Haleakala Sunrise Cycle

(4.3)
$220
Why We Love It -  See the sunrise that Mark Twain described as the "sublimest spectacle I've ever seen" then cycle down through Maui's mesmorizing and diverse landscapes. Hotel pick-up included!

Cycle down the volcano after watching the sunrise!


The Haleakala sunrise is absolutely one of Maui’s most spectacular sights. Combine this experience with a thrilling ride all the way down to Paia town!! You can enjoy this tour as either a rider or a passenger so everyone can enjoy this experience regardless of their expertise level.


SUNRISE BIKE TOUR:
View the unforgettable experience of sunrise high atop the inactive volcano from the crater’s edge at 10'023 ft. Touring the National Park in a Luxury minibus provided by Haleakala Eco tours receiving a narrative of what's outside the window and descend to the staging area at 6500 ft to start your guided bike ride back down to the coast.

SUNRISE VAN TOUR:
Transport provided by Haleakala Eco tours, watch the spectacular sunrise from the crater’s edge, then join the bike tour as a van rider enjoying your family and the view along the way!
Pass through the cowboy town of Makawao, famous for its rodeo held each July. The trip takes you past pineapple fields, sugar cane and ends up in the quaint old style town of Paia.
You are on the public roadway the whole time and have a well-trained guide in front and 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.

We provide
  • Bicycle and helmet
  • Gloves, wind suit, and winter type jacket
  • Hot Beverages
  • No-host meal stop in either Kula or Paia Town at the discretion of the crew and/or group
  • Tour of Haleakala
  • Hotel pickup at approximately 2 am depending on the season and where you are staying. You will return around noon.
  • Van-only option for those who aren't comfortable on the bike, are welcome to come along, luxury van style!

Custom bikes feature
  • Wide comfortable saddle
  • Quick release seat adjustment
  • Hand-activated brake levers
  • Heavy-duty motorcycle brake cables and housings
  • Front and rear drum brakes
  • Gears: single-speed, no shifting
  • Chain guard for protection
  • Steel rims for added weight and stability
  • White-wall street tires for a classy, smooth, stable ride
  • Classic-style curved frame
  • Cruiser-style pedals

We highly recommend that if you are not an early riser to do the Haleakala Morning Cycle.
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Time Approximately 2 am depending on the season and hotel selected. 
Duration 10 hours
Location Hotel pick-up

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions. You can find addition information in frequently asked questions

Cancellation Policy

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.


Last Minute Bookings

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.


Restrictions

  • This ride is NOT for beginners; please be an experienced cyclist, having ridden a bicycle in at least the past 12 months.
  • Participants must wear closed toes shoes
  • Wear warm clothing in layers; it's best to wear a pair of short with sweat pants over that, a short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt and a jacket
  • No pregnant women; take the day off and relax
  • Riders must be a minimum age of 13 years old and a maximum age of 65 years old
  • All cyclist should have recent cycling experience
  • Riders should be at least 5 feet tall
  • Maximum weight for bike rider is 250 lbs.
  • No one with medical conditions that would adversely effect them in this activity should participate.
  • Riders must sign acknowledgment of risk & safety form as well as a medical/ physical clearance form.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Q: When do we get picked up at our hotel?
A: The Sunrise tour pick up is approximately 2AM depending on the season.
A: The Scenic Van Ride pick up is at the same time as the Sunrise tour with your friends.

Q: When do we return to the hotel from the Sunrise tour?
A: You should arrive back to your hotel before noon.

Q: What do I need to bring?
A: For the Sunrise tour we suggest you layer your clothing with tee shirt and shorts as your bottom layer then long pants (jeans or sweats, but make sure they are comfortable and no bell bottoms), 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.

Q: Are there any restrictions?
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.

Q: What kind of bike are we going to use?
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.

Q: Can I drive to your base yard rather than hotel pickup?
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.

Q: What can I expect to see on this tour?
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.


Reviews

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- Nov 2018 -

Erica Z

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

(5.0)
- Oct 2018 -

Heather D

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!

(5.0)
- Aug 2018 -

Wander779396

1:30 am pickup time from Kaanipalli tough to swallow initially but worth getting up early, and hey it’s 6hrs behind anyway. Middle of August and still really cold and windy at the top of the crater...wear more clothes than you think. Bike ride down was not strenuous at all, thrill level a 4/10, accommodated people of different levels, scenic ride through eucalyptus groves and a fun guide (we had Drew). 2 activities in one is pretty good value!

(5.0)
- Nov 2018 -

Erica Z

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

(5.0)
- Oct 2018 -

Heather D

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!

(5.0)
- Aug 2018 -

Wander779396

1:30 am pickup time from Kaanipalli tough to swallow initially but worth getting up early, and hey it’s 6hrs behind anyway. Middle of August and still really cold and windy at the top of the crater...wear more clothes than you think. Bike ride down was not strenuous at all, thrill level a 4/10, accommodated people of different levels, scenic ride through eucalyptus groves and a fun guide (we had Drew). 2 activities in one is pretty good value!

(5.0)

Erin P.

BEST TOUR EVER!!! My husband and I were supposed to be picked up at 2 o'clock in the morning in front of our hotel but they were running a little behind but...

(5.0)

Justin M.

Word of advice - if you are staying on the west side and don't want to spend 8 hours on what should be no more than a 4-hour tour, drive yourself to their...

(2.0)

Clay M.

"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...

(4.0)