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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: Road to Hana Helicopter & Waterfall Tour with Landing

2. Maui: Road to Hana Helicopter & Waterfall Tour with Landing

Enjoy a scenic flight from Kahului over the remote landscape of Maui with this guided helicopter tour. Your experience includes a 30-minute landing to explore the rainforest on foot.  Board the helicopter at the airport in Kahului and begin your tour of Maui. Fly along the island’s north coast and admire views of cliffs, forest, and cascading waterfalls. Soar above Paia, Hookipa, and Haiku as you listen to your guide’s commentary. See aerial views of Peahi which is also known as Jaws, a famous surfing location. Fly over the Road to Hana and the iconic Jurassic Rock, to reach the landing-place deep in the Hawaiian rainforest.  Descend to the forest floor and visit a former taro plantation in the Wailua Valley, home to lush vegetation of banana and coconut palms. Enjoy your time exploring the rainforest floor, especially as it’s an area that is not the typical beaten track for tourists. Return to the helicopter for the flight back to Kahului, where your experience ends.

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 Bundle: 6 In-App Driving And Walking Audio Tours

4. Maui Bundle: 6 In-App Driving And Walking Audio Tours

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your ultimate companion for exploring the magical island of Maui, Hawaii. Get ready to embark on a journey of adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty as you discover Maui's stunning beaches, lush rainforests, majestic mountains, and vibrant culture. As you begin your tour of Maui with the Shaka Guide app, prepare to be enchanted by the island's diverse landscapes, rich history, and warm aloha spirit. The app will provide informative and engaging audio commentary, sharing insights into the island's geology, marine life, Hawaiian traditions, and local tips. You can start your adventure in the bustling town of Lahaina, where you can explore the historic Front Street, lined with charming shops, art galleries, and restaurants. The app will guide you through Lahaina's fascinating history, from its whaling days to its vibrant present. Continue your exploration as you venture along the stunning coastline of West Maui. The app will lead you to picturesque beaches like Kaanapali and Kapalua, where you can soak up the sun, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and witness breathtaking sunsets. Experience the natural wonders of Maui as the app guides you to the lush Iao Valley State Park, home to the iconic Iao Needle. Learn about the valley's rich cultural significance and take in the breathtaking views of verdant peaks and cascading waterfalls. Discover the captivating beauty of the Road to Hana, one of Maui's most iconic drives. The app will guide you through the winding road, pointing out scenic viewpoints, hidden waterfalls, and cultural landmarks along the way. Immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest, swim in refreshing pools, and embrace the tranquility of this legendary journey. No visit to Maui would be complete without exploring Haleakala National Park. The app will guide you to the summit of Haleakala, where you can witness a mesmerizing sunrise or enjoy a hike through the otherworldly volcanic landscape. Indulge in the culinary delights of Maui as the app recommends local eateries and farm-to-table experiences. Sample fresh seafood, taste tropical fruits, and savor the unique flavors of Hawaiian cuisine. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Maui by visiting historic sites like the Bailey House Museum or attending a traditional Hawaiian luau. The app will share stories of ancient legends, Hawaiian customs, and the island's vibrant arts and crafts scene. Throughout your journey, the Shaka Guide app will provide valuable information, recommendations, and insights to enhance your visit to Maui. Whether it's exploring hidden gems, snorkeling with sea turtles, or simply relaxing on pristine beaches, the app will be your knowledgeable companion. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating landscapes and vibrant culture of Maui, Hawaii. Aloha and enjoy your adventure!

Maui: Haleakala Sunrise Eco Tour with Breakfast

5. Maui: Haleakala Sunrise Eco Tour with Breakfast

Witness the magical spectacle of daybreak from the summit of Maui's dormant volcano, Haleakala on a guided tour with hotel transfers. Be greeted by a cool and serene atmosphere at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level. As dawn approaches, watch the darkness of the pre-dawn hours give way to the gradual emergence of light, painting the sky with hues of pink, orange, and purple. Gain insights into the cultural significance of Haleakala, its geological history, and the native flora and fauna from your guide. Gain a deeper appreciation for the spiritual importance of this sacred site in Hawaiian culture while learning about the unique ecosystems that thrive in the volcano's high-altitude environment. As the sun rises higher in the sky, begin your descent from the summit with visits to the National Park Visitor Center, Haleakala Ranch, Upcountry Maui, and down to the North Shore town of Paia for a delicious breakfast.

