Maui's Best Bike Tour - Self Guided Downhill on Haleakala for 20 Years!

SELF-GUIDED HALEAKALA DOWNHILL BIKE TOUR

Bike Maui with the best Haleakala bike tour company! We use the best Haleakala bike route, and share with you the best biking equipment, and the best value! This will be the easiest most picturesque downhill bike ride you’ll ever experience as it’s almost entirely downhill. Our self-paced Maui bike tours from the mountain to the sea along the slopes of Haleakala offer a unique biking experience and offers greater freedom and relaxation than the usual guided Maui bike tours. Explore beautiful upcountry Maui on a bike instead of in a car smelling the eucalyptus and lavender, feeling the cool breeze and warm sun and stopping wherever and whenever you’d like on your way down. You can immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of Upcountry Maui without the cumbersome restrictions of a large group as our riders ride at their pace stopping where they’d like to stop.. It’s your day biking, your way.

About MAUI SUNRIDERS Haleakala Downhill Ride

Meet at our Bike Shop at 9am on the North Shore of Maui in the surf town of Paia. This allows you to sleep in on your vacation, not wake up at 2am to try to catch a sunrise with hundreds of other people and saves you over $125 per person vs sunrise tours. Our 9am Haleakala Maui Bike Tour is by design to let the sunrise downhill vehicle traffic and local rush hour morning traffic pass so you have less vehicles on the road. The temperatures are warmer and the stores and restaurants are open along the bike route.

At our shop we supply you with your helmet, rain/wind jacket & pants, gloves, backpack, bike lock & map. Our Maui bike tour is live and interactive via a QR code for each rider to show their location as well as local points of interests. After our safety briefing, you will enjoy a narrated van tour as you’re driven up Haleakala on the same route you’ll bike down! Your guide will point out the local history, points of interest, and suggestions for places to visit.

Staging for this Maui bike tour is at 6,500 ft. where all bike operators on Maui begin their rides. 

Our riders get to enjoy the longest self-guided ride with the least amount of climbing from the mountain to the sea. This is a self-paced Haleakala bike tour of the volcano in Maui, HI down to the North Shore of Maui to our cute little surf town Paia.

With our self-paced Haleakala bike ride, guests have the freedom to stop along the route to eat, shop, and visit historic communities, churches, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants or stop to enjoy the beauty of Haleakala. No large groups that you have to keep up with or slow down for, no support vans chasing you down the hill. Stay in your comfort zone and enjoy a true classic Maui Downhill.

***We provide roadside assistance for all of our Maui bike tours. Just remember to bring your cell phone to call us at any time for assistance.

Includes:

  • Mountain Bike w/ disc brakes
  • Full-Face Helmet
  • Wind/Rain Jacket & Pants
  • Backpack
  • Bike Lock
  • Route Map
  • Emergency roadside assistance
  • Guided drive up

Itinerary: 

  • Meet at our shop in Paia at 9am
  • Gear Fitting & Safety Briefing
  • 45 min. Narrated drive up
  • Bike Fit & Photos at 6500 feet staging area 10-10:30am
  • Haleakala Downhill Tour Times:
    • Time Straight Down:
      1½-2 hr
    • Time With Stops:
      2 – 4 hrs
    • Soak Up the Whole Day:
      5 hours, We close at 4pm

Online special price

$70

Haleakala Downhill

Call For Questions:

(808) 579-8970 

About MAUI SUNRIDERS Haleakala Downhill Ride

Meet at our Bike Shop at 9am on the North Shore of Maui in the surf town of Paia. This allows you to sleep in on your vacation, not wake up at 2am to try to catch a sunrise with hundreds of other people and saves you over $125 per person vs sunrise tours. Our 9am Haleakala Maui Bike Tour is by design to let the sunrise downhill vehicle traffic and local rush hour morning traffic pass so you have less vehicles on the road. The temperatures are warmer and the stores and restaurants are open along the bike route.

