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
  • Bike Gloves
  • 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:
      Return by 3:30pm

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.

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FAQs

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, gloves, backpack, map, bike lock), as well as a narrated van tour on the drive up from sea level to the park entrance of the Haleakala volcano.

On this narrated van tour, we will familiarize you with the bike route back down the slopes of Haleakala to our 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.

HOW LONG IS THE HALEAKALA BIKE RIDE & How Long does it take?

The Maui bike ride down Haleakala is approximately 24 miles from the drop-off point near the top of Haleakala to our shop in Paia. Haleakala has an average grade of 5% and is 98% downhill. 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 3:30 p.m. to make your way back down to our shop, which is the end of the ride.

On average, with stops, most people return between 12:30pm – 2:30pm. However, some people come straight down without stopping and they return between 11:45am – 12pm. Our recommendation is to stop along the way, maybe having brunch in Kula or lunch in Makawao. There are also several boutique shops that guests check out in downtown Makawao. Some people take it straight down and have lunch in Paia.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR ON THE BIKE TOUR?

Closed toe shoes are strongly recommended. For the Haleakala Downhill, normally shorts and a shirt are okay since most of the Haleakala bike ride will be later in the day when the weather is warmer. At 6500′ around 10:30am it is typically low to mid 60’s. In addition, we provide rain/wind proof pants and jacket, as well as gloves included in the tour. We also provide a backpack to put any layers or purchases in on the way down. If the weather looks overcast, windy or rainy we recommend wearing some more layers such as pants and a long sleeve shirt that you can remove. With these conditions it can feel like mid to high 50’s.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO DO THE HALEAKALA DOWNHILL?

All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children must be at least 12 years old and a minimum height of 4’10” to ride on their own bike.

We are the only bike company on the island to allow children under the age of 12. Children who are 7-11 years old and under 80lbs. 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 bike.

We trust the judgment of the parent or guardian in determining the child’s skill level. There are a few reasons behind this and they all come down to safety.

1. You are riding on country roads and sharing the road with cars. There are switchbacks and turns that could be unsafe if the child doesn’t quite know how to navigate turns, open views and sharing the road with cars.

2. This ride is 98% downhill with an average grade of 5%. This isn’t the same as trail riding or riding on a bike path. Due to the downhill momentum it is very serious that one not accidentally brake incorrectly which could cause an accident. While this could happen to anyone the risks are higher with the younger children.

3. Lastly, in the past when we have allowed younger children to ride on own, it didn’t end as expected for the child or the parents. These requests typically come from families that share their child rides bikes all the time, they are confident riders and familiar with hand brakes. The common issue for these families was the amount of breaking due to the downhill nature of this ride for 25 miles. It is a long distance to be braking and riding downhill on the road. The younger children have smaller hands and the constant braking can be difficult for them. Some have had to stop riding 5-10 miles into the ride and use our roadside assistance to finish the ride due to the child having difficulties.

I hope this information helps and if you have any further questions, please feel free to call us.

DO I NEED TO BE IN SHAPE TO DO THIS RIDE?

The nature of this ride doesn’t require you to necessarily be in shape nor does weight matter as long as you aren’t over the bike manufacturers weight limit of 300lbs. This ride is quite easy and you BARELY even pedal! It’s 98% all downhill coasting.

However, what is really important is that the rider is CONFIDENT and COMFORTABLE riding a bike. This ride isn’t for beginners and not safe if you haven’t been on a bike in years. If it’s been a while we recommend getting out on a bike and practicing before you do this ride. It’s not a hard ride, it’s just that you are descending for 26 miles on an average grade of 5% braking a lot. You will be sharing the country roads with vehicles and riding the bike down the sloping switchbacks of Haleakala! It’s truly a fun and easy ride AS LONG as you are a confident cyclists and comfortable riding a bike! 

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
 – not be pregnant

Minimum age: Children must be at least 12 years old and a minimum height of 4’10” to ride on their own bike. We trust the judgment of the parent or guardian in determining the child’s skill level. Younger children who are at least 7-11 years old and under 80lbs. 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 bike. 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, it is difficult to get lost, but it can happen if you aren’t paying attention. However, it is also easy to stay on route if you pay attention. On the drive up Haleakala, our tour guides drive you up the same route you bike down, giving very thorough directions and pointing out the turns on the route. You will also receive a detailed map with your biking equipment. The map also has a QR code that you can scan to pull up a live map showing where you are in relation to the bike route.

There are only 3 turns that you’ll need to remember (2 rights 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. 

