Sit back and enjoy the sights along the famed Hana Highway without having to navigate the twisting, curving road yourself. An expert driver takes the wheel, while you take in the incredible scenery: lava cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, the rugged northern coastline, and tropical hillsides. You'll visit various sites along the way to 'heavenly Hana,' the wonderfully isolated, unspoiled region between the eastern slopes of Haleakala and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy lunch on your own at Hana Ranch before heading to the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park. There you'll have the chance to photograph the glistening pools formed by several waterfalls cascading down the side of Haleakala. Before heading back to your ship, indulge your taste buds and try some local wine at the Tedeschi Winery.
Note: Participants must be at least 6 years of age. This tour is not recommended for those guests who are prone to motion sickness or suffer from back problems, as part of the road traveled is unpaved. You will be given time to purchase your own lunch. Online price is inclusive of the Pre-book and Save offer.
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Review 1 for Road To Hana: Pre-book And Save $10
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:May
Cruise Date Year:2013
Date:May 19, 2013
Road to Hana - Left Behind
My Sister and I scheduled a trip of a lifetime, a Hawaiian Cruise.
On our first full day (May 5, 2013) in Hawaii we scheduled a tour “Road to Hanna”. We were assigned to bus 5121 which held approximately 16 people.
The tour started out nice until a stop approximately 2 hours into the trip. When we pulled up the bus driver said, everyone go to the rest room, walk over to the church and cove and take a couple of pictures then buy some macadamia brittle then come back to the bus. My Sister and I was the last off the bus. There was a long line for the restroom because of other sightseers/tour groups. Once we got thru the lines we quickly did the other things suggested by the bus driver. Snapped 3 pictures at the Church and the Cove bought some brittle then went back to the bus.
But to our surprise the bus was no longer there. We were left behind!!! A wave of shock and panic came over us. What were we going to do, we are on a mountain with no cell reception plus my sister suffers from COPD.
After a few more minutes the bus driver came back. She was the only one on the bus. Apparently, she took the rest of the folks to the next stop. When we got on the bus she started, did you hear me blowing the horn at you? She said she blew the horn several times at us. Well, what would me us think in Hawaii a parking full of cars that someone was blowing the horn at us in Hawaii.
BUT, what really upset us is she saw us and still decided to leave us behind.
On the rest of the trip each stop there was a type of threat to us. I will only give you a 5 minute buffer. Was kind of read between the lines if you are not back I will leave you.
We stopped for lunch at a very expensive slow restaurant. It was an hour stop which it took 45 minutes to get our food. So we gobbled our food down went to restroom to get back to the bus. Then next thing I know there was 12 people on the bus that was together which was 12 minutes late. The bus driver kept telling them no problem what so ever, but when my Sister and I was not on time she chewed us out.
This was the worst tour I have ever been on. I paid big money to go to Hawaii and this is one of the more expensive tours and to be treated in this manner was not acceptable.
I complained to the tour desk on NCL. They were shocked the bus driver left us behind. NCL said they would call the tour company. The next evening there was Champaign and chocolate covered strawberries from NCL, but nothing from the Tour Company.
That was nice NCL tried to make things right. But I think it is awful the Tour Company has done nothing. No apology or refund for the tour.
We learned so much about the Hawaiian people from Meeka in the 9 hours he had us. It was amazing. Such splendid scenery, you can't believe what all you see. And he knew the name of the plants and trees! It was such an enjoyable way to spend the day. THERE IS A SECTION OF UNPAVED ROAD THAT IS NOT FRIENDLY. but I would go again to see all that I was exposed to. Thank you so much! Such beauty.
When we did this tour in April 2011, we had a few stops there are not mentioned in the description anymore. Crossing the island it takes a while but it worth the time and the price paid. We had enough time for each of the main attractions and even took extra photo stops on our way. The driver- like most of the bus drivers in Hawaii - was knowledgeable , funny and very curteous. Our favourites :Seven pools, Orchid farm, a black sand beach and the small lava tube.
Amazing scenery, smaller bus (16 passengers rather than 50+) and a great day. Road really isn't as bad as people make out - not very bumpy. Lots of winding and bending though. Our driver made the day for us - great (funny) commentary, and all very interesting/informative. Lunch options at Hana are limited, but the place our driver showed us was great, and not bad value. Definitely worth it - a bit overpriced, but no realistic alternative option for this excursion.
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Review 5 for Road To Hana: Pre-book And Save $10
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:December
Favorite activities:Family oriented
Favorite port:Nawiliwili, Kauai
I want to go here next:Europe
Date:December 31, 2012
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Beautiful, beautiful tour, driver Larry, was very friendly and knowledgeable. He provided many details about the route and plenty of photo ops! I'm glad that we went on the tour instead of trying to drive that road on our own. There are many sections of the road that only fit one car at a time. Without his knowledge, we would have missed a lot. I felt like we were able to cram so much in to this one tour. Lunch was expensive at Hana Ranch but cheaper than anywhere else we ate the whole trip, so I guess it was the cost of living.
