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If you prefer to explore Maui in the daylight hours, the Haleakala, Upcountry, Iao tour will will bring you to significant cultural sites and you will learn how ecological systems function and more! Immerse yourself in the island’s culture, farming practices, bird watching, food practices, fishing, climate zones, and how Hawaiians malama aina – care for the land. You will also learn about the ancient Hawaiian watershed system, ahupua’a, from summit to fishpond.
This mauka to makai tour includes sites such as Iao Valley, Haleakala National Park Summit Area, Upcountry Maui ranches & towns as well as other special areas like Kealia Wildlife Refuge, Kula and Paia too. Guest have stunning photo opportunities including waterfalls, religious, cultural and biological points of interest. Start you day by exploring central Maui with a light tropical continental breakfast of pastries, coffee, tropical fruits, juices with the stunning views of the West Maui Mountains. The Haleakala National Park is their official introduction to the Park. You will learn about the land and its significance to the Hawaiians. Before entering the “house of the sun”, you will follow Hawaiian protocol and announce ourselves. On the ridge of the Haleakala valley, the Summit Visitor Center, provides a breathtaking and panoramic view. At the peak of the Haleakala, just above the Visitor Center, enjoy the 360 degree views from the Red Hill Observatory. This stop is only available on the 12 passenger van.
At the enchanted Iao Valley, listen to stories and legends that fill this area and experience the beautiful Iao Needle as well as state park around it. Iao Valley is a significant spiritual and historical center for Hawaiians. At the entrance of Iao Valley, explore the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens, which is displays the mix of cultures that make up Maui. Each culture is represented with their own unique pavilion or garden style, including a Hawaiian hale. For a truly Hawaiian experience, you will visit Kealia Pond & Refuge, which has had many uses over the centuries, and it is now a National Wildlife Refuge (not available on holidays and weekends).
Explore the beautiful Upcountry Maui where the winding roads take you through the island’s upcountry towns, ranches and forests. Each with their own unique character and story! This area also offers some of the best flower farms in Hawaii along excellent views! A classic upcountry lunch is included in the tour at on of their many picnic locations. The locations are chosen based on views and weather.
The guides/drivers are professionally trained, knowledgeable, safe, and fun. They are also NAI (National Association of Interpretation) trained and certified. The custom cruisers have 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 ADA Compatible options include wheelchair lifts and disabled options and it must be reserved at least 4 days in advance. On board there is an oxygen generator, AED, and all guides are first aid and CPR certified. They ensure there are clean an well-maintained bathroom stops.
Valley Isle Excursions use eco-friendly methods wherever possible including environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, recycle all drink containers (that are provided on the tour), reuse cutlery and plates, repurpose melted cooler ice (on the landscaping), customize the vehicles to achieve optimum efficiency, train their drivers how to be extra fuel efficient, and maintain high vehicle maintenance standards.