There are 140+ audio points that play automatically along the scenic drive, featuring the best things to see and do, stories, tips and driving directions.
Professional tour guides share advice on how to prioritize your time at recommended “not to be missed” viewpoints, suggested side-trips and places of interest.
Tours work offline, using free GPS signal and location services, so no data roaming, network, or wifi is required while touring.
Visit www.gypsyguide.com for route maps, sample audio, tips and advice and what to know before you go.
It’s Just Like Having a Tour Guide in Your Car™
WHAT TO EXPECT:
The Road to Hana is one of the world’s most scenic drives and a popular sightseeing activity to see Maui’s spectacular waterfalls, black sand beaches, bamboo forests, lava rock formations and amazing ocean views as you wind your way through 620 curves and 59 bridges.
If you prefer travelling independently, at your own pace, GyPSy Guide provides the best Road to Hana tour experience, along with the freedom to choose what you enjoy; squishing the black sand between your toes at Wai’anapanapa, hiking the Pipiwai Bamboo Trail, or maybe time to enjoy an extra slice of banana bread.
You can’t help but cheer on the world class windsurfers at Ho’okipa. And you won’t need to worry about photoshopping the Rainbow Eucalyptus at the Ke’anae Arboretum or the stunning contrast between blue water and black lava rock at Ke’anae Peninsular.
Take a moment to cool off with a quick swim at the pristine Hamoa Beach and see where Haleakala National Park descends from the summit to the sea and the “Seven Sacred Pools” of Oheo at the end of the drive.
With such a long day of exploring (expect 8-12 hours), it’s important to know the 5 “not to be missed” stops, and the many more suggestions if you have time. Part of the secret to enjoying the journey is knowing how not to waste your time, and we have tips for that as well.
On the return drive from Hana, we’ll point out the not to be missed stops again as well as tell you stories about Hawaii’s fascinating history and rich culture.
Please note Highway #31 ‘backside route’ is not recommended for driving. Rental car insurance void. Road can be closed for repairs, mudslides and flash floods.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE:
Some of the highlights along the route include;
• Ho’okipa Beach Park
• Ke’anae Peninsular
• Wai’anapanapa Park, Black Sand Beach
• Hamoa Beach
• Wailua Falls
• Twin Falls
• Upper Waikanai Falls (3 Bears)
• Pools of O’heo (Seven Sacred Pools)
• Pipiwai Bamboo Trail
**Reservations to visit Wai'anapanapa State Park and black sand beach are now mandatory**
++ Continued use of GPS/Location Services in the background increases battery usage. We strongly recommend taking a cigarette style (DC outlet) car charger. Avoid using a direct connection to the USB port of a rental vehicle.
** iPad models must include a GPS chip. Please note that Apple only install these on the iPad Wifi + Cellular models. Wifi only iPad models have limited location service capabilities and are unable to play commentary automatically.
The apps are larger in size in order to work offline. You must be on wifi to download as the store may block the download over cellular networks.
GyPSy Guide™ produce award winning narrated audio tours along scenic drives and road trips around the world.
Enjoyed by travelers who prefer to set their own pace and itinerary on vacation, but enjoy a fun, informative and educational guided experience while driving themselves.
Our goal is to provide a great introduction to the region and inspire you to learn more and return.
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Road to Hana Maui GyPSy Guide Positive Reviews
Don’t miss!!!This was hands down the highlight of our trip to Maui. Read about GyPSy on several blogs and the $5 we paid for this particular tour was worth 10x that. We started the day before the sunrise and I can’t tell you enough to start early. We felt like we were the only car on the road for pretty much the entire way up. We took our time and enjoyed all the stops and scenery. There are a ton on blogs out there to tell you all about the stops so I’m not going to bore you now but really appreciated the guide in the app telling us about all the best places and when not to waste our time. Found my coconut on the beach exactly where the guide said I would and cracked it open on a sharp lava rock. I drank that sweet coconut water while the surf crashed around my feet. Amazing!!! We went beyond Hana all the way to Oheo Gulch and walked the trail to see the seven sacred pools. After we spent half the day driving up to Oheo Gulch we thought the ride back would be a let down. Let me tell you, IT WAS NOT!! The historical accounting of the human history of Maui was awesome. Our primary takeaway was that it just didn’t pay to be royalty on Maui. Lol.
