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Ke‘anae Peninsula, Maui

Ke‘anae Peninsula, Maui

Ke‘anae Peninsula, Maui: Our most recommended tours and activities

Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

1. Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 65+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Maui Road to Hana in 2-3 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins in either Kahului or Hana. From Kahului, you’ll head through the bohemian town of Pa’ia and learn about the beginnings of the Hawaiian people. Your first beach, Ho’okipa, waits just ahead, a perfect destination for windsurfing. Then, spot Maui’s famously huge waves at Jaws Beach and hear about the history of Hawaiian surfing, before officially crossing the Zero Mile Marker and beginning the Road to Hana. Get a view of a roadside waterfall next, then cruise past a grove of Maui’s famous rainbow eucalyptus. Hike the short, lush Waikamoi Ridge Trail afterward, before stopping by the Garden of Eden Arboretum for more jungle scenery. Next, enjoy Maui’s famous coastline at Kaumahina State Park and snap some great photos from Nua'ailua Viewpoint. Continuing on, you’ll have the option to take a detour along Ke’anae Peninsula and learn the history of this picturesque place. Up next is the Wailua Valley Lookout, one of the best views on the whole island. Then there’s the sleepy village of Nahiku, once home to George Harrison! Learn about the long history of the Hana Highway as you make your way to the famous Nahiku Marketplace, where you’ll find all kinds of tropical goodies. After that, explore an ancient (and huge!) lava tube. Kahanu Garden is just beyond that, with over 400 acres of exotic flora. Then, stroll along a black sand beach at Waiʻānapanapa State Park, followed by dramatic red sand at Koki Beach. Next up is Hāmoa Beach, which has been kept in more or less its natural state by none other than Oprah! Then, finish your journey by hiking the famous and scenic Pīpīwai Trail. Finally, your tour will conclude at Kipahulu Visitor Center on the eastern shore of Maui. If you begin in Hana, you’ll see all the same spots traveling in the opposite direction.

Maui: Small-Group Road to Hāna Sightseeing Tour

2. Maui: Small-Group Road to Hāna Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy an unhurried Hawaiian adventure as you travel along the world-famous Road to Hāna. Join a guided small-group tour with lunch and round-trip transportation from your Maui hotel. Get picked up from your hotel and start your experience with a breakfast of fresh fruit and locally made pastries. Afterwards, follow the coastal road through breathtaking valleys, lush rainforests, and desert-like landscapes.  Learn about Hawaiian culture, history, myths, and legends from your expert guide. Be sure to make the most of the photo opportunities of the waterfalls, cliffs, lush rainforest, and other sights along the route. Cool off with a swim at one of Hawaii’s unique beaches, and admire the extraordinary white, red, and black sands. You’ll be served a delicious Tahitian BBQ meal for lunch. After lunch, dive deeper into the island’s culture with visits to the small towns and villages of rural Maui. Meet local people, see tropical fruit farms, and gain an insight into traditional Hawaiian life.  At the end of your full-day trip, you’ll be dropped off back at your Maui hotel. The day trip could include glimpses of:  • Ho'okipa Lookout• Huelo Lookout• Honomanu Black Sand Beach• Kaumahina State Park• Puohokamoa Falls• Keanae Peninsula• Keanae Congregational Church• Keanae Valley Lookout• Bamboo forest• Lava tube• Wailua Falls Lookout• Hanawi Falls• Palikea Stream• Pua' a Ka'a State Park• Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach• Waianapanapa sea cave• Waianapanapa blowhole• Quaint Hāna town• Hāna Ranchlands• Hāna Bay Black Sand Beach• Hamoa Beach or Koki Red Sand Beach• Charles A. Lindbergh's grave• Palapala Ho'omau Church• Kaupo Ranchlands• Maui's last lava flows• Maui's upcountry

