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Road to Hana in Maui
I was fortunate enough to spend my honeymoon in September 2018 on the gorgeous island of Maui in the great state of Hawaii. While there, we decided to take one of the local tours, the Road to Hana, and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the island.
The Road to Hana is a beautiful but long, winding, and single-lane road most of the trip, so it is not recommended to drive yourself. Some rental companies on the island actually tell you that you're not covered for damage if you take your rental on the road, but even without the extra prompting it pays dividends to take the tour. The information you hear is amazing, and you get to actually look out the windows and experience the views, rather than just paying attention to the road trying not to drive off the side.
The scenery is gorgeous, and the trip itself takes up most of the day so plan accordingly. You will get to see countless waterfalls, cliffs, shoreline, and vegetation. Knowledgeable tour guides will be able to give you the heads up of prime photo opportunities, and even pull over in some areas where it is safe to get off the bus and take pictures. Half-way to Hana there is a little shop that most of the guides will stop at for snacks and restroom breaks. I HIGHLY recommend a loaf of their home-made banana bead, it is out of this world. A little further along many tours stop at the Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, another excellent place for beautiful photos and experiences.
The Waianapanapa beaches are where a lot of the tourists in their rental cars will turn around and head for home, but there's still plenty more to see, like a stop at Palapala Ho'omau Church where you can visit the grave site of Charles A. Lindbergh, or the rolling mountain scenery of the back side of the island. It is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience that is worth the time and effort.