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Capturing the Haleakala Sunrise

The Maui Sunriders Haleakalā sunrise tour is one of the most memorable adventures you will ever experience. Sunrise at the summit is one of the world’s best photo ops, and you will definitely want to make sure to have a good camera ready to go! Stock up on some unbelievable images to remind yourself of your travels and share with your friends and family back home. What Kind of Camera Should You Bring? Up on the Haleakalā volcano, you’ll see people taking still photos will all kinds of digital cameras. These typically fall into categories of DSLRs with viewfinders and detachable lenses and “point and shoot” unibody cameras without separate lenses. What you choose to bring is up to you. DSLRs offer the best quality images and customizability, but only if you know how to use them. If you’re going to simply stay on the automatic setting, you’re really better off with a point and shoot. These compact cameras now offer high quality images with very intelligent automated settings, and remember that they are much smaller and lighter than DSLRs. Maui Sunriders provides a backpack for your gear, but it’s still a good idea to travel light. Cell phone cameras are also always growing in popularity. They offer great portability and convenience, and recent models even have pretty competitive quality. Check out this brief list from tomsguide.com of a few of of 2015’s best cell phone cameras. Framing and Composition A simple illustration of the rule of thirds Get creative with framing your photos. Centering your subject (i.e. the sun or your family) can create a dramatic powerful effect, but some of the best compositions offset the subject to the […]

Maui Downhill Bike Tours: Both Fun and Exhilarating!

A few moments after sunrise at the top of Haleakalā We happen to agree that our Maui downhill bike tours are the best way to experience the island. Why? Largely because our self-paced tours are the perfect blend of exhilaration and relaxation! On just one trip from summit to shore, we invite you to experience the broad range of everything Maui has to offer. Soak in some amazing views, feel the wind in your hair, and conquer the volcano! Let Us Do the Hard Part! Every Maui Sunriders tour starts at our shop in Paia right next to the majestic volcano beginning its climb into the sky. If you come for our Haleakalā sunrise bike tour, the journey begins in the wee hours of the morning when the excitement is almost palpable! Pick out your gear, climb into our comfortable vans, and let us do the hard part of bringing you UP the volcano. On the ascent, your friendly and knowledgable tour guides will point out important features of the route back down as well as share information about interesting places to stop on the way. Once you get to the top, your day will be all downhill from there… but in this case, that’s a very good thing! Self-Paced Downhill Bike Tours Our Maui Sunriders guides are always available incase you need anything, but for the most part, your adventure is all up to you! “Self-paced” means that you have the freedom to enjoy your tour with a small group of fellow adventurers, just friends and family, or even on your own. Mix up the pace as you see fit: take your time to soak up everything the gorgeous […]

Plan Your Maui Volcano Tour on a Bike!

Without a doubt, a bike is the best way to take a Maui volcano tour! One of our favorite parts is that you are actually not limited to the seat of your bike at all! Experience the open air and beautiful wide-open vistas of the island and get up close to the nature and wildlife whizzing by. All of our bike tours are self-paced, meaning that you can enjoy cruising and can take your time when there’s something interesting to see. Life can often pass by to quickly from a vehicle, but our Maui downhill bike tours invite you to soak in the whole experience and simply stop if something interesting catches your eye. Parking can sometimes be challenging on Haleakalā, especially at the peak, but not when you’re on a bike! We always include a bike lock in you gear backpack, so feel free to simply lock up and wander into a new adventure on your way down the mountain. Here are a few of our favorite places to stop along the way… Stop by the Kula Lodge on your way down! Kula Lodge and Restaurant The Kula Lodge and Restaurant is located at about 3,200 feet on the western slopes of Haleakalā. Take a break to relax, take pictures, or enjoy a nice lunch amidst the rich foliage of this secluded gem. There’s even a gallery of local artists’ work featured inside. The lodge’s website describes how it’s “a place only the adventurous discover.” Why not roll right in and stay a while? There’s no better way to experience this little piece of “Undiscovered Maui!” Beautiful terraces overlook the Lavender Cafe grounds The Lavender Cafe Another great place […]

5 Pro Tips for Your Haleakala Sunrise Bike Tour

The Maui Sunriders Haleakalā sunrise bike tour experience is a truly amazing life experience that everyone should have on their bucket list. Even if you’ve never been before, our knowledgable guides and other friendly locals are happy to point you in the right direction and help you get the most out of your trip. To help get you started, we’ve teamed up with one of our recent Maui Sunriders adventurers, Cam, who has written more about her journey in her own blog over at www.camchowda.com. Read on to discover five pro tips that we’ve put together to make your Maui bike tour unforgettable! Vans take you to Haleakalā Summit to begin your Maui bike adventure 1. Pay Attention on the Van Ride to the Summit Before your Maui downhill adventure can begin, your tour group will travel by van to the summit of Haleakalā. During the ride, our friendly tour guides will give some fun information about the volcano as well as directions for the descent. In these peaceful hours before dawn, Cam recommends that you “try not to doze off, some instructions are important so you know how to get back to our starting point.” 2. Take Steps to Avoid Motion Sickness if Necessary Most people will find the ascent up the mountain to be a perfectly relaxing ride, but if you are sensitive to motion, take steps in advance to keep ahead of the car sickness. Cam recommends taking motion sickness medicine and sitting closer to the front of the van if you anticipate any problems. Sunrise over Haleakalā 3. Pack Warm Clothes and Blankets for the Summit The excitement starts to build once you reach the summit, […]