Maui: Self-Guided Audio Tours - Full Island

3. Maui: Self-Guided Audio Tours - Full Island

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you across the Maui's popular driving routes; Road to Hana, Haleakala & Upcountry, Iao Valley, West & South Maui. Follow our suggested itineraries or create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing. Maui’s beauty is obvious, but when you uncover the stories, culture and history, you’ll truly connect with the Valley Isle. Includes commentary for: Road to Hana Haleakala Volcano West & South Maui Iao Valley Road to Hana (3 Routes) Maui's most famous drive and absolutely an adventure, the Road to Hana begins over by Kahului Airport and follows the coast all the way to Hana. You'll be driving along the side of the massive Haleakala Volcano to the quietly authentic town of Hana. Then, it's recommended to continue for another 45 minutes or so past Hana to the Oheo Pools. The road is famous for its rainforest, picturesque waterfalls, black sand beach and much more. Equally famous is the driving itself, on a road that winds its way through hundreds of curves and crosses 61 bridges along the way. Major Highlights: Hamoa Beach Hana Ho'okipa Beach Ke’anae Arboretum Ke’anae Peninsula Koki Beach Alau Island Lava Tube Paia Oheo Gulch (7 Sacred Pools) Pipiwai Trail Upper Waikani Falls (3 Bears) Rainbow Eucalyptus Twin Falls Wai’anapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach) Wailua Falls Haleakala The south and eastern part of Maui is dominated by the 10,000 foot tall dormant volcano - Haleakala. It's like nowhere else in that you can drive from sea level to the summit in about two hours. And when you get there, the scenery and environment are stunning. Going to watch sunrise from Haleakala is popular and you must book your space in advance. But visiting at any time of day is very worthwhile. Major Highlights: Haleakala Summit and Crater Hosmers Grove Kalahaku Overlook Nene Geese Pukalani Silversword Makawao – Upcountry West Maui West Maui describes the area from Ma'alaea all the way north along the coast through Ka'anapali, Kapalua and Honolua Bay. This region is filled with popular resorts, beaches, Hawaiian historical and cultural sites and even a terrific blowhole. Major Highlights: Nakalele Blowhole Honolua Bay DT Fleming Park and Beach Ka’anapali Olawalu Mile 8 (Whale) Lookout Ma’alaea & Maui Ocean Center South Maui Kihei and the high-end resort area of Wailea. Kihei is a popular area to explore with many good snorkelling areas, sandy beaches that you can take a long walk on and enjoy a sunset. There's also many mini malls for shopping and dining. Immediately south of Kihei is Wailea which has some magnificent cove beaches and superb snorkeling where you can cruise around with the local turtles. Continue south for the favorite beaches of Maui locals at Makena. And if you are the type who likes to drive to the end of the road - continue all the way to La Perouse Bay, for more snorkelling and the see the site of the last big lava flow on Maui. Major Highlights: Kihei Kamaole Beach Parks Wailea Turtle Town Makena Beaches La Perouse Bay Central Maui Central Maui is there part of the island that sits in the isthmus, or flat area between the two giant volcanoes that form the island. Mostly you will use this area to drive from the resort towns, across to join the Road to Hana and Haleakala tours, and for the airport. But there is some good sightseeing here too. The Iao Needle features a towering volcanic spire and is one of the wettest places on the planet. There's also tropical fruit farms, Maui's shopping areas and the Ocean Center. Major Highlights: Iao Valley and Needle Kepaniwai Park Kahului Shopping Maui Tropical Plantation Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum

Maui: Road to Hana Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour Bundle

