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Haleakala Crater Tours

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Dubbed “House of the Sun” by native Hawaiians, Haleakala Crater is the world’s largest dormant volcano and the highest peak in Maui. Set in Haleakala National Park, here you can see a lunar landscape, admire cinder cones and endangered silversword plants, and trek wild hiking trails. 
 
The Basics
Haleakala sunrise tours are the most popular way to see the crater, offering a unique look amid the orange and red-colored dawn, and saving visitors the hassle of navigating to the volcano’s summit in the dark. Many Haleakala Crater tours include pre-arranged sunrise-viewing passes for Pu’u’ula’ula Summit, the highest point on Mt. Haleakala. Sunrise bike tours typically provide one-way bus transportation to the peak, allowing you to enjoy the view and then cycle down 6,500 feet (1,981 meters) to the ocean.

Aside from early morning visits, other tours dodge the pre-dawn crowds with daytime trips, guided hikes across the crater floor, or full-day excursions to the crater and other destinations within Haleakala National Park. You can also visit Haleakala Crater on a combo tour that also stops at other top Maui sites such as Iao Valley or the Road to Hana.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sunrise tours typically require very early start times, with most tours starting hotel pickup around 2 or 3am.
  • The weather can be chilly at Mt. Haleakala’s high elevations, especially before sunrise and after sunset. Bring layers and comfortable shoes, and be prepared for rain. 
  • There are no gas stations or outlets to purchase food within Haleakala National Park.
  • Some facilities at the summit are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, including the Park Headquarters Visitor Center, Haleakala Visitor Center, and Hosmer Grove picnic area. 
 
How to Get There
Haleakala Crater is located within Haleakala National Park on Maui. The only way to get there is by road, and it takes roughly 2.5 hours to reach the summit from the town of Kahului. From Kahului, take Route 37 to Highway 377, then transfer to Highway 378. Haleakala Crater access is at the end of the road within Haleakala National Park. 
       
When to Get There
Haleakala National Park is open 24 hours per day, year-round. While temperatures in Maui remain fairly constant, winter (December through March) brings the coldest and rainiest weather, with average lows of 42°F (5.6°C) and upwards of seven inches (18 centimeters) of rain per month. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times to visit the crater; opt for a daytime visit to avoid crowds. 

Exploring Upcountry Maui
Upcountry Maui, the region around Mt. Haleakala, offers plenty to do after a sunrise crater tour. Head to the town of Kula to walk through lavender fields at Alii Kula Lavender Farm, stop by a Maui winery, or visit Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery, the makers of OCEAN Vodka. You can also seethe western-themed town of Makawao to enjoy some of the region’s best boutique shopping. 
Address: Haleakala National Park, State Highway 330, Kula 96790, USA
Hours: Open daily
Admission: US$12 per person or US$25 per vehicle
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Majestic Haleakala Sunrise Tour with PickupNature & Wildlife

Majestic Haleakala Sunrise Tour with Pickup

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Seeing the sunrise from the top of Haleakala Mountain is one of Maui’s most coveted travel experiences—and this tour takes all the hassle out of experiencing the natural show for yourself. Following nighttime pickup from your area hotel, make your way to Haleakala National Park and enjoy a light continental breakfast. From there, it’s roughly a 2-hour hike to the summit. You should arrive in time to admire the sunrise. Afterwards, tour other highlights of the national park before a hearty buffet meal.
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Haleakala Crater Hiking Experience

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On this guided Haleakala Crater hike, experience the silent, almost lunar beauty of this 10,000 ft (3,048m), dormant volcano. During your 4-mile (6.4km) Haleakala Crater hike, your informative guide will discuss the history of Maui’s tallest peak—from its sacred place in Hawaiian mythology to its geological wonders. Gaze around at colorful cinder cones that spring from the crater floor, and look for endangered plants and wildlife like nene geese or silverswords. Lunch and snacks are conveniently provided.
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Big Island Volcano National Park -Private- Half Day Discovery: Craters & Cliffs!

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Experience the natural beauty of Maui and the Big Island from above on this private excursion. After embarking on an aerial journey from Kahului, catch stunning views of lava fields, smoldering craters, waterfalls, and cliffs at sites like Mount Haleakala, Waipi'o Valley, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Learn about the area from an informative guide and pilot, and enjoy complimentary bottled water and soda.
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- This is easy and safe, you can do it! - We use the safest bikes possible, easy to use, low center of gravity cruiser bikes that are custom built in the USA, not typical mountain bikes made on an assembly line in China. - We are the only bike tour that gives you the option to use a full face helmet, or a traditional half-shell bicycle helmet. It’s great to have both options.- All of our bikes are equipped with huge, 13 inch comfortable padded seats with a spring for each cheek. - We 100% guarantee that our bikes are the most comfortable bikes on Haleakala.- All of our bikes are equipped with safe, easy to use drum brakes, quite the opposite of dangerous disc brakes other bike tours make you use.- The company owner personally guides the tours. - With a group maximum of 7, our tour is focused on quality and not quantity. - Maui Easy Riders is easily the bike tour with best reviews on TripAdvisor, go with the trusted name that has the best safety record and the most experience.
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Magic Maui Volcano: Haleakala Crater -Private- Air Tour: Spectacular Perspective

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Experience Maui from high in the sky with this air tour. You'll board a tour plane with non-tinted windows and fly high over the island, passing by the Haleakala Crater, the Haleakala Highway (Crater Road), the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, and the Makawao Forest Reserve.
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- This is easy and safe, you can do it! - This tour is by far a superior alternative to the crowded and over-rated sunrise bike tours.- No exercise required, let gravity do all of the work for you- With a maximum of 6 guests on each tour we offer the most intimate experience with a personal touch that cannot be found on any other bike tour.- The only tour of its kind, nobody else offers a sunset tour.- Every single tour is safely guided by the company owner.- We use the safest bikes possible, easy to use, low center of gravity cruiser bikes that are custom built in the USA, not typical mountain bikes made on an assembly line in China. - All of our bikes are equipped with huge, 13 inch comfortable padded seats with a spring for each cheek.- All of our bikes are equipped with safe and easy to use drum brakes, quite the opposite of the disc brakes the other bike tours make you use.- Enjoy a hosted dinner after the tour with your guide, included in the price of the booking.
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Shore Excursion: Haleakala Sunrise Tour for Pride of America Passengers

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Once-in-a-lifetime may be the only way to describe watching the sun slowly rise over Haleakala National Park and spill over onto the beautiful island of Maui. Experience the magic for yourself with our Majestic Haleakala Sunrise Tour, an unforgettable journey to the summit of Haleakala Mountain.The day begins with a light continental breakfast before the two- hour climb from sea level to summit. Once at the top, our local guides from Valley Isle Excursions will set you up for the best experience—pointing out incredible viewing locations, sharing tips for seeing the sunrise, and telling stories about the history of the island.After sunrise, we’ll take a short tour of the remainder of Haleakala National Park and the nearby ranchlands before ending with a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
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Private Haleakala Summit & Stroll from Kahului

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Personalized tours ensure a relaxed and easeful day. Let us handle the logistics, you enjoy the ride. Our private setting supports an intimate experience and space to thrive. Build memories together. Reconnect from the heart.The summit of Haleakalā is 10,023 feet above sea level. The drive up to the crater will take you through a variety of landscapes and microclimates with expansive scenes and a birdʻs eye view.The National Park begins at the 7,000 foot elevation and encompasses the entire mountaintop. There are just a few companies that have earned permits to enter and explore the area. We are one of them!
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