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Despite the early start this tour is well worth the early start. Be prepared it can be very, very cold especially before sunrise, but it is beautiful watching black turn to indigo, blue, then orange. Thaw out in the warmth of the suns first rays, and watch the stark landscape appear, as the world comes alive.
Maui Sunrise looked after us with coffee, and fantastic service.
Well worth the early morning and cold. Seeing the space station fly over was an unexpected highlight. The view was fantastic. This tour is all the more relevant after reading about Maui the Demi god
An unforgettable experience and a must do while in Maui. This is my second time taking this tour and we love it every time. The views are amazing specially if you appreciate spectacular sunrises.
Our tour driver Nettie was amazing. Because of her, we were able to have a full experience of Haleakala sunrise. The weather was somewhat cloudy but it was still beautiful and surreal. Highly recommended.
The view is AMAZING!!! Our guide was excellent -- knew exactly where to go to get the best view and be sheltered from the wind!!
This Sunrise tour was absolutely an amazing experience and so worth it. The tour leaves really early around 2am, so if you are coming in from stateside I would recommend doing the tour on your first morning as it is easier to adjust to the time difference. The tour arrives about an hour before sunrise which gives you time to take in the night sky, gazing at the stars and you can even see a few planets. It is very cold so dress warm and be sure to bundle up. Also a small flashlight is helpful for navigating before sunrise.
This trip obviously starts out very early. I suggest it be one of the first things you do after arriving in Maui so it's easier to get up so early. Wayne was a wonderful guide and extremely knowledgeable about Hawaiian history. Haleakala didn't disappoint!
We enjoyed our tour so much our guide was Wayne and he was courteous, informative, funny and very nice. I highly recommend this tour - you'll be astounded at the beauty and you will learn so much!!!
Monica M United States of ...
We were picked up from our hotel at 2:10am. Since the driver picks up about 20 people, if you are first to be picked up, it will seem like it takes forever to be on your way. But I can't blame the tour for that, its just the way it goes. So I advise a little patience in the morning. If you are good at sleeping anywhere this will not bother you. Our tour guide's name was Glenn, who was very informative and generally a very chill guy. After everyone was on board we stopped at a small mini mart for a bathroom break and if you are so inclined, some early morning snacks. The tour guide stops there to pick up hot coffee and hot water for when we reach the top of the mountain. To give you a time estimate. We got on the bus at about 2am and were at the top of the mountain by 4:50 almost 5. At the top of the mountain you can help yourself to the store bought Svenhards Pastries and hot coffee and hot chocolate available on the bus also included in the cost of the tour. Bring a blanket for the top and wear long pants and a jacket or sweater. Even though it is warm on ground level, when you go up to that mountain it's freezing. There are bathrooms at the top of the mountain but keep in mind since it is cold your behind will get iced from the cold toilet and when you wash your hands the water is freezing as well. There are several bus tours on that mountain for sunrise so the moment you get there try to stake out a spot by the railing to get the best panoramic shots before it gets too crowded and then you have to stand behind people. You will still be able to see well but the best seats are by the railing. The sunrise is WELL worth all I just mentioned. It is amazing and so gorgeous to see. After we all had our fill of the sunrise the guide took us a little further up the mountain to another scenic point which was also amazing. After which you stop on the way back down to a smaller scenic area that wasn't much but it did have bathrooms just incase all that coffee and chocolate hit you. For breakfast we had a choice of 3 options. Bacon and eggs, Pancakes and sausage or a fruit plate. There are no substitutions. You do however eat the breakfast at a country club below where the guide drops you off. After the country club another shuttle came to pick us up and took us back to our hotel. We were back at around 10/11am I believe. Overall I highly recommend this tour. But here's a tip. If you are not afraid of driving winding roads in the middle of the night just get a reservation pass for 1.50 from the government recreation site. Then you can park where all the buses park in the morning and spend so much less and have your own self guided tour. We were going to do that and had it all set up but when we arrived to Maui it was raining and we didn't feel comfortable driving in the rain up a road we have never been on, so we took the tour. If you are uncomfortable driving the winding road at night, do the tour! It is well worth it overall as the sunrise is something you have to see and the breakfast was decent.
Amazing trip! Spectacular sunrise! Our tour driver Nettie was very knowledgeable and went beyond the expected in taking photographs for clients and telling us where to get the best shots. Her interest in photography was very evident and much appreciated. We were all suitably Nettified!!. Remember to have warm clothes, beanies and gloves, even a blanket to keep warm in the dark before that beautiful sunrise breaks through. Absolutely fabulous!!!
Wonderful Experience. Driver was on time, courteous, informative. Would highly recommend.
We had a great time! Glenn was very knowledgeable and funny! We had lightning on the way up Haleakala very rare and saw the most beautiful sunrise! Nice having a safe driver too!
This sunrise was gorgeous. I've never experienced such magnificent beauty before. I must say it DOES get cold. As NYer's we thought we would be fine but we totally regretted not bringing warmer clothes. Don't be dumb. Bring warm clothes. Our driver... NETTIE was the best! She was so entertaining and took such beautiful pictures of us. Nettie made getting up at 2 AM completely worth it. It does make for a long day but this memory will last a life time.
jerrymalkowski United States of ...
Great experience for our 40th anniversary. Nettie was a fantastic guide. The tour is the only way to enjoy the experience.
Nie zapomniany widok, jedna z lepszych atrakcji na Maui. Na prawde warto.
Love Netty! She was Fabulous! For having to catch the bus at 2:10 am she sure knew how to wake us up! You will never see a more Glorious Sunrise ever. This is a must do at least once in your life!
Rory, our guide, was fantastic. The trip was comfortable and his knowledge about the island was fascinating. He also made it a priority for his clients to see as much as possible. My family loved it
This tour was amazing! Totally worth the 235 AM pick. Nettie our tour guide was the best. All the reviews said she was great and she was. To see the sunrise above the clouds was breathtaking. Nettie even took amazing pictures for you to capture the memories. Dress warmly it does get cold.
It's as close as you can get to God! Despite having to get my teenagers awake for the bus to pick us up at 2:30, and the 35 degree temp at the top, it was an absolutely spectacular morning. Our tour guide, Nettie was the best. She made it an adventure warning us of car sickness and kept us entertained. Totally worth it and my kids will agree years from now
Unbelievable! You must do at least once but be aware that you may see nothing if it's cloudy. We were lucky - we saw a full range of colors in the sky and the clouds were below us. Rory is a great tour guide - informative and enthusiastic. He kept us on a tight schedule to ensure we arrived in time to get a viewing spot upfront.
My family although Hating the very early out of bed throughly enjoyed the sunrise and the beautiful views!!
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