You may have noticed that I didn't include the famous Road to Hana in my Maui Top 5. I personally didn't enjoy it as much as the other activities, but it deserves some recognition.
Find out my favorite and least favorite parts.
Why didn't I enjoy it? I was traveling in a group of six people. A group with a twisted ankle, an elderly relative, someone who was car sick... You see what I'm getting at?
The Road to Hana can be amazing, but it wasn't for me. If you are traveling in a large group or you yourself have physical restrictions or ailments, there is still plenty to see in Hana!!! However, I like exploring, so I was disappointed that I couldn't fully experience some of the more adventurous aspects of this activity.
My absolute favorite part of Road to Hana was the Venus Pool. A simple fruit stand and bridge was our only marker. A short walk through a field and we were at our own personal pool. It was easy enough that everyone in our group could make it. We cliff-jumped and swam around, secluded from the crowd.
The Ke'anae Peninsula provided us views of the Ke'anae Arboretum as well as access to the Red Sand Beach. By the way, be aware that this is also a nude beach although we did not partake.
The thing that stands out the most to me is the safety of the road. Is windy, narrow, and treacherous. I was not the one driving and I was happy about that. The second downside is the crowds. There are waterfalls just off the road and it's hard to find parking or even getting a good picture as there are people everywhere.
This isn't a downside, but definitely needs to be vocalized is that there is simply so much stuff to see! It's an all day trip and can even be stretched into a multi-day trip, so I suggest you to plan ahead!
One disappointment (although I understand the reasoning) is that swimming is no longer permitted at the Seven Sacred Pools due to safety and water contamination. We didn't do the full hike, but I'm sure we would have mustered up some more energy if we could go swimming in waterfalls.
While the Road to Hana can be a wonderful time, I advise you to have a game plan going in and be prepared to the windy roads! I didn't see as much as I would have liked, but there's always next time!