We stopped at so many places on the way to Hana including the black sand beach that took our breath away. The day we spend with GyPSY was the highlight of our once in a lifetime trip. Don’t miss the opportunity to take this drive and definitely don’t do it without GyPSy. Thanks for a great day!!!!.Version: 2.5.2
Well worth the $$$App provides a great narrated/guided journey to Hana. It took all the stress and confusion out of the trip and allowed us to focus on the journey and easily pick the stops we wanted to make. Some suggestions: subtle Hawaiian music during times he’s not talking. If you’re syncing to your car audio you can’t follow app and play music at same time. Would make a more immersive experience. Though I liked the ride home Hawaii history narration, it would have been nice to re pepper in some point of interest call outs as you pass them - kind of as a reminder. Something like: “passing once again such ‘n such falls on your left.” The history telling just became a little monotonous and the little ones in the car were a little taken by all the graphic accounts from the story. Mommy, why did that king stab his wife...??? What’s polygamy daddy? Would you like to have 10 wives? Sure thing kiddo... isn’t Hawai’i great! For those making this trip, one regret I had was bringing food. Wish I could have hit the roadside food stands on an empty stomach. Also, if I had to do again I would skip every stop and do his last “must-see” points of interest first (at the end of the road) and work my way backwards picking places to stop based on what time I wanted to get home. On our way out, most all the falls were nearly empty whereas when we were going TO Hana everything was crazy full..Version: 2.7.0
Exceeded expectations!I have never wrote an app review but I had to take the time to write this one! We were blow away how nice it was to have commentary exactly timed for when you drive by. We named the guy, “Mac” and he just became apart of our trip like a real personal tour guide would! He isn’t stuffy or boring and sounds like a guide you would here at Disney World. Light and fun! The part we loved was on our way back when it was dark and all you wanted to do was be done and out of the car and the awfultwists and turns, but having “Mac” kept us distracted with stories and history. History that didn’t bore my kids either! It was fascinating actually! One more thing we loved was that at each stopping place he would tell us not just what was there but tell us honestly if it was really worth stopping or not to save us time. We didn’t listen once and went on a hike that was uneventful and just okay after he warned us, we got back in the car and said, “we should of listened to you Mac!”😂 He also lets us know approximately how much time to spend at each place, which we loved so we could get to it all! Loved the app! Will buy any other apps they make so we can here from Mac again! Thank you! Well done!!!.Version: 2.5.2
The most important thing to packI’d read good things about the app but I was still skeptical, especially since our rental Jeep didn’t have Bluetooth so I was concerned about sound quality/volume. I also had no frame of reference for the drive except that it is either tremendously dangerous or a total breeze. This app made the experience. It would have no doubt been a beautiful drive without it, but it would have been STRESSFUL. How to know where or when to pull over. Or if you’ll have a better view on the return. How can you expect to remember all the trivia as you drive even if you researched thoroughly beforehand. The guide was great. The volume through the phone speakers more than sufficient even with windows down. I honestly think the drive would have been a let down in some respects without this app. We would have felt like we must have missed some spots. Or run out of time. The whole family loved the narrator and the trip was spectacular. Only note: make certain you have means of keeping the phone charged throughout the drive. This will eat your battery even without using any data..Version: 2.5.2
Road to HanaThis app was amazing! We had been on the road before 19 years ago but we wanted to retrace our steps. However, the Road to Hana has always been know to be dangerous and unpredictable (just like life). So we saw the ad and looked at reviews. They all seemed good and for $7 seemed like a fair price especially when tours can go up to $120 per person! So we went on the tour and it was amazing! I had read that the app goes on low power mode when it hasn’t been used in a while so when we stopped I exited the app to save battery and turned it back on when we were off again, it would restart the sound check and it would take a bit to track the current location. I could see how that’s annoying but I honestly it wasn’t a bother to us. There are various stops they suggest and on the return the guide tells you history about the Hawaiian islands which was really cool. We were driving back at night so it was nice. One detail that would have been nice is if it was narrated by a native Hawaiian..Version: 3.0.1
Best investment I made while in MauiI was hesitant at first about purchasing this app. I wanted to experience Maui and all it had to offer however I visited post covid April 2021 with my teenage daughter. Unfortunately all the excursions were completely sold out including all of the road to Hana excursions. I can easily fall asleep and get dizzy if the roads get to winding or boring ride unbeknownst to me this was perhaps the best investment I made and it was worth 100 times more than what I purchased for. It lead me directly to all of the best spots and it also read the history of Hawaii,,, I couldn’t wait for the app to continue to talk while driving. My biggest mistake was waiting for the last day to use the app as I heard there are other trips he navigates you too. The only issue that I did have was that he wasn’t specific as to what time the last park was opened til... we reached it at 430 however it closed at 5, we had no choice to bypass the last park due to it closing soon after ...You will not be disappointed!!!.Version: 3.0.3
Best $7 you’ll spendOur hotel concierge service recommended this app, stating that it will save a few hundred bucks over a guided tour company. Was skeptical but downloaded it and drove to Hana from Lahaina. I had Google maps running in the foreground, music app and this guide in the background. As soon as we started approaching the town of Paia, the guide (we called him Hanatard 😀) came on, and was with us for nearly 11 hours on the way to and return from Hana. We even went past Hana to the Sacred Pools and Hannatard walked us through that section as well. In addition to the the top 5 (there are a lot more) stops that he recommended, he walked us step by step on all the turns, parking spots, even some of the snack and dining areas. On our return from Hana, he gave a fascinating history lesson about Hawaii. The only small complaint that we have is that the music will not pause when he comes on which can be a bit annoying. Overall we HIGHLY RECOMMEND this app for those taking the Road to Hana! Well done indeed!!.Version: 2.7.0
So Glad We Used this App!I found this app through a recommendation from a blog post about the Road to Hana and I am so glad that we used it! It was so helpful and really allowed us to enjoy the journey much more than if we would have had to follow a map and watch for the best points of interest ourselves. We were truly amazed by how great of an app this was - it worked wonderfully without cell service (which is a majority of the drive), told us what we could skip and recommended must see stops, and even had a sense of humor- which gave the app a much more human feel.
Like others have said, a couple things do need to be updated like the caves being closed and we weren't able to find the vanilla bourbon toasted coconut it recommended (it would have made a great souvenir for someone back home). But overall, superior app - I'll actually be sharing this app with our travel agent so she can recommend it to future Maui travelers!.Version: 2.0.6
Buy this app for an unforgettable experienceMy husband and I are still in Maui- we literally just got back from driving the Road to Hana - and I had to leave this review! Amazing narration, direction and motivation to keep going on the Road to Hana. Mahalo Mike as we named the magical voice that told us stories, gave us perfect and precise turn by turn directions and just simply added so much value to what could have been a very complicated and frustrating day of trying to figure out a map and not missing turns. PS: it’s not like it’s a quick uturn when you miss it, either. Hello, one lane bridges! There is no cell service for many parts of the drive and as a passenger who gets really motion sick (this is not an easy drive- but worth the rally!) it would have been impossible to navigate successfully. Plus, who doesn’t want the feeling of a personal tour guide- who seemed to know exactly what you wanted!!.Version: 2.1.4
The PERFECT Tour Guide / BRILLIANTOkay, I never do reviews unless something went drastically wrong. 🤷🏾♂️
This app is amazing. We just used it today and"George" (that's what we named the voice) was incredible. I saw so impressed by the locational accuracy even we weren't using data. His suggestions were PERFECT. We made it to three of the five places on his"must see" list and they were ABSOLUTELY must see. Plugged him into the car audio. Music automatically lowers when he speaks. LOVED the commentary and Island history strategically placed on the return drive. He tried just enough--not too much.