At our shop we supply you with your helmet, rain/wind jacket & pants, gloves, backpack, bike lock & map. Our Maui bike tour is live and interactive via a QR code for each rider to show their location as well as local points of interests. After our safety briefing, you will enjoy a narrated van tour as you’re driven up Haleakala on the same route you’ll bike down! Your guide will point out the local history, points of interest, and suggestions for places to visit.

Staging for this Maui bike tour is at 6,500 ft. where all bike operators on Maui begin their rides. Our riders get to enjoy the longest self-guided ride with the least amount of climbing from the mountain to the sea. This is a self-paced Haleakala bike tour of the volcano in Maui, HI down to the North Shore of Maui to our cute little surf town Paia.

With our self-paced Haleakala bike ride, guests have the freedom to stop along the route to eat, shop, and visit historic communities, churches, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants or stop to enjoy the beauty of Haleakala. No large groups that you have to keep up with or slow down for, no support vans chasing you down the hill. Stay in your comfort zone and enjoy a true classic Maui Downhill.

***We provide roadside assistance for all of our Maui bike tours. Just remember to bring your cell phone to call us at any time for assistance.

DETAILS & LOGISTICS

MAUI BIKE TOURS

HALEAKALA DOWNHILL - From the Mountain To The Sea

Maui’s BEST Bike Tour & LONGEST Self-Guided Haleakala Downhill Bike Tour!

TOP RATED MAUI ACTIVITY! GREAT FOR FAMILIES, COUPLES & GROUPS

Over 1000+ 5 Star reviews! Ride, Eat, Explore, Shop, at your own pace without the crowds.

Best Value On Maui

Over 20 years providing Maui's best bike tours on haleakala volcano. Best Value, Most Fun, & Safety First!

FAQs

Where are you located and where do i park?

We are located at 71 Baldwin Ave. Paia, Hawaii, 96779 on the North Shore of Maui.

To Find us, drive toward Kahului (Hwy. 30 from West, Hwy 311 from South) as if you were on the way to the airport. Turn right on Hwy 380. Followed by another right turn onto Hwy 36 ( Hana Hwy), follow the sign to Paia, which is about 7 (seven) miles down the road. Once in Paia town, either park at the free public parking lot on your right by the shell gas station and walk to our shop or proceed to our paid parking lot, at the only traffic light turn right onto Baldwin Ave. Approximately 150 yards on your left is the Paia Plaza Building, at 71 Baldwin Ave. where our office is located on the back right-hand side (D3), behind Pearl and BAP.

Parking: The closest parking lot is directly in front of our shop and it is $10 for the entire day. There is free parking at the Paia Town Public Parking lot, and this lot is located on Hana Hwy before the Shell gas station and before you turn right onto Baldwin ave. (5 min. walk to our shop)
– Please don’t leave valuables in your car!
– Please don’t park in the Mana foods parking lot or where signs say 1-2 hour parking, as they do ticket in Paia.

Driving time to our shop: (min.)
Kapalua 50   –   Kaanapali 45   –   Lahaina 40   –   Maalaea 20   –   Wailea 35
Kihei 30   –   Wailuku 25   –   Kahului Harbor 15   –   Hana 1 hour 30 minutes

HOW LONG IS THE HALEAKALA BIKE RIDE?

The Maui bike ride down Haleakala is approximately 26 miles from the drop-off point near the top of Haleakala to our shop in Paia. Haleakala has an average grade of 5%, but there are many switchbacks on the first portion of the Maui volcano bike ride that eliminate any excessive steepness. Without stopping, the bike tour takes about 1 ½ hours to return to sea level, but on our self-paced Maui bike tour, you can take your time and stop as you please. Many bikers stop to eat at the various restaurants along the route or stop to check out the little town with its many shops and galleries on the way down. You have until 4:00 p.m. to make your way back down to our shop, which is the end of the ride. 

WHAT DOES THE HALEAKALA VOLCANO BIKE RIDE TOUR INCLUDE?

Our Maui bike tours of Haleakala include all the biking equipment needed for the ride (Redline Monocog Mountain Bike with disc brakes and 29″ wheel, helmet, rain/wind gear, backpack, map, bike lock), as well as a narrated van tour on the drive up from sea level to the a picturesque view  right outside the entrance of the Haleakala National Park. This is where all bike tour operators on the island begin their ride.

