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Haleakala Crater Tours

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Dubbed “House of the Sun” by native Hawaiians, Haleakala Crater is the world’s largest dormant volcano and the highest peak in Maui. Set in Haleakala National Park, here you can see a lunar landscape, admire cinder cones and endangered silversword plants, and trek wild hiking trails. 
 
The Basics
Haleakala sunrise tours are the most popular way to see the crater, offering a unique look amid the orange and red-colored dawn, and saving visitors the hassle of navigating to the volcano’s summit in the dark. Many Haleakala Crater tours include pre-arranged sunrise-viewing passes for Pu’u’ula’ula Summit, the highest point on Mt. Haleakala. Sunrise bike tours typically provide one-way bus transportation to the peak, allowing you to enjoy the view and then cycle down 6,500 feet (1,981 meters) to the ocean.

Aside from early morning visits, other tours dodge the pre-dawn crowds with daytime trips, guided hikes across the crater floor, or full-day excursions to the crater and other destinations within Haleakala National Park. You can also visit Haleakala Crater on a combo tour that also stops at other top Maui sites such as Iao Valley or the Road to Hana.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sunrise tours typically require very early start times, with most tours starting hotel pickup around 2 or 3am.
  • The weather can be chilly at Mt. Haleakala’s high elevations, especially before sunrise and after sunset. Bring layers and comfortable shoes, and be prepared for rain. 
  • There are no gas stations or outlets to purchase food within Haleakala National Park.
  • Some facilities at the summit are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, including the Park Headquarters Visitor Center, Haleakala Visitor Center, and Hosmer Grove picnic area. 
 
How to Get There
Haleakala Crater is located within Haleakala National Park on Maui. The only way to get there is by road, and it takes roughly 2.5 hours to reach the summit from the town of Kahului. From Kahului, take Route 37 to Highway 377, then transfer to Highway 378. Haleakala Crater access is at the end of the road within Haleakala National Park. 
       
When to Get There
Haleakala National Park is open 24 hours per day, year-round. While temperatures in Maui remain fairly constant, winter (December through March) brings the coldest and rainiest weather, with average lows of 42°F (5.6°C) and upwards of seven inches (18 centimeters) of rain per month. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times to visit the crater; opt for a daytime visit to avoid crowds. 

Exploring Upcountry Maui
Upcountry Maui, the region around Mt. Haleakala, offers plenty to do after a sunrise crater tour. Head to the town of Kula to walk through lavender fields at Alii Kula Lavender Farm, stop by a Maui winery, or visit Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery, the makers of OCEAN Vodka. You can also seethe western-themed town of Makawao to enjoy some of the region’s best boutique shopping. 
Address: Haleakala National Park, State Highway 330, Kula 96790, USA
Hours: Open daily
Admission: US$12 per person or US$25 per vehicle
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Majestic Haleakala Sunrise Tour with Pick-up

Majestic Haleakala Sunrise Tour with Pick-up

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Seeing the sunrise from the top of Haleakala Mountain is one of Maui’s most coveted travel experiences—and this tour takes all the hassle out of experiencing the natural show for yourself. Following nighttime pickup from your area hotel, make your way to Haleakala National Park and enjoy a light continental breakfast. Then, ride to the summit. You should arrive in time to admire the sunrise. Afterward, tour other highlights of the national park before a hearty buffet meal.
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  • 8 hours
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Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast and Pickup

Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast and Pickup

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Experience an incredible daybreak view from top of Maui’s highest peak during this 7- to 8-hour Mt. Haleakala sunrise tour. Journey with a guide to the summit of this massive volcano to witness the orange and red-colored dawn of a new day set amidst the clouds, enjoying the sublime beauty of a sight that once inspired literary great Mark Twain. This Maui sunrise excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport, continental breakfast and entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Maui Haleakala Sunrise Bike Tour with Pickup

