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Words cannot express how impactful this app has been to us having a successful trip to Maui!!! The narrator is easy to listen to - nothing whatsoever annoying about his voice or manner of speaking. We did a ton of research on our own, but we learned so much from the narration. It helped us navigate our trip to Haleakala and the Trip to Hana, around the island in general, around the West coast of the island which was spectacular! Etc etc etc. We learned nuances no research could give us. It was exceptional - I would use this company for any of their narrator services. The map also helpful. Really loved being given a heads up in upcoming pull-outs through hairpin and switchback curves so we were prepared to pull over vs being too late to turn in. Also — he made sure we didn’t miss any of the spectacular views. When he insists it’s worth the stop, IT IS!!! Take his advice! He’s spot on! I feel like he’s on old friend now. Lol!! They are developing more apps for more locations— now that I now about it, I will ALWAYS check if one is available wherever travels may take me. Mahalo for making our vacation to Maui even more spectacular!!! Aloha!
This made our trip to Hana, so much more relaxing and fun. My mom and I were in Maui for vacation and we hadn’t planned a lot of things out. We knew for sure that we wanted to do the road to Hana, but hadn’t done a ton of research on the stops and what not. The day before our trip, I came along a blog that highly recommended this app. So, of course I looked into it and it had nothing big great reviews. First off (and super important), there’s cell no service on the road to Hana. The app is able to continue the GPS, even when you don’t have service. Along with the GPS, the narrator (I named him Dave) tells you where you should stop for gas and food, gives you accurate time lines, let’s you know what’s worth stopping for/the must sees, what’s not worth stopping for, etc. In between spots, he tells stories of Maui’s history, which keeps the long drive interesting and entertaining. It’s almost like you have a personal tour guide accompanying you in the car. This app literally did all of the work for us, we didn’t have to plan a thing really. So if you’re on the fence about downloading, don’t be. It is very, very worth it!
Buy the version for all of Maui. It’s 100% worth it. Just driving around from place to place this app provided great commentary. We noticed that another reviewer had named the guy talking on the app “Dave”; so, so did we. Dave was incredible! He led us around the island expertly and provided tidbits of knowledge all along the way. Our trip was greatly improved having Dave along for the ride taking us through mythology and history. What’s even better, we were playing music in the car on our music app on our phone while running this app in the background. Whenever Dave had something to say, it just naturally quieted the music and Dave dropped some knowledge. His recommendations were spot on and saved us a lot of time and research. The Road to Hana would’ve been completely different without his insights. The GPS worked even when there was little reception (even when the phone Map app wouldn’t work). Any time I plan on road tripping through a foreign land, I will definitely check to see if there’s a GyPSy Guide app for that location.
We had a vague idea about what to do while in Maui, but nothing concrete. This app helped plan our week with recommendations on interesting stops and drive plans. What I enjoyed most were the stories about Hawaiian history and culture, and other gems which made the drive much more fascinating. You just start driving and when you hit an audio point it will start directing you. Be sure to have a lighter DC charging cable or a battery pack because it will drain your battery due to the GPS location service running continuously. I did not have the screen displayed and locked the phone while we drove, so we heard audio only. I found the gentleman speaking had a pleasant voice and he made what could be a dry subject enjoyable with his animated stories. We will be buying this app for our next road trip. I hope they will develop more places like Route 66, maybe some for the old west, Tombstone or the Alamo or more National Parks.
I absolutely loved this app and I would have given it 5 stars but after I went to all the places it takes you to with great dialog and fun information I was left hanging. So I drove to all the places it left off and was more or less discouraged. I understood ending where it did on the Road to Hana tour. It’s rough and if you are not experienced driver you might get into trouble. However, the trip to Nakalele Blowhole could have also added The Olivine Pools and maybe to Kahakuloa Beach. Completely safe coming from Nakalele Blowhole. Beyond that it is one lane blacktop. While I felt completely comfortable and safe even there, I could see that stretch and the added traffic load that an app like this might cause is a good reason to stop before the 1 lane road to be acceptable. I was here 20 years ago and the Road to Hana was very similar to The Road To Olivine Pools when coming from the airport. Road to Hana is now a piece of cake.
GyPSy Guide’s narrated driving tour covers the entire island of Maui and is an excellent way to enjoy all the benefits of a guided tour while you explore at your own pace.
There are 470+ audio points that play automatically along the scenic drives, featuring the best things to see and do, stories, local tips and driving directions.
**You'll hear entertaining stories about the history, geology, wildlife, hikes, Hawaiian culture and people.
**Get valuable guidance about how to
prioritize your time at recommended "not to be missed" viewpoints, suggested side-trips and places of interest.
**Be more informed than other travellers with local tips, all while you explore at your own pace.
Tours work offline, using free GPS signal and location services, so no data roaming, network, or wifi is required while touring.
It’s Just Like Having a Tour Guide in Your Car™
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Though Maui is easily driveable and accessible, you will want to take your time and explore all corners of this diversely beautiful island paradise. It a place like no other where in a day you can be swimming with turtles, or hiking the moonscape at the top of an extinct volcano, or absorb the refreshing mist of a rainforest waterfall.
For the easiest possible experience, the entire island has tour commentary. All you have to drive, and the tour will transition automatically as you move from one section of the island to another. You simply drive, listen to the commentary and make decisions the places that interest you the most, just like have a local friend to show you around.
Don’t know where to begin? We’ve suggest dividing Maui into 5 different areas - all are included.
ROAD TO HANA
• Hooikipa Park
• Twin Falls
• Keanae Peninsular
• Wai’anapanapa Park
• Wailua Falls
• 'Sacred' Pools of Ohe’o
• Haleakala Crater (National Park)
• 8-mile Lookout
• DT Fleming Beach Park
• Honolua Bay
• Nakalele Blowhole
• Kihei and beaches
• Polo Beach Turtle Town
• Makena – Big Beach and Little Beach
• La Perouse Bay
• Iao Needle
• Kepaniwai Park
• Ma’alaea Bay and Aquarium
++ Continued use of GPS/Location Services in the background increases battery usage. We strongly recommend taking a cigarette style (DC outlet) car charger. Avoid using a direct connection to the USB port of a rental vehicle.
** iPad models must include a GPS chip. Please note that Apple only install these on the iPad Wifi + Cellular models. Wifi only iPad models have limited location service capabilities and are unable to play commentary automatically.
The apps are larger in size in order to work offline. You must be on wifi to download as the store may block the download over cellular networks.
GyPSy Guide™ produce award winning narrated audio tours along scenic drives and road trips around the world.
Enjoyed by travelers who prefer to set their own pace and itinerary on vacation, but enjoy a fun, informative and educational guided experience while driving themselves.
Our goal is to provide a great introduction to the region and inspire you to learn more and return.
None of our apps include paid advertising or placements for benefit.