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  • Location: Maui, Hawaii
  • Duration:  8 - 9 hours

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See the best central Maui on this scenic and informative guided day trip, with hotel pickup and drop-off. Your knowledgeable local guide will take you to the volcanic Haleakala crater, Iao Valley, the unique rocky pinnacle known as the Iao Needle and the historic town of Wailuku. You’ll catch glimpses Maui’s stunning landscape, learn about its agricultural history and explore otherworldly terrain at its parks on this experiential sightseeing tour.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Haleakala, Iao Valley and central Maui
  • See a dormant volcano in Haleakala National Park
  • Enjoy scenic drives past Maui's flower farms and sugar cane farms
  • Admire the Iao Needle in Iao Valley State Park
  • Professionally narrated tour
  • Pickup and drop-off at Maui hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Driving up to Haleakala's 10,000-foot summit is an incredible experience -- dress in layers as the weather can change on the ascent. I also love Wailuku -- it's such a cute town with charming wooden storefronts and lots of family-owned businesses.

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What You Can Expect

Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour

Rising up 1200 feet (365 meters) from the ground, the Iao Valley Needle is taller than many man made skyscrapers

Your 8-hour central Maui day trip begins with a pickup at your hotel. Meet your expert guide and get ready for an immersive look at many of Maui’s unique highlights, including scenic drives through its valleys and agricultural regions, walks through its state and national parks, and a glimpse at the seat of its government.

Your day kicks off with dramatic views at Haleakala National Park, covering 33,000 acres of rocky, volcanic wilderness and home to a variety of wildlife. Summit Maui’s 10,023-foot (3,007-meter) dormant volcano while learning about its geologic history on the driving ascent. Take in the tropical scenery and expansive views before driving on to the next piece of eye candy: the Iao Needle located in Iao Valley State Park.

The needle is a fascinating erosional pinnacle rising 1,200 feet (366 meters) from the Iao Valley floor and surrounded by a volcanic crater. Walk along a short trail to a panoramic overlook and enjoy the view. Nearby, learn about the Kaahumanu Church, named after Queen Kaahumanu and erected in 1876. Spend 30-minutes admiring its architecture and views of Iao Valley.

Next, get a dose of Hawaiian culture on a drive through the city of Wailuku, the seat of Maui’s government and location of its historic state and federal buildings. Listen to your guide as you ride past Maui’s famous flower farms, pineapple fields and sugar cane plantations. Be sure to bring your camera — these are sights unlike anywhere else. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your Maui hotel.

Customer Reviews

Sandra R
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing the tour guide was excellent it was an early start through we were back at our hotel by 3.30pm which was great! Highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see the volcano craters on the Island of Maui!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We were fortunate to have a good view from the top of the mountain. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable of the history, vegetation, and wildlife of Maui. He was kind, professional, and an excellent driver. This tour is an excellent value for the money. I highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was really great. Our driver was the best. He made the trip worthwhile.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Thoroughly enjoyable. Pity the weather wasn't brilliant. What we saw of the sights was good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing. Our guide was wonderful and so knowledgeable. Couldn't ask for a better guide than him. I would recommend this tour to anyone going to Maui. Make sure you take winter clothes for the top because it was very cold.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Tour guide was excellent and so knowlegable. He had a great sense of humor and made the tour very pleasurable!

Suzette T
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Roy was our tour guide, we enjoyed the day very much with a respect for the island and the folklore. Make sure you dress warm enough on this tour, it gets cold on the top of the mountain. Bring a good camera you will be glad. Enjoyed the town we stopped in, the art shop had great photos and gift ideals

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was an excellent tour. Loved the views and enjoyed Haleakala and the Iao Valley! So beautiful. I would recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

It was a really enjoyable experience. The tour was really amazing - I especially enjoyed the small group environment. The commentary was excellent and the recommendations for the preparation were spot on. Lunch was a really good experience as well. Definitely 5 stars.Initially I debated to change it to the bicycle tour, but am so glad I did not - it's far too dangerous, considering some of the riders look like they've never sat on a bike.

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