Safety suggestions were extremely helpful. The app is well priced. 6 bucks for your own periodical your guide?!
Guys, if you are making the drive, this app is A NO BRAINER. do everything he suggests and you'll make the best memories and see the BEST sites without wasting your time! Even his food reconnections were awesome! Well done to the creators. Thks for an awesome time!.Version: 2.5.2
Absolutely AwesomeBuy it and stop searching! This will be the best money spent on your trip. We did the road to Hana on June 18, 2018 and the Gypsy Guide was awesome. We had done the trip 11 years earlier and there was no comparison. It gives a lot of very relevant advice based on where you are and also helps plan ahead by laying out choices down the road and helps pick where to stop and what to skip based on how early in the day it is. On the ride back you get a very interesting history of Maui that makes the long ride back actually enjoyable. Make sure you hook up sound to car stereo. Most rentals have Bluetooth you can pair with. Bring a charging cable and cigarette lighting adapter. battery will drain fast with this app. Our rental ford had a USB port but it created a conflict with bluetooth so sound wouldnt come out. I used the cigarette lighting adaptor for power instead of the usb port in the car to fix that..Version: 2.1.1
This app is a must if you’re going to Hana!Me and my family loved this app! Now I’m not the type of person to ever pay $6 for an app, but trust me it’s so worth it. It worked perfectly for us and we really felt like we made the most of our trip to Hana. Hana road seemed totally overwhelming, especially since it would be so easy to drive past something amazing without even noticing. This app did an awesome job of letting us know what we needed to see, what we could probably skip, and lots of awesome info about each place. There was so much we would have missed had it not been for our guide. Every side adventure is well worth a small detour. It was just like having a tour guide in our car but we were free to go at our own pace and did just what interested us. On the way back we got awesome commentary about the history of Hawaii. If I could give more stars I would..Version: 2.1.4
Very helpfulSo glad I found this app the night before we were going to drive the Road to Hana. I was a bit overwhelmed with where exactly the good stops along the road will be but this app helped a lot and made deciding a lot easier. It recommended the must-see sights and the stops you can just pass on by. The beauty of it though is that it is still your choice whether or not you want to do or not do what the app says. It gave driving tips and ethics for the drive. I also liked that on the way back the app made the car ride more interesting by giving a bit of hawaiian history.
Also for those who’s going to do the Road to Hana I suggest you start very early and don’t forget to pack a raincoat (even an umbrella maybe) the weather inside the rainforest is very unpredictable. There’s a lot of beautiful places to take pictures at but beware of the mosquitoes..Version: 2.1.4
Great app!I don’t usually write reviews for most of the apps I have but I had to make one for this app to say how great it was! It was a wonderful app, lots of tips and great advice for where to stop and things to see on the road to Hana. The drive and the trip up would not have been the same without this app. The stories about Maui going back from Hana were also great. My only comment would be that maybe it would be nice to have some background or lull music while the commentary is not going. Sometimes it would be quiet for a while and the voice would come back which can be a little surpassing at times, especially if the volume is turned up. Some very light, and quiet background music would be welcomed in those parts I think. But otherwise, the app is well worth it and it felt like I was on a more expensive paid tour for only 6.99!.Version: 3.0.1
The must-have app for Hana!This app was an absolute lifesaver. I downloaded it a night before we left on The Road to Hana and it might be the best $5.99 I’ve ever spent. Think of it as a guided tour, only so much cheaper than what you would pay an actual tour guide company to drive you down the road. The driving to Hana is not the hard part (some parts get tight, but nothing too sketchy), it’s picking the right spots to stop and see. This app does a great job of telling you about all the things you’re seeing on the road while also suggesting the things you should skip. It’s not that there are any bad stops on this road per se, but without this guide we probably just would have pulled off the road when we saw other cars doing the same and would have missed out on a lot of the biggest highlights of our drive. Can’t recommend this app enough..Version: 2.1.1
Must have!The road to Hana can be a little overwhelming. There are so many pull offs and places to look at waterfalls, scenic views, etc that time could easily get away from you. We loved this app because it gave us must do stops but also talked about the other things along the way and helped us prioritize. One of our favorite things were the rainbow eucalyptus trees and I think we would have totally missed little details like that without the app. We had friends that did the road to Hana the week before and they completely missed the black sand beaches along the way. Another favorite stop of ours thanks to the app leading us. In my opinion this is also better than a map or CD guide because it used GPS location and could tell us exactly when to turn our heads for the view. Hands down the best way to experience the drive..Version: 2.1.4
It’s about the journey!My husband and I drove the road to Hana yesterday using this amazing app as our guide. It was 100% worth the price of the app. We appreciated the top five do not miss sites, but the narrator did a great job of pointing out other spots and then giving you ideas as far as your time goes whether or not you had time to explore it. Our total round-trip was 14 hours and 9 miles of walking/hiking. The diverse beauty that we saw was just incredible and it will be long remembered as the highlight of our trip. I felt like we really fell in love with Hawaii yesterday. The road to Hana is more than the destination. It is about the journey and the experience is along the way. We also loved the history lesson for the drive back. This was our first trip to Hawaii but definitely this app helped to make the most out of a very important day..Version: 3.0.3
Great drive companionWe had (as it turned out justified) reservations about the road to Hana. Stumbled across the app and took a chance on it — absolutely love the app!! The suggestions are very helpful and the history on the return trip is actually interesting. One thing I wish I had known or been told was how aggressive the locals drive the road. I live and drive in Colorado and narrow mountain roads are fun for me, plus I drive a lot for work (75 thousand miles a year). Even with all that experience, I was unprepared for the aggressiveness of the locals. They think nothing of passing 3 cars on blind corners. Ignoring the one lane bridge etiquette ( on such bridge even though I was on first and half way across was forced to back up or be hit—) I really hope the state starts limiting the cars per hour on the road and installs traffic control on those bridges—.Version: 3.0.1
Don’t do the Road To Hana without buying this app!This app made our long day trip to Hana so much better. It gave us amazing recommendations on where to stop and what attractions may not be worth a stop if you’re on a time crunch. It gave us amazing history into the island of Maui and Hawaii as a whole. Also, it showed us on a map where we where at all times and worked the entire time without having to worry about cell service on google maps.