Maui Haleakala Sunrise Bike Tour with Pickup

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Watching the sunrise at Haleakala Crater is a note-to-be-missed experience, which is only made better by hopping on a bike and riding back down to the beach. Begin early with a pre-dawn pickup before making the winding journey in the dark to the 10,023 ft. summit. As the horizon begins to slowly turn red, then gradually to orange and yellow, the lunar beauty of Haleakala Crater begins to come into view. After the sun has crested the eastern horizon and bathed the crater in light, ride back down to the national park boundray.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater

East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater

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On this phenomenal East Maui helicopter tour, soar high above the cinder cones of Haleakala Crater, and see hidden waterfalls, valleys, and bays on the rugged East Maui coastline. Much of Maui is inaccessible and only visible by air, and from flying high above bamboo forests to buzzing the 10,000 ft. summit, this is a Maui helicopter tour you’ll definitely never forget.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.34
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Haleakala Sunset Tour and Dinner with Pickup

Haleakala Sunset Tour and Dinner with Pickup

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Many travelers summit Haleakala for the sunrise but you can beat the crowds by visiting for an equally scenic sunset instead. Enjoy the best sunset view on Maui from the island's tallest peak. After enjoying the magical evening light show, you'll then head to Café O’Lei for a 3-course meal to complete the experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour with Pickup

Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour with Pickup

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From the lunar summit of Haleakala Crater to the viewpoint for Iao Needle, explore the best of Central Maui on this informative, guided day tour. Hotel pickup is conveniently provided, and the tour also visits historic Wailuku—a funky, yet up-and-coming hot spot. Learn the island’s agricultural history and hear its legends and stories, and experience some of the island’s best scenery from its valleys right up to its peak.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bike the Volcano - #1 Ranked Haleakala Maui Bike Tour on TripAdvisor since 2010

Bike the Volcano - #1 Ranked Haleakala Maui Bike Tour on TripAdvisor since 2010

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- This is easy and safe, you can do it! - We use the safest bikes possible, easy to use, low center of gravity cruiser bikes that are custom built in the USA, not typical mountain bikes made on an assembly line in China. - We are the only bike tour that gives you the option to use a full face helmet, or a traditional half-shell bicycle helmet. It’s great to have both options. - All of our bikes are equipped with huge, 13 inch comfortable padded seats with a spring for each cheek. - We 100% guarantee that our bikes are the most comfortable bikes on Haleakala. - All of our bikes are equipped with safe, easy to use drum brakes, quite the opposite of dangerous disc brakes other bike tours make you use. - The company owner personally guides the tours. - With a group maximum of 7, our tour is focused on quality and not quantity. - Maui Easy Riders is easily the bike tour with best reviews on TripAdvisor, go with the trusted name that has the best safety record and the most experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Hana and Haleakala Maui Helicopter Tour with Cliffside Landing

Hana and Haleakala Maui Helicopter Tour with Cliffside Landing

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See the views of Maui from up in the air during this Hana and Haleakala helicopter tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon flight time, and take off from the Kahului Heliport. During your flight, soar above beaches, jungle terrain, waterfalls, a rain forest, and even the dormant volcano, Haleakala. Plus, land on a private cliffside for even more brag-worthy sights.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Haleakala Best Classic Sunrise Tour with Haleakala EcoTours (Vehicle Tour)

Haleakala Best Classic Sunrise Tour with Haleakala EcoTours (Vehicle Tour)

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View the sunrise from atop 10,000-foot (3,050-meter) Haleakala Crater—it’s a rare opportunity and a must-do while visiting Maui. With pickup available from your hotel or cruise ship, this vehicle tour of Haleakala National Park includes interpretive guides who explain the geological and ecological features. All you have to do is awaken before dawn.
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  • 6 hours
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Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

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Combine the opportunity to watch the sunrise atop Haleakala with one of Maui’s most exciting activities: biking down the volcano from 6,500 feet (1,980 meters). Interpretive guides explain the geological features, history, and culture that surrounds Haleakala National Park. The self-guided bike ride ensures a leisurely pace, with stops available along the way.
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  • 6 hours
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Volcanoes of Maui Tour with Pickup

