Haleakala Zipline fun for all

Watch a sunrise from the summit of a volcano

Haleakala Zipline fun for all

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

Haleakala Zipline fun for all

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

Haleakala Zipline fun for all

The Summit area visitor's center

Haleakala Zipline fun for all

An unforgettable way to start your day on the Haleakala Sunrise Tour

Haleakala Zipline fun for all

A rare Hawaiian Silversword plant ready to bloom

Haleakala Zipline fun for all

Spectacular sunrise photo capture

Haleakala Zipline fun for all

After sunrise the colorful crater comes into view

COVID-19 AVAILABILITY UPDATE: This tour is operating now with reduced capacity for social distancing; reserve this well in advance of your arrival in Hawaii. This tour is currently selling out approximately 10 days in advance!!!
Haleakala National Park summit district will be closed to commercial traffic for Hawaiian cultural practices on 5/23/2021, 6/20/2021, 7/19/2021, 10/18/2021, and 12/21/2021.
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Haleakala means “House of the Sun”, and as the most experienced of Haleakala tour providers and operators of the finest vehicles for the trip, Polynesian Adventure Tours is ideally qualified to share the rising of the sun with you. Viewing sunrise atop the summit area of Haleakala is among the most sought-after experiences in the Hawaiian islands. The other worldly landscape, altitude, unique flora, and pervasive influence of ancient Hawaiian culture combine to create an event simply beyond imagination.

Your driver-guide will greet you at your hotel and welcome you aboard a state-of-art minibus that features wide side windows and an incredible panoramic front window well above the driver’s seat to open up the finest possible views of along the way to the summit area. Your driver’s superb live tour narration is augmented with captivating video segments shown on high tech vehicle monitors. Upon descending from the dormant volcano, you will join newfound friends for a delicious local style breakfast at Kula Lodge with its Upcountry hospitality and stunning views of the west Maui mountains before returning to your hotel.

  • Hotel pickup in specially outfitted Grech deluxe minibus with USB ports, video monitors, climate control, and the best windows for viewing the Haleakala landscape
  • Dormant Volcano Haleakala was formed approximately 1 million years ago through the building up of layers of flowing lava. It has been a sacred location for Polynesian people who settled on the island 400-650 A.D.
  • Ranger Station of the Park is at 7,000 ft where a convenient rest stop is taken, and visitor information is available.
  • Viewing of Sunrise as it rises above the clouds is the climax of the morning. The unforgettable show of light and color bursting into view is a spiritual experience for many. Majestic views from the 9,740 ft elevation are unparalleled anywhere. You can often see the Big Island to the east!
  • Haleakala Visitor Center, constructed in 1936, is a small stone structure on the edge of a cliff. Information, souvenirs, and more. You’ll want to spend some time with the welcoming staff pleased to share their insights.
  • Descend through the Clouds as you gently glide through the changes in topography, weather, and scenery accompany elevation changes.
  • Views of Kula come into focus when approaching the open country slopes of the district meet agricultural land in this rustic region, home to early Portuguese and Chinese immigrant plantation workers.
  • Scenic Upcountry Maui where misty mountain views, rich volcanic soil, and verdant farmland blends with a combination of early settlements and affluent new estates.
  • Breakfast included at Kula Lodge, a local favorite, where you and your newly found friends will enjoy a delicious meal together.
  • Souvenir booklet containing facts, Hawaiian cultural information, and more.
  • Hotel return after your singular morning on fabled Haleakala.
General Information
Schedule: Tuesday through Friday

Pickup: Between 2:00am and 2:30am depending on the location of your accommodations

Return: Between 11am and 11:30am.

Tour includes: Round trip transportation, park admission, guide, breakfast.

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

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.

Haleakala
Witness the beauty of nature at Haleakala
Sunrise at the summit
Incredible sunrise photos!

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.