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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.
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.