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Discover the natural wonder of the Haleakala Crater on this 4-hour tour while in port in Maui.  You’ll head to the peak of the Haleakala Crater to witness stunning views of the island. Your tour will conclude with drop-off at your port.


  • Maui Shore excursion to Haleakala Crater
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Kahului Shore Excursion: Haleakala Crater Adventure Tour

Protea Flower

Your tour will begin with pickup from your Maui port.  Up you'll go from the sugar-caned plain, then journey through the home of the paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboys, in the quaint town of Makawao, which also hosts a vibrant community of artists.

From there, travel past the unique flowers of Kula at the protea farms in the region. As you continue your ascent by coach into Maui’s upcountry, you’ll spot beautiful ranch land along with native plant and wildlife.

Then, witness beautiful views from 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) at the top of the Haleakala Crater. This impressive natural wonder is 3,000 feet deep and 22 miles (35 km) in circumference and has lain dormant since 1790. Also known as the ‘House of the Sun,’ this spot is a must-see while in port in Maui.

At the end of your 4-hour shore excursion, you will be dropped off back at your cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Kahului Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I had a great time and a knowledgeable driver. The views from 9500 feet above sea level was worth it. It was the same feeling I felt when I saw the southern rim of the Grand Canyon obviously not as large, but that same sense of awe and peace. Even the ride up to the crater had some beautiful views as well. Please note you can see the crater from where the bus stops and no hiking is needed. However, if you hike about quarter to a half mile up from where the bus stops you will see the a different and more beautiful view of the crater. Also, I took the day tour and it was about 40 to 50 degrees so bring a jacket. I met some people who took the morning and evening tour and they said it was very cold 30 degrees. Do some research on the weather like I did so you can be prepared.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Hard to describe what it felt like 9700 feet above the island. It's worth the trip up just to be able to see what a stark contrat it is. The wind was blowing over 40 mph, and the temperature was chilling, but a great experience.

Mrs Maree A T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The crater was amazing. Driver was knowledgeable and interesting. There is no problem with meeting ship times.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The driver told us a lot about the city and where we were going. He was great!

Wayne United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Definitely recommend this for Maui first timers like me and my wife. Like some of the other tours, it gets cold up there. We were there on the first week of December, average temp at sea level was mid 80's F. up there wear some pants/jeans, and bring a light jacket to layer up. Weather was perfect. Blue skies and some clouds, but we were so high up we were ABOVE them. Convenient with cruise ship pier pick up. One of your days in Maui need to be this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great day. We had a great guide, comfortable coach, fantastic switch back roads with great views up to crater. The crater was amazing but word to wise, leave your hats on the bus - the winds up there are unbelievable. All in all a great day. T'N'T


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The trip was operated by the major Hawaiian tour company,using a first class coach, picking up/dropping off at the same place as the cruise ship's own tour. It also did the same itinerary but at a vastly reduced price! Unfortunately, the weather was wet and cloudy up to 7,000 feet but above that we were in sunshine and, at 10,000 feet, the crater looked like your publicity photo.

We found the Driver's running commentary on the sights (including those we could barely see), the landscape and geology very informative and, at times, hilarious. He deserved full marks.

TFM Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Amazing views of the crater and the island. Don't forget to bring a jacket, there were people walking around in summer shirts and they were very cold.

Daniel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The excursion was enhanced by the tour director. His knowledge and manner were excellent. Though the weather did not cooperate we were still able to experience the awesomeness of the crater.

Joyce J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Harvey was a great tour guide. We would do this tour again.

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