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Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater

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1,700 Reviews
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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East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater
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East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater
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$246.00 per adult
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Top Notch
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.
Matthew_A, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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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!!
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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
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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
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Once in a lifetime!
Elizabeth_O, Sep 2021
Maui Haleakala Sunrise Downhill Bike Tour with Mountain Riders Rated #1
Driver was such a joy to be around and so knowledgeable. He gave us ginger candies to help with motion sickness caused by the ride up the volcano. The bike tour guide was a rockstar! I was alittle nervous about the ride, and he made me feel so comfortable. This tour is definitely worth it! The sunrise was unreal and the bike ride was an experience of a lifetime!
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Amazing experience
AJW, Sep 2021
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
Wonderful experience to start our vacation. We were fortunate to have Preston as our guide, he was knowledgeable, personalized the experience for each of the group members and was generally entertaining.
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Amazing view and overpriced
Ramya, Sep 2021
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
The view was amazing and loved every moment. It is overpriced. Unfortunately driving up requires permit and it isn't easy.
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Must do tour on Maui
Ike, Sep 2021
Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui
Absolutely fantastic tour. From the guides, to the equipment, and of course the sunrise views… everything was perfect. Highly recommend.
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Beautiful sunrise, awesome bike tour
Kris_O, Sep 2021
Maui Haleakala Sunrise Downhill Bike Tour with Mountain Riders Rated #1
The early morning was rough and cold, but the sunrise view was well worth it. All the staff from beginning to the end were extremely friendly. The bike ride down was exhilarating, wish it could have been longer. Manny was fun, interesting and experienced.
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Haleakala sunrise
Ray_B, Sep 2021
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
We have an amazing experienced and our driver Preston is wonderful . It’s beautiful and amazing to see the sunrise.
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Capt. Dylan’s playlist made the trip
Laura_K, Jul 2021
East Maui 45-minute Helicopter Tour over Haleakala Crater
My 18 year old daughter and I truly enjoyed this trip. Captain Dylan had given thought to the tour and the playlist to go with it. She said the music made the trip for her. Touring by helicopter was a wonderful way to see the crater while also seeing the many beauties of Maui’s coastline. The entire Air Maui team was also professional and efficient. A great day!
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Magnificent Sunrise
Donald_H, Sep 2021
Haleakala Sunrise Best Self-Guided Bike Tour with Bike Maui
The tour is professionally run. The bus drivers who take you to the crater are knowledgeable about local history, geology and the Polynesian cultures, especially the Hawaiian. The bike decent is exhilarating. I'm glad the brakes work!
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Best outing on Maui!!
Patricia_T, Sep 2021
Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
I cannot give you just one! Preston made our trip so memorable!! From what to look for when we first got there, to all the facts and stories about the volcano and Maui. We had a great time. Was our best outing!!! I really cannot say enough about how he made this trip!!! Mahalo!!!!

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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