Top 3 places to visit on Road to Hana

HIGHLIGHTS - The Road to Hana is all about the journey and not the destination. It is about exploring and discovering hidden gems along the way. My recommendations are: Twin Falls (beautiful waterfall), Wai’anapanapa State Park(Black Sand Beach), Seven Sacred Pools (‘Ohe’o Gulch aka “Seven Sacred Pools”) and Town of Pa'ia (great seafood and cute surf shops).

Town of Pa'ia / Great Seafood and Surf Shops

This was our favorite place to get food quickly before and after our daily adventures. Head to Cafe Mambo for specialty sandwiches you can pick up to take on the trip. In addition to having our sandwiches, we stopped at several stands along the road that served  banabread, fresh fruit, coffee and shaved ice.
After a long day of exploration our first choice to refuel is Paia Fish Market. The fish tacos and ahi tuna burgers are amazingly fresh and flavorful. I wish I had snapped a photo but instead I devoured my meal in minutes.
If you need an outfit for the road to hana including a bikini there are great surf shops in Pa'ia:
Pa'ia: San Lorenzo bikini shop has foam hats with sayings such as ALOHA, JAWS etc. I got the JAWS hat which refers to the strongest waves on the Road to Hana. These hats are seen all over the island.
Favorite Fashion Piece of the Trip - JAWS foam hat - see other options below:

TWIN FALLS / Waterfall 

Most people go as their first stop but my boyfriend and I decided to go to Twin Falls on our way back from Hana it was far less crowded at 4pm. We had just missed the smoothie truck that serves fruit popsicles and fresh juices.

There is a beautiful 0.75 mile hike leading up to the falls that felt so tropical and lush. We found ourselves walking past tons of banana and coconut tress.  All of a sudden the  secluded waterfall appeared with a swimming pool beneath. To get there we had to cross through a small river (you must wade through...def worth the work of mindful footing). Theres nothing more refreshing than standing directly under a waterfall!

Wai’anapanapa State Park / Black Sand Beach

If you want to spend a few hours exploring paradise and thought Twin Falls was a bit tame, check out Wai'anapanapa State Park. There is something for everyone there: idyllic beach photo opportunities, black sand beaches, beautiful sea arches that include a blowhole, freshwater caves that are perfect for jumping into and swimming in, trails along the coast for hiking, and endless Maui coastline to view. 

Seven Sacred Pools (‘Ohe’o Gulch aka “Seven Sacred Pools”) 

We were disappointed to find this was closed when we were exploring Road to Hana. However, I have heard of its beauty and that it is one of the must see sites. Check out Trip Advisor's take on it. This makes for a good excuse to return to Maui....

What are your favorite spots and tips on Road to Hana?

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