Hello! I have a pretty bad fear of heights, but I was surprisingly OK with the Road to Hana when I went years ago. My husband is absolutely stuck on the idea of driving the whole way around (knowing full well of the rental car issue), so my questions are:
- How much worse are the drop-offs/cliffs on the "backside" of the road?
- Does the right side of the road hug the mountain for the entirety of the drive? I'm generally OK if the cliff is to the left and I'm in the passenger seat on the right. In fact, if this direction allows us to hug the right side of the road the entirety of the way, I may feel SAFER than if I was on the road back from Hana.
- Does anyone know how the current conditions of the road are? We're headed to Maui in just a few days.
Also, please know that we are spending the night in Hana, so we will be able to drive back during daylight hours.
We're headed to Maui on our honeymoon, so I'm having a particularly tough time with this issue. On the one hand I don't want to deny my husband a chance to see more of Maui (it's his first time in Hawaii), but on the other hand I deserve to enjoy myself as well (and not be scared out of my mind)!
Thanks in advance for any help! I know there are countless posts about the backside of the Road to Hana as well as countless posts about fear of heights and the Road to Hana, but I couldn't find any comparing the drop-offs of the two (other than I know there are some sections on the backside that include drop-offs and unpaved road).