On this narrated van tour, we will familiarize you with the bike route back down the slopes of Haleakala to our bike shop. Our expert tour guides will explain the history of upcountry Maui, points of interest, Hawaiian culture, and geological features on the route along with various restaurants and cafes where you could stop for breakfast or lunch on the way down the volcano. Before you leave for the Haleakala bike tour, you will have a safety briefing explaining area guidelines and safety tips for the bike tour. We provide everything you need to have a safe, fun, and relaxing Maui volcano bike ride.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR ON THE BIKE TOUR?

Closed toe shoes are recommended. Bring you sunglasses for eye protection and sunscreen for skin protection!

For our Haleakala Downhill, normally shorts are okay since most of the Haleakala bike ride will be in warmer temperature during day hours. In addition, long pants and a jacket are provided with the rain/wind gear included in the equipment. 

Keep in mind In the morning at high elevations, the weather on Haleakala can be cold and windy. It is recommended to wear light removable layers as you bike down the volcano to warmer temperatures. The weather changes hourly and everyday can be different, it is better to be prepared. Best case scenario you ride down in shorts and a shirt and you never touch your rain gear! However, we are in the tropics and rain showers can be a normal occurrence.  We also provide a backpack to put any layers or purchases in on the way down. 

DO WE NEED TO PACK BREAKFAST OR LUNCH?

You will only need to pack food for your Haleakala bike tour if you prefer to have a picnic instead of purchasing food along the way. On the Haleakala bike ride, you will have many opportunities to stop for breakfast or lunch at various restaurants along the route. Our Maui tour guides will point out all the available options on the ride up. We do not endorse any restaurant in particular so you can choose according to your preference.

Bike locks are provided so that you can lock your bike and helmet and be free to go to a restaurant or simply to check out the little towns along the Maui bike route.

WHICH MAUI BIKE TOUR IS BETTER: GUIDED OR SELF-PACED?

On a typical guided tour, bikers ride in a group of about 13 at the pace of the person in the front of the group. Individual bikers cannot choose their own stops and thus are not able to stop and visit towns along the way. Some companies take bikers to the end of the downhill route at sea level. Others end their ride at an elevation of 2,000 feet elevation. This type of tour is ideal for those that prefer a more structured experience, or for those without a rental car and thus in need of transportation to and from their hotel.

At Maui Sunriders, we recognized the need to give visitors an alternative to the old style Haleakala bike tours, something less expensive that resembled a more familiar type of cycling done at home with family and friends.

In 2001, we started a self-paced Maui bike tour where people could ride down Haleakala without the cumbersome style of riding in a group and with the freedom to stop and go at a more relaxed pace. It’s nice to have breakfast or lunch in one of the many restaurants along the route or simply stop to visit some of the many shops and galleries in the little towns along the way. This way, you also avoid the unpopular hindrance to the local traffic that larger groups create. We eliminated hotel pick-up and drop-off where you spend more time driving around in a van than on the actual bike ride. By riding back to our shop in Paia at the end of the tour instead of being transported back to the hotel, you‘ll be able to explore the North Shore of the island and get to see a little more of the charming small towns in Maui. Whether you are driving from the south side of the island or the west, directions to our shop are as simple as three right turns and you’re at our front door.

We provide roadside assistance for all of our Maui bike tours. Just remember to bring your cell phone to call us at any time for assistance.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?

There are just a few restrictions for your safety. All Maui volcano bike riders must be confident and experienced at riding a bike with hand brakes, not weigh more than 300 pounds, and not be pregnant. All of our Maui bike tours are self-paced cycling tours, giving you the option of staying in your own comfort zone without the pressure of trying to keep up with a group like many of the guided biking tours on Maui.

Minimum age: Children must be at least 9 or 10 years old and be experienced in riding a bike to ride alone. We trust the judgment of the parent or guardian in determining the child’s skill level. Younger children who are at least 7 years old can ride on a trailer bike where they pedal behind an adult without having to steer or brake on their own much like a tandem. Kids must be under 80 lbs. for this option. All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Maximum age: No restrictions. We have had a 90-year-old bike rider join us, and he was an inspiration to us all. It was actually his fourth time to bike down the Haleakala volcano.

