The highway to Hana has always been on the to do list. And when we planned this trip we looked into camping there. We had booked three nights camping along the “Hana Highway” but it was horrible weather so we cancelled and rebooked for one night.
Stephen went and collected the tent and equipment two nights ago and yesterday morning we set out for Hana. The camping gear was fully equipped with tent, two blow-up beds, sheets, pillows, blankets and torches. Great service!
We had considered what we wanted to do etc. and read lots of different suggestions. But when you are on that road that snakes around bends with jungle on one side and sea on the other and 1500 cars in front of you (that doesn’t have a 3-year-old so they are early on the road rather than late). Then you stop where you can. There are a lot of mind-blowing waterfalls that you can hike to, swim in and dive into. The view along the way is incredible and the beaches are the reason why you want to go to Hawaii.
With our guidebook in our hands we tried our best to stop at a few places but failed until we found one waterfall that wasn’t as well-known at the others. So, we parked the car alongside the road, walked passed the sign saying to not enter! (apparently only there to scare people) and hiked for about 15 minutes until we came to a beautiful waterfall with only a few other people in it. Henry wanted to go swimming so he and Stephen jumped in. It was freezing. They swam over to the waterfall and Stephen had a few jumps in front of it. And then hiked back to the car. Beautiful.
We stopped at one other waterfall where you could swim but we didn’t bother because it was so busy.
After that we had lunch and then we went to see where we were going to spend the night camping. It was a fantastic location for camping. We had the famous black beach right in front of us! I cannot describe how beautiful this place was! Just amazing.
We put our tent up and then went for a swim. It was packed with people of course. After that we went looking for some dinner which isn’t easy in Hana on a Sunday night. But we found a burrito wagon. Later on, when we were nearly ready for bed we took our torches and went down to the beach again. This time we were alone and we went into a cave on the beach and tried the torches out and then on to the beach. Henry thought he was a real explorer.
We had an ok night as Henry woke up at 2am asking all his camping/tent questions that could not wait until morning. It was his first time and he loved it. I think it will probably be one of our holidays every year when we are back in the UK.
In the morning we took our breakfast down to the beach and we were the only ones there. The boys had a swim and I took some pictures. They waves were too much for me. At one point, there was one wave that went over their heads and swept Henrys armbands and goggles away. Luckily Henry was ok.
We drove the other way home and had a few stops. One of them was at a Red beach! We hiked all the way there but when we got there we decided the last part was too dangerous for us to make. But I did get some lovely pictures of it.
According to the guidebooks the road on the south is bumpy, unpaved and “dangerous”. But we didn’t find it too bad at all. The views on this side was even better than the one on the north side.
A wonderful experience and camping is definitely something we will do again. The road to Hana is amazing and I advise anyone visiting Maui to do it, especially the camping at the black beach.