Heading back from Hana we decided not to take the Hana Highway but drive around the South-East end of the island.
We didn’t ask anyone how to do it, we just saw there was a road on the map and went for it. After a few weeks on the island I figured as long as the ocean was on my left I could figure the rest out.
They sell t-shirts here to say you survived the road to Hana but I really think this is a more dangerous route. Fortunately we have been early risers and there was little traffic and no tourists.
The road was windy and sometimes not paved, we drove ridiculously slow in the beginning as we came around corners on cliffs and there was only room for one lane.
Just a tad stressful.
But past the lushness of Hana County we were rewarded with amazing desert views. On our left was the bluest ocean peppered with lava rock and on our right arid mountains that were deserted except for the occassional cattle crossing.
I loved my time in the Atacama desert in Chile and here I felt like we had stumbled onto something really special that a lot of people don’t get to see. It wasn’t the typical views you would expect in Maui but I think they may be some of the most beautiful.