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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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Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast and Pickup

Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast and Pickup

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Experience an incredible daybreak view from top of Maui’s highest peak during this 7- to 8-hour Mt. Haleakala sunrise tour. Journey with a guide to the summit of this massive volcano to witness the orange and red-colored dawn of a new day set amidst the clouds, enjoying the sublime beauty of a sight that once inspired literary great Mark Twain. This Maui sunrise excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport, continental breakfast and entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$183.95
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US$183.95
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East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater

East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater

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On this phenomenal East Maui helicopter tour, soar high above the cinder cones of Haleakala Crater, and see hidden waterfalls, valleys, and bays on the rugged East Maui coastline. Much of Maui is inaccessible and only visible by air, and from flying high above bamboo forests to buzzing the 10,000 ft. summit, this is a Maui helicopter tour you’ll definitely never forget.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$227.34
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US$227.34
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Haleakala Sunset Tour and Dinner with Pickup

Haleakala Sunset Tour and Dinner with Pickup

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Many travelers summit Haleakala for the sunrise but you can beat the crowds by visiting for an equally scenic sunset instead. Enjoy the best sunset view on Maui from the island's tallest peak. After enjoying the magical evening light show, you'll then head to Café O’Lei for a 3-course meal to complete the experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$214.68
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Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour with Pickup

Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour with Pickup

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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.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$165.20
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US$165.20
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Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

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Combine the opportunity to watch the sunrise atop Haleakala with one of Maui’s most exciting activities: biking down the volcano from 6,500 feet (1,980 meters). Interpretive guides explain the geological features, history, and culture that surrounds Haleakala National Park. The self-guided bike ride ensures a leisurely pace, with stops available along the way.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$197.92
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Haleakala Crater Hiking Experience

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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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$213.00
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US$213.00
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Hana and Haleakala Maui Helicopter Tour with Cliffside Landing

Hana and Haleakala Maui Helicopter Tour with Cliffside Landing

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See the views of Maui from up in the air during this Hana and Haleakala helicopter tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon flight time, and take off from the Kahului Heliport. During your flight, soar above beaches, jungle terrain, waterfalls, a rain forest, and even the dormant volcano, Haleakala. Plus, land on a private cliffside for even more brag-worthy sights.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$285.00
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Haleakala Sunrise Best Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

Haleakala Sunrise Best Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

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Experience one of nature's most memorable moments: Sunrise atop Haleakala! After sunrise, guests will begin their guided biking adventure at 6,500 ft. elevation just outside of the national park entrance all the way down to the North Shore town of Haiku.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$234.38
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Haleakala National Park Sunrise plus Zipline tour

Haleakala National Park Sunrise plus Zipline tour

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From the summit of Maui’s 10,000-foot Haleakala volcano, the sun’s amber rays illuminate the entire island. This tour includes this classic Maui experience along with a zipline tour through the eucalyptus trees and across massive canyons. You’ll learn about the island’s scenery with a professional guide. Lunch and refreshments are also included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Maui Haleakala Self Paced Bike Tour

Maui Haleakala Self Paced Bike Tour

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If you like to travel at your pace, then this Maui Express Bike Tour of Haleakala volcano is an option for independent travelers. Rather than visiting the summit of Haleakala as part of a guided group, this tour begins at the National Park entrance and allows you to bike through Kula and Makawao as fast or as slow as you choose. Stop at protea farms, get a cup of coffee, and wander through local shops, before finishing either at the bike tour office or down on the beach in Paia. Tours check in at 7:30am, and conclude by 2:30pm.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$103.12
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Haleakala Summit Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

Haleakala Summit Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

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Bike down Haleakala Crater at your own pace on a self-guided ride, starting from 6,500 feet (1,980 meters) above sea level. With pickup available from your hotel or cruise ship, and entrance fees included to Haleakala National Park, you’ll have interpretive guides to explain the geological features from the summit before cycling down at your own leisurely pace, with stops available along the way.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$156.25
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Haleakala Morning Best Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

Haleakala Morning Best Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

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After an exciting and informative tour of Haleakala National Park, guests will start their guided bike tour at 6,500 ft. elevation just outside of the national park entrance. Cruise down the mountain on top-of-the-line Kona bikes for 23 miles to the North Shore town of Haiku. Our guides are NAI certified and extensively trained to provide the best experience for our guests.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$192.71
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Maui Helicopter Tour Over Haleakala National Park and the Hana Rainforest

Maui Helicopter Tour Over Haleakala National Park and the Hana Rainforest

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Take in aerial views of Maui’s volcanos and coast on a 45-minute helicopter tour over Haleakala National Park and the Hana Rainforest. Swoop over black cliffs and hidden waterfalls as your pilot show you the island’s landmarks; fly above thick jungle canopy and flocks of tropical birds as you approach the otherworldly slopes of Haleakala. Capture unforgettable images of the colorful crater through panoramic viewing windows, then bank back towards your Kahului launch pad and enjoy a return flight with views of Molokai and a trio of beach-side cities.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Maui Helicopter Tour: Complete Island Flight