You don't want to do this drive yourself. It is a windy road, partly unpaved(which will void your rental car agreenment. Very pretty, but let someone else do the driving. Only suggestion, at one point you have a choice to walk up to a waterfall or down to the river pools. Choose the pools. They are very pretty. The waterfall is just a distant overview and not worth the effort. You will see better along the road.
Whilte we won't say weI would not recommond this excursion. . please know it is a LONG day and we got to a point where we just could not wait until it was done. However, once you start the Road to Hana . .it's like there is no turning back. On top of that-our tour bus driver was VERY hard to understand so it was hard to be interested in what he was saying because you didn't know what he was saying. We did six excursion on this trip and Road to Hana was by far our least favorite.
A long day, but well worth it. Even though we had very heavy rain on the rainy side of the island, it didnt detract from the beauty and made the waterfalls more spectacular. Our guide was very good, gave us lots of Hawaiian background info. Lunch was very nice and in a lovely spot.
We enjoyed the road to Hana. The tour guide Stanley drove the mini bus. The rode there was smooth with bright stripes clearly marking the center line and shoulder. Many stops for views and bathroom breaks. We stopped for snacks and we really enjoyed the hot banana bread. We ate a quick lunch in Hana and the ride back was quite rough. It was a long day but we would do it again! Stanley had great commentary!
Worth driving on your own. Don't if you're significant other is a back seat driver. Long drive but you can pace yourself. You need to be an excellent driver. If you get a convertible be prepared for it to rain on you. So much to see. Didn't plan stops and even then we had a great time. Go to Hana bay. Wife and I had a great time.
GREAT TOUR!!!. A full day on Maui with Scott our tour guide (great guide!!!). We had many stops and when the road got "interesting" we had plenty of warning for a bumpy ride but, it is not scary. The lunch stop (Hana Ranch) was not great and was $30.00 for 2 burgers, chips and 2 soft drinks. Plenty of stops for photos of beaches & water falls.
I've read several different reviews about this trip, and was slightly nervous when several people mentioned car/motion sickeness. The trip started out great. Our tour guide Barbara was awesome! She was very friendly and knowledgeable. She provided many details about the route and plenty of photo ops! I'm glad that we went on the tour instead of trying to drive that road on our own. There are many sections of the road that only fit one car at a time, and can be quite scary especially around many of the turns. If you are someone that tends to suffer from motion sickness just come prepared. My daughter and I and a few other ladies did get motion sickness during the trip soon after we hit the part with all of the turns. Despite some queasiness, (which later subsided), it was a great way to see Maui.
We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion with John. This excursion is a wonderful way to see a lot of Maui in one day and I would never want to go to Maui without this experience. John was knowledgeable and personal and made sure our needs were met. The scenery is unbelievably beautiful. I had read where others rented a car and thought about that option. But, I'm glad we didn't because we would have been concentrating on the driving and would have missed landmarks along the way as well as the history and descriptions of the journey. It was the best excursion we took.
Great scenery, nice stops (most of them anyway) but very, very long. It was billed as 7 hours but was actually 10. Luckily they did a number of stops, some at businesses they had deals with but some at really neat places that I would not have known about had I gone on my own. It did not just go to Hana, it went completely around the Island, so the climate went from the Carolinas to South Florida to Montana to Arizona to the surface of the moon and back to the Carolinas - really neat.
If you have ever been car sick in your life, you should seriously worry about this trip - there are an insane number of tight turns in quick succession. No one on our bus lost their lunch; I don't know how common that is.
It is not just a bus ride. Getting down to some of the beaches is a bit of a hike on slippery rocks - mobility impaired folks would have to avoid some of beaches.
The Road to Hana was a long but worthwhile excursion. I got some of my best pictures of Maui on this tour. Yes the first hour is pretty rough with all the twists and turns and if you get car sick easily this is not the excursion for you. Our guide/driver really made this excursion a positive experience. He showed us some great spots- waterfalls, flowers, great views, local spots and beaches. He talked when needed and yet was quiet so he was not over bearing. Coming back down from Hana there is also a 40 minute ride of rough road but i thought that was much easier than going up. We did stop for a 1 hour lunch and i think depending on who your tour guide is will depend on how and where you eat. Again it is a long day but you are on ond off the bus so much that your day is broken up. I would recommend.
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Review 17 for Road To Hana: Pre-book And Save $10
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:July
Cruise Date Year:2011
I want to go here next:South America
Date:July 12, 2011
This was our second time doing the POA and we really wanted to experience the road to Hana but I was worried that I would get car sick after reading about all the turns. Well, I am so glad we went, together with our guide, Bruce, and the beautiful scenery, it was a wonderful day, and no upset stomach! Bruce was great and kept us entertained, he stopped for numerous pictures and was a wealth of knowledge. Had a wonderful day!