IS THERE A CHANCE OF GETTING LOST?

On this Maui bike tour, there is virtually no way you would get lost. On the drive up Haleakala, our tour guides give very thorough directions on where to go biking in Maui. You will also receive a detailed map with your biking equipment. We use the official Haleakala downhill biking route that takes all the guesswork out of finding your way back. There are only 3 turns that you’ll need to remember (2 right and 1 left) which are all in a half-mile range. For the rest of the Maui biking tour, all you have to do is follow the road downhill back to the beach town of Paia. You will be biking on country roads at a maximum speed of 15 to 30 mph. So, you would have to really not be paying attention to get lost.

DO YOU PROVIDE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE?
Yes, of course. Bike riding Maui at your own pace allows you to experience the ride at a speed that feels comfortable to you, as well as allowing you to stop and go as you please without getting stuck in a group or to having to keep up with someone else’s pace. However, you do not have to sacrifice your peace of mind. If you need assistance with anything at any time along the Maui bike tour, we will always be available. Just remember to bring a cell phone with you to call us for assistance.
COULD THE RIDE BE DANGEROUS?
It’s no more dangerous than any other bike ride. Of course, you have to be comfortable riding a bike, be able to use hand brakes, and be able to focus. Like any other activity, there are risks involved.

At Maui Sunriders, we are committed to keeping you safe. With the highest safety rating among Haleakala biking companies, we take great effort to provide you with the safety awareness, guidelines, and briefings you need to have a safe and fun trip. However, ultimately you are in control of the bike. Remember this is a Maui biking tour, not a race. If you decide to bike down Haleakala at 50 mph, then you can make the bike ride very dangerous. And, of course, this is not the place to learn how to ride a bike, so you need to be experienced at riding a bike. Although it is not a difficult ride, you should be a competent, confident rider.

SHOULD WE TIP THE DRIVER?
Tipping is voluntary; however, as in any other service industry, tipping is subject to the level and quality of the service provided. Our tour guides do their best to ensure that your experience is both informative and memorable. If you feel that their performance exceeded your expectations, then yes, they will gladly accept gratuity.
HOW DID BIKING DOWN HALEAKALA START?

In 1983, “Cruiser Bob” the originator of the “Maui Volcano Bike Tour” created what is today one of the most popular Maui activities. Bob’s Haleakala bike tour became an instant success story. It grew rapidly with thousands of visitors a year riding down the volcano. Due to his success, many other companies were formed that used Bob’s biking tour as a model. A few of them are still here, while Bob moved on to other biking adventures. Some claim to be the “original,” but this fame belongs rightly only to Cruiser Bob.

WHAT ABOUT THE RENTAL OPTION?

In addition to our Haleakala Downhill bike tour, we also offer a bike rental option in which you can come to our shop in Paia and rent mountain bikes for a self-guided tour of Maui’s Haleakala volcano. With this option, you can rent all the equipment that we normally use in the biking tours (mountain bike, helmet, rain/wind gear, backpack, map, bike lock, tool kit, spare tube, and vehicle bike rack), and make your way to the top of Haleakala on your own.

However, using this option means you will need an extra person to drive you to the summit of Haleakala and drive the car back down while you bike to sea level. This option will only work if you have an extra person willing to drive.

Often, people ask: “How do I get my car back from the summit?” “Is there a bus that goes up the mountain?” “Should I rent two cars and leave one at the bottom?” “How about using a taxi or even hitchhiking?”

None of these options will work or are very practical for this Maui bike ride. Using a taxi or two cars is very expensive. There are no buses that travel on the biking route, and hitchhiking is not recommended.

If you do have an extra driver and want to rent a mountain bike for traveling Haleakala, we offer bike rentals in Maui based on availability. We are primarily a bike tour company, so we give priority to our self paced tours. To ensure you have a bike rental for that day reserve online or call our shop the afternoon before you want to rent the bike. At that time, we will know our schedule for the next day and will be able to tell you if we have bikes available to rent.

