Maui

WEST MAUI COASTLINE TOUR

Description

West Maui is home to picturesque coastline, popular resort towns, and renowned snorkel spots. Drive around the West Maui mountain range in a loop! Check out the historic town of Lahaina, ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs, a Dragon tooth hiking trail, and the popular Nakalele Blowhole. It will blow your mind! Of course there are tons of beaches and viewpoints all along the way.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Visit Maui Ocean Center
•⁠ Discover ancient Petroglyphs
•⁠ Check out the Nakalele Blowhole
•⁠ Walk around the historic town of Lahaina
•⁠ Snorkel at Honolua Bay
•⁠ Explore the Dragon Tooth trail
•⁠ Hike in Iao Valley State Park

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kahului
Direction: Clockwise, ending in Waikapu
Please Note: The entire road on this tour is paved; however, past the blowhole, there are some narrow, one-way sections of road that require extra caution. Ask your rental car company to ensure this is allowed and will not void your insurance.

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Full-Day Tour (6-8 Hours) 79 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Highlights

  • Hikes & Overlooks

  • Best Snacks for the Road

  • Lahaina Town Activities

  • Museums & Historic Sites

  • Best Swimming Spots

Video

WEST MAUI COASTLINE TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

Download tour over WiFi before you go!!

This is an important reminder to make sure you download the tour over WiFi before you start driving. Since everything works offline, the app downloads the audio content to your phone, and the download size can range from 60mb - 120mb. Because of this it is ideal to download the tour over a Wifi network with good speed. Otherwise you may have to wait for a long time for it to download. If you choose to download the tour using your Data, then you will need to make sure your speed is at least “LTE”.  Anything less like 3G speeds will create problems and long wait times downloading the tour. 

So word to the wise: download over Wifi at your hotel or condo before starting your driving tour! You will be glad you did! 

Also, it is important to leave the Shaka Guide on your screen as it is downloading. The offline map does not download if you go to a different app. 

If you are having trouble getting the tours to download please email or call this support phone number: 1-888-250-2261, aloha@shakaguide.com  we will be glad to help! 

How to play the audio through the car stereo?


The best way to make sure that everyone in the car can hear the tour nice and loud is to play the audio tour through the car stereo. Make sure one of these methods works before leaving the car rental lot. Rental Agents will willingly change your car if the car stereo does cannot play from your phone.

Depending on which rental car you have, this can be done in one of three ways:


1)  Audio Aux Jack

Many rental cars have an audio auxiliary jack. This slot in the cars looks just like something you would plug your headphones into. But in order to play your phone’s audio through the car speaker you need an auxiliary jack with two male ends: one plugs into your phone, the other plugs into the car. You can adjust volume from both the car radio and the phone’s volume.

If you do not have an audio aux jack, try the following methods.


2)  USB Cable

Depending on the make and model of your car, sometimes you are able to sync your phone’s audio through a USB cable, that is also charging your phone at the same time. You can usually find a USB plug somewhere near the driver’s seat. The most likely place to find it is in the middle glove compartment, on the car dash or near the audio control panel.

  1. Connect the USB to car stereo

  2. From car stereo, select “media player” or find the name of your device.

  3. Look for signs of connectivity through the display on your car dash.

  4. Play any of the tour audio to test if the audio plays correctly from the speakers.

- USB still not playing audio?

Try some of the following, testing the audio after each attempt

  • Restart your device and restart your car.

  • Connect your device to a different stereo USB port (if you have one).

  • Try a different USB cable.

  • Update your device firmware.

  • Try playing audio from a different app to see if any audio will play.

If still not working then try the other methods.

NOTE: Playing audio through the USB cable in many types of older rental cars tends to not work for reasons related to a damaged USB port or car’s stereo firmware.


3)  Bluetooth

Depending on the make and model of your car, sometimes you can sync your phone’s audio through a bluetooth connection. Here are the steps:

  1. First go to your phone’s bluetooth and turn it on.

  2. Then in your rental car, use your car’s dash (often the radio) to activate bluetooth connection of the car.

  3. When you see your phone, select it to complete the bluetooth connection.

  4. Play any of the tour audio to test if the audio plays correctly from the speakers.

If you run into problems with your rental car, it’s best to refer to the car’s user manual or ask a car rental representative to help you. Every car make and model handles bluetooth differently, and not every rental car has bluetooth.

Bluetooth still not working?  

Try some of the following to troubleshoot:

  • Restart your device

  • Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned to ON (check your settings)

  • Unpair both your device and car stereo from each other, restart your car, and then try to pair and connect your device again.

NOTE: In some older rental cars bluetooth appears to be connected but still doesn't play audio. Again, likely something not working with the car's bluetooth system. Try other methods.


Still can’t get audio to play through the car stereo?

Just use your device’s built in speakers and turn the volume up as loud as you can. This may require disconnecting your USB cable from the Car Stereo.

What should I bring?

Be prepared with a change of clothes and shoes for some swimming and snorkeling, and short strolls.  