Volcanoes of Maui Tour with Pickup

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Immerse yourself in Maui’s volcanic landscape on this full-day tour of the island with convenient pick-up from the doorstep of your accommodations. In addition to navigating, your guide offers stories and trivia about the island’s history and geology. Stops include Iao Valley park, Haleakala Crater, the historic town of Makawao, and Ho’okipa Beach. Breakfast and lunch are included for your convenience.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Haleakala Sunrise Best Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

Haleakala Sunrise Best Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui

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Experience one of nature's most memorable moments: Sunrise atop Haleakala! After sunrise, guests will begin their guided biking adventure at 6,500 ft. elevation just outside of the national park entrance all the way down to the North Shore town of Haiku.
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  • 8 hours
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Maui Helicopter Tour: Complete Island Flight

Maui Helicopter Tour: Complete Island Flight

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Maui is an island that’s best seen by air, and on this complete island Maui helicopter tour, visitors soar above valleys and waterfalls that are otherwise inaccessible. Fly deep inside the West Maui Mountains where there aren’t even any trails, and gaze upon the colorful cinder cones of Haleakala Crater. Off the coast of Hana, watch as waterfalls tumble their way directly into the sea, and see hidden coves and white sand beaches you never even knew were there.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Haleakala Summit & Stroll from Kahului

Private Haleakala Summit & Stroll from Kahului

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Personalized tours ensure a relaxed and easeful day. Let us handle the logistics, you enjoy the ride. Our private setting supports an intimate experience and space to thrive. Build memories together. Reconnect from the heart. The summit of Haleakalā is 10,023 feet above sea level. The drive up to the crater will take you through a variety of landscapes and microclimates with expansive scenes and a birdʻs eye view. The National Park begins at the 7,000 foot elevation and encompasses the entire mountaintop. There are just a few companies that have earned permits to enter and explore the area. We are one of them!
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  • 6 hours
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Shore Excursion: Haleakala Sunrise Tour for Pride of America Passengers

Shore Excursion: Haleakala Sunrise Tour for Pride of America Passengers

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Once-in-a-lifetime may be the only way to describe watching the sun slowly rise over Haleakala National Park and spill over onto the beautiful island of Maui. Experience the magic for yourself with our Majestic Haleakala Sunrise Tour, an unforgettable journey to the summit of Haleakala Mountain. The day begins with a light continental breakfast before the two-hour drive from sea level to summit. Once at the top, our local guides from Valley Isle Excursions will set you up for the best experience—pointing out incredible viewing locations, sharing tips for seeing the sunrise, and telling stories about the history of the island. After sunrise, we’ll take a short tour of the remainder of Haleakala National Park and the nearby ranchlands before ending with a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
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  • 8 hours
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Haleakala Classic Summit Tour with Haleakala EcoTours (Vehicle Tour)

Haleakala Classic Summit Tour with Haleakala EcoTours (Vehicle Tour)

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For visitors to Haleakala Crater who prefer to start their day a little later (after sunrise), this is a great option. With pickup available from your hotel or cruise ship, this vehicle tour of Haleakala National Park includes interpretive guides who explain the geological and ecological features from the 10,000-foot (3,050-meter) summit. A visit to the historic towns of Makawao and Pa'ia are also included.
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  • 6 hours
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Maui Haleakala Self Paced Bike Tour

Maui Haleakala Self Paced Bike Tour

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If you like to travel at your pace, then this Maui Express Bike Tour of Haleakala volcano is an option for independent travelers. Rather than visiting the summit of Haleakala as part of a guided group, this tour begins at the National Park entrance and allows you to bike through Kula and Makawao as fast or as slow as you choose. Stop at protea farms, get a cup of coffee, and wander through local shops, before finishing either at the bike tour office or down on the beach in Paia. Tours check in at 7:30am, and conclude by 2:30pm.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Maui Sunset & Stargazing at Haleakala Audio Driving Tour

