is a really large island. It takes about 11
hours to drive around the whole thing in my
jeep - and that's without stopping. That said,
when planning your vacation waterfall activities,
you don't have to drive "all the way" on the
road to Hana, just to see a waterfall and
a bamboo forest.
are a bunch of easy, yet still hidden waterfalls
that the normal tourist will just drive on
by - as they "try" to explore the road to
Hana. The waterfall area begins about a hour
from your hotel. How far you want me to drive
on the road to Hana is up to you.
We see waterfalls, the bamboo forest, with
plenty of pictures and video! The road to
Hana is the best eco tour activity on Maui...you
just have to do it right. The first requirement
is a convertible jeep. The second is hiring
a private waterfall tour guide. It's the best
way to see Maui waterfalls at your own pace.
driving a jeep on the road to Hana is a fun
day by itself - but when you blend in hiking
and swimming with picture taking and lunch,
then the entire day becomes folklore...to
be told at family gatherings forever. Since
these are private hikes, the hiking is different
because the "easy-hard" hiking level is up
to you. Some trails are super easy and STILL
lead to beautiful, yet hidden waterfalls.
Other hiking trails are more challenging.
I've lived here for 25 years - and I know
tons of hiking trails. I do guarantee 1 thing:
HIKES ARE BEAUTIFUL !!! Being "escorted"
in a private, convertible jeep on Maui's Hana
Highway, is a completely mellow experience.
The soft-top folds back, allowing you to hear
the birds and smell the fresh jungle air.
The road to Hana is famous and spectacular.
My private jeep also has heat and air conditioning
Driving 8 to 10 hours on the Hana Highway
can be a long day. There are 617 curves on
the road to Hana - and a lot of bad drivers!
Even though the Hana area has waterfalls and
hiking, do you really want to spend 8 hours
in a car on a dangerous road? This is why
you hang out with someone like me. I've driven
the Hana Highway for over 25 years. I have
a convertible jeep. Even though most of my
private jeep tours have just 2 people at a
time, I often get a family with 2 or 3 kids.
Having a private jeep that's big enough for
a family of five, can make the road to Hana
a magical experience.
Hana, by itself, is just a small town that's
really far away. Sure there's waterfalls,
but tourists' like you and your family, usually
just drive past a bunch of secret waterfalls
to get to one little town. That sounds like
a long day for a couple waterfalls and some
goofy photos. Remember, you're on your Maui
vacation. You've planned this for a long time.
Let me do the driving.
is why I decided to make the day more manageable,
by only driving halfway to Hana. This is also
why my private jeep tours ROCK!
Everybody else is so focused on getting to
the Hana waterfalls that they HAVE TO stay
in their car. But after 25 years, I know tons
of secret waterfalls and bamboo hikes. It's
less on the road to Hana, means you're at
the waterfalls longer, with no other people
and it's just your private jungle day! I'm
really into letting tourists "absorb" the
tranquility of the waterfall areas. We can
stay in each different waterfall spot as long
as you'd like. It's your day. The island of
Maui has 5 different hiking areas - and the
Hana Highway waterfall area runs along the
bottom of a 10,00 foot volcano, next to the
private jeep that we use on the road to Hana,
is the newer 4 Door type. These jeeps are
a little wider and have a smooth ride that
hugs the road to Hana surprisingly well. When
I take the top off, the jeep becomes a convertible
that simply "raises the bar" on the entire
day! Only 10% of typical Maui tourists' are
able to get a convertible for the road to
Hana. Seriously, it's THE ONLY WAY to get
the full experience.
road to Hana explodes with sensory overload.
As a family activity, my jeep tours are perfect
because I take all the family photos on the
road to Hana. I love kids and they love me!
I even grew up in a big family (7 kids) and
realize that there is "always something" that
the day will bring and that every family is
different. I have hiking trails that are suited
for your family.
a Maui activity, you'll discover that most
activities are based by the ocean. Hardly
any tours or activities are private. Make
your Maui vacation special - at least the
road to Hana part. Honeymooners love Maui
too! I've had honeymooners come back, years
later with their kids and book another jeep
tour for the whole family! But like all tourists,
honeymooners just need a little help. Honeymooners
are more spontaneous than say, a family. A
family will plan their Maui vacation more
"day to day" because they're spending more
money. Feel free to discuss any of your Maui
family vacation or honeymoon activities with
personal tour guide.