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drive ourselves to Hana or a tour?

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by JulieAB, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. JulieAB

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    Thoughts? We had planned to drive ourselves but now DH is having second thoughts and thought a tour might be much better.

    There will be 6 of us and we're not planning to stop and gaze (or even swim) in every waterfall.
     
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    My husband was the driver for many years to show the beautiful drive through the rain forest to Hana and the Seven Pools to our family and friends but the last two times we went with this tour company.

    https://www.tourmaui.com/

    He realized then how much he had missed of the scenery because he had to constantly concentrate on the driving. The road is very good but has many sharp bends and one-way bridges.

    Both our guides were very good but different in how they presented their beautiful culture and history to us but they were born and raised locally and their family too so had first hand knowledge and that made it even more interesting.

    The vans are really comfortable and for only 12 people and we liked everything about the tour and the link will explain the rest.

    I know that there are other tours that TUGgers have done and can highly recommend to you too.
     
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    We have done it both ways. We enjoyed both ways. If you like to control where you stop and how long you stay then drive it. If you want to relax and enjoy the scenery then take a tour.
     
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    I followed Emmi’s Advise and took the tour. I know I wouldn’t have seen near as much if I had been driving.
     
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    Full disclosure: I haven't taken the tour. We've done the drive a couple of times, both of them using the rental tape (or CD) guide. It was OK to have the narrative, and to be able to stop for as long as you want wherever you want.
     
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    We did the drive ourselves a few times. For some reason I personally cannot drive that road, so that puts the burden on dh to do the entire thing. We haven't done it in quite a few years, but would probably do a tour if we did it again.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Which CD guide did you get and where did you get it? We will be there this fall and I would like to look into that.

    Thanks.

    Mike
     
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    We did the Hana Hwy a few times with the rental car and cd bought at the ABC store. If you start early in the morning, meaning passing Baldwin Beach at 6 am, it is a very cool and uncrowded drive. Many of the best attractions are easy to park at early in the morning.

    Our last trip was the entire loop. The loop is not as bad as most people claim. It is a one lane road like the loop in West Maui but a bit more scenic, imo.

    Bill
     
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    We used the "Shaka guide Maui" app. Worked great. A little creepy on the first few stops because the narrator gives a strange laugh, but that stops after a few miles.
     
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    I don't remember, but iirc I got it at a local grocery store, or maybe at a roadside stand. Here it is on Amazon along with the highly recommended Maui Revealed. https://www.amazon.com/Road-Hana-Guide-Maui-Experiencing/dp/B0057ITEDO
     
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    Mike, we've used the GyPSy Guide (see the 'GPS' in that?) available for your phone, most recently just last month. Download the $6 app, connect your phone via bluetooth to the car, and it puts the tour guide right in the car with you. It's a brilliant app, since they speak content based on your GPS location. Very worthwhile. https://gypsyguide.com/tour/maui/

    Dave
     
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    TUG comes through EVERY TIME! I'm just soooo last century.
     
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    I don't know if it's better or worse than a CD or tape, but it's completely portable. The only thing is to be sure you bring a power cord for your phone so it doesn't run out of juice.

    A cool feature of the app is that on the way toward Hana, it gives specific places to stop and such, based on location. so he says things like, "If it's before noon, around the next bend is a parking area on the right that is great. If the lot is full, skip it, because there's another scenic spot with a similar view just around the next turn."

    On the way back, since you've already heard the scenic stuff, he gives a very interesting narration about the history of the Hawaiian monarchy. Quite informative. :)

    Dave
     
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    Thanks all. I will check these out.

    Best regards.

    Mike
     
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    Not to hijack this thread, but I've started traveling with a phone power cord, "just in case". I originally bought the adapter (or whatever you call it) to use with my power cord. But when I got a new phone Verizon was having a special on accessories, so I ended up getting a car charger and just put it in the backpack I use for travel. That way it will always be with me.
     
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    We have taken the road to Hana tour many times, both driven ourselves and by a tour company. We highly recommend using a tour company. We usually are accompanied by different friends on our visits. During our last time, one of our couples decided to drive the highway themselves, with tour book in hand, because they figured they would be able to stop whenever they wanted and see whatever they wanted; while the other 3 couples decided to take it with a tour company. When they all returned, the couple driving themselves were so disappointed when they heard all the stories and history that the tour guide had presented on the drive -- as well as all the things that were pointed out by the guide that they hadn't read about or seen during their own drive. We just think the local tour guides give it a little something extra.
     
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    I carry one too. The basic coil-cord cigarette lighter socket kind. Works fine in most cars. I also carry a couple of USB cords so I can have one in the timeshare and one in the car, just in case.

    Dave
     
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    BTW, most rental car companies don't allow you to go all the way to the 7 pools. Why? Our van guide said it is because there is no cell phone coverage at that point or beyond. The roads are not bad (generally) but if you had a problem with a rental car, you may be stranded until someone else drove by.
     
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    I don't think this is accurate, the 7 pools are on a normal road. Much past the 7 pools is a questionable road and it's often reported that it's a violation of the rental car contract but from what I have seen in the past, that's not necessarily so. The rental agreements I've seen in the past prohibited driving on unimproved roads but did not specifically prohibit that section. And since I've driven it personally (never again), it is an improved road just not paved all the way. Now there has been some road damage and repair since I drove it, I'm not sure how it is compared to before.
     
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    The one time we stayed in Maui I drove by myself and had the CD audio guide. It was pleasant - but I was unable to really appreciate the sights as you need to focus 100% on the road. Plus, I was always concerned I would arrive too late/leave too late. So that drive is off my bucket list. I would recommend a tour.
     
  21. JulieAB

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    I think my biggest worry is my kids and needing pit stops? How do they handle bathroom breaks for 12 people?

    Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
     
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    Probably the same way you would handle it if you drive. We say it's THE FIRST RULE OF TRAVEL: Never walk past a bathroom.
     
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    There is a public park with restrooms partway there, a quick side trip to Keanae has more bathrooms, the food trucks at Nahiku Marketplace have bathrooms around back, and the state park just before Hana. There are more. No problem. I'm sure they've had to deal with it before. :)

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    We used the same company Taffy19 linked to and really enjoyed the tour. I would use them again if we decide to do the road to Hana. It was great having someone else drive, so we could both see the sights.

    Its been a few years, but i recall they made numerous bathroom stops.
     
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    We took the tour, did not want to drive,we had a rental car,so We toured around in it except for Road to Hana.
    Loved Maui!

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