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The trip was well planned and we were able to see things we would have never seen without the experienced tour guide!
We travelled in a group of six, vehicle was as promised, luxurious! We were picked up at agreed time and our guide, Scotty, was involved throughout telling us about Maui and the flora and fauna. The provision of extra clothing was greatly appreciated and well needed. The experience of the night sky with his knowledge of the stars and planets made the wait for sunrise interesting and very enjoyable. Of course the run up to sunrise was spectacular and Scots knowledge and help with cameras and phones was an added bonus. The group had a great time rounded off by the enjoyable breakfast and tour of the garden. We were even blessed with some fantastic photo opportunities with some beautiful rainbows. Altogether a fantastic trip and worth every penny, highly recommended
Scott picked us up right on time, 2:30 AM. Luckily there was only 4 of us on this tour today or my husband would not have been able to go. He uses a walker. After picking up the other couple we took the long ride up Haleakala. I am very glad we took the tour because I could relax and enjoy the scenery, not worry about the long, winding road. When we got to the top Scott got the 3 of us settled in the prefect spot he went back for my husband. He made sure my husband was well taken care of. On the way up we could see plenty of stars, but when we got to the top it was socked in. Yikes. Then it started to drizzle. Scott brought out his own supply of jackets and made sure we were all covered with something that would keep us dry. It was really cold and my husband was not handling the cold very well, so Scott got him settled in the observation center. The time for sunrise came and passed and still no beautiful sunrise. I was a bit disappointed, but it's not always guaranteed that you will see the sunrise. After waiting a little while Scott took us up to the very top of the volcano, 10,023 feet. We could not even see the observation building just a short distance off. But we did get to see the Ahinahina plant. It is an endangered plant that can only be found on top of Haleakala. It takes 5 years from seedling to flowering. Very beautiful. On the way down Scott got word that the State bird, the Nene, was at the front gate. So we stopped to see it. It is also an endangered bird. Nice. Breakfast was at the Kula Inn. Great food and beautiful scenic view. A quick guided stroll through the flower garden and off we went. On our drive home Scott was very knowledgeable about the local culture and scenery. Back to our room by about 10:00. Glad we took the tour, no beautiful sunrise, but 2 endangered species. Worth it.
This was a great tour! The small group size 6 people and very comfy and roomy van was great - especially for such an early morning departure. Scotty, our guide, was amazing and really made this adventure awesome! He was very invested, truly cares and ensured that he did everything he could to help make this tour a terrific experience for his guests! I wouldn't hesitate to book another tour with the local tour company and would request Scotty as the guide!
Had a great tour of Haleakala Crater and our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. Scotty had us there first in line for our photos of the sunrise. We were fortunate the weather cooperated with us and we didn't freeze too much, although Scotty had us covered there too and had extra jackets for us to wear. Breakfast afterwards was a welcome addition. All in all a great experience.
Highlight of week on Maui.. stunning view of the milky way followed by sun rise over the volcano.
Al our guide was very entertaining and informative and made the trip feel special.
This tour was epic! The guide was fun and knowledgeable, knew where we had to be and when. The sunrise was spectacular, what was unexpected was how simply amazing the stargazing was prior to the sun showing up - and the guide knew everything to point out! EPIC!
Got out of bed at 2am and thought "what was i thinking"?
Aron was FAN TASTIC.
The sunrise FANTASTIC.
The breakfsst FANTASTIC.
The park service sunrise "chant" FANTISTIC
The memory of tjis trip will be my mental break to a HAPPY PLACE!! THANK YOU VIATOR
Amazing Experience - well worth the 2 am pick up time.
Looked like we were looking at the moon. Colours of the sunrise were spectacular. The guide was very knowledgable as well. Would recommend to all.
Amazing! Eric our tour guide was excellent! Very informative, friendly and fun. We enjoyed the whole experience. Sunrise was so exciting. Everything went perfectly from pickup to drop off! Thank you Eric your kindness was noticed. :) Elaine and Paul S.
