Ahh. Maui. Where do I even begin, you beautiful island, you?! When I think back on our Maui trip, the only thing that comes to mind is, “So much to do, so little time.” Seriously. There are just SO many beautiful beaches.
Ho’okipa Beach- If you’re looking for a great surf spot, go here. If you’re looking for a scenic overlook with local vendors, go here. If you’re looking to lounge on a beautiful beach while people watching, go here. If you’re looking to see sea turtles, go here! This beach is pretty cool. Need I say more?
Road to Hana- This is an absolute MUST if you travel to Maui. It is one of two roads that take you around the island to the city of Hana (is that obvious?). It weaves in and out of the most beautiful, lush rainforest with waterfalls throughout! The views are stunning. Some people travel this road solely for the scenery, but I will warn you: this road is not for the weak of stomach! It’s super twisting and turning, and it takes several hours. For others, the black sand beach is the final destination. For me, Hana was not the gold at the end of the rainbow. The Red Sand beach was (more on this in a moment).
Black Sand Beach- You have probably seen pictures of this epic beach. It truly is stunning. The black sand has the most amazing texture against your skin. Its smooth and luxurious. There are small caves you can wander through, and you can ever hike up on the cliff to the side for an even better view. This is a touristy location. For this reason, this isn’t a beach you want to lounge at or set-up-shop for the day. You also can’t (shouldn’t?) swim at this beach. The current & waves are very rough in the cove. Still, you must see this beach.
The warned against, unpaved, treacherous road home from Hana- this is hilarious. Everyone will tell you to take the Road to Hana back home. “Your rental car isn’t covered from damages on the unpaved road,” “It is so bumpy, I will never do it again,” “What kind of car do you drive, you might not make it.” But then we asked some locals and we got responses like, “We take that road every day,” “my kids took that road to town today,” “I drive a beater. If my car can make it, so can yours.” So what did we do? We put our tails between our legs and went home the way we came. LOL. I think you already know that we took the treacherous, dangerous, unpaved, unknown road. Actually, the whole time we drove, I kept thinking, “Ok, it’s about to get really sketchy!” but it never did. The scenery was completely different from the other side of the island, albeit amazingly beautiful. There were grassy fields and beaches of black volcanic rock. At one point, we stopped the car as cows were crossing the road. We could have reached out and touched them- they were so close! It was lovely, and we were so glad we went against the grain & well-intentioned advice. Should you do it too? When in Rome.