Haleakala is one of the most-visited natural attractions on Maui. Which makes sense, since a dormant volcano is a pretty awesome thing to see! Visitors from all over travel to its summit every day to experience this other-worldly shield volcano crater—seriously, it looks like Mars!
We love visiting Haleakala with our guests, and sharing a first-hand experience with Maui’s legendary mountain. Haleakala is a must during any Maui vacation, so we offer four different tours featuring the “House of the Sun.”
Our most popular land-based tour, the Haleakala Sunrise is considered a “rite of passage” among many Maui travelers. This tour features a super-early departure from your hotel or condo (between 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM in most cases) and a drive in a Luxury Limo-Van to Haleakala. You’ll arrive about an hour before “first light,” and your Tour Guide will procure a prime viewing spot for your group of no more than eight to wait for sunrise—before the crowds start to roll in! While at the Summit, enjoy hot beverages and pastries, and explore the national park and its visitor center after Sunrise. Then, we head down to Kula Lodge for a hearty, run-of-the-menu breakfast. Thaw out, share pictures with your fellow travelers, and mingle with your Tour Guide over traditional and tropical breakfast fare. You’ll be guided around the on-site protea gardens, and then have a chance to visit the adjacent gift shop and art gallery before heading back to your hotel by around 10:30 – 11:00 AM. This is the tour for you if you’re a real “bucket-lister” kind of traveler, and are in for an unforgettable early-morning adventure. You’ll also enjoy the stark contrast between the balmy weather at sea level and the near-freezing temperatures at the Summit for sunrise. Who wouldn’t want to say they had to pack a winter coat for Hawaii?
Summit Lavender Sojourn
The Summit Lavender Sojourn is a relaxing, laid-back tour that introduces you to the “quieter” side of Maui. You’ll begin with a 7:00 AM departure from your accommodations, followed by a daylight visit to the Summit of Haleakala. You’ll learn about the formation of the dormant volcano, as well of some of the endemic and indigenous plant and animal life that call the mountain home. Then, you’ll visit Ali’i Kula Lavender, the world-famous lavender farm that features many different types of lavender, as well as a variety of succulents and other plants. Their gift shop is amazing, and features just about every kind of lavender-based product you can think of! After touring, enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic upcountry location, and then it’s off to MauiWine, Maui’s only winery. Explore their beautiful grounds, and join a tasting of local wines. Finally, take a trip to Makawao Town, Maui’s “cowboy” town featuring art galleries, unique boutiques, and fun souvenir shops, before returning to your hotel by around 4:30 – 5:00 PM. This is the tour for you if you’re a plant lover, and are ready to experience the cooler, more idyllic side of Maui, with plenty of opportunities for shopping!
Crater & Rainforest
The Crater & Rainforest is the “best of both worlds,” featuring both Haleakala Crater and a portion of the Road to Hana. You’ll begin with a 7:00 AM departure, and then journey to Haleakala Crater. After spending some time learning about the crater and the National Park with your Hawaii-Certified Tour Guide, you’ll make your way through the sleepy town of Haiku, and enjoy a delightful “al-fresco” lunch. From there, you’ll begin the Road to Hana, where your destination is Ke’anae Peninsula, a quiet, ancient Hawaiian fishing-village. Learn about how many Ke’anae residents still rely on some of the traditional Hawaiian fishing and farming techniques, and watch as powerful ocean waves crash against the huge, jagged lava rocks on the shore. Take a chance to pick up some world-famous banana bread before heading back to your hotel by around 4:30 – 5:00 PM. This is the tour for you if you want to get the most out of a Maui land tour, without much shopping. The nature lover who wants to learn about the extremely different microclimates housed on Maui will love this excursion!
The Haleakala Sun-Trek features a helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye view of Haleakala, as well as some of Maui’s most interesting gourmet spots! You’ll begin with a 6:00 – 6:30 AM departure from your hotel or condo, and then check in with Air Maui helicopters for the “first flight of the day” over Haleakala. Enjoy incredible sunlit views of Haleakala Crater during this special thirty-minute flight. Then, your Tour Guide will escort you to Café Mambo for a no-host breakfast at one of the hippest spots in the funky-hippie town of Paia. From there, visit Makawao town for a little shopping and browsing, and then take a trip to Surfing Goat Dairy—a locally-operated goat farm, that produces the world-famous Surfing Goat Dairy goat cheese! After visiting with some friendly goats on their beautiful grounds, enjoy a flight of goat cheeses before deciding which ones you’ll pick up to take home with you! Afterward, your Tour Guide will escort you next door to Ocean Vodka, an organic vodka distillery. Tour their grounds, taste some vodka, and then enjoy a delightful picnic lunch before returning to your hotel by approximately 3:00 – 3:30 PM. This is the tour for you if you’re a major foodie, and want to get up-close-and-personal with some of Maui’s up-and-coming gourmet businesses. Guests with a keen sense of adventure will love the helicopter flight, and photographers will love the varied photo ops available on the Haleakala Sun-Trek!
No matter what your travel style, we have a Haleakala Tour for you! Whether at sunrise or daylight, by land or by air, don’t miss this incredible geological feature during your next trip to Maui.