Our bike rentals are for 24 hours. Thus, if you would like a bike for sunrise, you can rent the bike in the morning of the day before you want to see the sunrise and keep it overnight. Just return the bike by noon the following day after the sunrise. We don’t offer rentals at 3:00 a.m. If you would like the bike for the same day, we offer rentals at 9:00 a.m., which gives you more time to complete the ride and a chance of better weather, along with the opportunity to listen to the safety briefing given to other bike tour guests. Just return the bike by 4:00 p.m. the same day. If you pick up at 8:30am, you can let us know if you plan to return the bikes by 4pm or by 8:30am the following day.

The vehicle bike rack will fit 3 bikes. No roadside assistance is provided with the bike rental.

WHAT ARE YOUR RESERVATION AND CANCELLATION POLICIES?

Phone and online reservations are our principal booking system. When upon a reservation, a customer submits a credit card number, it is mutually understood and agreed that his/her reservation is confirmed, and at check-in time his/her space will be guaranteed.

Due to the limited amount of space on any of our tours, Maui Sunriders Bike Co. does not assume the financial responsibility for any scheduled activity cancelled by the client inside the cancellation policy time, nor for NO SHOWS. However, the client will be given an opportunity to reschedule, by calling no earlier than the day before for the next day based on availability.

  • No Refunds within 48 HOURS FROM THE CHECK-IN TIME OF THE ACTIVITY, a reservation cannot be cancelled, and the full amount of the cost of the tour will be charged.
  • Reservations made inside the 48 hours prior to the start of the activity cannot be cancelled, and the full amount will be charged to the credit card account on file, regardless of the client’s participation in the activity, or not.
  • For Parties of Eight (8) or more the cancellation policy time is 72 hours.
  • NO SHOWS will be charged the full amount of the cost of the tour. No exceptions.

Maui Sunriders Bike Co. reserves the right to cancel a tour, without notice, due to SEVERE weather conditions, lack of participation or mechanical failure. If this occurs, Maui Sunriders will give you an opportunity to re-schedule or a full refund.

REVIEWS

"BEST EXPERIENCE HANDS DOWN ! I highly recommend this company. And I truly recommend the tour guide free experience. Which is what this company offers. It's such an easy ride down sloping 99% of the time so gravity does the work, not you. Anyone can truly do this, Whether you are in shape or not, don't be scared it's doable. Also the tour free experience allows you to enjoy the towns, the farms, and make as many photo stops as you'd like. The driver explains the entire route on the way up, you go in a van. So there's NO WAY to get lost if you pay attention while the driver is explaining the do's and dont's. Bring cash so you can pay at the shops and tip the amazing drivers. They even stored our luggage for us! Very warm and inviting business. I will definitely do this again with this same company."

SAMIRA

"One of the funnest experiences I’ve had travelling. Brought to 6500 ft on Haleakala by Joe, who’s great and was entertaining on the ride up, and rode down 27ish miles back to Paia. After doing this self guided tour, I’d recommend it to anyone. We were able to spend the day doing and seeing what we wanted, not following a group. I’ll do this every time I’m in Maui. Thanks Joe and everyone!"

RALPH

"This is definitely the company to use when biking down Haleakala! Other companies have their employee at the front and back of the line and you "follow the leader" down the mtn, which is not only dangerous, but boring!! You're on THEIR time. With Maui sunriders, YOU set the pace, YOU CHOOSE to stop when and where..it's great!!!! We had plenty of time to enjoy the ride and take pictures. As a party of 7 (a grandma, grandpa, mom, dad and 3 teen /adult children, we all loved it and would definitely recommend Maui Sunriders!!!"

JANICA

"I’ve done the ride with a few companies, and this was the best experience by a stretch, and that’s saying something because we keep coming back because it’s always been a great experience. The price is right. our guide up the mountain was informative, funny, personable, and helpful. The equipment was a game changer when compared to the other companies— it’s top notch and very well kept. In short, you can’t go wrong with this crew."

SKYLAR

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