We provide roadside assistance, so in the event that you miss a turn, you can always call your guide. We can help you get back on track with directions over the phone. In most cases you can backtrack a short distance to get back on route. In the worst case situation, if you veer far off route, our guides can come pick you up and drop you off on the route or bring you back to the shop. 

ARRIVING ON CRUISE SHIP, CAN WE MAKE IT IN TIME?

Guests arriving on a cruise ship at the Kahului harbor come do our bike ride all the time! You arrive at the dock at 8am and our shop is about 15 minutes from the Harbor. Taxi or Uber is your best bet and costs around $20 each way. Check-in time is 8:45am and we are open at 8:30am. 

CAN WE BIKE & CATCH A DEPARTING FLIGHT ON THE SAME DAY?

You will have plenty of time to catch your flight as long as it is after 2pm. After our 45 min drive up the mountain, you will begin biking by about 10:30am. If you come straight down people usually return to the shop between 11:45-12:00. If you stop and have lunch and check out some shops riders are returning on average between 12:30pm-2:30pm. The airport is only 15 minutes from our shop in Paia.

You are more than welcome to store your luggage at our shop, customers do so all the time and we are more than happy to keep it secure until you return.

DO YOU OFFER GUIDED TOURS? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SELF-PACED TOUR?

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.

We do not offer guided tours for a few specific reasons. Guided groups can be problematic to local traffic making it difficult for drivers to pass. The tail vans they provide blocking traffic make it difficult on local and tourist drivers on the road, potentially making drivers more upset and aggressive. It can also be difficult for varying abilities to either keep up or slow down to stay with the whole group. Riding in a big guided group can also be dangerous if a rider directly in front of you suddenly brakes. We only provide self-guided Haleakala Downhill tours and we make sure every rider we send down the road is capable to bike down safely. If we determine anyone can’t safely do this bike ride we may have to pull you from the ride. For this reason, if you are unsure of your riding ability and haven’t been on a bike in years, I would recommend going with another operator that provides guided tours.

DO YOU OFFER HOTEL PICKUPS?

We eliminated hotel pick-up and drop-off where you spend more time driving around in a van than on the actual bike ride. Since our tour is self-guided, everyone finishes the ride at different times. By riding back to our shop in Paia, 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. All our guests enjoy the freedom of having their car and exploring Paia, North Shore beaches and waterfalls or even going up to the summit for sunset after the ride.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. By eliminating hotel pick up and drop offs, this also helps to keep our rate the lowest on the island. 

DO YOU PROVIDE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE?

Yes, of course. Biking down Haleakala 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.

In the event that you miss a turn, you can always call your guide. We can help you get back on track with directions over the phone. In most cases you can backtrack a short distance to get back on route. In the worst case situation, if you veer far off route, our guides can come pick you up and drop you off on the route or bring you back to the shop. 

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.

It’s important that everyone is confident and comfortable riding a bike! This ride isn’t for beginners and not safe if you haven’t been on a bike in years. If it’s been a while we recommend getting out on a bike and practicing before you do this ride. It’s not a hard ride, it’s just that you are descending for 25 miles declining an average grade of 5% = braking a lot. You will be sharing the country roads with vehicles and riding the bike down the sloping switchbacks of Haleakala! It’s truly a fun and easy ride AS LONG as you are a confident cyclists and comfortable riding a bike! There aren’t a ton of cars on the road but they do come by. This is why we start our ride later so that everyone is at work and school, less cars on the road.

At Maui Sunriders, we are committed to keeping you safe. 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.

ARE THERE DAYS THAT ARE LESS BUSY?

As far as riders go, Mondays & Tuesdays are usually busiest. However, once you start riding, everyone spreads out and it’s not a problem because everyone is going at their own pace and stopping at different locations.

The quietest traffic days are Saturday & Sunday because they are travel days & locals aren’t driving kids to school/work. However, on Sundays 30% of the businesses in Makawao may be closed.

Monday-Friday school gets out around 2pm so if you would like to avoid school traffic we advice to return to our bike shop by 1:30-2pm. On Wednesdays school lets out around 1:15pm to avoid traffic on Wednesday, we advice returning to our shop by 1pm.

If you take the bike ride straight down, you will return by noon. So either way you still have plenty of time to explore. Most of our riders return between 12:30-2:30pm. The latest you can return is 3:30pm.

SHOULD WE TIP OUR GUIDE / DRIVER?

Tipping is greatly appreciated. Our guides provide you with a fun and informative drive up, as well as make sure everyone is coming down the volcano safely. They work hard daily loading/unloading your bikes, assuring a proper bike fit, as well as the behind the scene efforts making sure your bikes are in top working order and sanitizing all your gear daily.

