One of the simple pleasures of life is watching the sunrise and seeing the world wake up.
If you’re visiting one of the most beautiful places in the world, why not see it come to life as the sun emerges over the horizon?
Wake up with Maui as you sip your coffee from Hawaii’s third largest peak. At over 10,000 feet, the view of the sunrise is truly spectacular and unlike any sunrise you’ve ever seen before.
The Haleakala National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hawaii, and a sunrise is the perfect way to see it. In fact, the crater has a deep history with the sun! Haleakala means “the house of the sun” in Hawaiian, and the crater is supposed to be the home of the grandmother of the demigod Maui. According to legend, Maui and his grandmother helped capture the sun and slow down its path across the sky, making the days longer.
A Haleakala Sunrise Tour is the perfect way to start your day while on vacation. Standing on top of the huge Haleakala Crater in Maui, you’ll have the unique experience of seeing one of the most beautiful places in the world come to life, and avoid the crowds of tourists at the same time!
Which Haleakala Sunrise Tour is right for me?
When you’re traveling, you’re often inundated with advertisements for different Maui tours. Each one has their pros and cons, but it can be hard to sort through what the different aspects of each one.
Here at Live Your Aloha, we’ve done that for you! Here are our top three picks for your Haleakala experience:
“Wake up to beauty like you’ve never seen before when you experience a Haleakala Sunrise Tour!”
Here’s a brief overview of how the tours compare to each other.
1. Haleakala Sunrise Tour
Are you looking for a sunrise experience that won’t break the bank? Look no further than the Haleakala Sunrise Tour!
This 8-hour tour takes you to some of the most beautiful spots on the Hawaiian Island, including upcountry Maui, Haleakala National Park, the historic cowboy town of Makawao, and Hali’imaile, the heart of Maui’s agricultural industry.
Your journey will start with a bus ride through the green pastures of rural Maui where you will see (and smell!) lavender growing. Once you reach the Haleakala Crater National Park, you’ll have the opportunity to stand on top of Hawaii’s third largest peak and sip coffee or tea as the sun peeks over the horizon.
After watching Hawaii wake up, you’ll head to the restaurant Casanova’s, a favorite among locals since 1986, for an included breakfast before you head out to the rest of the tour. Located in Makawao, the biggest little town in Upcountry Hawaii and famous for the paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboys, you’ll dine in a spot that showcases the unique history of the Hawaiian Islands.
After breakfast you will continue on for a scenic drive among the fruit fields of Maui’s agricultural center. The intoxicating scent of pineapples, sugar cane, and other tropical crops in the misty morning will be enough to make your head spin!
This tour is a great option for people booking last minute or who want a lower price rate. The tour can be booked up to 4:00 p.m. the day before the excursion, and costs $187 per person, so grab your spot now. The only downsides are that you have to wake up early and are on a bigger tour bus!
Let’s review the pros and cons of this trip:
Great for last-minute booking
Cheapest tour on the list ($187/person)
8 hour tour with breakfast and snacks included
Visit to the Haleakala National Park at off-tourist hours
Exploration of Maui Upcountry’s agricultural wonders and rustic towns
Bigger tour bus
Can get cold on top of Haleakala Peak!
2. Haleakala Sunrise Spectacular
Are you looking for something a little more intimate than a large tour bus? Then the Haleakala Sunrise Spectacular is the tour for you.
Spend 8 hours in a private group of only 6-8 people in a luxury limousine van exploring the wonders of Maui’s Upcountry. With a tour guide certified by the State of Hawaii narrating your adventure your small group will be sure to get a truly unique experience!
After your complimentary early morning pick-up from your hotel, you will make your way to Haleakala National Park. You’ll wind your way through the majestic park to the top of Haleakala peak, where you will enjoy a light breakfast snack of your choice as the first rays of sunlight bathe the island in soft pastel lights.
You’ll then continue to breakfast, where you have the choice of meat, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free options!
This 8 hour tour also covers the Maui Upcountry region, and you’ll see the amazing sites of this culturally significant area. A historical region known for its cultural blending, you will learn all about how Maui retains its historical past while also thriving in the modern era.
This tour is the most expensive one at $225 per person, but for that price you get a private bus and tour guide, included breakfast, and complimentary hotel pickup. Additionally, the guides go the extra mile to make sure that your experience is unforgettable, as this Tripadvisor reviewer wrote:
To review the features of this tour:
Private bus with small group of 6-8 people
Private tour guide
Complimentary hotel pickup
Included breakfast and refreshments
Most expensive tour on this list ($225/person)
If a smaller environment is what you are looking for, we’d highly recommend this tour.
3. Haleakala Sunrise Downhill
If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, we have just the tour for you! See the sunrise and adventure through the beautiful Hawaiian landscape on mountain bikes with the Haleakala Sunrise Downhill tour!
This tour begins with a 1.5-hour van tour of the Haleakala National Park, the highlight of which is the sunrise at the top of Haleakala Peak. After this part of the tour, you’ll be taken back to the bike shop located just beyond the entrance to the park and the fun will really begin!
The rest of the day is your chance to choose your own adventure by bike. The company will provide you with a bike, helmet, backpack, gloves, map, and safety briefing, then you’re off to go explore the many points of interest that the park has to offer! This self-guided tour gives you the chance to pedal through 23 miles of trails with truly breathtaking views.
This tour is a great option for the independent spirit or someone who is short on time. The bikes are yours until 4:00 p.m. if you drive to the location independently, or 11:00 a.m. if you choose to use the optional hotel pickup.
If you’re concerned about the physicality of the trip, don’t worry! This downhill bike ride is perfect for the entire family to enjoy.
If you want an adventure that you design yourself, this tour is the best option for you. At $134.99 per person, it’s also affordable!
Choose-your-own-adventure style tour
As long (or short!) as you want the experience to be
Optional hotel pickup for additional $25
Wallet friendly at $134.99/person
Are you ready to watch Maui wake up?
A Haleakala Sunrise tour is one of the best ways to see Maui from a new perspective. As one of the most beautiful places in the world, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to watch the sun fill up the sky as you gaze out over the multiple islands of Hawaii from the state’s third-tallest peak. We guarantee that the early wake up is worth it to see this spectacular view!
So what are you waiting for? Book your tour today!