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5 Stops On The Road to Hana You Won’t Want To Miss

5 Stops On The Road to Hana You Won’t Want To Miss

When we booked our trip to Maui this last year I immediately started planning. I like to have an itinerary, I do schedule “free time” so it’s not all go go go. But I like to have an idea of where we’re going when and what all we’re going to do. When I started planning this particular trip there was one thing that stuck out more than anything, that I most certainly want not going to miss out on. The Road to Hana.

Haipua’ena Falls

1 1/2 miles past the 10-mile marker
Small turnout on the far side of the bridge 

This waterfall is my favourite place that we stopped. It has a super small parking spot, two vehicles can fit there – if you’re lucky – so it is quiet. We were the only ones there when we saw it.

You have to walk about a 1/2 km to get to them but it’s worth it. I could have spent more time there easily. It was raining when I went but I think it would be a perfect place to do the once in a lifetime waterfall swim if the weather permitted.

Ke’anae

The ocean is such a powerful being, isn’t she? Once nearly wiped out by a tsunami in 1946, the only thing left standing is an old stone church.

I could have stayed at this place all day long and not have been bored. The ocean beating against the lava rock, each wave unique. The water is rough and beautiful here. Definitely somewhere you don’t want to miss. There is a banana bread stand here as well, we didn’t try it but it rumoured to be as good as the next one. These are also washrooms available for you to use here.

Halfway to Hana

1/3 mile past 17-mile marker sign

Not long after the Ke’anae, you come across this little food stand. All we Aunty Sandy’s We stopped here and had the banana bread. Probably one of the best I have ever eaten. It was warm out of the oven and came in large pieces. They also have some fruit and sandwiches and things. If you’re hungry and you don’t have anything packed this is where I suggest you grab some snacks.

Upper Waikani Falls / Three Bears Falls

Between 19 and 20 mile marker

Drive around the corner and park in the parking lot at the top of the hill. Do not ignore the “no parking” signs. They are there for a reason. We witnessed a rather loud argument between some locals and some tourists.

Anyways. There is a perfectly good view from the road, that I was perfectly happy with. But I am glad I built up the nerve to take the trail down. I use the term trail loosely because you are climbing over some rather large rocks. Also, the “trailhead” is found by climbing over a bridge railing and has a bit of a drop. Never the less, if you are able to get down there you can really see the size and power of these beautiful falls.

Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach

My experience with beaches, having lived in a landlocked province my whole life, has been pretty non-existent so I was really excited about the black sand beach. It was busy but the views were incredible, and the black sand, unlike everything I had ever seen.

They have cabins and restrooms, showers and picnic tables. We were here for quite a while walking around, exploring the caves and again just watching the ocean. This was the only place I spotted a turtle, riding the waves.

The Road to Hana was a bucket list item for me and I don’t regret doing it at all. It makes for a long day with countless incredible views and things to look at. There wasn’t a dull moment the entire drive and there was no room for boredom. These are just my favourites along the way.

Have you followed the Road to Hana? What was your favourite stop along the way?

5 Stops On The Road to Hana You Won't Want To Miss
5 Stops On The Road to Hana You Won't Want To Miss

 

Posted by Jenn in Travel, Travel Maui, 6 comments
Travel Insurance. 8 Reasons Why You Need It

Travel Insurance. 8 Reasons Why You Need It

Travel insurance is something that is so often taken for granted. You don’t think about it until you need it. You’ll never need it. What could possibly go wrong? It is also one of the simplest things to get that could save you thousands or even millions of dollars.

Who needs travel insurance?

Simply put? Everyone.

If you’re travelling outside of your own country you almost definitely should have travel insurance.

What if I’m travelling in my Own Country?

Did you know your provincial plan may not transfer outside of your own province? Even if travelling within your own country, having travel insurance is a good idea. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Best to check with your own medical insurance providers and we what is covered. Not in Canada? Check into your own countries healthcare policies.

What Does Travel Insurance Cover?

Travel insurance is not just for injury and/or illness. They offer also cover trip cancellation and trip disturbance.

Meaning if for some reason your trip is cancelled, possibly due to a death or illness before even leaving, your trip is now covered. Those pesky “no transfer/cancellation” clauses on your trip purchase may be sidestepped by having travel insurance in place.

What If Your Credit Card Offers Coverage?

Great! But keep I mind they are often extremely limited. Designated travel insurance is more extensive. If you can take advantage of your credit card insurance great, but I still suggest having actual travel insurance.

Lost Luggage

Losing your luggage is one of the worst ways to begin a vacation. Lucky for you, your travel insurance will likely reimburse you for essential items when their bags are delayed, damaged or stolen. Then you can enjoy the start of your vacation, even if your luggage isn’t. – Keep an eye out for a future post with more on this –

Stolen Items

Theft is a risk anywhere you go, some places more than others. If you’re like me, or you live in the same century as I do, you probably travel with a cell phone, and a multitude of other electronics.  Many policies cover the replacement cost of stolen items.

Missed Connections

Unless you’re lucky enough to be getting a direct flight, near impossible when travelling outside your continent, missing connections is certainly a risk.  Many travel insurance policies will cover you for these missed connections. They can find you accommodations through their helpline if you are stranded or cover alternative transportation arrangements.

Losing Your Documents

This is probably one of the biggest disasters you could encounter while travelling. They can help replace your documents and help you get home should anything happen to those documents.

It’s obvious there are plenty of reasons why you should buy travel insurance before your trip. But if cost is the biggest reason for not wanting to get it, think of the cost associated if only one of these worst-case scenarios happens.

Pro Tip: Skip buying it at the travel agent, and go straight to your insurance provider, usually a fraction of the cost and better coverage.

Let travel insurance be the thing you have and never need, instead of the thing you need and don’t have.

Travel Insurance. 8 Reasons Why You Need It
Travel Insurance. 8 Reasons Why You Need It

 

Posted by Jenn in Travel, 9 comments