Our tour guides do their best to ensure that your experience is both informative and memorable. As in any other service industry, tipping is subject to the level and quality of the service provided. (suggested gratuity is 18% however, a gratuity of any amount is always appreciated)

ARE THERE PLACES TO EAT ALONG THE ROUTE?

On the Haleakala bike ride, you will have many opportunities to stop for brunch or lunch at various restaurants along the route. Our Maui tour guides will point out all the available options on the ride up. 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.

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.

CAN WE RIDE IF ITS RAINY OR WINDY?

We do ride rain or shine. Maui is a tropical climate and it can rain any day of the year. For this reason, we provide rain/wind breaker jacket & pants, as well as bike gloves every day of the year. As long as you are confident and comfortable riding bikes, it can be safe riding in the rain and wind. We hope that our riders have all been on bikes recently (like within a couple years minimum.) If it’s unsafe for anyone, it would be those who haven’t been on a bike in a long time….and are a bit wobbly on a bike to begin with!

When there is rain and wind, it is ok to ride as long as you slow down and anticipate the rain and wind gusts at all times. The upper portion of the ride can be windier as it is more exposed with less trees and the lower portion can be more protected, aside from the occasional gusts coming around a corner. If for some reason the wind or rain is too much for you at the start we can always put you on the bikes at a lower elevation where it is less exposed. If you feel nervous about it, contact us to reschedule. We have a 48 hour change policy so if you give us notice we are happy to move the reservation for you. Feel free to contact us any time if necessary.

We do occasionally cancel a tour if we receive Warnings from the National Weather system and we determine it to be unsafe to ride. Due to our unpredictable and fast changing weather systems on Maui, we can only cancel a tour the morning of the ride. The forecast can change the day before or the morning of, as tropical weather is spontaneous! We aim to make the final decision by 7:30am daily. In the event that we cancel a ride, you can reschedule for another day, or if you can’t book any other day we also offer a full refund.

DO WE SEE THE CRATER / SUMMIT ON THE HALEAKALA BIKE RIDE?

Tours that take you into the national park to see the crater/summit range from $150-$220 per person. Our tour is only $70 per person, due to the fact that we don’t enter the National Park. Tours that bring you into the park, will then drive you back down to the same place we begin our bike ride. No tour operator can allow you to bike inside the National Park.

We suggest going into the National Park on your own for a more personal experience at only $25 per vehicle. There are over 35 miles of hiking that you can do inside the park so it may be worthwhile to separate your activities to really take in the park and make it an experience of its own. 

We still offer the longest downhill on Haleakalā and we’re the only SELF-GUIDED company that bikes all the way to the sea, with the least amount of climbing compared to some other companies. All at your own pace, stopping wherever you’d like on the way down.

Most of our guests visit the park another day or go after the bike ride to watch sunset
. A lot of locals say the sunset is just as beautiful (if not MORE) and much warmer, less people (no reservation needed) and so much less of an ordeal, like waking up at 2am on vacation. With that our favorite recommendation is to join us at 9am for your downhill ride. Enjoy Paia and the beaches after the ride, maybe have an early dinner in town and then drive up and catch sunset. You can enter the park an hour early and explore the park, hike around a bit and see it more than you would at sunrise. Bring a towel, bottle of wine or beverage of choice, Hawaiian snacks and see the spectacular sunset! It’s warmer at the crater than it will be waiting for the sun to rise. You can also look up the volcano and see if the weather is to your liking to view sunset, where as with sunrise it is all or nothing at 3am!

Some guests opt to do sunrise on their own & then join us for a Downhill Bike Ride
. Since our tour starts at 9am, guests that still want to experience sunrise on their own and save a bundle of money, go up on their own and then drive down immediately following sunrise. You will need a reservation with the National Park as mentioned above, it is very crowded so get there early and you do need to wake up around 2am to get up the volcano in time. It takes about an hour and a half to come down and reach our shop in Paia, plan to leave the summit at the latest by 7:30am. Then you can park your car for the day and we will shuttle you up for your bike ride. When you finish your ride your car will be parked in Paia ready to explore the North Shore.

Keep in mind all the sunrises and sunsets are 50/50 that you will have incredible views due to our tropical weather and clouds that come through. At least for sunset you can decide if it’s worth it but for sunrise it’s all or nothing, due to your reservation and its dark and cold so you can’t totally see the weather. Remember sometimes you see clouds above but you often times break through the clouds and travel a couple 1000’ feet above the clouds. It varies from day-to-day!