Make sure to have some music downloaded on your phone because there can be some gaps between commentary. We had iTunes playing and the app going and when we reached a spot of interest, the app lowered the iTunes music and the commentator talked right over it. Everything worked flawlessly.
Great app and would on recommend doing the trip with this app..Version: 2.1.1
Well worth every centThe concierge team at our hotel recommended that we buy this app before we drove down to Hana and back. While at first a bit skeptical about the cost, I found the tour to be super helpful and entertaining! It obviously helped that he was spot-on because of GPS in terms of pointing out every landmark and giving us a good amount of warning before relevant landmarks or turns off the road.
My only advice would be to resist the urge to click on any audio icons if it looked like they were 'skipped' - my wife had understandably done this at first, but we only realized later that it was because the narrator was saving some commentary (particularly historical commentary) for the ride back. As such, definitely a well-designed app that worked even better than we expected!.Version: 2.1.1
Could be so much betterI’ll start out by saying that we weren’t planning to do the entire trip to Hana. We had done the full loop on a previous trip. But this app didn’t even mention Twin Falls which was the highlight of our trip. If you hike in about half a mile past Twin Falls there’s another fall with a beautiful pool to swim in.
Then we went to the first of the five top recommended spots by the app - the Arboretum. It was pleasant but by no means would my wife or I consider that a top-five must see unless you’re really into trees.
The second of the top five stops was the peninsula right past the Arboretum. That was beautiful and I would say that is a must see stop.
I think the biggest problem with the app is there was no way to visually see the mile markers on the map or the names of the stops. You had to click on the little audio icons and listen to find out what each thing was. It would’ve been way better if the app had a written description of all the stops that you could refer to to help plan your trip. We had the book Maui revealed which was probably more helpful than the app.
A more useful app would be to allow you to totally plan your trip in advance And then guide you to your stops with the audio. That could be based on the distance you’re planning on going and the things that interest you..Version: 2.5.2
Beyond 5 stars!!!This is the single best $6 I have ever spent in my lifetime. Honestly, for how succinct, informative, and helpful it is, I'm surprised that they are only charging $6.
This app was a lifesaver. I didn't have that much time to plan my trip to Hana and Gypsy Guide totally saved the day. It not only described the different attractions along the way, but also pointed them out ahead of time so you had time to decide whether that stop was for you.
Additionally, it ranked the stops. So, if you have to budget your time, you can get the "most bang for your buck" as far as the overall Hana experience goes.
AND, it gave a little history of Maui to listen to on the return trip. Pretty much, this app was a little tour guide that I could bring along with me. Very very well done..Version: 2.1.1
Check hours when planning trip!We LOVED this tour! He does such a good job of keeping your attention and weeding out boring details. But *BEWARE* the pools of Ohe’o lie within a National Park. We left a little late and started our journey on the road to Hana at about 11:00 AM. We made a few stops on the way and got to the pools at 4:30...just as they were closing the gates. The park closes at 5:00, but they close the gates at 4:30. Here’s my advice: If you aren’t early risers or just take longer to get out of the house like we do, drive straight through on your way there and make note of the stops you would like to make on your way back. Google the hours before you leave since you will most likely loose reception for most of the drive. OR get up early and get on the road since this is something that could possibly take 14+ hours..Version: 3.0.3
First time tour app userThis was amazing!!!! We have never used a tour app before and were so pleasantly surprised at the natural easy flow of the narrator and interesting historical stories along the way. It really was like having a guide in the car! He gave plenty of warning before turn offs and often listed pros and cons of the stop. He also gave time recommendations like....”if it’s 11:00am or earlier you are making great time and I’d recommend this stop. If it’s after lunch you may want to keep moving if you’d like to make it to the oheo pools”. On the way home he added a few stops if we wanted as well as an awesome cultural history of Hawaii in general. The story was broken up into sections so he’d take a break the resume the story down the road. Awesome app..Version: 2.5.1
100% Recommend.This app made our drive go so smoothly. Not only does he tell you his favorite and recommended spots - but he’ll tell you based on how much time you have what’s okay to skip. He tells you in advance what’s coming up, and then reminds you again when it’s closer. He keeps the drive light and full of fun facts about each stop, and then on the way back tells you a brief but rich history on the islands and how they came to be.
I don’t think I would ever do Hana again without this app. It made it so easy to navigate and he even gives tips on how to best handle the extremely curvy roads.
I don’t often leave reviews but thought this one was worth coming back with a positive review!
Definitely recommend..Version: 2.1.1
AmazingWe found Gypsy Guide inMaui’s Favorites Island Directory. We followed the Road to Hana trip. The guide was amazing. The information came up at exactly the right time—even though cell reception was spotty, the GPS tracked and came up at exactly the right time. The recommendations we spot on.
My only criticism is about the 7 pools. There is a $25 entrance fee to the State Park that we weren’t expecting AND there was no swimming the day we were there. I wouldn’t have gone that extra distance if there’d been no swimming. The drive between Hana and the 7 pools is a bit rough and dangerous. Wouldn’t do that again. The waterfall just after Hana was the best on the entire road. If I could do it again, I’d go to the waterfall and turn back.
The app was a great guide..Version: 2.7.0
Stop what you’re doing and buy this app!!!!!!!This app hands down is a precious gem! Last minute we downloaded the app, overwhelmed with our late start on the day for Hana. We named the tour guide voice Hank (we still don’t know his name haha) and boy did he ease our fears! We absolutely loved and respected him immediately on his advice on food, traffic, time saver stops but most importantly his 5 must see things to keep us focused. Also his voice is so soothing that we listened and did everything he said haha! We happily put our day in his hands. We jokingly say he saved our relationship for the day due to his fun dialogue and small gaps in silence for boring chit chat on the long drive. He made our Hana day trip incredible!!!! #Obsessed.Version: 2.7.0
Definitely must follow!!!!!This is my second trip to the road to Hana, first using this app, and I would highly recommend. It took us to places I had no idea about. However, plan to get up at dawn to head out so you can truly enJOY the sites. Some you will want to spend longer at than others, and you want to be back before dark (due to hazardous driving). AND YOU must go past Hana to the first stop this was truly the best spot of all. The Seven Sacred Pools which is the second spot after isn’t really all that and I wouldn’t do it again.
