Experience a breathtaking sunrise from one of the most beautiful and unique spots on Earth, the top of Haleakala on the island of Maui.
Tour Overview (*denotes stops made)
Poi by the Pound* – Enjoy two delicious meals at this popular local eatery, a continental breakfast prior to your journey up Haleakala and a hot all-you-can eat buffet breakfast after sunrise. Included in your tour price.
Haleakala Summit and National Park*- Known as the “House of the Sun,” this dormant volcano towers more than 10,000 feet above sea level, and is renowned for its starkly beautiful volcanic landscape – home to many endemic and endangered species including the lovely Silversword plant – and magnificent vistas of the island.
About the Tour
Welcoming sunrise at the crater of Haleakala National Park is one of the most popular things to do on Maui. From atop the highest peak on the island, witness a multi-hued explosion of color as the sun rises above the clouds, unveiling a primeval landscape of rugged island contours. This rare opportunity to view paradise from this altitude will surely be a highlight of your visit.
A millennium ago, Haleakala was considered sacred by the Hawaiian people. Known as wao akua, or “realm of the gods,” Haleakala’s summit was visited only when necessary, and only then by certain individuals such as kahuna (“priests”). Over time, Haleakala’s animals, plants and rocks all developed a special meaning and purpose.
Haleakala holds an important place in Hawaiian mythology as well. Maui the demi-god is said to have once climbed to the volcano’s summit to lasso the sun and force it slow its daily journey across the island. For the past 150 years or so, visitors to Maui have ascended Haleakala to experience the miracle of Maui’s effort.
On this tour, your first major stop will be an all-you-can-eat continental breakfast at a local restaurant. From there, you’ll embark on a 30-mile drive up the mountain, arriving at the park before sunrise. Your guide will prepare you for the sunrise experience, providing historical and cultural information about the volcano, as well tips to stay warm and safe (please stay on the trails!) After sunrise, your guide will transport you back down the mountain for a warm Maui buffet breakfast. Weather permitting, there will be short stops en route, so keep your cameras handy to capture some of the incredible bi-coastal views.
This tour is operated by Valley Isle Excursions, please look out for a Valley Isle Excursions van on the day of your tour.
Long pants and a heavy sweater or jacket are highly recommended, as morning temperatures can be extremely cold at Haleakala’s crater.
Valley Isle Excursions vehicles are equipped with an oxygen generator and automatic external defibrillator. However, guests are advised to exercise caution due to reduced oxygen levels at Haleakala’s higher elevations. Expectant mothers and guests with heart or respiratory conditions should check with their doctor prior to visiting Haleakala National Park.
Routes and time may be modified or restricted due to circumstances beyond Roberts Hawaii and Valley Isle Excursions’ control.
Complimentary pick-up and return at select hotels
Entrance fees to Haleakala National Park
All-you-can-drink non-alcoholic beverages
All-you-can-eat continental breakfast before sunrise including a fresh assortment of seasonal fruit, yogurt, pastries and beverages (coffee, tea, hot cocoa, juice and water)
All-you-can-eat buffet breakfast after sunrise including French toast & maple syrup, scrambled eggs, hash browns, Portuguese sausage, hot oatmeal, pork sausage patties, fresh assorted seasonal fruit, yogurt, and beverages (coffee, tea, hot cocoa, almond & soy milk, soda, juice and water)
Gluten-free and vegan options are available. Please inform us at least 72 hours prior to your tour through the “Special Request” box during checkout.
About Your Guides
This tour is operated by Valley Isle Excursions, a concessionaire under contract with the U.S. federal government and administered by the U.S. National Park Service.
Valley Isle Excursions drivers are National Association of Interpretation (NAI), first aid and CPR certified. Valley Isle Excursions is committed to respecting and protecting the island’s environment, and make every effort to have the lightest ecological footprint possible by recycling and generating no trash during the tour.
Group sizes are limited to 12 guests per guide.
Due to limited availability, wheelchair-accessible vehicles may not be available for your tour. Please check prior to booking and make reservations at least 4 days in advance.
Valley Isle Excursions will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
Enjoy risk-free booking! Reservations may be cancelled free of charge up to 72 hours prior to your scheduled tour service, for a full refund. No-shows and tours cancelled less than 72 hours in advance are non-refundable.