dangerousroads

the world's most spectacular roads

Piilani Highway

Piilani Highway

Piilani Highway is a must drive road in the world. Located in Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, USA, this highway is 38 miles long looping all the way around the southern coast of the island.

The road, known as Hawaii Route 31 is a twisty, up and down roller coaster of a ride. The toughest section of the road is about 20 miles long. The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters over the sea, unprotected by guardrails. In some areas (such as at Lelekea Bay) it's just a one-and-a-half lane bumpy road hugging the sea cliff around a blind curve. Fences have been installed on the mountain here to prevent rocks from falling onto cars. The mountain side is literally held by chains on the right at places, to avoid falling rocks from hitting the motorists. The hairpin bends are completely blind, but there is almost no traffic. Occasionally the dirt road past Route 31 is closed to traffic due to landslides. Most major rental car contracts forbid driving this section. However, although it is somewhat rough in places, it is by no means a daunting or particularly dangerous road if taken slowly.
The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. It’s not a gravel road, instead, it looks more like a very old paved road that’s been patched over and over and over again with asphalt. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. Some parts are washboard-like and require speeds of 5 mph (8 km/h) or less in order to avoid damaging the suspension of a rental car. This prohibition in rental car contracts seems more related to the remoteness of this section of highway; in case of a breakdown, there is very little in the way of passing traffic or inhabitants around, and no cell phone service in parts. 

 

Pin It



Roads global map

Roads global map

Around the world

>Scenic drives in Norway.Norway has 18 carefully selected scenic drives both in terms of nature/panorama. 
>Romanian high altitude roads. Romania has some amazing roads, real tourist destinations by themselves. 
>Faroese challenging tunnels.Harrowing one lane tunnel on a 2 way road. Kind of frightening to drive through if you're not used to it.
>Highest accessible towns by car on Earth. Permanent settlements occupied year-round, accessible by car.
>The world's best road.The world's best road has just been announced: the N-222 from Peso de Regua to Pinhao in Portugal.
>Longest straight roads in the world. From point A to B in the fastest time possible, sometimes you need to cut corners.
>Highest tunnels in the world. After years of work in rarefied air and frigid temperatures at more than 4,000m, these tunnels are engineering marvels sure to impress anyone.
>The world's northernmost road ends. Get a reliable car, lots of food, water, matches, warm clothing, and gas.

 

Share YOUR roads!
We've more than 10.000 roads but we want more! We want your experiences too! Do you know anyspectacular road?Click here to send us all the info, and we'll publish it!

 

Seguridad de la página de inicio