Polynesian Adventure Tours – Haleakala Sunrise Tour
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Some people say that sunrise at Haleakala is an experience of a lifetime and with Polynesian Adventure Tours that experience is guaranteed to be comfortable and fun. Your morning begins with a hotel pick-up by a friendly driver in a spacious, comfortable van. You’ll be taken up the volcano before the start of the sunset to get the perfect position to watch and take pictures. You will hear the whispers of the wind, see the first faint rays of the morning sun as it edges ever more closely to sunrise. The clouds below turn like dyed sheets to a rainbow of colors from orange, red, gray and purple as the morning wakens in all its glory. That is sunrise on the Summit of Haleakala.
The vast expanse of windblown rock in Haleakala Crater is broken only by the towering cinder cones that reach for the sky. The entire crater floor is volcanic rock. Sliding Sands Trail, ever shifting with the breeze that has battered its rock for countless centuries into fine sand. Its gray, red and brown tones belong in another world, but they are here on earth hidden at the top of the world.
Your tour guide will share the history of Haleakala. Its history is rich in culture, scared to all Hawaiians, a place of worship, beauty, and know as the house of the sun.
Haleakala is the tallest free-standing mountain on earth. It rises above the enormous height of Mt. Everest a half a world away. Haleakala reaches over 30,000 feet above the sea floor towering into the heavens above. It’s no wonder that Hawaiian lore speaks of the demigod Maui lassoing the sun from its summit to bring eternal warmth to the Valley Isle.
The summit of Haleakala is the only place on earth that the silversword plant grows. It spikes out of the rocks like a sword, then blooms once every seven years.
Haleakala National Park is the most visited attraction on Maui. Sunrise is the busiest. Parking is limited and with the new restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed into the park at sunrise, there is no better way to witness sunrise than with a Maui tour group. The entrance has also doubled. That is another good reason to schedule your sunrise tour of Haleakala with Polynesian Adventure Tours. The admission is included. And you don’t have to spend the time looking for that open parking stall.
Mark Twain visited Haleakala. He said it was an experience he would never forget so majestic was the sunrise and wonders of the crater. When Mark Twain visited the park, he had to ride a horse, it took days. Now you can see the sunrise and be back before noon. Just in time to hit the beach!
I remember the first time I ever visited the summit of Haleakala for sunrise. It must have been in 1976. It was a long drive on a road that was dark and steep. The sunrise was priceless, the photos to last a lifetime, but I lost my camera and only have the memories of that first adventure to Haleakala.
Tip of the Day:
Dress warmly! It is strongly recommended that you dress in layers, or at least bring a warm coat. A hoodie would be perfect. You can remove the heavier clothing on the way down the mountain.
A hot sit-down breakfast is served at Dunes of Lani after sunrise. Polynesian Adventure Tours offer the best breakfast out of tour company in Maui
Other Activity Options by Polynesian Adventure Tours: Polynesian Adventure Tours – Road To Hana Gold, Polynesian Adventure Tours – Pearl Harbor Tours From Maui – Hawaiian Airlines, Polynesian Adventure Tours – Haleakala Sunset And Dinner Tour
Haleakala Sunrise Tour
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Meet Location: Your Resort
Polynesian Adventures Tours provides a pick-up service for the resort districts in South & West Maui. All condos in both areas are along the route as are the condos in Maalaea. Anything else is off the beaten path and requires a meet location.
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
Closed on Monday
48 Hour Cancellation Policy
Approximate Pick 2:30am
Total Duration: 8 hours
We bought a Road to Hana tour through our resort. What made me want to buy this was that the tour included the back off the circle.
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect on the tour, but our tour guide made the trip! He was funny, informative, and attentive to all of us.
Our bus had USB plugs to keep our phones charged. That was fabulous.
They also provide you tons of water and juice.
We stopped at major places that were important for us to see. Places where we did not stop, he slowed down for pictures and fed us a ton of information.
We did this early in our vacation, and I am glad we did. We knew so much more about the island because of this tour.
We had to book last minute on our due to our original tour guide cancelling. We are not big cruise excursion fans preferring to book our own excursion.
The tour bus was small with roughly 24 seats, large side windows and a large window in the front. Our tour guide was great, she was very knowledgeable and pointed out interesting items on our trip up the mountain. Hidden within her narrations were some very funny comical jokes or stories. On the way back down, she kept the narration to a minimum, letting us rest and nap.
There is nothing to describe what you see at Haleakala's summit. To look out across a sky filled with fluffy clouds. The land is tints of red and looks alien. And to watch the sun set was spectacular. There is more to this place, it is a place worshiped by the Hawaiians. It is the House of the Sun.
I am here in Maui on my honeymoon. I booked this tour (Haleakalā) weeks ago. I called yesterday at 7:15pm to confirm the tour since nobody had reached back out to me after providing my hotel information. The representative at dispatch had all of my information (which means that they they received my email with my hotel info). I was told to be at the hotel lobby at 2:30am (different than the 3:00am time printed on my ticket... thanks for letting me know about that before my phone call, Polynesian Adventure Tours). I repeated back to the representative “okay, so we will be at the hotel lobby at the circle by 2:30am. She told us, “that is correct.” I then asked “out of curiosity, what time will we get back?” She told me “4:30am,” which I know had to be incorrect.
I write this review now as I sit back in my hotel room not on the tour because the representative gave me the wrong pickup information. Apparently there’s is a different location that we should have been told to be waiting at. The driver called my HOTEL ROOM instead of my CELL PHONE, which is idiotic since we clearly wouldn’t be in the hotel room if we are waiting for a tour elsewhere.
The company has not been able to provide a resolution yet, but nobody should have to go through this... especially on your honeymoon. STAY AWAY!!
Had a great sunrise tour with Wayne. Wayne was very knowledgeable and had many interesting tidbits. He was quite a talker, and I learned far more than I would have thought possible about the island. Beautiful sunrise, worth getting up early! Breakfast and the snack were a weak point, could use improvement. However, would definitely recommend as a highlight of our trip!
Despite our hotel recommendation to do this tour, I would not advise. Morning started off with the bus being over 20 min late, then we spent almost 2 hrs picking up and dropping other guests, including a stop at the airport. We were on the bus at least 3.5 hrs with no access to snacks or drinks. Then, once we arrived at the top of the mountain, we had just 30min to look around before heading back.
My advise, rent a car and do a day trip yourself, probably save $250.