The only suggestion I would have to make the narrative tour better, is to add Hawaiian music during the parts in which the narrator is not speaking..Version: 3.0.1
Like a private tour guide in your car with youI purchased this app several years ago on a trip to Maui with my family. We thoroughly enjoyed the app on our drive to Hana and back. I planned a 2nd trip to Maui with my mom this month, who has never been to Maui. I was able to use the app a 2nd time and enjoyed it as much as the first on our drive to Hana during this trip. Best travel app ever! Looking forward to searching for more Gypsy apps for other locations. The app tracks your location using GPS and automatically points out points of interest as you drive, makes suggestions for food, etc. all spoken in a calm soothing voice. They’ve thought of everything..Version: 3.0.1
Must Have for your Trip to Hana! 👍🏻👍🏻I never take the time to review apps but this one is worth it!! Best money we’ve spent on our trip to Hawaii so far. This app made the Road to Hana more manageable and less overwhelming and is very well done. Instead of feeling the need to stop at every single overlook, we hit the highlights the app recommended and felt like we had a very thorough Road to Hana experience. Loved the commentary, especially hearing more about Hawaiian history on the drive back. At that point, we were tired and needed the entertainment to get us through all those one way bridges and hairpin turns! If you’re debating tour bus vs app - spend the $7 on the app and do Hana at your own pace..Version: 3.0.1
You MUST have this if you are taking the Road to Hana!!!I looked for free apps to help guide me on the Road to Hana. A Maps brochure suggested this one. Even though I hate paying for apps I paid for this one. It was WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! Trust me on this. All you do is connect the app to your car speakers and drive. The app does the rest. On the way to Hana you are told places you “must see” and others you can avoid if you are short on time. On the way back, you get a history lesson of these amazing islands and how Hawai’i became a part of the United States. This app is a BARGAIN and indispensable on your trip to and from Hana. It even suggests stores and markets along the way if you get hungry. Definitely a must have!.Version: 2.7.0
First time tripThis was our first trip to Maui. We researched this App and are so happy we bought it. Well worth the few dollars. The step by step guide was amazing. We had a full 12 hr day on the trip and just made stops at the “ must do” recommendations. Very informative and the GPS Was 100% accurate. I would recommend making sure you have a blue tooth connection
or an Aux cord for the rental car. We had a Jeep and it didn’t have Bluetooth. We picked up an Aux Cord for $10 at a gas station. We never lost connection to the App, even when we lost cell coverage. This was one of the most beautiful drives we have ever taken anywhere. Thanks Gypsy for navigating the way for us!.Version: 2.7.0
Nice but basicHaving traveled the road to Hana a few times, I found the app entertaining. However, it really only shows the highlights which everyone already goes to. So when using this app, your not just following the crowd, you are the crowd!
It misses some great hikes and waterfalls/pools which one can either find by using some basic travel books or just being curious and adventurous yourself. It also falsely claims that doing the full round (continuing the road past Hana and the ‘seven sacred pools’ to Kuna) is not allowed with a rental car. We received confirmation from Avis that this was no problem at all.
As a basic app, somewhat interesting and entertaining to listen to, but I would suggest reading up on the trip beforehand and using a regular Maui travel guide to get you around..Version: 2.7.0
The only way to travel Hana RoadThis was exactly what we needed to start our adventure to Hana. The app was fantastic with great information great history that made the trip enjoyable. What I enjoyed about it the most was on the way back after a long day it was only long because I chose to make it a long day, what is the history of Hawaii that was explained on the way home. What was great about it was it wasn’t a long story drawn out it would give you wonderful information about the history then it would pause for a minute or two then continue with the history so it would actually keep you awake And keep you wanting more. Thank you for this app..Version: 2.1.1
Do NOT drive to Hana without this app!We just came back from the full drive past Hana and back. We are all (two parents and two teens) raving about how this app was ‘over the top awesome and incredibly accurate’!
Made our first day on Maui feel like we had a virtual personal professional tour guide along for the ride at every turn and stop. And to have so much historical context on the return ride ... we now know so much about the beautiful culture and history of these rich Hawaiian islands.
Would rave longer but I am too tired from such a special day with this app! Can’t wait to use same app family for drive up to the summit of Haleakala.. just not tomorrow?!.Version: 2.7.0
The Road to Hana by A Native Who Knows How To Enjoy The JourneyThe best $5.99 we spent on our visit to the Hawaiian Islands! What I liked about this app?
1. He encouraged us to take our time and just enjoy the breathtaking views, which he pointed out where to find. His honest opinions of what to stop and see, on limited time, (as well as what to avoid)hit the mark!
2. We had our own private tour when driving a rental car, saving us hundreds of dollars with a much more comprehensive and easy to hear tour.
3. He gave ample time (and suggestions) to find a parking spot before we arrived at a Scenic or historical spot.
4 His knowledge of the area and the history of this Island was in depth but without any political or emotional bias.
5. The decent back down the mountain was as interesting as the assent with the story of the Royal family and the events leading to becoming the 50th US State.
6. Lastly leading us back to the highway that would take us back to our car rental.
My only regret was not knowing about this app while visiting by car the previous 3 Hawaiian Island! Mahalo, GyPSy Guide!.Version: 2.5.2
Must Buy for Road to HanaWe didn’t want to do a group tour due to COVID and at the last second, purchased this. Well worth the cost of this and the aux cord for our rental (what rental doesn’t have Bluetooth these days??)
