Top Ways to See Haleakala

Top Ways to See Haleakala

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At over 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala is Maui’s most popular attraction. Haleakala means “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian and is a dormant volcano that formed more than 75% of the island. The best way to experience Haleakala is by seeing it at sunrise or sunset. Here we have listed our top sunrise, sunset and biking tours for Maui’s highest peak.

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Spectacular Haleakala Summit Sunrise Tour

Pick-up: Select Maui hotels
Price: Starting at $215
Begin the day with a summit sunrise tour of Haleakala. During the early morning drive to Puu Ulaula Overlook your expert guide will teach you about the history and cultural significance of Haleakala Crater. Then at 9,740 feet up, witness the beauty of the Maui sunrise. After the sunrise, enjoy a scenic ride to Kula Lodge for breakfast.

Haleakala Sunset Tour

Pick-up: Maui hotels
Price: Starting at $183
Before ascending to the top of Haleakala for sunset, you’ll stop at Kula Lodge Marketplace to browse through locally made food, clothing and art. Next the tour stops at the Visitor Center where you can learn about the history of this dormant volcano. Then you will make your way to Puu Ulaula Overlook To watch the sun drop and the sky change colors.

Maui All Stars Tour - Haleakala Summit Sunset & Stargazing Experience

Pick-up: Kula Lodge
Price: Starting at $220

Head to summit of Haleakala for one of the best tours on Maui with a Haleakala sunset and stargazing tour. Skip the busy Haleakala sunrise tours, and enjoy the best views in Hawaii as the sun dips below the clouds, and the skies sparkles with stars.

Cruiser Phil's Haleakala Guided Downhill Bike Tour

Check-in: Select Maui hotels
Price: Starting at $242
This sunrise biking tour is for the more adventurous traveler. Starting at 3 a.m., the tour takes you to the top of Haleakala to view the beautiful sunrise, then continues with a 26-mile downhill bike ride to Kula Marketplace. The tour ends at Paia Town for lunch. Note: This tour is for experienced bike riders. Minimum age 12 years old.

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