Maui Sunset & Stargazing at Haleakala Audio Driving Tour

Experience the beauty of Haleakala on your own terms with this app tour, a cost-effective alternative to traditional tours that’s ideal for travelers who like to avoid tour busses and crowds. You'll get over three hours of live commentary, turn-by-turn directions, and a map, that you can access for life.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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Predawn-Morning Haleakala Bike Tour (from 6,500' to Sea-level)

Predawn-Morning Haleakala Bike Tour (from 6,500' to Sea-level)

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If you want to combine sightseeing with something more active than the usual bus tours, book this guided bike tour down Maui's dormant volcano, Haleakala. Starting very early in the morning for the best sunrise views (and to beat the heat) pedal downhill, riding along switchbacks, through Haleakala Ranch and past Kula. Continue through the towns of Makawao and Paia, and finally finish up oceanside at Paia Bay Beach Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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Shore Excursion: Volcanoes of Maui Tour for Pride Of America Passengers

Shore Excursion: Volcanoes of Maui Tour for Pride Of America Passengers

Do you know how the Hawaiian Islands were formed? Hint: it has a lot to do with volcanoes! As a result, each of the islands is one-of-kind. And Maui—it’s a show stopper. On this Volcanoes of Maui tour, you’ll learn about the rich geological history of Maui and explore the land’s impact on the incredible culture, traditions, and people who inhabit the island. Stops include the lush Iao Valley, the summit at Haleakala National Park, Maui’s Upcountry, and, of course, the beach!
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Day Bike Tour at 6,500 feet

Day Bike Tour at 6,500 feet

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See more of Maui's Haleakala National Park on this bike tour that covers more ground than possible hiking and goes to places off limits to tour buses. As your guide shares stories about the extensive history of the park, its geology, fauna, and flora, pedal the 26-mile bike route down the slopes of Haleakala. Continue through the switchbacks of Haleakala Ranch, the upcountry town of Kula, and Makawao, and finish in beachside town of Paia.
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  • 8 hours
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$110.00
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Maui Circle-Island Helicopter Tour

Maui Circle-Island Helicopter Tour

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Circle Maui’s stunning coastline on a 1-hour helicopter tour of the island’s beaches, valleys and lush tropical forests. Bank along rocky shores and spot surfers in the breaking waves; watch the wilderness give way to beach side resorts, then turn back towards the mountains to see Haleakala National Park’s otherworldly landscape. Try to spot dolphins and whales in the bright coastal water as you weave along the shore, get aerial views of the Iao Valley and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Pacific as you return to your Kahalui helipad.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$369.99
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Haleakala Crater Hiking Experience

Haleakala Crater Hiking Experience

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On this guided Haleakala Crater hike, experience the silent, almost lunar beauty of this 10,000 ft (3,048m), dormant volcano. During your 4-mile (6.4km) Haleakala Crater hike, your informative guide will discuss the history of Maui’s tallest peak—from its sacred place in Hawaiian mythology to its geological wonders. Gaze around at colorful cinder cones that spring from the crater floor, and look for endangered plants and wildlife like nene geese or silverswords. Lunch and snacks are conveniently provided.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Maui Helicopter Tour Over Haleakala National Park and the Hana Rainforest

Maui Helicopter Tour Over Haleakala National Park and the Hana Rainforest

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Take in aerial views of Maui’s volcanos and coast on a 45-minute helicopter tour over Haleakala National Park and the Hana Rainforest. Swoop over black cliffs and hidden waterfalls as your pilot show you the island’s landmarks; fly above thick jungle canopy and flocks of tropical birds as you approach the otherworldly slopes of Haleakala. Capture unforgettable images of the colorful crater through panoramic viewing windows, then bank back towards your Kahului launch pad and enjoy a return flight with views of Molokai and a trio of beach-side cities.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Haleakala Crater hours of operation?
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Haleakala Crater hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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