We’ve gotten lots of questions about the safety of our tours for some very special guests—we’re looking at you, moms-to-be! And while of course, you should always consult your healthcare provider before doing anything you’re unsure of, I hope I can clear up a few concerns some prospective guests may have about touring on Maui while hapai.
In general, most healthcare providers cite the later second trimester—around 18 to 24 weeks—as the safest time to travel. It makes sense; by then, you’re getting accustomed to your shifting center of gravity, and your morning sickness should have subsided. It’s also the time when there tend to be the least complications, and it’s before you really start feeling the exhaustion and discomfort of the third trimester. That being said, plenty of pregnant ladies have traveled to Maui from their first to their third trimesters with no problems, but, again, check with your doctor before booking any tickets!
If you’ll be touring with us, it’s important to consider which tour is going to be the best for you. First and foremost, what are you most interested in? Have you been dying to escape to the Road to Hana, or is the Sunrise at Haleakala on your Babymoon must-do list? Rest assured, with a few extra precautions, you can most likely enjoy whichever tour you had your heart set on!
Road to Hana Tours
Even folks who aren’t touring-for-two might have some concerns about motion sickness when traveling the Road to Hana, so if you’re already a bit more nausea-prone than usual, you might be a little wary. Trust us, we get it! Let us know beforehand, and we’ll try to reserve the “shotgun” seat for you. Otherwise, we always recommend ginger candy for anyone who might be nauseated, and some folks report having good luck with the wristbands that use acupressure to reduce motion sickness. Don’t take any nausea medications that might cause drowsiness, especially if you haven’t double-checked with your doc!
Even though we’re not a hiking company, you can expect to encounter all that comes with walking on natural terrain while on any of our Road to Hana tours, including rocks, gravel, roots, and mud, so make sure to take care to avoid tripping. Enlist the help of your travel partner if need be, and let your Tour Guide know, so he or she can slow the pace, if needed. If you’re wary about making your way to the swim stop at Pua’a Ka’a, your Tour Guide can arrange for a swimming stop at the black sand beach instead. You might not feel comfortable walking through the Ka’eleku Caverns if you’re not as steady on your feet as usual, so you might want to opt out of the Hana Cave-Quest, and stick with the Hana Picnic or Hana Ultimate instead.
For the Hana Sky-Trek, helicopter tours are generally not recommended after the seventh month of pregnancy, so keep that in mind when making plans!
When traveling to Haleakala, there is a rather curvy stretch of road to consider, so some of the same precautions from the Road to Hana might apply. Otherwise, the main concern you might have would be the elevation; the Summit of Haleakala sits 10,023 feet above sea level. As you can imagine, the air at that elevation can be a little thin, so prepare to take it easy while exploring the National Park—especially if you’re prone to getting a little more out of breath than normal while pregnant. For any trip to Haleakala, we definitely recommend a call to your healthcare provider beforehand, in case you may have any pre-existing conditions (asthma or heart conditions) that may be exacerbated by high elevations.
Otherwise, pregnant women visit the Summit of Haleakala on a daily basis, and I went myself for Sunrise while 20 weeks pregnant with my son Leo—no problems at all! If you’ll be going for Sunrise, be sure to bundle up, and take care to remember gloves or mittens and thick socks, since circulation in your hands and feet may be a bit different. Remember, temperatures at the Summit can be near- or below-freezing, so take the same steps you’d take during the winter months back home to stay cozy! Your Tour Guide will have warm coffee and tea, or hot cocoa if you’re avoiding too much caffeine!
Click here for a detailed rundown on all the food served on our tours. If you’ve been advised to avoid something in particular during your pregnancy, give us a call so we can make the proper arrangements. You’re always welcome to bring your own extra snacks, and if you’re traveling with us on the Road to Hana, you’ll have a chance to pick up some famous banana bread along the way! Ice cold bottled water and tropical soft-drinks are available on each tour, so you’ll be able to stay hydrated all day.
We’re excited to welcome you on any of our tours, and are very used to hosting moms-to-be on a regular basis. We’ll reiterate, of course, that only your healthcare provider can tell you whether any activity is safe, but we’re also happy to answer any questions either you or your doctor may have before making the final call.
We can’t wait to be a part of your next vacation—babymoon, or otherwise!