Haleakala Sunrise: Why Take a Tour?

When it comes to the Road to Hana, most folks know whether they want to venture out on their own (and maybe spend a few days in East Maui tranquility), or join a tour to experience this incredible journey stress-free. As far as the Sunrise at Haleakala, though, people’s decisions aren’t always as clear-cut. While we certainly encourage everyone to do Maui their own way, we’d like to point out a few reasons why you might decide to join us for your Sunrise journey!

So, we should leave… when? Figuring out when you need to leave your hotel to make it to Sunrise on your own might make you feel like you need to be a geography expert, a meteorologist, and a math whiz, all in one—with a bit of a local-news traffic reporter thrown in as well! We know plenty of folks who have driven to the National Park only to miss the sunrise—and yep, including me! If you join us on our popular Haleakala Sunrise tour, however, you can leave the timing to us! We’ll give you a friendly reminder call the day before, and all you need to do is meet us at the lobby! Bonus: if you’re still a little groggy from the pre-dawn wake-up, you’re more than welcome to snooze in the Limo-Van on the way up!

Wait, I needed a reservation? Yep, as we’ve mentioned, private and rental vehicles heading to the Summit of Haleakala for Sunrise are required to reserve their parking spot in advance. This doesn’t apply to commercial touring vehicles though, so even if you couldn’t snag a spot on your own, you’re still welcome to join us on any available Sunrise tour!

Where do we go? Going along with knowing the exact right time to head up to the 10,023-foot Summit of Haleakala is getting there in time to secure a prime viewing spot for Sunrise. If you’ve been there, you know how quickly the park can fill up with bundled-up Sunrise-goers! Our Tour Guides pride themselves on getting our guests to the Summit in plenty of time to stargaze, have a snack, and get that perfect spot to see Sunrise. Think of it this way: when you go with Temptation Tours, you can bet on having “front-row seats” to one of Mother Nature’s most incredible shows.

What’s this plant over here? Once you get to Haleakala National Park, we’re sure you’ll have plenty of questions. How did this famous dormant volcano form? And, what’s a dormant volcano? What’s the deal with these weird plants? What island is that in the distance? All these questions—and more—can be answered by your Hawaii Certified Tour Guide, a veritable expert on all things Haleakala, Maui, and Hawaii in general. Your Tour Guide will be with you from start to finish during your tour, fully narrating your journey to the top of Mt. Haleakala and back.

Who’s hungry? After Sunrise, most folks are ready for a hearty breakfast. Rather than waiting for a table at a popular upcountry restaurant (or worse, driving home hungry), your Hawaii-Certified Tour Guide will have pre-confirmed reservations at one of Maui’s most celebrated upcountry restaurants, and your run-of-the-menu breakfast is included in your tour price!

When it comes down to it, the easiest way to experience this incredible Maui landmark is to join one of our small-group Luxury tours, and let our Hawaii-Certified Tour Guide lead the way. You’ll learn more than you ever thought possible about Maui’s history, culture, and ecology, all while traveling in style and comfort!

We hope to see you soon!

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