Haleakala Sunrise Tours

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The 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala is a popular destination to go watch a sunrise, but that means a long drive up a volcano in the middle of the night! Why not go with a professional driver/guide? Everyone in your party can enjoy the same great sightseeing experience with one of these excellent tours!

Note: Haleakala will be closed to commercial traffic for Hawaiian cultural practices 10/3/2018, 12/21/2018 and 12/31/2018.


Haleakala Sunrise Tour

Haleakala Sunrise Tour with Valley Isle Excursions
List Price
Our Price
Seniors (ages 60+)
$169.99
$159.99
Adults (ages 13-59)
$179.99
$169.99
Children (12 & under)
$159.99
$149.99

***Hawaii General Excise tax of 4.167% is added to these rates

Start your day with an unforgettable Haleakalā Sunrise Tour! Enjoy the ride in a custom passenger cruiser featuring elevated captain seats and extra large viewing windows so you can enjoy a safe, comfortable journey up - and down the mountain without missing a thing. Stunning photo opportunities, such as, an unforgettable sunrise and plenty of rich cultural, religious and biological points of interest (flora and fauna). Visitors have been ascending Haleakalā for nearly 150 years to experience the legendary feats of the demi-god Maui. The summit area is considered sacred by Hawaiians, and is known as wao akua, or "realm of the gods."

After your hotel or condo pickup, the first stop is in Central Maui for a sit-down continental breakfast. Enjoy coffee service as well as wonderful muffins & pastries, fresh fruit and yogurt. From there, you'll begin the 30 mile drive up the mountain, arriving at the summit early to take in the spectacular pre-dawn show of the cosmos, before the majestic sunrise. As you're admiring the pre-dawn sky, the expert guides "talk story", teaching you about celestial navigation and preparing you for a simply sublime sunrise experience. The guides weave through many ancient stories, sharing historical, cultural, and current information, in a fun and entertaining way. Peeking through the billowy clouds, the first glimmer of a new day subtly begins to glow with all the colors of the rainbow. The sun's rays shine in a dance of light that overpowers the night. It is truly a memory to cherish.

Other stops include, but are not limited to: Haleakalā Headquarters Visitor Center, Haleakalā Summit Area and Visitor Center, Kalahaku Overlook & Haleakalā Ranch Overlooks. After sunrise, you'll venture back down the mountain to enjoy a delicious, and authentic, sit down all-you-can-eat hot buffet breakfast, which includes vegetarian, gluten-free & vegan options.

Complimentary hotel pickup and return is included. South & West Side Hotel/Condo pickup is between 1:15 am and 3:30 am (depending on time of year), and returns are between 10am and 11:30am. Entrance fees into Haleakalā National Park are also included. Enjoy the continental breakfast before dawn and later warm up with coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the summit. After the sunrise, you're off to a hot, all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast that includes french toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, Portuguese sausage, hot oatmeal, pork sausage patties, fruit, yogurt, almond milk, soy milk, and soda, (in addition to the coffee, tea, hot cocoa, juice and water which will be available as well). Meals are served in a restaurant reserved exclusively for Valley Isle Excursionʻs guests.

All guides/drivers are professionally trained, certified, extremely knowledgeable, safe, and fun. They are NAI (National Association of Interpretation) trained and certified, which means they take their jobs seriously. The custom passenger cruisers boast giant panoramic viewing windows, elevated seats, air conditioned, reclining captain's chairs, over head storage, and extra leg room. The high back leather seats have headrests, extra thick padding, 3 point seat belts, armrests, and USB charging ports. The interpretive on-board experience features a mobile APP and videos which the professional guides use to provide a high quality tour. In addition to English, this tour is offered in many other languages. The ADA Compatible options include wheelchair lifts and disabled options. (Must be reserved at least 4 days in advance). On board it's safety first with an oxygen generator, AED, and all guides are first aid and CPR certified.

Group sizes are limited to 12 guests per guide and there are 2 guides on our 24 passenger vehicles to increase your comfort, safety, and experience. (They ensure there are clean and well-maintained bathroom stops).

Valley Isle Excursions uses eco-friendly methods wherever possible including: environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, recycling / reusing bottles, cutlery and plates, customizing vehicles to achieve optimum efficiency, training their drivers how to be extra fuel efficient, and maintaining high vehicle maintenance & baseyard standards. Winning the HEA (Hawaiian Ecotourism Association) Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year award in 2016 and the Hawaii Green Business Award in 2016 & 2018 means Valley Isle Excursions is proud to be a leader in the industry.

Explore the stories and sights of the enchanted wao akua, "realm of the gods", and the skies above. As you immerse yourself in the sacredness of Haleakala summit at sunrise, the landscape will inspire you. The experience is enchanting, exhilarating... and absolutely unforgettable.

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Haleakala Sunrise and Zip

Approximately 9 - 10 hours ... $219.95 per participant (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)

The Haleakala Sunrise and Zip tour is offered daily. You will be picked up at your hotel (transportation is included) between 2am and 3am (times change seasonally depending on the sunrise). The tour also includes continental breakfast before sunrise, park entrance fees, and either breakfast or lunch wrap depending on the time of year.

