COVID-19 AVAILABILITY UPDATE: Valley Isle Excursions will resume Haleakala Sunrise Tours in 2021 and we are accepting reservations for dates on or after 1/1/2021.
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An unforgettable way to start your day on the Haleakala Sunrise Tour

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Cruise up the mountain in comfort, and learn about the history of Haleakala

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The summit area is considered sacred, and is known as wao akua, or “realm of the gods”

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Photograph and learn about the flora and fauna of the summit area

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Enjoy panoramic viewing windows, elevated seats, and extra leg room

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Stops include the Visitor Center, Kalahaku Overlook, and Paia.

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The Haleakala Sunrise Tours use eco-friendly methods wherever possible

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Immerse yourself in the sacredness of Haleakala summit at sunrise

Haleakala National Park summit district will be closed to commercial traffic for Hawaiian cultural practices on 6/21, 7/18, 10/3, 12/21, and 12/31.
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Start your day with an unforgettable Haleakalā Sunrise Tour! Enjoy the ride in a custom passenger cruiser featuring elevated captain seats and extra large viewing windows so you can enjoy a safe, comfortable journey up – and down the mountain without missing a thing. Stunning photo opportunities, such as, an unforgettable sunrise and plenty of rich cultural, religious and biological points of interest (flora and fauna). Visitors have been ascending Haleakalā for nearly 150 years to experience the legendary feats of the demi-god Maui. The summit area is considered sacred by Hawaiians, and is known as wao akua, or “realm of the gods.”

After your hotel or condo pickup, the first stop is in Central Maui for a sit-down continental breakfast. Enjoy coffee service as well as wonderful muffins & pastries, fresh fruit and yogurt. From there, you’ll begin the 30 mile drive up the mountain, arriving at the summit early to take in the spectacular pre-dawn show of the cosmos, before the majestic sunrise. As you’re admiring the pre-dawn sky, the expert guides “talk story”, teaching you about celestial navigation and preparing you for a simply sublime sunrise experience. The guides weave through many ancient stories, sharing historical, cultural, and current information, in a fun and entertaining way. Peeking through the billowy clouds, the first glimmer of a new day subtly begins to glow with all the colors of the rainbow. The sun’s rays shine in a dance of light that overpowers the night. It is truly a memory to cherish. Valley Isle Excursions gets you to the summit before others so you can choose a choice viewing spot. They provide versatile “Hooded Volcano Blankets” to help you stay warm during the early morning vigil.

Other stops include, but are not limited to: Haleakalā Headquarters Visitor Center, Haleakalā Summit Area and Visitor Center, Kalahaku Overlook & Haleakalā Ranch Overlooks. After sunrise, you’ll venture back down the mountain to enjoy a delicious, and authentic, sit down all-you-can-eat hot buffet breakfast, which includes vegetarian, gluten-free & vegan options.

All guides/drivers are professionally trained, certified, extremely knowledgeable, safe, and fun. They are NAI (National Association of Interpretation) trained and certified, which means they take their jobs seriously. The custom passenger cruisers boast giant panoramic viewing windows, elevated seats, air conditioned, reclining captain’s chairs, over head storage, and extra leg room. The high back leather seats have headrests, extra thick padding, 3 point seat belts, armrests, and USB charging ports. The interpretive on-board experience features a mobile APP and videos which the professional guides use to provide a high quality tour. In addition to English, this tour is offered in many other languages. The ADA Compatible options include wheelchair lifts and disabled options. (Must be reserved at least 4 days in advance). On board it’s safety first with an oxygen generator, AED, and all guides are first aid and CPR certified.

Valley Isle Excursions uses eco-friendly methods wherever possible including: environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, recycling / reusing bottles, cutlery and plates, customizing vehicles to achieve optimum efficiency, training their drivers how to be extra fuel efficient, and maintaining high vehicle maintenance & baseyard standards. Winning the HEA (Hawaiian Ecotourism Association) Sustainable Tour Operator of the Year award in 2016 and the Hawaii Green Business Award in 2016 & 2018 means Valley Isle Excursions is proud to be a leader in the industry.

Explore the stories and sights of the enchanted wao akua, “realm of the gods”, and the skies above. As you immerse yourself in the sacredness of Haleakala summit at sunrise, the landscape will inspire you. The experience is enchanting, exhilarating… and absolutely unforgettable.

General Information
Schedule: Daily

Pickup: Between 1:15am and 3:30am depends on your South & Westside hotel/condo/harbor locations and time of year.

Return: Between 10am and 11:30am.

Tour includes: A sit-down continental breakfast including muffins, pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit at a restaurant open exclusively for tour guests before venturing up to the summit. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the summit after sunrise and non-alcoholic drinks provided throughout the tour. A hot, all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast after sunrise and entrance fees to Haleakala National Park.

Restrictions: Because of the high elevation, this tour is not recommended for anyone with breathing or heart problems.

Group Size: Limited to 12 guests per guide and there are 2 guides on our 24 passenger vehicles to increase your comfort, safety, and experience. They ensure there are clean and well-maintained bathroom stops.

What to Bring & Wear: Dress in layers. Bring a warm jacket or sweater along and wear long pants. Closed toed shoes with socks will keep you warm and safe.

Cancellation / Weather Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

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NCL cruise ship passengers are able do the Haleakala Sunrise tour on their second day in port in Kahului. They will pick you up at Kahului harbor.  In rare cases, this can also work for Lahaina cruise ship passengers on their second day in port if your cruise ship is spending two days in Lahaina.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Starting in February of 2017, Haleakala National Park implemented a reservation system for sunrise viewing from the summit of the crater. Without advanced reservations, visitors are not permitted to drive rental cars into the National Park from 3am to 7am. If you want to see a sunrise from the top of Haleakala and you didn’t secure a permit weeks before your Maui arrival, one of these tours is your only way to get inside the park in the pre-dawn hours.

The road to the summit of Haleakala is not as narrow as the road to Hana, but there are hairpin turns … LOTS of them. And driving it in the middle of the night in the dark can be a challenge. Actually, if you aren’t properly rested, driving can be dangerous. Consider one of these tours … you can rest your eyes on the way up instead of having to prop them open with toothpicks and getting white knuckles from holding the steering wheel too tightly.

Haleakala is famous for its spectacular sunrises and it has a well-deserved reputation. We wish every morning at the summit could be equally beautiful, but obviously this just isn’t possible. There is no way to predict which mornings are going to be pretty based upon weather forecasts. Occasionally there are days when cancellation is necessary due to a serious storm, but ordinary summit weather is notoriously unpredictable and changes quickly. The tour operators provide the same level of service every day, and incur the same expenses in operating the tour regardless of the quality of the sunrise view on any given day. All they can do is take people on their tours every day and watch what happens as the sun rises.