Birdwatching Paradise

Expert Birding Hawaii Guide

A Road to Hana tour Experience

Diverse Maui Birdwatching on the Road to Hana

This is an exclusive alternative to the popular Unique Road to Hana tour, but with a birdwatching twist. Maui island is a bird lovers’ paradise with a great variety of shorebirds, Great Frigate Birds, and White-tail Tropicbirds to be encountered on the Road to Hana. We’ll stop to look for Hawaiian Stilts and Coots, Wandering Tattlers, Hawaiian Black Noddies, Red-crested Cardinals, and maybe Melodious Laughing-thrush too. Your expert guide will help you to spot and identify different birds and inform you on their habitats.

Trip Details

Price

  • $945 for 1-2 pax
  • $185 each additional passenger

Departure time

8 am


Meeting point

  • We’ll pick you up from your hotel, cruise ship harbor, airport, or meet you at a park & ride
  • Ask for details/select your pick-up option in the booking form
  • Pick-up fee applies for West side locations

Availability

Every day, year-round


Duration

10 hours


Group size

1-6 people


Included

  • Entrance fees to Wai’anapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach) and Garden of Eden (if applicable)
  • Water, juices & soda, hot beverages, snacks
  • Rain ponchos/umbrellas
  • Hiking poles
  • Binoculars
  • First aid kit
  • Reef-safe sunscreen
  • Eco-friendly insect repellent

Not included

Lunch – We usually go to your choice of one of the delicious food trucks in Hana.


What to bring

  • Swimsuits
  • Beach towels
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Light jacket or long sleeve shirt
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash for souvenirs/food
  • Medication
  • Phone/camera

Highlights

Drive through Upcountry and enjoy majestic Upcountry views over La Perouse Bay, Kaho’olawe, & Molokini

Gaze upon the sweeping coastal views of the Kahikinui area where we may find White-tail Tropicbirds

Chill with the Great Frigatebirds on Koki beach

Check out the large colony of Hawaiian Black Noddies at Wai'anapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach)

Enjoy the amazing views and numerous waterfalls on the Road to Hana below the thick forest canopy

Catch sight of the diverse range of birds along the Road to Hana

Say aloha to our resident “honu” (turtles) on Ho’okipa Beach!

What You'll Do

We start our loop of East Maui by heading to the “backside,” going through Maui’s Upcountry area. Although rare, we may have a small chance of seeing a Pueo (short-eared owl) on the way.

Along the wind-swept backside of the trail, we stop several times to enjoy the views. It also gives us a chance to stretch our legs and to search for the White-tail Tropic Birds that sometimes soar along sea cliffs.

If in season, we stop at a local pond to find a few shorebirds including: Hawaiian Stilts, Hawaiian Coots, Black-crown Night Herons, or maybe a Wandering Tattler. We then arrive just south of Hana by Koki beach which offers great views of Alau island, a sanctuary for Great Frigate Birds.

Afterward, we stop in Hana town for a well-deserved lunch at one of the local food trucks. Then in the afternoon, we make our way to Wai’anapanapa State Park, to see the Black Sand Beach and its large colony of endemic Hawaiian Black Noddies.

We’ll then proceed on the most famous part of the Road to Hana, where we will be weaving in and out of a thick rainforest canopy, passing countless waterfalls, and enjoying magnificent views of the coastline. As we stop to enjoy the views and take photos along the way, we might encounter the seasonal Kolea (Pacific Golden Plover), Northern Cardinals and Red-crested Cardinals, and maybe Japanese White-eyes (aka Warbling White-eyes) too.

If you’re interested and there’s enough time, we can stop at the Garden of Eden (optional) to try and find a Melodious Laughing-thrush (aka Chinese Hwamei), and make friends with the resident peacocks and ducks.

And to finish our wildlife watching, we can go say aloha to our resident “honu” (turtles) on Ho’okipa Beach!

Important Details

  • Note this is not our main birding tour, but a Road to Hana tour focused on finding birds along the way. On this tour, we do NOT encounter our endemic honeycreepers, which are now only found at elevation, nor Nene or Pueo. If you want to find our unique endemic forest birds, please check out our Maui Private Birding Tour.
  • This tour does not include the National Park’s Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) or Pipiwai Trail. If you want to visit these places, check our 7 Sacred Pools & Bamboo Forest Hike tour(opens in a new tab).

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group of birdwatchers use binoculars to look for birds on Maui
guests take photos of stunning ocean view by the rocks