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

6. 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 the most beautiful places in all of Hawaii. 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. Enjoy a picnic and ocean views at Waterfront Park next, 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 with 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. Picnic at Waipuilani Park, then try your hand at surfing at Cove Beach, which offers gentle surf that’s perfect for beginners! Kama’ole Beach offers 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.

Maui: Road to Hana Waterfalls Tour with Lunch

7. Maui: Road to Hana Waterfalls Tour with Lunch

Travel back in time to the historic moments and legendary tales that shaped the island of Maui. Enjoy a scenic tour of the iconic Road to Hana and look out for perfect photo opportunities. Eat a delicious picnic lunch, try some fresh fruit, and swim at a famous black sand beach. Stops include: Ho'okipa Beach Park, 15 minutes Kaumahina State Wayside Park, pass by without stopping Ke‘anae Point, banana bread stand aunty sandy 20 minutes Ke‘anae Point, 15 minutes Upper Waikani Falls, pass by without stopping Pua'a Ka'a State Park, 40 minutes Black Sand Beach, 1 hour Wailua Falls, just past Koali Ranch Cottage, 10 minutes Kipahulu, pass by without stopping Kaupo, Kaupo, pass by without stopping Manawainui Gulch, 15 minutes Waiakoa, Kula, pass by without stopping Harold Rice Park, Lower Kula Road Turn off highway onto Lower Kula Road to access park., 10 minutes Furthermore, if time allows, you will have the chance stop at fruit stands with fresh fruits and vegetables for you to buy.

Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

8. Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

Experience the reverse route to Hana in style aboard a luxury SUV and get access to pristine lands in comfort. Avoid excess traffic and discover the hidden gems Maui has to offer including waterfalls and spectacular beaches.  You'll have a full panoramic glass sunroof to witness the beauty and also have the availability to keep all your devices charged at any seat. Your adventure can be fully customized with additional or fewer stops along the way. After a pickup from your accommodation, stop off at Safeway in Kahului to grab snacks for the day. Drive up through the rolling hills in Kula, passing by the Maui Winery in Ulapalakua. Journey through the untouched lands of Kaupo with several photo stops along the way. See historical churches in the backside of Maui over 150 years old. Stop off at Laulima Organic Farm where they focus on sustainability and you may indulge in the exotic fruits grown right from the property. Pass by the 7 Sacred pools or The Pools at Oheo at Haleakala National Park. See the awe-inspiring Wailua Falls with the potential opportunity to swim in a 97 Foot waterfall (weather permitting). Visit Auntie Virgie's botanical flower farm and see a genuine family supporting the local community. Go to Hamoa Beach, Hana Town, and Waianapanapa State Park to experience the crisp Black Sand Beach.  Stop off at Pua'a Ka'a Falls and have one last opportunity to swim for the day. See Waikani Falls, and Keanae Point, and admire rainbow eucalyptus trees flourishing in the Painted Forest.  Visit Ho'okipa Beach Park and witness the Hawaiian green sea turtle resting on the beach before returning to the starting point.

Maui Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

9. 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.

Road To Hana: Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. 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.

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This was the best self tour guide ever. Highly recommend it. The voice tour guide kept us entertained and we learned lots about Maui. There’s so much to see and so many stops on the road to Hana so this really helped with the experience.

This was a great purchase! We were given excellent driving directions and plenty of relevant information about the areas and history.

It was incredible, Bob, we named him that, always gave us perfect instructions so we didn't miss anything!

Really enjoyed all the info, history and Hawaiian music along the way using the app! Very easy to use.

Good way to self pace! But timely with all the beautiful stops