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  • Location: Maui, Hawaii
  • Duration:  9-10 hours
Experience Maui’s diverse landscapes – from the countryside to the coast – on this small-group luxury day trip. Aboard a luxury limo-van, soak in sweeping views from the Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park before descending into the beautiful Hana Coast rainforest. Travel through cowboy country, past waterfalls and bamboo forests and along the rugged Pacific coastline to Ho’okipa Beach. You’ll enjoy a light morning snack, ice-cold soft drinks on board and a gourmet Pacific Rim lunch including grilled chicken or seared ono with salads and fresh fruit. Throughout your journey, your guide will provide interesting commentary about the sights you see.

Highlights

  • Small-group luxury day trip to Haleakala National Park and the Hana Coast rainforest
  • Visit Maui’s beautiful highlights and journey along the rugged Pacific coastline aboard a luxury limo-van
  • Soak in breathtaking panoramas from Haleakala Crater and visit the paniolo (cowboy) town of Makawao
  • Dine on a gourmet Pacific Rim lunch in a scenic location
  • Explore stunning waterfalls and bamboo forests of the Hana Coast rainforest
  • Enjoy a light morning snack and ice-cold soft drinks on board
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A fantastic luxury adventure with something for everyone! Conquer the summit of Haleakala, wander through a bamboo forest and learn all about Hawaiian cowboys in Makawao. The fresh gourmet lunch in a scenic location is a wonderful perk -- no deli sandwiches here!

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Luxury Day Trip to Haleakala National Park and Hana Coast Rainforest

Luxury Van Interior

After early-morning pickup from your Maui hotel, enjoy a light morning snack and begin your journey by luxury 8-seater limo-van to Haleakala National Park and the Hana Coast rainforest.

Travel through the picturesque Central Valley for 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on your pickup location, and ascend to the pinnacle of Haleakala National Park at 10,023 feet (3,055 meters). When you arrive at the visitor’s center on the rim of the Haleakala Crater, marvel at breathtaking panoramas and enjoy countless photo opportunities before descending along the scenic mountain drive.

See cattle and dairy ranches on the way to the Hawaiian paniolo town of Makawao, which still has hitching posts from back when horses were more common than cars. Today, this quaint, rustic town is home to an eclectic group of little shops and boutiques, which you can browse during your free time here.

In between sightseeing, head to a scenic location -- depending on the weather and the group's preferences -- to relax and enjoy a gourmet Pacific Rim lunch served on linen tablecloths. Indulge in delectable dishes like grilled chicken, seared ono, organic mixed greens, vegetable pasta salad, fresh fruit and a fudge brownie.

After lunch, travel east through Ha’iku, whose grass is a beautiful emerald green. See bountiful avocados, citrus fruits, bananas and exotic flowers growing in the countryside before arriving finally at the spectacular Hana Coast rainforest. Get out and stretch your legs and explore stunning waterfalls and bamboo forests, soaking in the tropical atmosphere.

Hop back in the limo-van and continue on the Road to Hana, along the rugged Pacific coast, to the farming community of Ke’anae. Here, walk around and discover a traditional way of life that has endured for more than 500 years.

On your return journey, stop by Ho’okipa Beach, which reigns supreme as the world's premier windsurfing beach. Get out and feel the cool ocean breeze, and catch a glimpse of talented windsurfers putting on an aquatic show!

You'll arrive back at your Maui hotel in the early evening.

Itinerary

Pacific Rim lunch menu:

Choice of Southpointe or Pacifica main course:
Grilled herb-marinated chicken breast
Kula mixed organic greens
Roasted corn and black bean relish
Buttermilk ranch dressing and a roasted garlic tortilla

Lightly blackened 7-spice seared ono
Kula organic greens
Black olive and caper relish
Wasabi aioli spread and a sundried tomato tortilla

Accompanied with:

Fresh garden vegetable pasta salad with basil pesto vinaigrette
Chilled Maui Gold pineapple
Triple-chocolate fudge brownie with toasted Hamakua-grown macadamia nuts

*Vegetarian main course substitute:
Lettuce wrap filled with veggies
Roasted corn and black bean relish with a Maui herb and garlic vinaigrette dipping sauce

Lunch is elegantly served on linen tablecloths with linen napkins, crystalline plates and flatware, and includes tropical island fruit juices and bottled water.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Our recent trip to the national park and the Hana rainforest was exceptional. Our driver was very nice and informative about the area and the people who live there. Unfortunately it was raining when we reached the top of the crater but the trip up was still interesting. The rainforest was a nice compliment to the park and worth seeing. Throughout the day we were able to get out and look around and take pictures. We learned a great deal. It was definitely worth it!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

What a day.... Dry landscapes, a dormant volcano, winding road through a rainforest are all part of this day. We had the luxury car and the driver was very enthusiastic and shared many great experiences.... A good all round if a long one. Do it..

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