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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.
  • Full-day trip to Haleakala, Iao Valley and central Maui
  • See a dormant volcano in Haleakala National Park
  • Enjoy scenic drives past Maui's flower farms and sugar cane farms
  • Admire the Iao Needle in Iao Valley State Park
  • Professionally narrated tour
  • Pickup and drop-off at Maui hotels
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Haleakala National Park admission fee
Iao Valley State Park admission fee
Pick-up and drop-off at specific Maui hotels
Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
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The tour times provided reflect the start and end of the tour, but not your exact pickup and drop off time. Whether or not you've provided your hotel/lodging at the time of booking, you are required to contact the tour provider no less than (2) days prior to your tour date to receive your exact pickup time and location. The tour provider will advise you of the specific area at the hotel/lodging you should wait; for example "at the front entrance." Please be there at least 5 minutes before your pickup time. If your hotel/lodging is not included on our pickup schedule, you'll be advised to meet at nearby location. Please note that we are prohibited by certain properties to pickup non-hotel guests and we do not pick-up at private properties such as AirBnB's and residential areas.
Your Central Maui day trip begins with a hotel pickup, where a knowledgeable, informative, and professional guide will help introduce you to the island. You’ll explore both State and National Parks while hearing the island’s history, and even get a glimpse of historic Wailuku—the County seat of government.

On the tour’s first stop, wind your way through Maui’s Upcountry before reaching Haleakala Crater—one of the island’s most dramatically scenic and popular spots to visit. This 10,000 ft. (3,007m) volcano has been dormant since 1790, and covers 33,000 acres of cinder cones and remote, tropical forest.

After descending the mountain and stopping for lunch (own expense), drive past fields of waving sugar to the famous Iao Needle, where King Kamehameha fiercely battled to place Maui under his control. A short hike leads to the viewpoint for the pointy, forested needle, which rises 1,200 feet (366m) from the valley floor against a verdant backdrop of cliffs. Later on, at the top of Wailuku, visit historic Ka’ahumanu Church—which is backed by Iao Valley—and hear the history of this picturesque church built in 1876.

On the final journey back to your hotel, drive through Wailuku past farms and fields before returning by mid-afternoon, allowing enough time to make plans for the night—if you have energy after the day tour.
Stop At:  
Haleakala National Park
Home to the world’s largest dormant volcano; over 30,000 acres. The park is known for its unique volcanic features, its long scenic drive with numerous overlooks, and the rare, endemic wildlife, flora and fauna.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Haleakala Visitor Center
Spectacular views from the rim area at 9,740 ft. elevation.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Haleakala Summit Sunrise
Views from what seems like the top of the world! The only Haleakala tour that visits the summit area.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Historic Makawao Town
A charming and historic former plantation town and the paniolo or Hawaiian cowboy. Today, the county seat of Maui government. Stop to explore the town and have lunch on your own.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Former plantation town with remnants of the missionaries and heyday of the sugar cane era.
Pass By:  
Kaahumanu Church
Beautiful church with gothic architecture built by request of Queen Kaahumanu.
Stop At:  
Iao Valley
A verdant valley formed by erosion with a bubbling stream and the pinnacle, an iconic, pointed ridge covered in verdant vegetation known as the Iao Needle.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please contact the tour provider at minimum of 7 days prior to the tour date for ADA and all special requests.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Haleakala is known for rapidly changing weather conditions and dense clouds and rain are common. As a result, clear viewing of the sunrise is not guaranteed, and the tour operates rain or shine. Refunds will be granted only when the tour is cancelled for safety reasons.
  • The high altitude at the summit area may complicate health conditions and breathing difficulties. Elderly visitors, pregnant women, young children, and those with respiratory or heart conditions should consult their doctor prior to touring. Walk slowly and drink water to avoid dehydration. If you have gone scuba diving, you should wait at least 24 hours before going on this tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Polynesian Adventure Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Maui Haleakala and Iao Valley?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Best of Maui Haleakala and Iao Valley?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Traveler Tips

  • "It is quite cool at that altitude so a good idea to take a light jacket." See review
  • "There was a lunch stop, but everyone had to pay for his or her food." See review
  • "Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, and the crater at the top was completely engulfed in fog, but the trip was well worth it." See review


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Sales was fabulous. So...
, May 2022
Sales was fabulous. So knowledgeable and humorous. He took very good care of us, assured our comfort and safety. He had to deal with a couple of glitches with transportation and managed it well. The volcano was spectacular, and the trip up to it was amazing.
Enjoyed it
, Apr 2022
Watching clouds clear over the crater, revealing a spectacular sight. But for the most part, this tour was spent sitting on a bus. Better to do it on your own so you can hike down into the crater.
Must do tour!!
, Mar 2022
Excellent tour! Cousin Mitch was our tour guide! He was so friendly and knowledgeable about Haleakala and Iao Valley! He gave us enough time at each stop.
Good tour, but definitely could have spent more time at Iao Valley!
, Mar 2022
The drive to Haleakala is definitely not something I would try driving on my own. But honestly, you don’t need a tour guide for Iao Valley. You can definitely drive there yourself if you have your own car. I wish were able to spend more time at Iao Valley. It was absolutely breathtaking but it felt super rushed and I know there were more areas to explore there. We will most likely go back to Iao Valley on our own so we can get the full experience!
Very informative
, Mar 2022
Seeing the crater and the rainforest and all of the interesting information and history cousin Mitchell provided.
Great day exploring Haleakala
, Oct 2021
My husband and I enjoyed the entire day. We saw a large part of the island while going to Haleakala. The views for Iao Valley are amazing. The driver/ tour guide Mitch is one of the best!
Out of this world views.
, Oct 2021
We had an amazing time, the views are out of this world and the stories about the island make it that much better. Lots to see and learn. Would recommend 👌
Memorable Bus Tour
, Sep 2021
We are MaLu & George. It was fascinating & memorable tour on my (MaLu) birthday on August 25, 2021 with Mitzel being friendly & well-informed guide. First we would like to use this platform to reconnect with Zylou, the 2-year old boy & his wonderful mom Jakie. Please call us at 360-606-7888. We miss them both. We were awed by the view on top of Haleakala looking down at the dormant volcano crater & the lush green beauty of Iao Valley. This experience was highlighted by allowing us to enjoy Zylou with his mom Jakie. Zylou was so fond with George that he kept on calling his name (George) in & out of the bus where all the passengers sang with Zylou. He played & cuddled with George where the mom thanked us for she had a time for herself while we took care & enjoyed with Zylou. It made our day complete.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Go for it
, Aug 2021
Very good tour. Certainly worth it. Would absolutely recommend it. Ur tour guide S’ale was fantastic
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Best tour guide ever
, Jun 2021
We had the best guide. He was knowledgeable and made a point to know all of our names. So glad we did this!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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