Making up over seventy-five percent of the island of Maui is a massive, dormant shield volcano known as Haleakala. Along with the Road to Hana, it accounts for two of the most popular sites on Maui, attracting thousands of visitors per year. Of course, the world-famous sunrise at its 10,000-foot summit is a huge draw, but there are other ways to see this incredible natural wonder, and we offer quite a few options to fit your ideal Haleakala journey.
The most popular Haleakala tour is the Haleakala Sunrise tour, which isn’t surprising. Being far above the clouds and watching the first rays of light illuminate the endless sky is an event that not many people will forget. Photographers from around the world make their way to Haleakala every year to photograph this unique and fascinating sight. If you decide to take the journey with Temptation Tours, you will certainly not be disappointed. As you ride in luxury and comfort to the summit of Haleakala, you may even forget how early you woke up! Warm up with some coffee or cocoa at a good viewing spot, and keep your eyes on the sky. You’ll be sharing the experience with hundreds of other visitors, but you’ll see quickly why Temptation Tours stands on its own. Each portion of your journey is guided and narrated by a Hawaii State Certified Tour Guide, so you’ll learn about the geology, mythology, and even the astronomy relating to your Haleakala Sunrise tour. After sunrise and more exploration of the National Park, your Tour Guide will escort you to Kula Lodge, where you’ll sit down to a hot, run-of-the-menu breakfast, all while enjoying incredible ocean and landscape views. After breakfast and a tour of the charming Kula Lodge grounds, relax in your leather captain’s chair in our Luxury Limo-Van until returning to your hotel or condo– probably for a nap!
Maybe you’re looking to spend a little more time in Upcountry Maui. We love that idea– it’s such a peaceful, idyllic area, and there’s so much more to Upcountry than just Haleakala. If you’d like to join us for a day on the quiet side of Maui, book a Summit Lavender Sojourn. After being greeted in front of your hotel by a Hawaii Certified Tour Guide, you’ll make your way Upcountry in style. Start with a daytime visit to the Summit of Haleakala, and enjoy the sweeping views into the moon-like crater. As your Tour Guides points out specific geological features, you’ll get a sense of how our island formed in a fiery flow of lava millions of years ago. After Haleakala, make your way to the Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s famous winery. Tour the grounds, and learn how the unique growing conditions in Kula make for truly distinctive wines. At your complimentary wine tasting, you can also sample wines made from pineapple, and other tropical variations. Following the winery, tour a beautiful, serene lavender garden, and take in the scents of freshly blooming lavender as you enjoy a delicious Pacific-Rim Cuisine picnic lunch. Finally, enjoy a tour and a stroll through the charming cowboy town of Makawao. Your Tour Guide will fill you in on its unique history, and you’ll have a chance to visit some of its unique shops and attractions– where you’re sure to find one-of-a-kind treasures for everyone on your list.
If you’d like to get a true sense of how ecologically diverse one incredible island can be, you may wish to look into the Crater & Rainforest tour. All in one memorable day, visit both the Summit of Haleakala and the lush Hana rainforest. See the alien-like Silversword plants jutting out of the otherwise stark landscape, then experience countless examples of beautiful foliage on the road to Hana. You’ll also get a sense of the varying climates from one part the island to another; after shivering in the frigid temperatures at Haleakala, enjoy a warm, balmy afternoon on Maui’s famous Road to Hana. Even though this tour doesn’t make it all the way into Hana Town, you’ll still experience the rainforest, cliffside ocean views, and postcard-perfect tropical photo ops. You’ll also enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, and of course, full guided narration from your Hawaii Certified Tour Guide.
Maybe you want to see Haleakala, but you want more of a big-picture experience– and then, you want to do something a little different. You want to check out our Haleakala Sun-Trek, our newest Haleakala tour. Start your day with hotel or condo pickup, then make your way to the Kahului Heliport for a thirty-minute helicopter tour over Haleakala. See the stark beauty of sun and shadow outlining the shape of this enormous crater, best seen from above. After touching back down in Kahului, you’ll head to Paia, for a delicious no-host breakfast at Café Mambo. It’s a perfect spot for people-watching, and getting a sense of the the diverse community that makes Maui home. Then, head upcountry, and tour the famous Surfing Goat Dairy– one of my favorite spots on Maui! You’ll visit friendly goats, taste some amazing cheese, and learn how this quaint and quirky dairy operates. After that, tour Ocean Vodka, an organic vodka distillery that offers incredible ocean views. You’ll have lunch on the grounds of their sustainable farm, enjoying the cool upcountry breeze. Finish your day with a tour of Makawao Town, then head back to your hotel after one of Maui’s most unique day tours.
Like the Road to Hana, Haleakala and Upcountry Maui can be something special for every visitor, and every taste. By touring with Temptation Tours, you’ll be traveling in style and luxury, and will enjoy every minute of information, entertainment, and interaction with your Hawaii Certified Tour Guide. As a family-owned and operated company in business for almost thirty years, we know a thing or two about this ancient, fascinating site, and we can’t wait to share it with you!