• Location: Maui, Hawaii
  • Duration: 8 - 9 hours
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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Admire the Iao Needle in Iao Valley State Park
  • Professionally narrated tour
  • Pickup and drop-off at Maui hotels

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What You Can Expect

Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour

Rising up 1200 feet (365 meters) from the ground, the Iao Valley Needle is taller than many man made skyscrapers

“Iao Valley State Park will be closed indefinitely due to damage caused by heavy rain and flooding. Tours will still operate and alternate stops will be made.”

This 8-hour 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 eating lunch, 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.

Customer Reviews

Floresma S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide was informative! She made our trip enjoyable.

Barnett152

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Perfect tour. Definitely wear very warm clothing. The wait in the cold, the very early rise....all worth the incredible view.

Frank X

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The Day Trip was great! Uncle Charlie, the driver/tour guide is local and very knowledgeable.

sreepalak

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

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....!!

Pearlie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Beautiful!!

CORNELL S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Had an woderful time on this tour, highly recommended! Beautiful...please do it!

Stephanie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

First time we ever did an organized tour. Family of 5 : we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, mostly thanks to our driver/guide. Junior was amazing for the day trip! He was kind, funny and definitely very informative. We learned A LOT about the island of Maui, the culture, language and people. We suggest you book this tour early during your vacation as to better appreciate everything that Junior explains as it unfolds throughout your stay on the island. Haleakala itself seems to be a must and we liked being able to sit back to enjoy the view rather than needing to drive. Mahalo Junior! Keep up the great work! Warm aloha from a very satisfied Canadian family.

Martha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our tour guide was Junior, after a couple cups of coffee he seemed to come around. lol Very knowledgeable and great driving, especially going up Haleakala, glad to say no one was sick with the twists and turns. Keep in mind to dress warmly! It was pretty windy and chilly when we reached the top, and even at the summit. Highly recommend doing this tour! beautiful views, great tour guide!

Annette L H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

A wonderful tour. Our tour guide, also our mini-bus driver, was outstanding. He had a degree in Hawaiian history, was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, courteous.

Dalim Kumar B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Haleakala national part was a treat to visit. Iao valley was closed though. The beauty of the tour was enhanced by our guide Judy! She was entertaining.. Haleakala scenic beauty is once in a lifetime experience and one should not miss this. If you are in Maui for only one-two days, then this is the first place you visit and choose this particular tour.

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