driver didn’t have any time to enjoy the spectacular views. There are several stops at overlooks and waterfalls, but there are no gas stations and a few shops along the way, but they only take cash. Keep that in mind: Make sure your… While visiting Maui, our main goal was a gas has to do The Road to Hana. This 65 mile stretch of two lane road along the northern coast of Maui is said to be one of the most scenic/picturesque in the world. This includes waterfalls, black and red beaches, and a view overlooking the Pacific Ocean most of the time. It is a spectacular trip. The question is: How to do it? I spoke with a couple of people that drove it themselves and some didn’t finish it for reasons forthcoming. The Road to Hana starts in Kahului, where the main airport for Maui is located in the north central part of the island. The road (HI 36) or Hana Highway meanders along the Pacific coast to the small town of Hana on the eastern tip of Maui. This can be a treacherous road, and there are periodic deaths from people driving off the road from being distracted from the scenic views. Why? The Road to Hana has 620 curves and 59 one lane bridges. People I talked to that didn’t make it all the way drew weary of the constant curves, many of them blind hairpin curves, and the driver didn’t have any time to enjoy the spectacular views. There are several stops at overlooks and waterfalls, but there are no gas stations and a few shops along the way, but they only take cash. Keep that in mind: Make sure your gas tank is full and take cash if you should choose to drive. With the experience of people that did this trip on their own, we opted for a tour company to do the driving for us. For our tour we chose Valley Isle Excursions because they picked us up at our hotel, provided a light breakfast and lunch, and more importantly, have 12 seat tour vans that have non-reflective glass that allows for decent photographs from electricity trading jobs within the vehicle without the reflection of the interior on the window. They picked us up at our hotel and drove to a country club where we had our breakfast, and met with our tour group. This acted as a marshaling area from tourists coming from all over the island to meet the tour vans. We proceeded onto Hana Highway with several stops where we could get out and take pictures of magnificent waterfalls and coast line shots with huge waves, a black and a red beach and a couple small tourist shops. We appreciated the fact we could take time to admire the scenic views without having to pay attention to the road. There were few places we couldn’t access due to the hurricane that went through the islands the week before; one is famous for being able to swim in a pool with a beautiful waterfall that cascades into the pool. Unfortunately for us, that area was closed from the flooding from the hurricane. This was true of several other park areas on the island at the time. After traveling the Road to Hana, and ending up in Hana for a short visit to some gift shops and a lunch provided by the tour, we headed down the rest of the road along the southern coast; it was a very bumpy road, to say the least. One last stop before heading back on this southern highway was a stop at a small church where it turned out to be the resting place of Charles Lindbergh and his family. He took a liking to Maui for the fact his celebrity electricity in indian villages was not known to the local people, and he could relax. When he was told he only had weeks left to live, he traveled Maui and passed away and was buried there. Interesting enough, on this excluded dirt road that led to the church, we encountered some interesting facts on the way out. As we were driving along, the driver pointed out gas lighting urban dictionary a mailbox that was a facsimile of a cow, and queried us as to whom we might think this driveway belonged to? Weird Al Yankovick, and the next plain mailbox was the driveway to Woody Harrelson’s house. It was clear these celebrities chose those this secluded area of Maui to get some privacy. We had a great tour of The Road To Hana with Valley Isle Excursions and would highly recommend them for the accommodations and relaxed nature of what can be a challenging drive on such a scenic highway. More Show less

The tour itself was really good. It’s a botanist dream as you ride through the rain forest! The tour guide Mr. Joe or uncle Joe was phenomenal! He was very knowledgeable and it felt like he LOVES teaching people about the native culture. I only have 3 complaints or warnings: 1st- the continental breakfast was VERY minimal, they only had croissants, muffins, sliced pineapple and sliced canolope and juice and coffee. 2nd- the brochure states lunch is a catered buffet BBQ picnic lunch. The operator raved about the lunch stating it was the best on the island. The brochure even shows a whole chicken. We we’re served boneless BBQ chicken breast (warm not hot), macaroni salad, salad and bread. The driver took the food, dishes and drinks out the van and served us. I suggest they get a contract with a local restaurant in Hana to serve their guest. 3rd- We only had 20 minutes at the blacksand beach; not enough time to get in and enjoy. We had 40 minutes at the Pools of ‘Ohe’o Gulch (7 pools) in which we were not allowed to get in due to a landslide. We should have been given more time at the blacksand beach and less time at the 7 pools. FYI- if u do not care for Charles Lindbergh (please do your research before you book), at that stop you might want to remain on the bus.

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments, they have been well received. First our light breakfast, we provide this breakfast for a very specific reason, it is light. After breakfast is the beginning of the windy turns and the 1 lane bridges, we offered a full on breakfast for a very short while, it was amazing we had so many complaints about the road being to windy to be comfortable (motion sickness) the drivers complained that many people literally got sick in the van and made it difficult to do the tour with the smell, and it took us days to get it cleaned and fresh. We also had people who ate so much that they did not get out of the van to enjoy the area. We had many people get a ride back from Keanae because they would not continue, even when we told them the road got better after Keanae. When we went back to the light breakfast (after only 3 days) almost all those issue went away, maybe , every gas constant for air 6 months, some one still gets uncomfortable, but no one has gotten sick. This took place 10 years ago. Now we really don’t want people to swim at the Black Sand electricity physics formulas Beach, if you look on line you will find many stories of people getting caught in the current and having to be rescued, even us locals who understand and can read the ocean well have been deceived at the Black Sand Beach. These dangers generally occur during the beginning of the tide changes (from low tide to high and from high tide to low). There are no life guards there. WE REALLY THINK THAT SAFETY IS MORE IMPORTANT Than Swimming, as does the national Park. Charles Lindbergh grave, first I know it as Palapala Hoomau, there are some great stories about the grounds, and it is where the Aviator is buried. But the stories about the church and the Hawaiian Culture make that stop much more than a grave site visit. We are suppose to walk around and point out those stories, then mention the resting place. The chicken, our chicken Lunch has always been a baked, boneless, skinless organic chicken. After baking we put a barbecue Sauce on the chicken, it should have been hot when it was served. If it had no sauce, that means someone had ordered a plain chicken, not sure how you got that piece for it is noted which customer ordered that, so the driver gets it the right person. I did look at the picture in the brochure, and it should have matched what was served. I have ordered an extra lunch that I will pickup in the morning we can see and feel what it looks and tastes like during lunch time. One of the issues we have in Hana is finding a restaurant, there are only 2 and neither can seat all of and then to stop electricity worksheets for 4th grade to get it would be at your tour time. We also don’t all have lunch at the flower farm, that is day dependent and how many vans are ahead of any particular driver, so having it delivered does not work. You brought up great points and I still have to check the lunch, it has been awhile since I checked, and if there are issues I would have hoped that driver would inform management, that has happened in the past and corrective action was taken. I know it’s not a 5 star lunch, and I don’t think you expected it to be.and we do get many raves about lunches (maybe they were really hungry.) Our staff has to go out on tour and they have eaten the lunch and when we have an opportunity we order lunches for base-yard staff, so the opinion of the lunch is based on those times and their experience We also know what is available and we still believe we have one of the best lunches, all things consider. Maybe in the near future we will have more options. Again, Mahalo for this feed back, even tho it may appear we are making excuses, we are not, we are stating facts as we know, and because of your feed back we will look at everything again and see where and WHEN we can improve. Ray Vice President