Haleakala Sunrise & Downhill Biking Tour
Experience A Maui Sunrise Downhill Bike Ride
If you’re looking to not waste a minute of your vacation and craving a unique experience, the Maui Sunrise Volcano Bike tour is for you. Experience the majesty of Maui high atop a 10,000 ft volcano while watching the sunrise as the light stretches across the valley. Let the cool crisp air fill your lungs as you watch the island come to life. Enjoy the light of a new day in Maui surrounded by rare and exotic species like the Ahinahina (Silversword plant) and the Nene Goose (Hawaii’s state bird), both endangered species fighting their way back from the brink of extinction.
As you make your way down the summit, your bicycle safari will begin at the 6,500 foot elevation, where you will start the descent down the world’s largest resting volcano. You will gently descend the 21 switchbacks, where you will enjoy bi-coastal views of Maui’s central valley and the West Maui Mountains, all while taking in the beauty and fragrance of the flora surrounding you. Experience the wind in your face and the mountain beauty Maui has to offer on one of our most popular Haleakala tours.
South & West Maui Pickup Included On Some Options (roundtrip transportation available for an extra fee)
Entrance to Haleakala National Park
View a Maui Sunrise from the volcano summit
26 Mile bike ride down the Volcano
Fully Guided Tour In Van & On Bikes
All equipment (rain gear) included
Snacks and drinks provided
Tour duration approximately 8-9 hours.
Your tour will begin with a guide picking you up from your hotel to escort you to Haleakala (unless you choose starting from Paia or Haiku). Starting in the pre-dawn hours, your guide will drive you up to see the sunrise. Once you reach your destination at 10,000 feet your guides will then take you to the rim of the crater where you’ll witness one of the most spectacular sunrises in the world. Peering through crystal clear skies you’ll witness the enchanting beauty of Maui as it welcomes a new day. On the way down to the bike portion, you will learn about the history of Haleakala, its unique geology, and the rare plants and animals that can only be found in Maui.
As your adventure continues you will descend to the 6,500 ft. level of Haleakala where your guides will give you a comprehensive briefing to ensure your safety along your journey. Once the briefing is completed you will begin your 26-mile bike ride down the 21 switchbacks of Haleakala – the largest dormant Volcano in the world. You’ll pass through Pine and Eucalyptus forests, fields of lavender and through Haleakala ranch to the upcountry community of Kula, home to the gallery of renowned local artist Curtis Wilson Cost. Take in the scenery and witness the bi-coastal views of Maui from high up the mountain as you gently coast your way to Makawao town.
Makawao is a historical Paniolo (Cowboy) town in upcountry Maui. While there, take in the simplistic beauty of this quaint town and admire the architecture which hasn’t changed much since its inception in the early 1900’s. Take a stroll back through time to when life was simpler and moved a little slower. Enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants while shopping for gifts at one of the many boutiques and shops found in town. From wood sculptures to glass blown masterpieces to local and far eastern apparel you’re sure to find something for the whole family.
From here your bike ride will split in two options. 1. You will either head down through Makawao Town, ride through pineapple fields, and continues down to the Pacific Ocean into Paia town. 2. Or take another route towards the rainforest and into the Haiku area. Your ride will take you to the quaint little village, where you started the tour.
Haleakala Sunrise & Guided Bike Tour From Paia
Haleakala Sunrise & Guided Bike Tour From Haiku
Haleakala Sunrise & Guided Bike Tour From Maui Hotels & Pier
Haleakala Sunrise & Self-Guided Bike Tour From Haiku
This tour operates 360 days per year.
Hotel & condo pickup on the West and South side of Maui changes throughout the year. Please refer to your confirmation call to the exact time and locations of pickup.
Here are some guidelines and tips before you get on Bike tour:
Visiting Haleakala is on every Maui visitorʻs bucket-list and we can provide you with the absolute best way to experience it. We’ll explore the Summit Visitor Center, Kalahaku overlook, Headquarters visitor center and so much more. You will see rare and beautiful plant and wildlife on this tour, some of which are only see on the slopes of Haleakala. Haleakala is home to the rare Silversword plant (known in Hawaiian as ‘ahinahina) and a nesting area for Hawaii’s state bird, the Nēnē goose.
The most sought after experience on the island of Maui is watching the sunrise at the summit of Haleakala. Our guides bring you up to almost 10,000ʻ in the pre-dawn hours for a spectacular pre-dawn celestial show. The incredible stars on most nights are clear, like the ancient polynesian voyagers saw them. They used the stars to navigate across vast distances on their sailing canoes. As the sun rises from behind the crater rim, the landscape is transformed into deep changes of color which exposes the bright red cinder cones that dot the valley floor far below.
After exploring the park we’ll head outside the park to the 6,500′ elevation for a guided bike tour down the mountain all the way to the ocean in Paia. This safer tour option, versus the unguided bike ride, keeps the group safely together and includes an expert guide in the lead as well as a van following behind.
The bike tour starts high up in the ranch lands and works itʻs way down the many switchbacks through towns and villages of Upcountry Maui. We’ll take breaks along the way including a stop at the Lavender Farm & Cafe as well as in Makawao for snacks, shopping or a brief rest. The rolling pasturelands and forested slopes of upcountry have amazing views during this leisurely ride down the mountain.
We end our tour just outside the North Shore town of Paia (or Haiku), after traveling over 26 miles and going from 10,000 feet to sea level in just a few short hours during this one-of-a-kind adventure. On your way back to your hotel, briefly see the north shore surfer town of Paia, exploring the main streets down to the beach, just like the residents do. For those who purchase the extended tour or choose the option with transportation, we will return you back to your hotel or condo on the South and West sides of Maui around noon.