Haleakala Sunrise Tour

Quick Details

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Availability: Daily
  • Time: Sunrise
    • Time varies based on the time of year, but it is approximately 2:10 a.m. or 2:25 a.m.


Heart-stopping sunrises. Unparalleled vistas. Otherworldly volcanic landscapes. There’s a reason Haleakala National Park is one of Maui’s undisputed must-sees, and one of the most popular sights to see on the island.  Centered around Maui’s shield volcano, the park peaks at 10,023 feet above sea level, with everything from red desert terrain to lush waterfall rainforests—and makes for one of the most gorgeous sunset settings you’ll find on earth. Travel along the winding mountain roads, through the clouds, and up to the highest peak on the island, to witness a jaw-dropping interplay of fiery colors and dazzling, illuminated clouds that paint the morning Maui sky. In fact, this sacred and majestic place gets its name from the Hawaiian word for “House of the Rising Sun” and features prominently in ancient myths and legends. Experience for yourself the sunrise experience that Mark Twain called “the most sublime spectacle I have ever witnessed.”

Legend has it that it was from the Haleakala summit that Hawaiian demigod Maui lassoed La, the sun god himself, with a coconut fiber rope. Only when La promised to slow his journey across the sky—thus lengthening the day—did Maui release him.


“We were the first tour to arrive at the summit of Haleakala at 5am which meant we had first access to the prime viewing spots along the railing…the sunrise was spectacular and well worth the cold. And the coffee and hot chocolate as we got back on the van was very much appreciated.”-  Teameh, via TripAdvisor

“I had just arrived on the island for the first time from the east coast and opted to do this excursion on my first day. It was amazing. I will never forget the stars and amazing view of Haleakala! Very fun and memorable experience!!!” – Sunshine547589, via TripAdvisor

“Had an amazing tour experience to Haleakala! Such a breathtaking sunrise. Our tour guides Billy & Everett was efficient & phenomenal from bottom to the top & back down! Made sure we would get a good spot & we sure did. Enjoyed every second with this tour.” – Fololeni, via TripAdvisor

HIGHLIGHTS (* denotes stops made)

  • Poi by the Pound* – Enjoy a cozy continental breakfast at this popular local eatery prior to your journey up Haleakala. 
  • Haleakala Summit and National Park* Witness a breathtaking sunrise from the most romantic spot on the island. Learn about the area’s cultural and historical background by seasoned tour guides.
  • Island-Style Hot Breakfast* – Feast a hot all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast after sunrise. Selection includes french toast, eggs, hash browns, Portuguese sausage, oatmeal, pork sausage, seasonal fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, cocoa and juices. 
  • Pickup time is approximately 2:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. but may vary based on the time of year.
  • Your tour will be operated by the friendly, knowledgeable experts at Valley Isle Excursions, which is under contract with the U.S. Federal Government and administered by the U.S. National Park Service. Drivers are first aid and CPR certified.
  • There are more endangered species in Haleakala National Park than in any other park in the National Park Service. Check out the eye-catching ahinahina silversword plant and the iconic Hawaiian nene goose, Hawaii’s state bird, during your visit.
  • The National Park Service requires a reservation to watch the sunrise. Your Roberts Hawaii tour guide will take care of these fees and logistics for you.
  • Please stay on the trails at all times and refrain from generating any trash while in the park! We are committed to respecting and preserving the island’s unique environment, and that means having the lightest ecological footprint possible.
  • There are stunning vistas at potentially every turn—we recommend keeping your cameras handy and at the ready during the drive.
  • It gets very, very cold at the summit, and can be very windy. Come prepared with warm clothing and layers to pile on once you’re at the top. We recommend a hat and even some gloves, which will keep your hands toasty and free for photo-taking.
  • Gluten-free and vegan dining options are available! Please inform us at least 72 hours before departure by including a note in the “Special Request” box during online checkout.