We named our guide Larry and Larry was great. Very knowledgeable and it worked incredibly well. It made the ride very enjoyable and yet isn’t over the top with commentary. The pauses between quips allows you to enjoy the scenery in peace and take in all the sights and sounds. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
We went on to buy the Haleakala Volcano tour and a Oahu tour as well. These weren’t quite as interesting but would still recommend!.Version: 3.0.2
Very useful, but disrespectful I thinkThis app was very useful on the way to Hana. It would have been very difficult to choose where to stop given the myriad options. This app concisely gives you your options and just the right amount of guidance.
The history on the way back is told in an engaging way, with pauses so you can discuss with your car mates.
One thing I will say: I think he intentionally glosses over the violence wrought upon native Hawaiians by Europeans and Americans. He calls the behavior of the Native Hawaiians “adulterous” (imposing rigid, Victorian mores on an entire society without proper contextual info). He also does not spend enough time on how schools and churches were an instrument of racism. The fact that Hawaiians were prohibited from speaking Hawaiian at schools gets a very brief mention..Version: 2.1.4
Great app, not a great tripAlthough the app was fantastic. It was an awful long trip to get to the final destination to be disappointed. There was so much overgrowth along the trip that you couldn't see a lot of the views he was talking about. Including the first big falls hiked to in the park. Mention should be done that it costs 25. To get into the park paid by credit card only. Definitely need to head there by 8 am, which we didn't. So we didn't see the final and biggest falls, which is Beautiful. This also should be mentioned when app is downloaded. The hike to falls was fun but be sure to have homing boots or good sneakers, not flip flops. Very slippery..Version: 2.5.1
The perfect companion for the Road to HanaWe LOVED this app! The Road to Hana can feel daunting — so many stops along an already disconcerting windy road! However, the app makes the experience so enjoyable and easy. It perfectly tracks you as you move along and gives commentary throughout the trip. The narrator shares his opinion of whether or not certain stops are worth it, while leaving it up to you to decide if it suits your interest. He also shares really fun background info. The history on the way back was really helpful for keeping us perked up and awake as we winded our way down. Highly, highly recommend!!.Version: 3.0.1
Fantastic!Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this app! We would not have enjoyed our day as much as we did without the minute to minute help of the app. Such a good use of time! Suggestions were made for must sees and see if you have extra time and energy. We are here on Maui and just purchased the app for this island. We are just sad we didn’t know there was an app for Oahu when we were there last week. We took a “professional” island tour and were very disappointed in the lack of island information that was given. I will always check to see if Gypsy has an app for the places I visit. Thank you!!.Version: 3.0.1
Loved this!The Road to Hana is beautiful, full of interesting things but we would have missed half of it without this guide! It is so well done that you feel totally comfortable driving the crazy road knowing what is coming up, where to turn, what to skip, where to pull over...it’s brilliant! We thoroughly enjoyed the instructions, commentary and the history on our return journey. That was a complete surprise! I just assumed the guide only guided you down to Hana but we got to learn some very interesting history on our return journey too! Overall this was such a helpful to tool and totally made the days excursion!.Version: 3.0.1
Road to HanaProbably the best 6.99 I have ever spent! We spent all day following this amazing tour and were about thirty minutes ahead of the tour guides who showed up right as we were leaving. We hit all the most amazing places and heard all the best stories and histories along with them, and we were in our own car on our own time and spent way less then the $200 a person the tours were charging. Definitely recommend and listen to what he says leave early! We hit the road about 7am from Kihei and made it to the pools by 3. It was perfect timing for us to make it back on the road and home before dark.Version: 3.0.3
We had an amazing tour guide!!!This app was well put together. I have never been so happy to pay for an app. Thank you so much sir for putting all this effort into creating such an awesome guide to go through and see all the sides of the road to Hana my husband and my husband enjoyed listening to you as deadeye it made our trip so much better! You made a really difficult trip for my husband much more doable with your comments:) God Bless you! We loved it!!! This is a must buy if you were going to be traveling to Hana:)!!! We met so many other tourist using the same app it’s pretty awesome!! We also met coconut Willy who was a great man and a US veteran!.Version: 2.1.1
Great AppA friend of mine recommended this app for use on the Road to Hana. The app works great and doesn’t require a cell signal, which is great on the road like the Hana highway. The narrator provided enough information about various points of interest on the trip to allow us to determine for ourselves whether we wanted to visit the sites. The narrator prioritized certain sites over others and the app was able to easily recognize when we decided to skip a particular site. This is really the model for how Road trip guides should be designed for the phone. We plan on buying other versions for future trips..Version: 2.1.4
Great app!Just drove the road to Hana with this app. It was like having a friend in the car to tell you where to go and share a wonderful stories of the history of Maui. We learned things and saw things we never would’ve known without the app. A couple of suggestions for the app. Highlight more about when there are bathrooms and when there are not. Also, help people out by mentioning the little white triangles on the pavement to tell you where to wait while you’re yielding for other traffic on the one lane bridge. Might be helpful. We had fun-be sure to get the banana bread at the halfway to Hana stand!!!.Version: 3.0.3
Wish we did the entire Maui guideWow. The only disappointing thing about this was that we saved the drive for our last full day in Maui. If we did it earlier we would’ve known how AMAZING and informative the guide is and we would’ve bought the entire Maui guide!! As we were driving, most of the areas have zero cell reception and we felt so safe and confident in trusting the guide. We literally kept saying “he has our back” with all the knowledge of Hawaiian history, culture, and the roads. I enjoyed this much more than the group tour we did to Haleakala. You don’t need to be stuck in a van with strangers anymore!.Version: 3.0.1
1st time in HawaiiGypsy guide felt like we had an Hawaiian friend who knew everything about Island... fun at time and on point!!.Version: 3.0.1
Road to Hana Tour guideWe used this app today while driving to Hana. It was very informative and user friendly. I can’t imagine using a regular map on the windy road. It was nice to know where the stops were along the way. Five stars all around. Highly recommend..Version: 3.0.1
SO glad we had this! Will download more of their tours!We can’t say enough how much we enjoyed having this app with us on our Road to Hana. I’m not sure we would’ve caught half the places to see, or known which ones were worth it. And he made our drive back super interesting and made the drive go fast. My husband (who’s usually skeptical) loves the addition to our drive. Going to download more now for our Hawaii trip! Thank you! (ps: definitely buy a cigarette lighter phone charger for the drive. It does take lots of battery!).Version: 3.0.1
Reverse Road TripThe app was very informative, except we did the road in reverse and the app does not give the option of hearing the narrative if travelling the road in the opposite direction.
