We had already spent some time in Lahaina, Kaanapali and Napili, so did not stop this time along the route. If you have not, you should do those on another day. This drive alone needs some time. It took us about 45 minutes to get from Maalaea to Honokahua, at which point things slowed down considerably.
Our first stop was an incredible Blow Hole at around mile 18. It is not well marked, so keep an eye out for the tiny sign that says blow hole. Once you park you have to walk down to the blow hole which is right down the cliffs by the ocean. It is a difficult walk down (slippery), but much easier walking back up, so do take the time to do it. You will not regret it. Here is a video of the blow hole in action.
Another (short) video taken on the otherside from the Blow Hole
Here are some photos of what you will see as you walk down to the blow hole. Click on the images to get a larger view for more detail.
|View from the road|
|See the blow hole on the left|
|A look to the west|
|Another view to the west|
|View to the West|
|A cool Lava Rock formation|
|It looks like the moon down here|
|The guy on the left had to back|
up a long way and pull over for us
|A cool Gallery on the other side|
|View down to a fishing village|
|One of the cute roadside stands near the end|
|A church in one of the villages|
The amazing drive around the top of the island took over an hour, but it was worth it. We made it in one piece, the Ford Mustang Convertible was still intact and none of us had vomitted. I have to tell you, this drive makes the road to Hana look like baby steps!
So, next time you are on the Island of Maui, take a chance and check this place out. Even if you are too scared to do the drive, going to the blow hole is not difficult and you simply have to see that. Then you can turn around and go back to Napili for a nice bite to eat at the Sea House Restaurant, which I wrote about in this post here.