West Maui Circle Drive

West Maui Circle Drive, Kahului: Address, West Maui Circle Drive Reviews: 4.5/5

West Maui Circle Drive
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,076 contributions
Steep, narrow, treacherous, yet beautiful
Sep 2021 • Family
We drove this route. It was unexpectedly narrow, steep, treacherous, yet beautiful and scenic. We had to pull over several times to let cars get by. I recommend traveling clockwise in order to hug the mountainside and stay away from the ledges. There are no guard rails in many areas. You will pass a village, food stands, studio, ranch, many hillside homes. The speed limit is 5 mph in many of the hairpin turns.
Written September 22, 2021
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Ivy D
4 contributions
Terrifying but fun!!
Aug 2021 • Family
My family and I drove the West Maui Circle about a week ago. Originally we had planned to go snorkeling but due to my brothers second degree sunburns we decided a nice driving tour would be the better option. So we bought an audio tour and set forth, little were we aware of what was to come. It started out quite lovely!!! There were many beautiful spots and lookouts. Blow Rock was one of the highlights, it’s important to note it’s quite windy there, so leave your hat in the car for that stop and bring a hair tie!!! One stop also included a lovely green area. You parked on the side of the rode and the path was filled with GIGANTIC green leaved trees and luscious grass. We kept on driving and we found ourselves on one of the most dangerous roads ever. Unfortunately the tour description did not mention how narrow and curvy the road was on the mountains. It was one lane and there were no side rails. The turn were extremely curvy and EXTREMELY sharp!!!! Every time you turned you had to go very slowly and honk multiple times so that other cars would stay back, since it was a blind turn. If you were on the road and you saw another car one of you would have to back up very slowly for a long long time because most of the road for at least an hour had no room on the side to pull over onto for passing. It was extremely scary backing up on turns yet unfortunately hard to avoid. This narrow twisty road lasted for a bit more then an hour. There was a small town halfway through the road (the second half was scarier). It was extremely isolated and the tour guide pointed out that Julies Banana Bread was quite good and that we should try it if it was open. At that point we just wanted to be done with the drive so we kept on driving. Eventually we got off of the road and then we went to the aquarium. I was starving from the terror and so we went to a restaurant in the Maui Fish Harbors which is next to the aquarium. There I had the best fish and chips I have ever had. And that’s saying something since I’ve been to London twice. Maybe it was so good because I had just survived a terrifying experience that required me to put a mask on my eyes while driving, but it was delectable.

Overall while the road was terrifying, I had a fun time and I look back on that day as one of the best days of our 11 day long trip. I do recommend driving this. It’s shorter then the Road to Hana while still having the thrill of it. Just be ready to drive guardrail-less, narrow roads!!
Written August 10, 2021
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Mary24
San Francisco20 contributions
Beautiful drive - for the right driver!
Jun 2021
A beautiful drive with several noteworthy stops (the Blowhole, the Olivine pools, Karen's's Lei Gallery, banana bread). The prior reviews initially convinced us not to do the drive, but a local friend provided reassurances and so we did it and were happy we did . Don't get me wrong - DO NOT DO IT IF you are a timid or nervous driver. ONLY do it if you are a confident, safe, alert, experienced driver, and even then, only in the day, with dry roads, and west to east (clockwise). But if this is you - go for it, but slowly, covering the brakes around every turn, and looking ahead to pull out if a car is approaching from across the valley. Contrary to prior reviews, there are plenty of pullouts if you plan ahead, and also, plenty of places to turn around if you change your mind... By the by, doing the drive this way allows you to tack on the beautiful Iao Needle /Iao Valley on the far side, well worth a 30 min stop on the way by, or longer if you want to dip in the river... Have fun!
Written June 29, 2021
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY653 contributions
Better than the Road to Hana!
Apr 2021
No one really talks about this drive around the perimeter of West Maui - surprisingly given it is nicer than the Road to Hana. Ton of scenic points along the way - allow a few hours to see it all if you do not do any trails, etc...
Written May 5, 2021
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dave M
Milwaukee, WI113 contributions
Drive around West Maui is an adventure! Allow a half day.
Mar 2021
Many single lane areas and bridges, and hikes and views along way. Be careful if you try to squeeze past in the wrong place- road was blocked on one switch back because one fool had his wheels hanging over the ocean side ledge. Sometimes you have to back up, slowly, and when a sign says honk horn to warn blind approaching traffic, do so.
Written March 20, 2021
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Where1go7
Maui, HI288 contributions
Don't do it. Go the front way and drive around to to hanalua bay the front way and back track a bit if you like
Feb 2020
Its not a tourist friendly route narrow roads local traffic not much to see. More then one person has been punched out because they were driving like they owned it and endangered folks. Go the front way to lahaina drive kaanapale go hanalua bay that way better drive safer and then if you want to drive to that art shop that's like 5miles down the road from hanalua bay then its easier if you can get past that bridge is always out. And its not reception usually I just get the feeling the home owners don't want non local traffic because its narrow driving
Written April 3, 2020
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Pradeep B
Chattanooga, TN9 contributions
Must do
Jan 2020
Very scenic drive. We did the full circle counter clockwise and followed directions from Gypsy tour app until the blowhole, which was highlight of drive. Drive beyond the blowhole is scenic and a great experience. yes narrow single lane roads but its worth the experience if you are doing counter clockwise and had experience on winding narrow roads in past. We were concerned initially reading all the bad reviews about how dangerous the drive is, but we found it very pleasant and not too dangerous at all. Many scenic pullouts too , very enjoyable drive
Written January 4, 2020
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chitownsam
Chicago, IL2,114 contributions
Lovely drive and views - but on,y to the bliowhole
Dec 2019
We took a lovely drive with “Gypsy”, the audio guide we got for The Road to Hana but we upgraded to add all of Maui. We were told lots of good places to stop and interesting hopistory and information as we went. On the way there, we stopped at a Gazebo in Napali Shores for a great breakfast - but be prepared to wait. We only went as far as the Blowhole. It was a fun scramble to get down and then back up from it but don’t try it unless you’re in reasonable shape and fairly surefooted.
Written December 14, 2019
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Terrence George Brown
Seattle, WA32 contributions
West Maui Circle Drive
Nov 2019
This is one way to get off the beaten track. There are wonderful views and you get a feel of what Hawaii was like when it was mostly rural. Make sure that you start on the Lahaina side of west Maui so that you will be on the inside lane. Drive a small vehicle. Much of the road is very good but a short portion is terrible and terrifying with only a few inches from the edges that drop off into cliffs. Karen Lei's shop has beautiful art made in Hawaii and is along the way. It has a Wailuku address but is actually about 15 miles from Wailuku. I would say the drive is worth it but be warned that it is not for everyone.
Written December 2, 2019
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
The views are amazing!
Jun 2019
Nice place to visit, really friendly people. We loved the atmosphere, can’t wait to return! Only thing: We can’t wait to return. Absolutely wonderful vacation! Take the chance, it’s worth it! We are already planning our next vacation : ) ❤️
Written November 23, 2019
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