When it comes to the Road to Hana on Maui; second to only one other question, 'Is the Road to Hana Worth it?' we hear one other question on a very consistent basis, 'Can I make it the Gulch and back in a single day?' YES, you can!
In fact, tour companies do every day. For those of you who are interested in a small group tour in a customized luxury van; we highly recommend making a reservation with Valley Isle Excursions. They are a first-class operation and their Road to Hana Tour allows you about an hour at 'Ohe'o Gulch before returning via the Pi'ilani Highway. Their tours take about 10-11 hours from pick up to drop off and they pick up from most major visitor locations on Maui. We love their outstanding customer service and the fact that their expert local guides are the best in the business. Plus, they are the first Hawaiian tour company to complete the Hawaii Green Business Program.
If you want visit 'Ohe'o Gulch on your own but don't want to allocate 2 or 3 days for exploring the Hana Highway, below are our recommendations on how to maximize your time on the Road to Hana and beyond.
A lot of folks especially want to hike the Pipiwai Trail at the 'Ohe'o Gulch, so we're assuming anyone reading this article is interested in that as well. If you're not, then ignore that part of our time budget. As a general rule, we're assuming most of you are also coming from either south or northwest Maui (like Ka'anapali) or from south Maui (like Kihei). Again, if you're starting in Kahului, you'll need to adjust your time budget (in your favor).