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.
So, this started with a 2 am pick up. At that point I almost said forget it, because I felt like a zombie. BUT we soldiered on and we picked up and taken to the office to sign waivers, get a bike demo, and equipment. We were provided helmets, and jackets and pants. They also give back packs to carry gear. The bus took us up to the summit for sunrise. Our guides Pete and Jackie were helpful and gave lots of good info and tips. Let me emphasize HOW COLD IT IS UP THERE AT 5 AM. They warn you when you sign up, but I’m from Chicago and apparently think I’m tough and didn’t prepare as well as I could have. Bring gloves, jacket, hat for sure. It had to be around 40, maybe less up top and you will be standing outside waiting for the sunrise. It was of course very beautiful. After we had some time for photos, we made our way down to the visitor center area where we got on our bikes. There are lots of twists and turns, I was a spaz and basically never took my hands off of the brake but more experienced riders can get some crazy speed. The maps provided were helpful and there are spots to get breakfast along the way
This was my favorite excursion I did on Maui! I am not a morning person so the 2am wake up call was a little daunting but I’m so glad I did it. Drew was our guide and he was great, funny, knowledgeable and he gave a great history lesson on the way up. The whole crew was super fun and professional and all of the equipment was nice and new. A word to the wise, it is absolutely as cold as they say it is! I would suggest layering with warm clothes, grab the wind breakers (for top and bottom) that they offer, and don’t forget gloves! I did and my fingers lost feeling. I grew up in Colorado so I assumed everyone was just being dramatic but take my word for it, they were not!! Have fun and don’t forget your GoPro!
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