The road to get to Hana the opposite way is not well travelled and is usually not recommended, but it is very scenic.
It would have been nice to have the choice to listen to it while driving, instead I had to keep clicking on the arrows to hear what we were missing, as it would not play automatically.
(Although we found the Venus Pool, which was one of the hi lights of our journey, thanks to the guide)
Instead the return narrative would only play, which is the history of Maui. No points of interest given.
Otherwise great information..Version: 3.0.1
Helpful and entertainingI download this on a last-minute recommendation from someone we met in Lahaina. It was a fantastic investment that greatly enhanced our road to Hana experience. This app left no question about when to stop and where to park... even giving advice about whether you have time based on what time you reach certain milestones. And I love how it has information on which property owners are okay with respectful visitors and which want tourists to stay out!
Also enjoyed the high level Maui history on the way home when we were a bit tired from the days events. Understand this is is by no means a complete history, but the narration kept us going all the way home..Version: 3.0.1
Wonderful ExperienceWe downloaded this app for our road to Hana trip $10 compared to $170 each was more economical. Your app made our experience amazing. We enjoyed stopping at the various places you suggested & your recommendations if we should carry on. This was such an exciting drive for us & loved your history lesson on the ride back. I give you a 9 out of 10..Version: 2.7.0
Great appThis is app is definitely a must when doing the road to Hana. I almost didn’t get it because of the price, but decided to give it a try and I’m super glad I did. The only thing was it wouldn’t play through the car audio unless I was playing other music, but it would quiet the music down whenever it speaks so it worked great still..Version: 2.7.0
Road to HanaWhat an incredible app, don’t think we could do so much in one day. It’s a must have for all road trips. Love it so much, and will continue to buy everywhere I travel now!!!.Version: 2.7.0
Road to HanaThis personal guided tour was well worth it! Very well done and we especially enjoyed the Hawaiian history info. Very easy to listen to..Version: 2.7.0
Worth every penny!This is s great app. We just used it today. 2 cars that bought it...
Not sure how people do the drive without it.
I definitely recommend it. It is up to date and even had us laughing a few times.
Great job to the narrators and developers..Version: 2.7.0
Road to Hana.Money well spent! It worked great on my cell phone. It explained so much on the way there and even more on the way back. I have no hesitation in recommending this app. I will look at other locations on future trips. Excellent!
Campbell River BC.Version: 2.7.0
AmazingI was also sceptical when I purchased the app at the last minute, I was sure it won’t work at one point, that was wrong, apps worked perfectly all the way, no interruption . All the places I wanted to stop (did my homework before as plan B) where all included. Nice job !!!!.Version: 2.5.2
FantasticWould not do the road trip without it.
Felt like we had a private tour guid in our car. Leaning a lot on Maui and Hawaii going to Hana and also on the way back..Version: 2.5.2
Fantastic!I was a skeptic, however this guys really knows the ins and outs of the island of Maui.
We followed his voice to some amazing beaches, views and forests.
Although he talks a lot, he gives you ample notice prior to making any turns.
I’m about to try it on Kauai.
Great job on the app!.Version: 2.5.2
Best money I’ve ever spentJust did the Road to Hana today and can’t rave enough about this incredible app. Awesome narrator, blending travel tips, history, and explanations about points of interest. Added hugely to my trip..Version: 2.5.2
AlohaWe headed out from Paia and really enjoyed the commentary. Our only recommendation for the app is we would like commentary if we are the risk taking bad boys / girls and drove the back way home :)
Honestly, we really missed the commentary on the ride home however the back way was really interesting and did have some amazing sites to see..Version: 2.5.2
FlawlessApp is well done. Will recommend it to everybody I know..Version: 2.5.1
Absolutely IncredibleWOW! If you do not buy this in-expensive app to have for your tour of the road to Hana, just go home, you’re an idiot. What an incredible guide. Perfect directional and informative guide. Outstanding ! Really no way to explain how fantastic this app is. One point Joe! The food suggestions should be made before you make the road split at Hana. It would help with getting to the food trucks. That being said, we stopped at the food Hana Fresh, next to health centre and the food/ smoothies were top notch! Authentic Hawaiian plate - very good! Thanks for a great guide!.Version: 2.5.1
Great Road to HanaGreat narration, insightful. Worth the price!
You must have a car charger!! It eats your phone power like crazy! If you do this tour leave early! Highly recommend.Version: 2.5.1
Superb AppThis well organized and easy to use app is a must have for The Road to Hana trip. Goo tips and digestion and great history lesson on the return trip
Harold Markle Jan 22 2019.Version: 2.1.4
An absolute mustTried to do Road to Hana on last trip but trying to read the guide book while my husband drove made me car and I’ve never been car sick. This was a most enjoyable way to get the best out of this experience..Version: 2.1.4
Great app!This is a fantastic app once it gets going and incredibly helpful highlighting what you’re looking at, what’s coming up, and where to stop. I took a star off because (at least in our vehicle) you had to play music in the background or else the connection cut out and it stopped playing over the speakers. Music with lyrics made it hard to hear the voice over, but I found an album of classical music that worked really well. So once that was sorted out, it worked brilliantly.
I also noted afterwards that it didn’t point out the lava tubes (unless we just missed listening to the guide). We would have liked to stop for those, but ended up missing them.
