Time for another TripAdvisor Round-Up!

TRIPADVISORWe love our guests, and they love us back! It’s neat how that works out, huh? Check out some of our recent fantastic TripAdvisor reviews from guests who have simply loved their time with Temptation Tours!

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This guest was thrilled with her Hana Ultimate, led by none other than Melany! It’s amazing how many reviews for Melany say that they feel like they’re traveling with a good friend when they join her for a Road to Hana adventure. This guest really enjoyed the included meals, too– a stop at Cafe Mambo in Paia for breakfast, and a relaxing four-course luncheon at the Travaasa in Hana. If you want to “give into Temptation” as well, book a Hana Ultimate tour soon!

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This guest had a wonderful experience on their Haleakala Sunrise tour with Al– and included some INCREDIBLE photos of their sunrise experience! Al’s an incredibly friendly, extremely enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable member of our Tour Guide team, and he really hit it out of the park for these guests– serving up a “home run” experience! Kudos to Al!

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Gayle was behind the wheel for this tour, hosting guests joining us from a cruise ship. From learning all about the unique ecosystem on the Road to Hana, to sitting down to enjoy a gluten-free lunch option during the day, this guest recommends hopping on board for the Hana Picnic tour!

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Another great one for Gayle– with even more accolades for our delightful picnic lunch! Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to enjoy fresh, Pacific Rim Cuisine on one of our scenic Maui adventures. On a Hana Cave-Quest, you’ll visit the Ka’eleku Caverns, which were formed by an ancient lava flow from the now-dormant Mt. Haleakala. Talk to us soon to experience this “First Class” tour yourself!

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This wonderful review for a Hana Picnic tour with Paul really highlights all the best points of any of our tours. You’ll get to relax, learn about the history, culture, and natural life of the Hawaiian islands, and sit down to a fantastic meal. It sounds like this guest was inspired by the beautiful surroundings on the Road to Hana– and you will be too!

 

Check out our TripAdvisor page and see what else guests are saying about our tours, our company, our Luxury Limo-Vans, and of course, our Tour Guides! Don’t forget to leave your own review if you’ve had the opportunity to join us– and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

Sunrise at Haleakala – New Reservations System for 2017

sunrise_2017If you’re planning a trip to Maui anytime soon, you might be planning a trip to the Summit of Haleakala to see the Sunrise—whether by tour, or on your own. While they’re both great options, you should note that starting February 1st, 2017, all private vehicles (rental cars and local residents) will need to have a reservation to get to the Summit to view the sunrise. Vehicles without a reservation will need to wait until 7:00 AM to be allowed into the Summit parking area.

If you are planning on visiting the Summit for Sunrise on your own, be sure to reserve your spot online at recreation.gov ahead of time, up to two months in advance. A reservation for a parking spot costs $1.50 online, and is non-transferrable. You’ll need to provide identification that matches the name under which the reservation is made.

This reservation system is a step taken by the National Park Service to eliminate over-crowding at the National Park, helping to protect and preserve this sacred Maui location. With the growing popularity of the Sunrise at Haleakala, more and more private vehicles arrive at the Summit each day—leading to delays at the entrance gate, increased littering, and damage to the fragile plant and animal life found at Haleakala National Park.

One way to even further minimize the environmental impact to Haleakala is to book a Haleakala Sunrise tour with a Sustainable Tour Operator, which is a company that provides unique, culturally significant touring experiences that help to minimize the environmental impact of touring, as well as actively work to improve Hawaii’s environmental well-being. Currently, Temptation Tours is the only Certified Sustainable Tour Operator that is also permitted to conduct Sunrise tours by the Haleakala National Park Services.

To ensure your spot at the Summit for this unforgettable experience, call us or book online today! Don’t miss out on the Sunrise at Haleakala, and do your part to keep Haleakala beautiful for generations to come.

Maui Bucket List!

bucket_listThe idea of a “bucket list” trip is a popular one, and plenty of people are making their way to the Valley Isle to cross a few items off their list of experiences they simply MUST have in their lifetime! Working on your Maui bucket list? Here’s a few things to get you started!

Sunrise at Haleakala – No Maui bucket list would be complete without watching the new day dawn from 10,023 feet above the rest of the world atop Maui’s dormant volcano.

Black Sand Beach – Digging your toes into jet-black sand at one of Maui’s most beautiful seaside spots is an absolute MUST.

Local Fruit Breakfast – At least one morning during your stay, take the time to sit on your lanai, soak in the early morning sun, and enjoy a variety of fresh, local, tropical fruit to start your day. Bonus points: enjoy a freshly-brewed cup of local Maui coffee too!

Whale-Watch – If seeing huge humpback whales breach in the calm Pacific Ocean is a necessity for you, then book your trip between December and April.

Swim under a Waterfall Join us for one of our Road to Hana tours for a chance to swim under a cascading, refreshing waterfall along the world-famous Hana Highway!

Stop and Smell the FlowersWith numerous places to see amazing floral life, this is an easy one! We recommend Ali’i Kula Lavender, where you can feast your senses on an incredible number of lavender varieties, and pick up every lavender-based product imaginable in their adorable gift shop.

Shop, shop, SHOP! – While not many people think of Maui as a shopping destination, don’t forget to take advantage of the quaint boutiques and interesting souvenir shops to be found in Paia, Makawao, Front Street Lahaina, and more!

Eat– While we can’t list all the things we think are non-negotiable Maui must-haves, make sure you get some fresh fish, some hearty saimin, and at least one plate lunch!

Drink… – Don’t forget to hit up at least one happy hour for unique, tropical beverages! Don’t forget to toast to your Maui getaway with a mai-tai, lava flow, or Blue Hawaiian. Sure, they’re tacky, but oh so fun!

And Be Merry!Make friends, attend one of Maui’s Friday town parties, go to a Luau, get shave ice, snorkel—live it up! You’re on Maui!

Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park

puaa_kaaIf you’re joining us on a Road to Hana tour, one of the highlights of your experience will be an opportunity to swim at a fresh, natural waterfall pool—right in the middle of the rainforest! As long as conditions are safe, your Hawaii-Certified Tour Guide will escort you to Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park for a relaxing (and refreshing) dip in the serene pool, featuring a cascading waterfall.

On your tour, either to or from Hana, you’ll have the opportunity to don your swimsuits (ample restrooms are located at this park for easy changing!) and make a short climb over some rocks and make your way to the pool. As the waterfall flows with fresh mountain water, the swim is certainly refreshing, but quite pleasant on a balmy afternoon in the rainforest.

Not a swimmer? Sit back with an ice-cold bottled water or tropical fruit juice provided by your Tour Guide at one of the shaded picnic tables and simply enjoy the scenery. Lush green plant life, specked with brilliant tropical flowers, makes for an incredible sight to simply experience.

Whether you’ll be joining your fellow travelers for a swim, or taking advantage of this respite from the “real world,” we’re sure that Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park will be one of the many memorable parts of your Road to Hana journey!