4. Maui: Road to Hana Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour Bundle

This bundle includes the following tours: • Road to Hana • Road to Hana Sunrise • Road to Hana Beach Parks • Road to Hana Western Coastline Start any of these tours by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Once downloaded, each tour will start on a different part of the island, which your GPS will guide you straight to. Your tour of the Road to Hana follows the 65-mile historic road past some of Hawaii's most beautiful places. Along this route, you’ll find sparkling waterfalls, lush jungle vistas, stunning beaches, and so much more. Discover groves of rainbow eucalyptus, hike to the hidden gem of Twin Falls, and take a dip in Ching’s Pond, famous among the locals. Next, enjoy a picnic and ocean views at Waterfront Park before cruising on to the 173-foot Wailua Falls and the Instagram-famous Pipiwai Trail, featuring a lush bamboo forest unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You can begin this tour in Kahului and drive to Hana, or go in the opposite direction if it’s more convenient! Your Sunrise tour begins in Kahului. To catch the sunrise, make sure you start early! From there, you’ll drive inland and learn about Maui’s rich culture, including the history of Hawaii’s very own cowboys! Take a detour to the lush Makawao Forest Reserve or continue directly toward your sunrise destination. Before long, you’ll begin your ascent of Haleakalā, a towering volcano offering the best sunrise views. Hear about ancient legends and myths behind this volcano as you ascend, then arrive at Haleakalā National Park. In addition to some great hiking trails, this is where you’ll find Red Hill, the highest point on the island and one of the best places in the world to watch a sunrise. Just make sure you reserve a pass to enter the park before sunrise, as this is not included in the tour! Your tour of Maui’s Beaches also begins in Kahului. From there, you’ll head to Mai Poina Beach, where windsurfers take to the waves. Then there’s Kalepolepo Beach, which adds some fascinating history to its idyllic scenery. Kama’ole Beach offers a dramatic rocky coastline for your Instagram story, while Wailea Beach and Palauea Beach are just plain fabulous beaches (though you might even spot some sea turtles here)! Finally, you’ll head to some famous lava fields for a different kind of fascinating scenery. Your bonus tour of the Western Coastline begins once again in Kahului. From here, you’ll drive out along the less-crowded West Coast for a view of the island not many visitors get! Along the way, you’ll experience weird geological phenomena like the Nakalele Blowhole, explore the fascinating Kapalua Labyrinth, and check out a few underrated gems like the Ukumehame Beach Park! It’s the perfect way to wind down your trip to Maui with an escape from the everyday.

Road To Hana: Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Road To Hana: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you along Maui's Road To Hana to not-to-be-missed points of interest, with fascinating stories, tips and directions along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. The Road to Hana is one of the world’s most scenic drives and a popular sightseeing activity to see Maui’s spectacular waterfalls, black sand beaches, bamboo forests, lava rock formations and amazing ocean views as you wind your way through 620 curves and 59 bridges. The tour includes all three route variations for the Road to Hana: The Original, The Loop and The Backroad. Major Highlights: Hamoa Beach Hana Bay Ho'okipa Beach Ke'anae Arboretum Ke'anae Peninsula Koki Beach & Alau Island Lava Tube O'heo Pools at Kipahulu (7 Sacred Pools) Paia Pipiwai Trail Rainbow Eucalyptus Twin Falls Upper Waikani Falls (Three Bears) Wai'anapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach) Includes: Road To Hana Thoroughly explore the famous Road to Hana with an audio tour that will make sure you know the five absolute “not to be missed” stops along the route as well as many other waterfalls, viewpoints and beaches. Plus many fascinating stories about Hawaiian culture, past and present. If you prefer travelling independently, at your own pace, this audio tour provides the best Road to Hana tour experience, along with the freedom to choose what you enjoy; squishing the black sand between your toes at Wai’anapanapa, hiking the Pipiwai Bamboo Trail, or maybe time to enjoy an extra slice of banana bread. You can’t help but cheer on the world class windsurfers at Ho’okipa Beach. And you won’t need to worry about photoshopping the Rainbow Eucalyptus at the Keanae Arboretum or the stunning contrast between blue water and black lava rock at Keanae Peninsula. Take a moment to cool off with a quick swim at the pristine Hamoa Beach and see where Haleakala National Park descends from the summit to the sea and the Pools of Oheo at Kipahulu (7 Sacred Pools) at the end of the drive. With such a long day of exploring, it’s important to know the 5 “not to be missed” stops that we recommend, and many more suggestions if you have time. Part of the secret to enjoying the journey is knowing how not to waste your time, and we have tips for that as well.