We’ve just downloaded the Haleakala drive app, so we’re looking forward to that one too!.Version: 2.1.4
Worth it!!Loved this app! The narrator is super personable and interesting. Feels like he’s sitting in the back seat. Although it doesn’t cover everything, and twice the notification came too late for us to stop, it’s definitely a worthwhile app. We’ll buy some of the others when we travel other places..Version: 2.1.4
Perfect alternative to an expensive paid tour!My husband and I loved using this app for our road to Hana road trip. The guide was great in helping us figure out where to stop, where to skip, and all in all made our trip as efficient but as enjoyable as could be..Version: 2.1.4
Couldn’t have done it withoutThis app made finding the stops so easy and so stress-free. The mile markers aren’t always easily visible and can be missed very easily, which would result in missing the beautiful stops! I was hesitant when I saw the price, but it was SO worth it. I would’ve paid double! The only thing I would improve is on the way down to give updates for how many miles you have left..Version: 2.1.4
Don’t leave without itHonestly we weren’t planning to do a guided tour but I would recommend this app to everyone for doing the road to Hanna, we learned a lot and the sights really aren’t well marked..Version: 2.1.1
Awesome appIt’s a great app. Was wonderful to listen to. One thing I’d suggest is to have the option to have the stops detailed on the way back since we drive the Road backwards.Version: 2.1.1
Super Helpful!I love how easy the app made it to drive Hana on my own to spot most sites! Wonderful!
I did notice it missed some significant hot spots / off the beaten track gems that I have seen in the past though, so if you are with another person, it pays to go over other guides and bring notes.
What I loved most is the fact that the app gave you enough notice in advance so you could be ready for the sights.
My main critique would be that it would be nice if the app mentioned all the hotspots on the way back again without long commentaries. At least a heads up. It was mostly history lessons however visiting info would be more imperative in my book or at least a helpful addition.
Thank- you for making this trip easier on my own!
Donna from BC Canada.Version: 2.1.1
Well worth the purchaseThe app is very well designed, making it extremely easy to use and virtually foolproof. Most importantly, the narrator is very engaging and does a great job recommending certain stops over others and to give you options. Being able to go at our own pace (read: a lot faster than those slow tour groups) was amazing.
I couldn't recommend this app more..Version: 2.1.1
March 16,2018 great drive to HanaWonderful app will tell everyone I know about it and mention it to the concierge at the Four Seasons where we are staying!!!!
Mike and Susan
Great !Wonderful app! Thank you!.Version: 2.1.1
LectureEngaging and somewhat interesting with good recommended stops but there is just too much talk about safety throughout. Also didn’t like the inflexibility of the route..Version: 2.1.1
Great tourThis is an amazing app! Was very useful to have. We listened to it while we drove and it helped the time go by as well as pointed out lots of interesting things to see! Would recommend this app to anyone taking any tour they provide guides for!.Version: 2.0.6
Must Have ! AmazingThis was the best investment we made. Great app. It was truly like having our own tour guide with us in the car. Very informative and entertaining.
I would highly recommend this .
Wouldn’t have enjoyed the trip without it ..Version: 2.0.6
Best App I've ever usedFour of us used this app on the Road to Hana. We throughly enjoyed all the commentary and on point advice and recommendations. By the end we felt the narrator was a friend in the car with us; that's how much we enjoyed it. Excellent and I highly recommend!!.Version: 2.0.6
Delighted. Saved me from car sickness!Bought this App for the road-to-Hana, after word-of-mouth and seeing it listed in a travel magazine. We were happily surprised by the ease of use, and the smooth, informative and just kitschy enough narration.
For me, the navigator, who gets carsick if I have to look down and read, it saved me from having to follow a map or read a guidebook. I was able to just listen and watch for the suggested stopping points along the very twisty road to Hana.
The app suggests the "must do" points as well as other points of interest on the road to Hana. On the way back you get some Hawaiian history to listen to while driving home. Very informative.
App even suggested a place we could pick up an auxiliary cord for our non-Bluetooth rental jeep. Or you can use your phone speakers as well. Be sure you bring your charging cord to plug into the car, the app sucks a lot of battery.
I highly recommend this app and look forward to other GyPSy journeys..Version: 2.0.6
Amazing ExperienceUsed this to drive the Road to Hana, and we were so impressed. So much information, tips, and detail it was like having our own tour guide in the car. Even where to park, where to avoid, where little snack stands would be etc. Would have missed so many things along the way without it..Version: 2.0.6
BrilliantPurchased the app for the Road to Hana tour....was like having you own personal tour guide. Informative and incredibly detailed even telling you exactly where to park. Would give a 10 star rating!! Highly recommend!!.Version: 2.0.6
Road to HanaWe, inadvertently, bought 2 Road to Hana apps. This one was the better one by far! It gave us plenty of time to discuss the stops beforehand, a lot of information to decide, good details and easy to listen during the drive. Going to Hana-buy this one!😄.Version: 1.4
Road to HanaOf course you require a data plan for the GPS to work, and if you do, this is the only way to go! It was like having a tour guide in the car with us, incredible app!.Version: 1.4
Definitely worth it!Did miss a few things like the lava tubes, but overall well worth it!.Version: 1.4
Great appThe app worked exactly as described..Version: 1.4
The only way to do the Road to HanaWe just finished the Road to Hana using this guide and it was worth every penny. Couldn't believe how informative and helpful it was..Version: 1.4
Best thing you could do for this journeyYou will not be disappointed if you download this app! It keeps you entertained the whole way there and back without being annoying. Saw stuff we would have missed otherwise and as first-time visitors to Hawaii also learned a lot about the culture & history. Felt like when the narrator left we were losing a friend. :).Version: 1.4
Turn a good trip into a great oneMy family and I spent 9 hours on Maui's "Road to Hana" and return yesterday and used this app for both directions. "App Man" as my children named him was fantastic. The suggestions on where to stop were excellent and perfectly timed. The history and stories told on the return trip were interesting and helped wile away the hours on the drive back. Well done! We will seek out more Gypsy Guides for future travels..Version: 1.4
No Lava TubesWe loved this app for our drive, was great and full of good info and telling you where to stop until we got back and realized we missed the Hana Lava Tubes! No mention of them at all! So now we're really disappointed..Version: 1.4
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