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Haleakala Crater
Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater

Open daily
Haleakala National Park, State Highway 330, Kula, 96790

The Basics

Haleakala sunrise tours with round-trip transportation included are the most popular way to see the crater, and save the hassle of navigating to the volcano’s summit in the dark. Many tours also include sunrise-viewing passes for Pu’u’ula’ula Summit, the highest point on Mt. Haleakala, while sunrise bike tours transport you to the peak from where you can enjoy the view and ride back down.

Alternatively, 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 or places such as Iao Valley and the Road to Hana.

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Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
star-4.5
$207.29 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Uplifting experience
Preston was wonderful guide. He loves what he does and it shows. I felt comfortable on the whole trip. Service is a calling thank you
Sara_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

star-5
The simplest path to access
cdsheck, Sep 2021
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
Easy pick up at our hotel … COVID confirmation of vaccinations for all participants … an expert professional guide and importantly driver to navigate the road switchbacks up to the Haleakala Summit … Preston our guide was a personable, effective historian and guide … without a tour of this type access to the sunrise hours in Haleakala National Park is limited and difficult to obtain …
star-5
Top Notch
Matthew_A, Sep 2021
East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater
The team at Maui Helicopter Tours was top notch. From scheduling to safety to the pilot. The pilot was impressive with his knowledge of the Maui origins to the explanation of the views he flew us over.
star-5
Great Experience and Great Guides!
Bambie_D, Aug 2021
Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui
This was an amazing experience and one my daughter and I will never forget! The guides are very friendly and safety oriented. Billy was a fantastic guide and gave us so much history about the island and area! We loved the experience and our thanks to Billy and all the staff ! Mahalo!!
star-5
Fabulous Adventure
PLHGS, Jun 2021
Maui Haleakala Sunrise Downhill Bike Tour with Mountain Riders Rated #1
Quite an experience. Very safety oriented pleasure trip. The guides are friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful
star-5
Worth getting up super early
Ram, Jun 2021
Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui
Amazing experience staff was terrific our guide terrific. The directions and attention to our safety was top notch
star-5
Unreal
Paige_C, Oct 2021
Maui Haleakala Sunrise Downhill Bike Tour with Mountain Riders Rated #1
Amazing experience and a must do but bring thick layers of clothing for the sunrise. Long sleeve, sweatshirt, jacket shorts with pants over them and hat and gloves! You’re standing for an hour in 40 degrees with wind…super cold! You will remove layers as you work your way down on the bike. If you’re scared of heights would not recommend, you’re gliding down with multiple turns at 20mph on a bike just an FYI. However it’s an unreal experience!
star-5
Awesome
Nino_M, Oct 2021
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
Unbelievably beautiful play of colors changing so rapidly, feeling of endless space around you. Guide was awesome, lunch in the beautiful garden.
star-5
Best Tour Guide Ever
Christian_G, Oct 2021
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
This tour is a must. Wayne was our guide and he was THE BEST! He had a ton of history to share and made the ride there and back enjoyable and fun. Highly recommend this!
star-5
Spectacular view, excellent pilot!!
Kurt_P, Sep 2021
Magic Maui Volcano: Haleakala Crater -Private- Air Tour: Spectacular Perspective
Our pilot, Steve, was great!! Was a bit nervous having never been in such a small aircraft but his expertise was great. Explained how to achieve the proper altitude and the landing, smoothest ever. Honestly didn’t realize we were on ground until he throttled down. Do this tour then drive up , gives two very different perspectives. Think I’ll book with him when we return to see the cliffs of molakai!!
star-5
Great Tour!
Matthew_L, Sep 2021
Private Haleakala Summit & Stroll from Kahului
It was a great tour! Our tour guides Gus & Luke were very knowledgeable about everything Maui from the history to great restaurants suggestions. Would highly recommend the tour.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Kimber_V, Oct 2021
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
I didn’t upload the pic of the sun actually in the sky because my husband is in it but I have pictures of 4-5 different sky colors, each looking more stunning that the last. Preston was an amazing tour guide and stuck it out for a bit after sunrise so that the thick fog and clouds would pass for us to actually get some incredible views. Preston also taught us so much about the island during our bus ride. The breakfast was awesome too! 10/10 do recommend
star-5
Great experience that we almost missed.
Bhavesh_R, Oct 2021
Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui
Absolutely amazing. The sunrise is absolutely magical. Dress warm and bring gloves. We were nervous about the ride down since the ride was on roads that are shared by cars. But if you use common sense and obey the instructions you will have a great time and capture some great moments.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sunrise tours typically require very early start times, with most hotel pickups starting around 2am or 3am.

  • It can be chilly on Mt. Haleakala, 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.

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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. Alternatively, opt for a tour with round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Haleakala National Park is open all day, year-round. While temperatures in Maui remain fairly constant, winter (December through March) brings the coldest and wettest weather, with average lows of 42°F (5°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.

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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 stop by the western-themed town of Makawao to enjoy some of the region’s best boutique shopping.

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