East Maui: Private Rainforest or Road to Hana Loop Tour

6. East Maui: Private Rainforest or Road to Hana Loop Tour

Choose from a flexible range of activity options for the entire trip, In East Maui's Rainforest: 9-11 hrs (Ages 4 - 80): • Discover waterfalls on the Road to Hana. Hike to hidden waterfalls. • See numerous bamboo forests along the drive. • View the never seen before, painterly Rainbow Eucalyptus trees (an uncommon eucalyptus tree that’s originally from islands north of Australia). • Visit Garden of Eden, a gorgeous privately owned arboretum with trails and waterfall views (entry fee per person/optional). • Visit the peninsula town of Keanae for a unique and stunning lava rock coastline with ocean currents crashing against the lava rock walls. And tasty banana bread and smoothies at Aunt Sandy’s. • Stop at selected places for the best homemade coconut ice-cream, and fresh coconuts! • Discover a local black sand beaches and red sand beach. • Venture into a unique lava tube with headlights! • Visit Nahiku market as an option for lunch. • Explore Waianapanapa State Park’s black sand beach, lava tube, blowhole (seasonal), and ancient coastal trails. Please inquire due to advanced online reservations required (entry fee per person/optional). • Visit Kahanu Gardens & Pi’ilanihale Heiau, a national historic landmark believed to be the largest ancient temple in the Hawaiian Islands (entry fee per person/optional). • Visit the largest, colossal size lava tube in Maui (entree fee per person/optional). • Arrive in Hana for excellent lunch choices and Hawaiian snacks from local gourmet food trucks, stands, & Hana Farms, da best! If you prefer a restaurant, Hana Ranch Restaurant is the best choice. • Visit two of our favorite local beaches. • Wailua Falls (largest waterfall on Hana Rd) • Discover giant resting Green Sea Turtles! Should you choose the Full Road to Hana Loop (clockwise or counterclockwise), make your way to the sheltered side of the island with rugged narrow windy roads that transition to the roller coaster smooth paved, Piilani Highway. Witness a remarkable contrast of cliffside driving with spectacular ocean views, panoramas of the Haleakala Volcano, sprawling landscapes, wildlife, and the Kaupo Gap. Make your way back home through the beautiful upcountry area of Kula for views of neighboring islands, Kaho'olawe, Lanai, U-shaped snorkeling isle of Molokini, and Iao Valley Mountains. Additional highlights to the full loop: • Local jumping pool where the fresh water meets the saltwater. • Laulima Farms for local fruits & tasty treats. • Other black sand bays or coasts. • Aviator, Charles Lindbergh’s grave.

Maui: Private Guided Halfway to Hana Tour

7. Maui: Private Guided Halfway to Hana Tour

Explore the beauty of Maui on the Road to Hāna Tour. Picture curvy roads and rugged coastline, tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, crashing waves, and varicolored beaches. Make friends with the locals, and taste regional cuisine, listen to traditional music and stories of the region. Take in the dramatic scenic coastal drive that features bays, bluffs and cliffs on this 8-hour experience. This is a completely private tour with your guide, and the itinerary and timing can be modified. Pass through Mauiʻs Agricultural Basin, a relic of the bygone plantation era and an emerging variety of sustainability crops. Drive through Paʻia, a charming and eclectic bohemian town, and cruise by the North Shore to see the surfers and waves. Marvel at the natural beauty, such as dense Bamboo thickets, Rainbow Eucalyptus trees, waterfalls, streams, and a great variety of other tropical flora & fauna. Observe the depth of the majestic Wailua Valley, and explore coastal tide pools. Stop at the stunning Kaumahina Wayside Lookout for an impressive view of the cliffs & coast, and swim behind a waterfall at Pua'a Ka'a State Park. Visit the Ke’anae Peninsula, an isolated native Hawaiian settlement where you can appreciate the old way of life. Enjoy local sweets & treats at Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread Stand.

From Oahu: Maui Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

8. From Oahu: Maui Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a thrilling sightseeing tour of Maui, starting with a drive through the charming streets of Paia. Then, head east along a magnificent coastline with views of world-famous windsurfing beaches along the way. Continue through the spectacular parks and valleys of lush, tropical vegetation. Take in vistas of amazing beaches, crashing waves, and cascading waterfalls before a drive through the luxuriant rainforest of the Hana Highway. Pass over thrilling single-lane bridges, and navigate hairpin curves. Time and weather permitting, end with an invigorating swim in a waterfall-fed pool at Pua Kaa State Park. Remember to bring your camera to capture the glorious sights of Maui’s hidden side.