Experience a spectacular sunrise from the 10,000 ft summit of Haleakala National Park. Next you will be taken to the 5-line Haleakala zipline tour, which is located just outside the national park on the slopes of Haleakala. It features an Maui's only pendulum line, over 90 foot drops, Indiana Jones swinging bridge, and canyons, and a forest of eucalyptus trees.

Each zipline has a minimum breaking strength of over 26,000 pounds, and it is tested to hold at least 5,000 pounds,. The guides are carefully trained, and they inspect daily all ziplines, platforms, trails, and equipment on each of the courses. Experience the beauty and adventure of untouched Hawaiian nature, while learning about the rich history of the island.

Minimum age for this tour is 8; anyone under 18 must have a legal guardian present at checkin. All participants must sign a waiver of liability prior to taking this tour. Minimum weight is 60 pounds and maximum weight is 260 pounds. No one who is pregnant may participate and anyone with a history of neck, back, or joint injuries or chronic heart problems should use their own discretion about their capabilities to safely participate in this tour. Guests must be in good enough health to hike hike a 1/2 mile at elevation and over uneven surfaces. No smoking on this tour. All tours go out rain or shine; a minimum of 48 hours notice is required for cancellations or changes. No scuba diving within 24 hours of the start of this tour.

Hiking boots or athletic shoes are required (no Tevas, Keens, Crocs, 5 finger shoes etc). Shorts and a short-sleeved shirt are recommended. White clothing is NOT recommended. They also suggest brining a light jacket, because it can get chilly at 4,200 foot elevation. You can bring your backpack along, and they will lock it up for you while you zip. Bring sunscreen, and they also recommend wearing clothing that helps block the sun. Glasses and sunglasses may be worn with a strap. Bring a camera at your own risk, and they recommend you securely strap it to yourself.

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Cruise Ship Clients

Pride of America cruise ship passengers are able to do this tour on Monday morning, and they will pick you up at the dock.

Lahaina cruise ship passengers will likely pick a zipline course that is closer to the ship ... see our Kaanapali Zipline page, or Flyin' Hawaiian Zipline page.


Sunrise Bike and Zip Tour

Approximately 10.5 hours ... $249.95 per participant (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)

The Sunrise Bike and Zip tour is offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and it begins between 3:15 - 3:45am. You will be picked up at your hotel (transportation is included). It is similar to the Halekakala Sunrise and Zip tour except it also includes a cruise down the 21 switchbacks of the world's largest resting volcano, which will take you to the beginning of the 5-line Haleakala zipline tour (zipline description described above).

Minimum age for this tour is 12; anyone under 18 must have a legal guardian present at checkin. All participants must sign a waiver of liability prior to taking this tour. Minimum weight is 60 pounds and maximum weight is 250 pounds. Preganant women may not participate and anyone with a history of neck, back, or joint injuries or chronic heart problems should use their own discretion about their abilities to safely participate. They recommend you have some recreational bike experience. You must be in good enough health to hike a 1/2 mile at elevation and over uneven surfaces. This tour does not allow smoking. Sunrise Bike and Zip goes out rain or shine. A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for cancellations or changes. No scuba diving within 24 hours of the start of the tour.

Snug fittinng athletic shoes or hiking boots are required (no Tevas, Keens, Crocs, etc). Short-sleeved shirt and shorts are recommended. They do not recommend white clothing. Bring sunscreen, and wear clothing that helps block the sun. If you'd like to bring a backpack, they will lock it up for you while you zip. If you wear glasses and sunglasses, it must be worn with a strap. You may bring a camera at your own risk, and you must securely strap it to yourself.

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If you're interested in only biking Haleakala, check out the Downhill Bike Tour! Choose between Sunrise, Pre-Dawn, or Day Bike Tours.

Cruise Ship Clients

Pride of America cruise ship passengers are able to do this tour on Monday morning, and they will pick you up at the dock.

Lahaina cruise ship passengers will likely pick a zipline course that is closer to the ship ... see our Kaanapali Zipline page, or Flyin' Hawaiian Zipline page.

 

ACTIVITY TIPS

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Starting in February of 2017, Haleakala National Park implemented a reservation system for sunrise viewing from the summit of the crater. Without advanced reservations, visitors are not permitted to drive rental cars into the National Park from 3am to 7am. If you want to see a sunrise from the top of Haleakala and you didn't secure a permit weeks before your Maui arrival, one of these tours is your only way to get inside the park in the pre-dawn hours.

The road to the summit of Haleakala is not as narrow as the road to Hana, but there are hairpin turns ... LOTS of them. And driving it in the middle of the night in the dark can be a challenge. Actually, if you aren't properly rested, driving can be dangerous. Consider one of these tours ... you can rest your eyes on the way up instead of having to prop them open with toothpicks and getting white knuckles from holding the steering wheel too tightly.