Whether you’re short on time, or just don’t have the budget for more than one tour, it can be hard to make a decision sometimes. Do you want to see the lush rainforest of East Maui on the world-famous Road to Hana? Or would you rather spend time at Maui’s most-visited attraction, the dormant volcano of Haleakala? If you can’t decide, you might consider our Crater & Rainforest tour, where you’ll get the best of both worlds, all in one exciting day. Many of our Hawaii-Certified Tour Guides cite the Crater & Rainforest as their favorite tour, since they get the chance to show guests the vast ecological diversity found on our island.
Like our other land tours, the Crater & Rainforest tour begins at your hotel, resort, condo, harbor, or residence, usually around 7:00 AM. With a group of six to eight discerning guests aboard one of our Luxury Limo-Vans, you’ll begin your day with the journey to the Summit of Haleakala. You’ll have a chance to get to know your fellow travelers and Tour Guide while enjoying a morning snack of cake and coffee, tea, or cocoa. Your Tour Guide will point out the major points of interest at this incredible feature, a shield volcano that takes up the majority of the island. A stop at the Visitors’ Center is also on the agenda, giving you an opportunity to find the perfect souvenir from this very special place.
After your visit to Haleakala, your tour descends back down its slopes, into “Upcountry” Maui. You’ll see the towns of Kula and Makawao, where life is just a little quieter and more laid-back than the rest of the island. While in Kula, your Tour Guide will prepare an elegant al-fresco dining experience for your group, complete with a white linen tablecloth, crystalline plates, and real flatware. Read more about your lunch experience here! You’ll also enjoy a stop in Makawao after lunch, with a bit of time to explore this historic cowboy town.
Then, it’s the “Rainforest” part of the tour! You’ll experience about half of the world-famous Road to Hana, complete with those notorious hairpin turns! It’s amazing to see the stark contrast between the moon-like desert of Haleakala Crater and the lush, green, vibrant East Maui rainforest all in one day. The Crater & Rainforest tour takes you as far as Ke’anae Peninsula, where you can explore this ancient Hawaiian fishing village while taking in the incredible waves crashing against the rocky shore. Your Tour Guide will share its cultural and geographical significance with you before heading back to Central Maui, all at a “Maui-style” pace.
Finally, you’ll experience an incredible photo opportunity at the famous Ho’okipa Beach Park, where you can get a glimpse of expert windsurfers riding the waves, and possibly a few green sea turtles napping on the beach. Guests have been known to snap hundreds of incredible photos here, which we absolutely love to see!
The Crater & Rainforest is one of our most classic, well-loved tours, and it truly gives you a glimpse of the incredible diversity that can be found here on the Valley Isle. Being unable to make a decision might turn into one of your best decisions yet—contact us soon if this sounds like the tour for you!