Situated at the far eastern end of the island, after two lush hours of switchback roads, rainforest and waterfalls, you will find Maui’s hidden gem. Hāna is truly the best place to unwind, reconnect with yourself, and decompress. We personally like to make the trek in the late afternoon and stay the night, this way you miss out on any traffic and can stop as you wish along the way.
Travaasa Hāna is a great place to stay, it has this eclectic cultured Old Hawaii feel while still maintaining the luxuries and comfort of a resort. Situated on a bluff that rolls into the sea, you will hear the waves crashing as you drift off to sleep, and waking up to the sunrise from one of their ocean facing rooms is an actual dream.
If you only have the day, I’d recommend heading out as early as possible to get the very most of your time. There are so many magical places to experience- trust us, you will want to make multiple stops to take in the views, the drive in itself is something else.
Our first stop, after picking up some fruits from the local fruit stands, is always Hamoa. A black sand beach with the most crystal clear water. From the moment you look over the bay below you will be in disbelief. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes this beach so special, it’s one of those places you just have to experience to know.
There are plenty of fresh local food carts to stop at if you get hungry, Da Fish Shack is one of our favorites. As one of the wettest places on earth, Hāna is full of lush green landscapes, endless waterfalls and fresh water pools. All it takes is a little adventurous spirit, and you’re sure to find something breathtaking at every turn.
Red Sand Beach is another special spot. It’s a bit of a haul to make it down, but I don’t think there’s another place in the world quite like it. The sand is this beautiful rich red, you’re surrounded by steep deep red cliffs, and the water is this magical mix of cold fresh water that seeps through the sand and ocean water that pours over lava rocks.
When it’s time to head back I always like to take the back way, it’s a dirt road and bits of it are quite bumpy, but it’s a part of the island that not many people get to experience. It’s so beautiful, and if you time it right, at the end of your drive you will wind up in Upcountry Maui which is the perfect place to watch the sunset.