Haleakala 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 on 10/3/2017, 12/21/2017, 12/31/2017.


Haleakala Sunrise Tour

Haleakala Sunrise with Temptation Tours
List Price
Our Price
All Passengers (incl. tax)
$239.58
$231.58

A sunrise at Haleakala can be a truly spiritual experience and Temptation Tours will take you there in first-class style in every sense of the word. Travel to the 10,023 foot summit and experience the dawn of creation all over again. Panoramic views, nature in the raw, and the wonders of Haleakala National Park will leave you breathless!

Your adventure begins with pickup at your hotel, condo, or cruise ship somewhere in the 3am to 3:45am range depending on your location. You will be taken to the summit of Haleakala where you will see stars and shooting stars and then watch the predawn colors. As the sun's rays break the horizon the crater typically fills with color and multiple Hawaiian islands will come into view from your 10,000 foot vantage point.

Multiple photo stops are made at various overlooks, and your guide will relay the history and mythology of Haleakala, which is Hawaiian for "House of the Sun." You'll here the significance of this spiritual place in the ancient Hawaii and see evidence of the importance of this place today as it is the home to high-tech astronomy and communications facilities.

On your way down the mountain you will pass through upcountry Maui, where a stop is made for a guided tour of a protea flower farm. You'll also enjoy a run-of-the-menu breakfast at a charming upcountry restaurant with panoramic views of central Maui. Typical return times to your hotel are around 10:30am to 11:00am.

Dress warmly in layers ... summit conditions vary but it is MUCH colder than at sea level ... often in the high 30's or low 40's before sunrise. Because of the high elevation, this tour is not recommended for anyone with breathing or heart problems.

PLEASE NOTE that this tour operator has a strict 72 hour cancellation notice which is longer than our 48 hour cancellation requirement for most other tours. Any cancellations made with less than 72 hours notice will result in a full charge. From December 17th – January 3rd, cancellations must be made a full 7 days prior to the tour date.

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Cruise Ship Clients

NCL cruise ship passengers are able do the Haleakala Sunrise Tour on their second day in port in Kahului. They will pick you upat the harbor.

This can also work for Lahaina cruise ship passengers on their second day in port if your cruise ship is spending two days in Lahaina. They will pick you up at Lahaina Harbor.


Haleakala Summit / Lavender Tour

Haleakala Sunrise with Temptation Tours
List Price
Our Price
All Passengers (incl. tax)
$239.58
$231.58

Maybe the middle of the night pickup for the sunrise tour isn't your idea of a relaxing vacation. If that's the case, this nicely designed touis your ticket to seeing the summit of Haleakala at a more "reasonable" hour. And this is a very complete tour of the upcountry Maui area.

The morning starts with resort pickup around 7:00am to 7:30am. First stop is in Paia for a lite morning snack. Next, you'll embark on a leisurely drive up the mountain to the highest point on the island of Maui. Take in a spectacle of majestic Haleakala Crater and views of the Big Island, Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai, West Maui, and Molokai from the 10,023 foot summit of the volcano. Descending Haleakala tou'll awaken your senses with a leisurely tour of Maui Lavender Company's fields of 70 lavender varieties in their organic garden overlooking the ocean far below. You'll learn more about lavender during the Pacific Rim Cuisine luncheon elegantly served.

After lunch, this tour heads all the way out to Ulupalakua for wine tasting at the Maui Wine, and finally stops in the Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) town of Makawao where you can explore Viewpoints Gallery (a collection of Maui artists), Hot Island Glass studio, and other very local shops.

Dress warmly in layers ... summit conditions vary but it is MUCH colder than at sea level ... often in the 50's during the day. Because of the high elevation, this tour is not recommended for anyone with breathing or heart problems.

PLEASE NOTE that this tour operator has a strict 72 hour cancellation notice which is longer than our 48 hour cancellation requirement for most other tours. Any cancellations made with less than 72 hours notice will result in a full charge. From December 17th – January 3rd, cancellations must be made a full 7 days prior to the tour date.

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Cruise Ship Clients

NCL cruise ship passengers are able do the Haleakala Summit / Lavender tour on their second day in port in Kahului. They will pick you up at the harbor.

This can also work for Lahaina cruise ship passengers on their second day in port if your cruise ship is spending two days in Lahaina. They will pick you up at Lahaina Harbor.

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. Temptation Tours are definitely on the pricey side, but they really are the best at what they do. They specialize in small groups and pampered service.

If you wan to see Haleakala but the middle of the night pickup is not your style, Temptation Tours also offers a very comprehensive Haleakala Summit and Lavender Garden tour. This one will really envigorate your senses as you spend an entire day at higher elevations of Maui where the air is incredibly crips. This tour includes an elegantly prepared lunch and wine tasting at Tedeschi Winery.