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Meaning ‘House of the Sun,’ Haleakala Volcano is widely touted as the world’s largest dormant volcano, despite the fact that it’s technically still active. There’s no need to worry, though – the most recent eruption was way back in 1790, evidenced by the large portion of stark black lava rock covering the backside of Haleakala Volcano down to La Perouse Bay.

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When visiting the land of aloha, we highly encourage you to spend one day on Haleakala, exploring the many activities and sites, all of which will leave you feeling amazed and enlightened. Our twice daily van tours offer the perfect way to see the best areas of Haleakala and Upcountry Maui, including the areas listed below. Enjoy, and we hope to have you join us on your next Valley Isle adventure!

 

One Day on Haleakala

 

Haleakala National Park & Haleakala Crater

After a winding drive up through the hills of Upcountry Maui, we begin our day on the volcanic slopes at the entrance of Haleakala National Park, located 6,500 feet above sea level. From here, we will continue upwards until we reach Haleakala’s summit lookout, located at approximately 10,000 feet, where you’ll also find the Haleakala National Park Visitors Center, gift shop and restroom facilities.

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For guests of our early morning tour, it’s here where you’ll witness a majestic Maui sunrise from the volcanic summit. The changing colors of the sky and stark, barren landscape are otherworldly and unlike anything else you’ll experience in Hawaii. While many people choose to make the drive on their own, it can be a daunting task for first-timers, one of the many reasons we recommend sitting back and letting our professional guides do the driving!

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You’ll also visit a second viewing location of Haleakala Crater, which is large enough to hold all of Manhattan, allowing guests to see the vast and beautiful landscape from a different angle.

 

Haleakala Ranch Land

Once guests have had sufficient time to explore the summit of Haleakala, we’ll begin our descent down the slopes of Haleakala’s ranch land. Our certified tour guides provide fascinating information about the changing flora and fauna you’ll see along the way, including the unique silversword plants and Hawaiian State bird, the Nene goose.

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Enjoy the transformation from the desert-like summit back to the lush hills of Upcountry Maui, all from the comfort of our climate controlled vans along with commentary from our knowledgable guides. Feel free to ask questions, and check out the bicoastal views from your window!

 

Kula

Home to Maui’s only winery, botanical gardens, a lavender farm, organic farms and some of Maui’s most famous breakfast joints, guests will have the opportunity to take in views of the charming, quaint town of Kula.

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Learn vital information about the culture and history of the area as you slowly make your way into warmer weather.

 

Makawao

Continuing back down Haleakala Volcano, you’ll soon arrive in Makawao Town. Known for its population of Paniolos, or Hawaiian cowboys, Makawao is the perfect place to hop out and browse local art galleries, try the famous malasadas and cream puffs at T. Komoda Store & Bakery, and do some boutique shopping while enjoying cool breezes and alohas from friendly locals.

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Paia

From Makawao, we’ll make the quick drive down to Maui’s north shore gem, Paia Town. An old plantation town with a rich history, Paia was once a bustling hub of commerce, as well as entertainment for plantation workers and military members stationed here during WWII.

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By the 1970’s, however, much of this had changed, and Paia became a favorite for Maui’s surfer and hippie population, and has pretty much stayed the same since. We recommend grabbing a delicious breakfast at one of the town’s most popular places, including Paia Bay Coffee, Cafe des Amis, and Cafe Mambo, among others, or taking time to tour the many local shops and art galleries.

 

Haiku

Finally, you’ll head back to the mean green town of Haiku, where you’re free to pick up your vehicle and explore more of the area, including nearby stops like Twin Falls and Ho’okipa Beach Park.

one day on haleakala

As you can see, even one day on Haleakala offers the perfect way to see a large portion of the island. From both above and below Maui’s cloud line, we guarantee you’ll love this adventure as much as we do!

Photography courtesy of Maui Photographers Organization.

 

We are excited to announce that we have re-opened with safety measures in place to help protect your health while enjoying time on Maui.   (click here for our COVID-19 Policy)

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Know Before You Go

Haleakala is a 10,000 ft volcano and as you bike the distance of up to 23 miles, you will experience incredible views, a fascinating history, and underappreciated culture. However, you are also riding in unfamiliar territory, through unpredictable weather, on rental bicycles, and on paved public roadways.

Elements to be Aware of on Bike Ride:

Some elements that you need to be aware of may include but are not limited to the following:

Curving/winding paved roads with many 180 degree turns
Steep inclines and declines
Road reflectors, guardrails, and pylons in place for cars, not for bicycles
Roadway debris
Varying climate including hot and cold temperatures, dry and wet weather, and high altitude
Vehicular traffic – private and commercial

Before you participate in this activity, please consider the risks involved which are not limited to those listed here or in the waiver and risk acknowledgement form. You must be capable of competently riding a bicycle and should have recent biking experience.


Requirements to Participate:

Have recent biking experience
Ability to use a mountain bike with disc brakes, suspension, and gears
Capable of completing a 23 mile downhill bike ride at a safe speed
Physically healthy and not have health concerns that may affect your ability to complete the ride safely.
Meet the age minimum of 12 years AND the height requirement 4’10” or taller.
Understand, acknowledge and adhere to ALL provided rules and guidelines.


THIS IS NOT AN ACTIVITY FOR BEGINNERS!

Your safety and the safety of others that use the road is our top priority, so we ask that you know before you go, what this activity entails and the risks involved in such activity.

MAHALO!

 
 

Staying Healthy at Bike Maui

Social Distancing, Mask Wearing & Cleaning/Sanitizing

Bike Maui is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and activity for all our employees and
guests. We have developed a comprehensive preparedness plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
in order to safeguard the safety and health of everyone on our tours. Below is a summary of what to
expect on your Bike Maui adventure:

Before You Arrive

Thorough training of staff on preventing the spread of germs and viruses
All common areas will be sanitized
All vehicle interiors will be sanitized
All bikes will be sanitized
All helmets and gear will be sanitized
Masks will be worn by all employees


When You Arrive

Wear a mask
Have temperature taken
Sanitize hands
Answer health questions regarding COVID-19
Practice social distancing as much as possible


During Your Tour

Do not share your helmet, bike, or gear with other guests
Masks should be worn by all attendees (both staff and guests)
Maintain social distancing as much as possible
If you or a member of your party feels ill at any time during your tour, stop immediately and
report it to our staff

Together, we can provide a safe and incredibly fun activity to enjoy while on Maui.
Mahalo for your cooperation and understanding and get ready to enjoy the best bike ride…EVER!

* This plan is based on information from the CDC and OSHA at the time of its development and is
subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC, OSHA, and other government and
public health officials. Bike Maui may amend this plan based on safety, operational needs, and new
developments.

If anyone is unable or unwilling to comply, or have failed to meet the COVID safety requirements, we have the right to refuse service for the safety of both staff and visitors.