Maui: Private Road to Hana Full Loop Guided Tour

9. Maui: Private Road to Hana Full Loop Guided Tour

See the top sights on the Road to Hana with a guide on a day-long private trip. Go for a swim at the famous Wai'anapanapa Beach Park, try the local cuisine at the Nahiku Marketplace, and visit Hãna Town. Begin your tour with a comfortable hotel pick-up or at a meeting point in Kahalui. As you drive through the rolling countryside, hear stories of Maui’s bygone plantation era. Enter the dense rainforest and stop at the vibrantly colored rainbow eucalyptus. Admire the stunning plants and flowers and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife before traveling deeper into the curves of the Road to Hāna. Drive down to the Ke'anae Peninsula and see the site of a traditional Hawaiian village. Visit an original stone missionary church built in 1856, the only building to survive the devastating tsunami of 1946. Stop at a fruit stand for shaved ice and Maui’s famous banana bread. Pass by bubbling streams and roaring waterfalls. If you wish, stop and hop in for a swim before heading to Coconut Glen's. Enjoy a delightful dessert of candy and ice cream made from Maui coconuts before lunch. Stop at Wai’anapanapa Beach Park to explore a powerful blowhole, a black sand beach, and a cave that leads to the ocean. Take a dip in the water or sit for a moment to enjoy the tropical beauty of this world-famous beach park. Next, head to the Nahiku Marketplace, a mini-village of tropical delights. Enjoy local cuisine like smoked fish, coconut shrimp, or baked ‘ulu (breadfruit). Find a variety of locally made gifts, including jewelry made from rare shells, spiritual icons, woodwork, glass art, and paintings. Stop off in Hāna town, which housed the seat of power for the entire island in the 15th century. Come full circle around the whole base of the volcano and drive into the dripping forests of Kipahulu. Visit Charles Lindbergh's grave and see a 19th-century church built from limestone and coral. Take a break to enjoy a delicious cup of locally-grown coffee at the organic Laulima Farms before journeying into young lava fields for a stunning view of the southern part of the volcano. Take the high road to get a panoramic view of Maui’s coastline and outer lying islands as the sun sets before returning to your starting point.

Authentic Road To Hana Tour (Private)

10. Authentic Road To Hana Tour (Private)

Discover the beauty of Hana on this full-day tour in a comfortable and climate-controlled jeep. Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off in Maui, Lahaina, and Wailea, or be picked up from your cruise ship terminal in Kahului Harbor. Stay refreshed along the way with complimentary water and juice.  Hop aboard and be introduced to the beautiful landscapes, coastal sea cliffs, and majestic waterfalls of one of Maui's last untouched gems, Hana. See all of Hana's highlights in one day. Loop around the entire East end of Maui to admire ocean and mountain views directly from your jeep.  HIt the road early to bypass large crowds and buses and get direct VIP access to scenic points, beaches, and parks. Head to Ho’okipa Beach Park which is a famous surfing beach for locals and world class surfers alike. Take in the Rainbow Trees, large eucalyptus trees that have vibrant color branches and trunks. Continue to the Keanae Peninsula where you can stop at Aunty Sandy's Famous Banana Bread to buy a slice of this sweet treat. Visit the Pua’a Ka’a Waterfall and Park where you can swim or listen to the bubbling of the cool mountain streams.  Make your way to Waianapanapa State Park to soak up volcanic landscapes of lava rocks, a black sand beach, and beach access caves. Stop to buy a nice lunch in Hana Town and capture some pictures of the old Hasegawa General store, Hana Hotel, and Fagons Cross. Reach Hamoa Beach for stretched of white sand old fishponds before heading to the Wailua Falls, a 180-foot waterfall with swimming ponds. Pay your respects at the final resting place of Charles Lindbergh. Snap pictures at the Manawainui Lookout of scenic views of volcanic lava fields and open pasture lands that stretch out from the mountain to the ocean. Return to your cruise ship or accommodation at the end of your Hana adventure. 

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Everything was perfectly organized, pickup at the hotel was easy, there were always delicious snacks (fruit, banana bread) in between, and the guide Larry was super nice and explained a lot. Any time

I did the tour to Hana and around back by myself yesterday. Audio was entertaining, informative and directions and recommendations were spot on. Excellent value for money !

Joe was amazing! Incredible knowledge and great conversation!! Best way to see the island!!!

Georg our Tourguide was amazing and gave us so much insight of Maui and the road to Hana!!

Would like to have gone a few more places and stayed longer.