Iao Valley lays on the edge of the West Maui mountain range, an extinct volcano which is now covered in lush rainforest. It was an amazing place to explore. We found a track which lead away from the hustle and bustle of tourists and takes you on your own little adventure. The path followed a beautiful stream, which flowed down from the mountains. When we were up away from the crowds we found the perfect little swimming hole, nothing more refreshing than a freshwater swim after a long walk. We have been blown away by Maui's landscapes, so different from anything we have back in Australia.
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It is extremely unfortunate timing that the US government has closed all 401 of their National Parks. We were hoping to get to some lookouts, craters, waterfalls and hikes, which are in National Parks on Maui. As disappointing as it is we decided to make our own adventure, so while driving towards the town of Hana we found this amazing volcanic ravine. We pulled over and just stated walking up it. It took us on an epic journey, we felt like we were in an old western film about to be attacked by indians from the cliffs above. As we left the road and got deeper into the ravine we spotted some goats, which seemed to be trying to get away from us. Before we knew there must have been 50 or 60 goats surrounding us, running along the rock walls trying to get away from us. Our guess is people don't get up here often. It was a very different experience and something we might not have found if the government didn't close the parks. Although we were angry at first it really does pay to roll with changes and make the most of your day.
The Road to Hana is a 'must do' when visiting the Island of Maui, Hawaii. We were lucky enough to have a couple of friends on Maui, who took us on an amazing adventure along this road. While driving you take in some amazing sights and if you know where to stop there are some great experinces to be had. We swam through an underwater lava shaft, went rock jumping, walked through forest to find a waterfall, surfed and had some yummy local food. It is seriously one of the most adventurous fun packed days we have had. Thanks Jamie and Cory for being the best tour guides ever!