The Enchantment That Only Haleakala National Park Offers

In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated 100 years of preserving the natural beauty of the country’s national parks. During last year, some set out to visit most, if not all, of these parks. When people think of visiting America’s national parks though, they may not immediately think of Hawaii, but Haleakalā National Park is one of the most unique parks in America’s park system and definitely not one to miss. The enchantment of Haleakalā National Park begins with its unique range of ecosystems and geographic features. “Haleakalā, rising from the sea to a 10,023-foot summit, and exposed to both the windward moist tradewinds and leeward drying air, has a variety of natural ecosystems. Wind, rain, temperature and altitude all play a role in shaping each zone, as well as bringing plants and animals here,” the NPS noted. The variety of different ecosystems you can see in this national park makes it an exceptional place to visit. When you add the experience of biking down the volcano through this national park, you’re sure to have an unforgettable trip. Taking a Haleakalā bike tour down the mountain allows you to be in the scenery, not just see it through a car window. But what unique sights does Haleakalā National Park offer? On our Maui sunrise volcano tour, you’ll be driven up to the summit of Haleakalā to witness the sun rise over the rolling clouds, creating a wondrous display of majestic colors. Then, you can explore the alpine cinder landscape of Haleakalā Crater. This dry aeolian desert is home to a variety of high-elevation ecosystems and rare species. The silversword is one distinctive endemic plant in this volcanic area that’s noted […]

How a Self-Paced Haleakala Bike Tour Compares to Guided Tours

Most Haleakalā bike tour companies here on Maui offer only guided bike tours, and at first glance, a guided tour might seem like a better option, but there are numerous reasons why a self-paced bike tour is ultimately the best choice. Let’s compare some of the different features of these tours, and see why we refer to our tour as “self-paced” instead of “self-guided.” Large guided groups. On average, the guided biking tours of other companies will have about 13 people in each group. The guide, of course, should take into consideration the biking pace of the group, but this can differ greatly from the pace at which you personally like to bike. Thus, this could cause you either frustration if they go too slow or unnecessary stress in trying to keep up. Biking at the pace of the guide could be especially difficult for families with children. While the roads are safe to bike on, large biking groups do create an unpopular hindrance for local traffic and thus could pose a greater risk of an accident. Small ‘ride at your own pace’ groups. We started Maui Sunriders with the goal of offering a biking experience that was more accessible to families. Our family has always been active, and we loved biking down Haleakalā with our children. So, we decided to offer a bike tour with greater freedom – one where you can ‘ride at your own pace,’ as we like to say. Whether you want to bike down with your family or with a small group of friends, our self-paced bike tours provide visitors with a more relaxing pace – one more in line with the spirit of aloha. […]

Experience a Multitude of Microclimates on the Maui Sunrise Volcano Tour

While renowned for its gorgeous beaches, the majestic island of Maui is also known as one of the most beautiful places on earth because of its unique geographic features. What do we mean? Well, as you drive along the coast, you see a stunning ocean on one side and impressive mountains standing regally on the other. The striking beauty of these opposing landscapes is truly breathtaking. And these divergent geo-features are what create a multitude of distinct microclimates that can best be seen on our Maui sunrise volcano tour of Haleakalā. Only on this bike tour will you get to experience the full range of climates that make up Maui as you start at the top of the Haleakalā volcano and ride all the way down to the sea. But are these climates that diverse? What are some of the different microclimates you bike through on the Maui sunrise volcano tour? A volcanic desert retreat. On the sunrise bike tour, you will be driven up to the summit of the Haleakalā volcano, which sits at an elevation of 10,023. There, above the clouds, you’ll watch the sun come up over the distinctive cinder landscape of the dormant volcano. At this elevation and with clear skies, the weather often offers excellent viewing conditions but is also windy and can get pretty cold at sunrise with the dry desert air. From here, you can also see the crater of the volcano, an eroded volcanic depression that is 7 miles long, 2 miles wide, and 2,600 ft. deep and containing many brown and red volcanic cones from past eruptions. This richly-colored volcanic landscape seems like an alien planet compared to the lush tropical […]