I was really really nervous about us driving road to Hana on our own. I probably read way too many reviews. I kept imagining us tumbling down the side of a mountain. If you or your travel partner is a confident and competent driver it's definitely a doable drive. I personally, could not do it and I think you know what type of driver you are and whether or not this is doable for you. My husband had no problem with it. Yes, it's long. Yes, there are tons of curves but he took it slow and was watchful. He said it was not stressful for him at all but I know it would have been for me. Most of the fun is at the stops so he was okay with not being able to look around the whole time. For him it was a fun challenge and he wanted to do it. If the drive is not for you then book the tour and leave it to them. We saw one close call between a wide tour bus and a car where they came less than an inch from touching but other than that it all seemed pretty organized and not too reckless. I didn't see any area of road with a drop off to the mountain on one side that didn't have some kind of guard rail or barrier.
We did the gypsy app. You can just download it on your phone. I highly recommend it. We left early. This is a must because with only four stops we spent 10 hours there and without stops the drive back to our hotel in Lahaina was 3 hours and 15 minutes. It was a 13 hour day for us. If you do a tour you probably won't have time to enjoy Pipiwai Trail which was my absolute FAVORITE stop. If I had only seen that I would have been happy. We did Twin falls, Three bears, Waianapanapa Park including Black Sand Beach and Haleakala National Park including Pipiwai Trail, Waimoku Falls, and the Seven Sacred Pools.
There are places to stop for food but it saves time if you don't have to.
This was absolutely one of the best days of our vacation. Rugged trails, beautiful sights and swimming in waterfalls. If you love hiking and love a new adventure this is definitely the outing for you.
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