Valley Isle Excurisons Hana Tour
- Small vans with big windows for great views
- Driver / Guide offers expert local insight
- See waterfalls, rainforest, black sand beaches, flower farms
- Nice picnic lunch and waterfall swim included
Road to Hana Tour with Valley Isle Excursions will take your along the coast in style, and you will continue on the magnificent road beyond Hana. Experience one of the most breathtaking drives on earth with Maui's #1 Luxury Tour Company. On your way "Heavenly Hana" town, venture through Maui's tropical rainforest, waterfalls, tropical streams and pools, 617 curves, 54 one lane bridges to Hana, spectacular sea cliffs, bamboo jungles, the Keanae Peninsula, colorful and fragrant island flowers, pineapple fields and rainforest vegetation.
There will be between 10-12 stops on this picturesque tour. Some stops include Waianapanapa State Park where you can stroll down to the black sand beach, and a waterfall stop where you can swim in the jungle.
This experience is elevated by the luxurious 12 passenger Comfort Cruisers. Each person enjoys an ultra-comfortable individual reclining chair in this air conditioned vehicle. Your views from the heightened Comfort Cruiser is much better than from a rental car that rides lower to the road. Instead of worrying about driving the windy road, you can sit back, relax, and let the experts guides take you on the journey. They will share their knowledge about Hana Highway, and the sites along the way. The smaller vehicle and personalized service makes Road to Hana Tour far superior than experiences offered by cruise lines.
NOTE: Due to road conditions on the "back side" of Haleakala the tours are not able to go "all the way around" as they have in the past. They will be turning around and returning via the north shore route following the the post-lunch stop at flower farm just beyond Hana town. Swimming will still be offered at Pua'a Ka'a State Park and Waianapanapa State Park.
Swimming on this tour is dependant on weather and stream conditions. No tour price adjustments are made on days when swimming isn't possible. Valley Isle Excursions has changed the swimming stop though … the "7 Sacred Pools" has been frequently closed for swimming by the National Park Service, so they are now stopping at a different waterfall swimming hole where it will be possible to swim on a much more consistent basis.
Valley Isle Hana Adventure Tour Rate (VIE1r/k)
$274.99 per Adult, $254.99 per Child (12 and under), $264.99 per Seniors (over 60) (plus 4.1667% Hawaii sales tax)
Schedule: Currently operating Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Pick Up: Between 6:15am and 7:15am depending on your hotel location. 8:05am for Kahului Harbor for cruise ship passengers.
Duration: 10-12 hours depending on your pickup location.
Tour Includes: Continental breakfast at Maui Tropical Plantation, a picnic lunch with your choice of turkey sandwich, chicken caesar salad, or roasted veggies on focaccia, and complimentary beverage service throughout the day.
Restrictions: Because this is a long day (10-11 hours), this tour is not recommended for children under 3. Valley Isle Excursions does not provide car seats or booster seats, and you must bring your own if you need to use them. Due to spatial limitations, strollers for children and walkers for elderly are not permitted on board the tour vehicle.
What to Wear: Casual attire. Closed toed shoes recommended. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you would llike to swim at a waterfall.
Reservations: Advanced reservations required. This event is "RESERVE NOW PAY LATER"; we need a credit card on file to finalize your reservation but we do not charge you for this reservation until a few days before the beginning of your vacation!
Minimum Notice for Cancellations / Changes: At least 48 hours before the start of the event. All tours go out rain or shine.
Kevin's Activity Tips:
Van tours offer a nice advantage over driving around on your own. Many of the most scenic roads on Maui are rather narrow and winding with bridges that are only one lane wide. An experienced tour guide / driver who knows the road will ensure that everyone in your party gets to enjoy the view. Mini-coaches sit higher than a regular rental car and offer superior visibility with oversized windows … you'll see things looking over the top of the guardrail that you would miss if you were in a rental car. These vehicles are superior to a tour done in a bus (for obvious reasons) or a standard 14 passenger van that is difficult to crawl in and out of. Another advantage of the smaller vehicle – don't be surprised if your guide knows your name by the middle of the tour. If you love to drive on curvy winding one-lane roads that you've never seen before, you might enjoy the drive to Hana! Go for it! Many people LOVE the ride to Hana, but few love the actual DRIVING. That's when a tour like Valley Isle Excursions is perfect. Their Hana adventure is really first quality … the food is excellent, the ride comfortable, and the group is small. Ever been on a bus tour where one or two people were holding up a group of 55? That won't happen on smaller tours like this. It's a good choice.
For over 20 years the "7 Sacred Pools" was included as a stop on this tour. In the old days this was a great place to visit … it is a bit of a hike to get down to the stream from the parking lot, but swimming at these waterfalls was a highlight of the tour for many people. Unfortunately several flood-related drownings made the National Park Service much more cautious on allowing swimming at these pools. On days when swimming was not allowed, guests were not even allowed access to the stream level, and views of the waterfalls from the upper trail were not that great. This meant that the stop at the 7 Pools was becoming a time-consuming disappointment for many visitors. Valley Isle Excurions has decided to go to a different waterfall where swimming is possible on the vast majority of days … and the time that used to be spent at the 7 Pools is now split between this other waterfall location and the black sand beach park of Waianapanapa, a place guests often said they wished they could have spent more time.