Go on a guided tour of Haleakala summit then cruise down to the base yard at 6500 feet where you will mount your bikes. Enjoy the thrilling turns all the way to Paia town!
|Time||Approximately 7am or 8am pick-up depending on the season|
Parties of 1-5 people: 100% refund
for cancellations made more than 48-hours prior to tour start time.
Parties of 6+ people: 100% refund
for cancellations made more than 7 days prior to tour start time.
Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.
Q: How long is the bike ride?
A: The bicycle tour is approximately 26 miles long. It starts at the 6500' elevation and continues down to sea level. The total time spent on a bicycle is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Q: What if someone in my party doesn't want to ride a bike? Can they still go with us?
A: Yes, we offer a scenic van tour for our guests that don't want to ride a bike. The van makes every stop the bikers do, so you will be able to stay together the whole time.
A: The Morning tour pick up is approximately 7 or 8AM also depending on the season.
A: The Scenic Van Ride pick up is at the same time as the Morning tour with your friends.
Q: When do we return to the hotel from the Morning tour?
A: You should arrive back to your hotel before 3:00 pm.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Closed toed shoes, a sweatshirt, or jacket, a knit cap would be great, eye protection such as sunglasses or regular prescription glasses, sun screen, camera, layer your clothes as the temperature atop Haleakala can be in the low 40's and the temperature at sea level can be close to 90 degrees in the summer. You should keep all your belongings in a day pack that will be stored in the van which is following at all times. We make photo stops and restroom stops as well, so you can always peel a few layers as we make our way down the mountain.
A: Yes, every rider must be a minimum age of 13 years old and a maximum age of 65 years old, Over 5' tall, NOT pregnant, weigh less than 250 lbs. and must have ridden a bicycle in the last 12 months.
Q: How Dangerous is this?
A: Riding a bicycle downhill is not without risk. Serious injury may occur and possibly death if you are involved in an accident. You should be in good physical condition and free from any medications that may cause drowsiness or inattentiveness, such as decongestants, Benadryl, motion sickness, medications, and or any medications for hypertension and/or stress. Remember serious medical help may be up to 2 hours away.
A: Our bikes are all single speed "cruiser" bikes built by Worksman Bicycle Company. They all have special drum brakes and extra wide comfortable seats. Since 99% of this trip is downhill, there is no need for a multi-speed bicycle.
Q: What is included in the trip?
A: Your tours Include hotel pickup and drop off, guided van tour, all provided by Haleakala EcoTours, with the bike ride beginning at the 6,500 foot elevation and ending in Paia Town. We provide bicycle, helmet, gloves and wind suit. Hot beverages provided at base yard prior to tour. No-host meal stop in Paia Town.
A: Absolutely! If you are planning more activities following the bike ride, it is sometimes easier to drive into the base yard. We will give you easy to follow directions should you want to choose that option.
Q: How steep is the bike ride?
A:The grade is about 5%, almost all of it downhill. You will be going from 6,500 ft to sea level in 26 miles.
A: You will be leaving from the 6500ft elevation on the slopes of Haleakala.
As you travel down the mountain you will bike through pasture lands with incredible vistas of Maui below and other islands are visible off in the horizon. We pass through the cowboy town of Makawao, famous for its rodeo held each July. The trip takes us past pineapple fields, sugar cane and ends up in the quaint old style town of Paia, once the capital of Maui. We are on the public roadway the whole time and we have a well-trained guide in front and the tour is followed by the van behind whose driver communicates with the cruise leader, keeping him informed of traffic conditions and weather conditions coming up ahead.
Our number one goal is for each of our guests to experience Maui in a very personal and special way. We want your trip to be a safe, memorable one. Our van is always available if for at any time a rider feels apprehensive or uncomfortable.
This tour operator has been operating bike tours at this location for over 30 years. We went on the sunrise tour. This tour happens in stages: the bus trip to the top in the dark, time at the top of Haleakal? to see the sunrise, and then the bike trip back to the bottom. Bus trip to the top. Be prepared, this gets started early. You can either take advantage of their pick-up service or meet at their location. We met at the location, went inside and got all of our gear. The company provides a rain jacket and pants which also acts as another layer of warmth for your time watching the sunrise. They also offer a Columbia fleece vest if you want one more layer. It does get cold at the top! Once on the bus, one staff member provide commentary on the volcano and local area. Our guide for this bus part fo the trip wasn’t the greatest, but he was a character and kept us laughing while be made the journey. Once at the top, bundle up and wait for the sun to rise. TIP: the beautiful part of the sunrise happens before the sun actually comes up. You are actually above the clouds watching the sun appear over the cloud layer. Beautiful. And great photos. Part 3: The trip down the mountain. Haleakala Morning Cycle bike equipment was in excellent condition. The bikes have disc brakes which are essential for this trip down the mountain. There’s virtually no pedaling, but there is tons of breaking!!! You wont be doing a lot of looking around while riding. You should be focused on staying on the road and keeping a safe distance while moving. There are several strategic stops planned where you can take pictures. Our guide was Tim. He’s been doing tours down the mountain for 30 years. I felt totally safe. It was a highlight of our trip to Maui. I would highly recommend this tour
All parts of the sunrise bike tour experience exceeded expectations. Early 1:45am hotel lobby pick up is worth the experience. A hundred people getting outfitted with rainproof coats and pants, gloves, helmets, bikes, at 3am! Winding road bus ride to the top of Haleakala National Park to wait in the cold for sunrise with over 200 people, Park Ranger chanting a Hawaiian ode to the mountain...now that is memorable. Most importantly, tour company took all steps for a safe ride, top to bottom. Quality gear and quality bikes with strong brakes ( oh so needed on the cruise down), instructions on how to use the brakes, guides front and back of group, smooth return to hotel. This is the company to book with, 30 years in this business. Mahalo.
Derek and Trevor were outstanding! I went on this ride with my 18 yo, 16 yo and 14 yo kids. We met the van at 2 am which is no easy task with teens. They loved the trip! Wonderful sunrise. Derek and Trevor were informative and funny. Bike ride was amazing. Kids and I are thrilled. Finish off with breakfast at Cafe Mambo. It was wonderful!
We had a great time this morning! Drew was our guide and Julio drove the van. Unfortunately it was foggy at sunrise! Boooooo, but of course not their fault....
"Biking down a volcano" is not quite as cool as it sounds, but it's still well worth the trip. A check off the bucket list for my wife and I on our...
Although it was tough getting up at 1:00 am, it was well worth it! Watching the sunrise was incredible, and the 20+ mile bike ride down was so much fun!...