Maui Helicopter Tour: Complete Island Flight

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Maui is an island that’s best seen by air, and on this complete island Maui helicopter tour, visitors soar above valleys and waterfalls that are otherwise inaccessible. Fly deep inside the West Maui Mountains where there aren’t even any trails, and gaze upon the colorful cinder cones of Haleakala Crater. Off the coast of Hana, watch as waterfalls tumble their way directly into the sea, and see hidden coves and white sand beaches you never even knew were there.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Bike the Volcano - #1 Ranked Haleakala Maui Bike Tour on TripAdvisor since 2010

Bike the Volcano - #1 Ranked Haleakala Maui Bike Tour on TripAdvisor since 2010

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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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$179.49
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Haleakala Classic Summit Tour with Haleakala EcoTours (Vehicle Tour)

Haleakala Classic Summit Tour with Haleakala EcoTours (Vehicle Tour)

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For visitors to Haleakala Crater who prefer to start their day a little later (after sunrise), this is a great option. With pickup available from your hotel or cruise ship, this vehicle tour of Haleakala National Park includes interpretive guides who explain the geological and ecological features from the 10,000-foot (3,050-meter) summit. A visit to the historic towns of Makawao and Pa'ia are also included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$161.46
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Haleakala Best Classic Sunrise Tour with Haleakala EcoTours (Vehicle Tour)

Haleakala Best Classic Sunrise Tour with Haleakala EcoTours (Vehicle Tour)

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View the sunrise from atop 10,000-foot (3,050-meter) Haleakala Crater—it’s a rare opportunity and a must-do while visiting Maui. With pickup available from your hotel or cruise ship, this vehicle tour of Haleakala National Park includes interpretive guides who explain the geological and ecological features. All you have to do is awaken before dawn.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Haleakala Summit & Stroll from Kahului

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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Predawn-Morning Haleakala Bike Tour (from 6,500' to Sea-level)

Predawn-Morning Haleakala Bike Tour (from 6,500' to Sea-level)

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If you want to combine sightseeing with something more active than the usual bus tours, book this guided bike tour down Maui's dormant volcano, Haleakala. Starting very early in the morning for the best sunrise views (and to beat the heat) pedal downhill, riding along switchbacks, through Haleakala Ranch and past Kula. Continue through the towns of Makawao and Paia, and finally finish up oceanside at Paia Bay Beach Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.00
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Maui Sunset & Stargazing at Haleakala Audio Driving Tour

Maui Sunset & Stargazing at Haleakala Audio Driving Tour

Come for the sunset, stay for the stargazing. You’ll be walking on sunshine until the stars come out. Then, you’ll bear witness to some of the best astronomical observation in the world. Along the way, you'll learn about the park's legends and Hawaiian history. This audio tour uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn directions to the best spots in the park. With Shaka Guide, you have the freedom to explore on your own terms -- visit the places you want and skips the ones you don't. Shaka Guide is the #1-rated app for Maui with over 13K reviews on the App Store and Google Play Store! ✅ Tours never expire. ✅ Tour work offline. No data needed. ✅ Reliable GPS directions. ✅ A guided tour for a fraction of the price. ✅ Save time planning! We’ve done the work for you. ✅ Your vacation, your terms — freedom to stop and go as you please. ✅ The #1-rated travel app for Maui. ✅ Listen to interesting stories and Hawaiian music!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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US$11.99
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Shore Excursion: Haleakala Sunrise Tour for Pride of America Passengers

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 drive 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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$196.15
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Maui Private Tour: Adventure With A Local

Maui Private Tour: Adventure With A Local

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This private sightseeing tour will take you through some of the island's top attractions aboard a comfortable jeep. With a three-person limit you're guaranteed personalized attention from your professional local guide. You'll learn the ins and outs of Maui as you travel the streets and backroads with a guide who was born and raised here. All guides are first aid and CPR certified. This incredible tour showcases the best of local cultures and traditions. Travelers can opt for the full-day option with lunch at a Maui hidden gem, or a half-day option with snacks and beverages.
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Island of Maui Multi-Day Tour

Island of Maui Multi-Day Tour

We specialize in organizing tours to the islands of Hawaii, with Maui being one of our most popular destination. Being born and bred on the Garden Isle, means that we are deeply familiar with Maui and with other special islands in the Hawaiian chain. Maui, is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. Sprawling Haleakala National Park encompasses the island’s highest peak, volcanic Haleakala, as well as the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, accessed via scenic, winding Hana Highway. Our tour packages are all-inclusive, including accommodation, transportation, excursions and meals. At this time we are eating out together for dinner as a group at famous local diners and food trucks. We also offer optional activities such as helicopter, boat tours and Hawaiian Luaus for a extra fee. You’ll also receive a free video at the end of your trip documenting your Hawaiian adventure. Please confirm with us before making a reservation that this activity is running!
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  • 7 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1,920.00
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Private SUNSET Haleakala Downhill Bike Tour - Rated #1 on TripAdvisor since 2010

Private SUNSET Haleakala Downhill Bike Tour - Rated #1 on TripAdvisor since 2010

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- This is a PRIVATE TOUR regardless of how many people are in your group. - 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 this being a private tour we offer the most intimate experience with a personal touch that cannot be found on any other bike tour offered on Maui. - 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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Haleakala Crater hours of operation?
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Haleakala Crater hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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