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Maui: Road to Hana Helicopter & Waterfall Tour with Landing

1. 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.

From Poipu, Lihue, and Wailua: Kauai Movie Locations Tour

2. From Poipu, Lihue, and Wailua: Kauai Movie Locations Tour

Embark on a tour that's a real dream come true for film fanatics. Explore the lush and beautiful Garden Isle of Kauai and stop at iconic Hollywood locations along the way. Visit movie sets and Coco Palms resort. Pick up insider insights about the shooting process and locations from your guide. Get picked up from your hotel and head off on a journey through some of film's biggest moments. Conjure up your favorite scenes as you explore the shooting locations of Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gilligan's Island, Blue Hawaii, Six Days, Seven Nights, Tropic Thunder, and more. Marvel at sights like Wailua Falls and even enjoy exclusive access to Coco Palms, the resort Elvis Presley once frequented. See what was in the 60s a mecca for the who's-who of Hollywood. Wander the now-abandoned grounds and take in the eerie atmosphere.

Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

3. 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.

Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

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

The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see. Being your journey from Kahului, cruising along the Hana Highway through Paʻia and past Hoʻokipia. From there, you'll arrive at the official Mile Marker Zero location for the route, and then it's 35 miles to the town of Hana. Discover the Rainbow Eucalyptus and marvel at its multi-colored streaks on its trunks. Then, visit the Twin Falls, Waikamoi Ridge Trail, and Ching’s pond. Continue your way towards Wailua Falls and the Pipiwai Trail, with its huge bamboo forest. Finally, end the tour at the Kipahulu Visitor Center on the eastern shore of Maui.

Maui: Private Full-Day Trip to Hana Highway

5. Maui: Private Full-Day Trip to Hana Highway

Safeway Kahului 15 min Be able to grab a cup of coffee and grab whatever supplies are needed for the Adventure. Hana Highway 10 hours Ho’okipa Beach Park – Ho’okipa Beach is considered the windsurfing capital of the world, you can enjoy watching wind surfers, kite boarders and surfers challenge the oceans waves and shoreline winds. This is also the Threatened Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle capital of Maui, with 200-pound turtles feeding along the shoreline and basking on the beach all day long. Drive by. Bamboo Forest – The impressive bamboo forest on the side of Hana Highway on the way to Hana. Drive by. Waikani Falls – A very popular set of falls because it is photogenic and situated like a drive-thru right on the road. We do have the upper waterfalls which is also called the Three Bears Waterfalls. Viewing from tour bus. Upper Waikani Falls – A very popular set of falls because it is photogenic and situated like a drive-thru right on the road. We do have the upper waterfalls which is also called the Three Bears Waterfalls. Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread 15 minutes Enjoy the best Banana Bread of your life! Auntie Sandy’s is also where Gordon Ramsey filmed the show Uncharted and he even was awestruck on how awesome the bread is! Keanae Point 20 min Wonder the majestic Keanae point! Keanae offers a tropical Hawaiian scene that makes it easy to want to be there. The Keanae Peninsula is full of lush green foliage, tropical plants, and towering palms. The Keanae Congregational Church, officially named the Lanakila Ihiihi O Iehova Ona Kaua Church, was built between 1857 and 1863 of fieldstone, lava rock, and coral mortar. A massive tsunami on April 1, 1946 destroyed nearly all other buildings on the Keanae Peninsula except this one. Puakaa State Park 40 min Heading toward Hana, Puakaa presents two falls located right off the road with a paved path leading up to both. The park is wooded, with several covered picnic areas and lots of wild birds and mongooses. It is the perfect place to take a break from driving and enjoy the beauty of the jungle and a refreshing dip in the waterfall pool if the cold water doesn’t deter you. Wainapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach) 45 minutes Waiʻanapanapa means “glistening fresh water” in the Hawaiian language, here is Excellent opportunity to enjoy your own adventure as we provide you a picnic lunch you may take anywhere in the park. Enjoy a swim at the Black Sand Beach or just take in the beauty of what the area has to offer. Stroll the native hala forest, see an ancient heiau (religious temple), natural stone arch, sea stacks, and blow holes! Wainapanapa will take your breath away! stop made for 45 minutes for swiming. Blowhole a naturally created by the when the lava flowed out leaving a cave also called the fress Wailua Falls Stop made upon request.

Maui: Private Guided Halfway to Hana Tour

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Wailua

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 93 reviews

Our guide Jay was awesome! He was laid back, funny and even had a cool play list to match the vibe of the trip. He made us feel safe in the winding roads and knew local spots. Communication was excellent prior to the trip with info on what to bring and the vehicle was immaculate upon arrival. The benefit of a private tour with door to door service is deciding which places to stop for photos or swims and at your own pace. We opted for full Hana experience. He gave us guidelines and took us to several local business that have clean restrooms to change. Started trip at Safeway w/ a Starbucks then we headed the east side route vs the west side. Avoiding traffic and crowds. We stopped at Bee farm-local fruit tasting (ex strawberry papaya)-botanical gardens-swam at black sand beaches w/ lava tube- sea turtles-local delicious food trucks- banana bread- several beautiful views of waterfalls even one or two you can swim and take pictures in. Kona ice too! Worth every penny!

Was thinking of doing the Road to Hanna drive myself but last minute backed out and booked this tour and I am so glad that I did. Our driver Dustyn made our experience unforgettable. We rode in a specious and comfortable SUV and enjoyed the view without having to worry about driving the narrow and dangerous roads. We made stops along the way and the tour is tailored to you and your needs. Our tour guide took us to an amazing waterfall and other places otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to visit. Definitely plan to do this tour again when so return to Maui. 10/10 recommend.

First time in a Helicopter. Such a blast!! Definitely the highlight of our trip to Maui. Pilot was fantastic, friendly would recommend to all!!

The flight and landing were amazing. I enjoyed the information from the pilot and the scenery was absolutely beautiful.

Due to the weather, we were freely upgraded to a more expensive tour. It totally worth it.