Aaron was a great host and so knowledgeable. He got us up there nice and early and we got a great spot a bit out of the wind. It was really cold and cannot recommend how important it is to dress right and with all that a blanket is necessary as well. An amazing experience from beginning to end despite getting up at 2:20am. The thousands of stars in the sky and just being there for this new day to begin. Fantastic and something everyone should do at least once. The Hawaiin chant as the sun rose to welcome the new day. You have to do it. Breakfast at the Kula Lodge was nummy.
The tour was amazing and well worth getting up so early. We had the perfect spot and our tour guide knew so many interesting facts.
Great tour. Our guide ( scott ? ) was informative and upbeat the whole time. Would recommend to anyone interested on seeing the sunrise at Haleakala.
Really disappointed! There was ALOT of cloud cover and not the best sunrise but my boyfriend proposed to me on top of Haleakala. Very romantic! Scott our tour guide, was lovely and very professional. He has a passion for what he does. He shared ALOT of knowledge about Maui and Haleakala. Next time we are in Maui we will definetely give this tour another go so a fingers crossed perfect sunrise....
Bring warm clothing, freezing at 4 in the morning 10000ft above sea level.
Guide was excellent, breakfast was fabulous.
Limo bus was luxurious for such an early start, 1.30am pick up.
Bring your camcorder!
This trip was amazing. The bus was very comfortable and our tour guide was great. We arrived at the top of the volcano in plenty of time to see the stars before the sun began to rise. What a sight. Being above the clouds for the sunrise was so beautiful. Well worth enduring the cold for an awe inspiring experience.
The Tour was wonderful!! The ride up to the volcano and sunrise was spectacular!!
The tour guide was very knowledgable and accomodating and a real nice guy!!
So happy we went on the tour. Highly recommend it
This was an amazing experience. The day was great. The sunrise was amazing and the o0ver-all tour experience was superb. This is a 1st class tour and the tour guide was full of detailed information about Hawaii and the island of Maui.
The tour guys on our trip were fantastic. Needed a recorder to capture all of the information that they gave to us. We had 2 vans on our tour. Scot and Aaron were wonderful.
Both tour guides that we had were wonderful. Scot and Aaron had so much information to share with us. Would pay to have them again.
WOW!! What a fun and fantastic as well as informative tour. Even having to be up at 2am to get picked up, our tour guide was very talkative and came across as very proud of Maui. The fun part for me was being told to dress warm as it get a little chilly......oh it is so much more than a little chilly and of course being British and going to a warm climate I had only packed shorts hahahaha so stood up at 10,000ft with shorts and a jumper (my girlfriend at least had long trousers on) I was FREEZING!! But the plus side was I bought both me and my partner a fantastic sovenir from the visitor centre, 2 rain jackets to help keep us warm so we could take some fabulous photos. Now when friends ask us where we got a jacket with Haleakala National Park emblem on the chest we get to retell the story over and over again. And also even though it was a little cloudy we both got some fantastic photos of the sunset and some unforgettable memories. Would happily brave the weather again, UNMISSABLE!!
We really enjoyed this trip and came away with some amazing memories. Our guide Aaron looked after us really well and gave us lots of interesting information about Maui. Seeing the sunrise was a fantastic experience, although wrap up warm it's pretty cold at the summit! We had never done a tour in such a small group but I think it added to our experience as Aaron could pace parts of the tour to suit us and it meant there was more opportunity to ask questions etc. It was an early start for this tour but we felt it was well worth it.
This tour is certainly worth doing and we were lucky that nature was on our side and we were lucky enough to see a beautiful sunrise. It was wonderful to be able to sleep in comfort after the early morning pickup but nothing prepared us for how cold it was up on top of the volcano. When they say it is going to be cold they mean really cold and then you add a freezing wind to the experience. Even though it is probably quite warm when they pick you up from your accommodation (even at 2am), you do need lots of layers, including gloves, jacket, hood/beanie etc.... for when you get to the top Our driver was able to provide a lot of interesting information and breakfast was plentiful and yummy. A wonderful experience and very glad we took the opportunity when visiting Maui.