What to bring on your Circle island adventure:

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug repellent (sometimes needed)

  • Light jacket just in case of rain

  • Water

  • Snacks

  • Money (most places take credit cards)

  • Camera

  • Beach towels

  • swimsuit

  • Snorkel gear

  • Comfortable shoes for walking

  • Auxillary jack for listening to the tour

  • Car USB charger

  • Smartphone with the Shaka Guide tour installed ;-)

How does the West Maui tour work?

This West Maui Driving Tour includes: 

  • 6-8 hour driving tour with 78 triggering points of audio narration

  • Audio tour plays automatically as you drive - We do this by using your GPS location and then plays the audio at just the right time and place during your drive. It literally is like having a local tour guide in your car with you!

  • Driving directions - Just listen up as the tour guide tells you where to go and where to turn for the entire tour. 

  • Offline map comes with a purchase! 

  • Offline Audio Tour comes with a purchase! 

Where does the West Maui tour start / end?

To Start:

The main starting point for this tour is on Hwy 30 near the Maui Ocean Center. The other two starting points begin as you leave the Kaanapali and Kapalua resorts. The tours play automatically as you drive to the circle on the map.

Join the Tour in progress: 

If you are not starting from map marker #1; for example, if you are staying in Lahaina, feel free to join the tour in progress anywhere along the tour route. Since this tour circles around in a loop, you won’t miss out on a thing. 

End Point:

At the end of the tour it will guide you back to where you started whether it was Kahului, Kaanapali, or Kapalua. From there just return to your hotel or condo. 

Which direction does the West Maui tour go?

The tour circles CLOCKWISE around the west half of the island.Then we will return on the same way and complete the tour in Paia town, where the tour started. We will also stop at various viewpoints and attractions along the way.

How long will the West Maui tour take?

Short answer : 4-6 hours

Long answer:

To complete the entire tour route, it can take up to 6-8 hours. But you are your own boss! So feel free to stay as short or as long as you would like at each stop. 

You see, the straight driving time is only 4 hours, but with over 20 actual stopping points along the way, plan to spend at least 6 hours on the tour, if not your entire day. 

If you are not into fast-paced sightseeing, take your time and come back and drive to the stops you missed on another day of your vacation. This will give you the chance to really take your time and soak in the sites. 

The best way to take this tour is just to let it happen naturally while being open to try some new and exciting things along the way. But remember to just take your time to soak in the sun, sand, and memories of this tropical paradise. 

What is the best time of the day to do the West Maui tour?

It is best to start at least by 10:00 am. That way you can visit all of the sights and museums before they close. Bailey House Museum, one of the last stops on the tour, closes at 4pm. 

Trust me, you are going to want to get an early start. There is more to do on this tour than you can possibly fit into one day. So just plan on a full day of exploring, sun up to sundown. 

it happen naturally while being open to try some new and exciting things along the way. But remember to just take your time to soak in the sun, sand, and memories of this tropical paradise. 

How much should I budget to spend on the West Maui tour?

Most all of the places that we will take you on the tour are free. However there are some paid attractions along the way that charge for admission:  

  • Maui Ocean Center - $29 / adult, $19 child

  • Wo Hing Museum - $7 / adult, children free

  • Iao Valley State Park - locals free, $5 / Car for visitors

  • Bailey House Museum $7 / adult, $2 / child

Aside from these, I would plan on spending about $15 per person for some lunch and $15-20 for dinner (if you stay that late) along the way. Most eating options are from roadside stands but there are a few more formal restaurants in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua. Plan also for about $10 per person for a local style snack along the drive such as banana bread and/or shave ice. Truly this driving tour isn’t the same without stopping to try some local food! 

Where are the bathrooms on West Maui?

What happens when nature calls? Don't worry I will tell you during the tour. But here is a short list of a few major pit stops we will take on the tour, all of which have restrooms: 

  • Maui Ocean Center

  • Lahaina

  • Kaanapali Shopping Center

  • Dt Fleming Beach

  • Kapalua 

  • Iao Valley State Park

  • Bailey House Museum

  • Maui Plantation

Get more information about these restrooms and where they are at by looking in Highlights under Restrooms. 

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aspiring climber | June 2020
This was the BEST addition to our toad to Hana trip. We got recommended to use the app last minute and what a blessing that was! Honestly, without the app we would have missed some key things. This app is so on point with how to get you anywhere on the RTH. It tells you exactly when and where to turn, what will be there and what to expect. Little tips a long the way we’re great and they recommend places based on how much time you have to explore. I can’t say enough good things about this app. I will recommend it to EVERYONE who visits the island.

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KRM 5654 | June 2020
We used Shaka for many of our Maui tours. It was great. Turn by turn instructions with lots of descriptions as to what to expect at each stop made it easy for us to decide if we wanted to take the time and check it out or go on. So much better than taking a bus tour since you can spend as much time as YOU want to. Would definitely recommend this.

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We tried a different app for the way into Hana. We purchased the reverse road to Hana from Shaka on the way back. It was so much better! So much more information and stories with this one!! Worth every penny!!
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