From the lunar summit of Haleakala Crater to the viewpoint for Iao Needle, explore the best of Central Maui on this informative, guided day tour. Hotel pickup is conveniently provided, and the tour also visits historic Wailuku—a funky, yet up-and-coming hot spot. Learn the island’s agricultural history and hear its legends and stories, and experience some of the island’s best scenery from its valleys right up to its peak.
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
Your Central Maui day trip begins with a hotel pickup, where a knowledgeable, informative, and professional guide will help introduce you to the island. You’ll explore both State and National Parks while hearing the island’s history, and even get a glimpse of historic Wailuku—the County seat of government. On the tour’s first stop, wind your way through Maui’s Upcountry before reaching Haleakala Crater—one of the island’s most dramatically scenic and popular spots to visit. This 10,000 ft. (3,007m) volcano has been dormant since 1790, and covers 33,000 acres of cinder cones and remote, tropical forest. After descending the mountain and stopping for lunch (own expense), drive past fields of waving sugar to the famous Iao Needle, where King Kamehameha fiercely battled to place Maui under his control. A short hike leads to the viewpoint for the pointy, forested needle, which rises 1,200 feet (366m) from the valley floor against a verdant backdrop of cliffs. Later on, at the top of Wailuku, visit historic Ka’ahumanu Church—which is backed by Iao Valley—and hear the history of this picturesque church built in 1876. On the final journey back to your hotel, drive through Wailuku past farms and fields before returning by mid-afternoon, allowing enough time to make plans for the night—if you have energy after the day tour.
This tour is operated by Polynesian Adventure Tours. This tour was very unorganized and disappointing. Overall we felt scammed. Viator advertises this tour as 9 hours and that is incorrect it was 6 hours. There were only two thirty minute stops and an hour and a half for lunch which was at a restaurant that was not even included. First our Tour guide Michael, forgot to pick up some people at a hotel and we had to wait around until they were dropped off at our first stop. Despite this being an error on the tour company, it cut into our tour time. The voucher clearly states that if you are not at your hotel for pickup the tour company will call your cell phone. Clearly that did not happen. At the Haleakala crater, we were only allowed to stop for 30 minutes. We were not taken to the summit while other tour groups were allowed. This made some people angry because they have been on these tours before and were allowed to go to the summit. The visitor center was closed due to the government shutdown. I understand this is beyond the tour companies control but no alternatives were planned. It was very rushed.The biggest scam was lunch which is advertised as central Maui We were told to bring money for lunch because it was not included. However we were forced to dine at a restaurant, pay for our own overpriced food with lousy service, and the tip was automatically included in the bill. This was insane!! We spent more time here then the other two stops. Finally we were taken to Iao valley and again it was very rushed. Before we were able to look around we were already due back at the bus and the tour guide looked very annoyed and kept looking at his watch. I would recommend going with another tour company to see the Haleakala crater and Iao Valley. I have been on many tours in many different places and this was the most disappointing tour. The sites were gorgeous but I was too disappointed from feeling scammed. I am not rich, I save my money to enjoy these once and a lifetime experiences and Polynesian adventure tours took advantage of that.
So so Haleakala, lao Valley, and Central Maui Tour
, Jan 2019
This tour was okay, but not great. Haleakala itself was outstanding and the scenery at Iao valley was very nice, too. However, the length of the tour could have been much shorter -- transfers took a lot of time. No food or drink was provided (unlike some other tours in Maui). There was a lunch stop, but everyone had to pay for his or her food.
This tour was enjoyable, and our guide, Judy, was fun and informative. It really cannot be called an ag tour, as we just drove through mostly fallow farmland, but the rest was as described - and the guide gave us lots of information and fun facts. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, and the crater at the top was completely engulfed in fog, but the trip was well worth it.
We really enjoyed our day on this tour. Our driver told wonderful stories and was a very nice man. So glad we could leave the driving to someone else while we enjoyed the view.
The remaining comments are only for the company and I do not want to include in the review. We called the local phone number the day before our trip and were told that we would be picked up at our hotel at 6:30 rather than 600AM. But there must have been an automated phone system that left 1 message on our answering machine in Maui and 2 messages on our home phone machine in Seattle that our driver was waiting for us and was needing to leave without us. I find that a bit annoying that your system isn't in touch better with your local people. thanks
This was a wonderful tour and really worth the money. There was hotel pickup and drop off with food, snacks and drinks also provided. Our tour guide was excellent and stopped at all the viewing places on the way and also explained to us in detail all the roadside views too while driving with full attention. This tour should absolutely be a part of every Maui vacation....!!