CAN WE BIKE UP INTO THE NATIONAL PARK?

Yes, you can bike into the park but there are a couple important things to note:

First, the bikes that we provide you are downhill specific. They aren’t geared to climb. So while you can go up, it will be very difficult with these bikes. We do have a bike upgrade option to climb. (see below)

Second, it’s important to know that you will have to pay to enter the park. The bike entrance fee is $15 per bike. The National Park accepts credit cards only.

Third, note that once you enter – it doesn’t look that much different from where you just came from or what you will experience in the first 30 minutes of your downhill ride. From the gate entrance it is an additional 11 miles and 3500′ climb to reach the summit. On a geared bike and being an avid cyclists, that could take about 2 hours to reach the top. You have to gain a couple 1000′ feet to start to see the change in geology and what some consider it to look like mars.

We now have a bike upgrade option for cyclists that wish to climb. We have Scott carbon & aluminum road bikes and Scott hardtail Mountain bikes available, which allow you to climb to the summit and earn the coveted 36 mile downhill. This option is ONLY for experienced cyclists that are in very good shape. This is an advanced & difficult 47 mile ride and there is no roadside assistance within park boundaries. (you must also know how to change a flat tire) Please visit our Haleakala Uphill Tour page for more information.

DO YOU OFFER HALEAKALA SUNRISE TOURS?

We used to offer the sunrise tour for almost 18 years however, as of last year we are no longer partnering with the National Park and we have concluded our sunrise tours. The prices have gone way up & we don’t feel it is the best value and nor safest experience to pass on to our customers. To book a sunrise bike tour with any operator these days will cost you about $200-$220 per person! Our tour is only $70! We share with our guests the option to catch the sunrise on your own for only a $25 park entrance fee per car and a $1.50 online reservation fee through the National Park website.(book ahead!) For 2 people you will already save $265 that you could use to go out for a great dinner!

Furthermore, when you do the sunrise downhill option, it’s sorta misleading because you have to get back in the shuttle van and drive down to 6500ft’ where all bike tours are Permitted to start and that is where we begin our ride…(right outside the National Park entrance.) So you don’t get to bike down from the summit. We start our tour later in the day so that you have time to catch the sunrise if you wish and to prevent biking with all the sunrise traffic coming down the mountain as well as local rush hour and for some that can be a little unnerving. With our ride beginning later, there are far less cars on the road which makes it safer and much more comfortable cruise down the mountain. Lastly, most of the shops & restaurants that you get to explore on our self-guided tour will be closed in the morning during the sunrise rides.

We still offer the longest downhill on Haleakalā and we’re the only SELF-GUIDED company that bikes all the way to the sea, with the least amount of climbing compared to some other companies. All at your own pace, stopping wherever you’d like on the way down. Since you’ve had the tour on the way up, you know all the best places to stop on the way back down. 

Some guests opt to do sunrise on their own & then join us for a Downhill Bike Ride
. Since our tour starts at 9am, guests that still want to experience sunrise on their own and save a bundle of money, go up on their own and then drive down immediately following sunrise. You will need a reservation with the National Park as mentioned above, it is very crowded so get there early and you do need to wake up around 2am to get up the volcano in time. It takes about an hour and a half to come down and reach our shop in Paia, plan to leave the summit at the latest by 7:30am. Then you can park your car for the day and we will shuttle you up for your bike ride. When you finish your ride your car will be parked in Paia ready to explore the North Shore. 

Most of our guests opt for sunset after their Downhill Bike Ride
. A lot of locals say the sunset is just as beautiful (if not MORE) and much warmer, less people (no reservation needed) and so much less of an ordeal, like waking up at 2am on vacation. With that our favorite recommendation is to join us at 9am for your downhill ride. Enjoy Paia and the beaches after the ride, maybe have an early dinner in town and then drive up and catch sunset. You can enter the park an hour early and explore the park, hike around a bit and see it more than you would at sunrise. Bring a towel, bottle of wine or beverage of choice, Hawaiian snacks and see the spectacular sunset! It’s warmer at the crater than it will be waiting for the sun to rise. You can also look up the volcano and see if the weather is to your liking to view sunset, where as with sunrise it is all or nothing at 3am!

Keep in mind all the sunrises and sunsets are 50/50 that you will have incredible views due to our tropical weather and clouds that come through. At least for sunset you can decide if it’s worth it but for sunrise it’s all or nothing, due to your reservation and its dark and cold so you can’t totally see the weather. Remember sometimes you see clouds above but you often times break through the clouds and travel a couple 1000’ feet above the clouds. It varies from day-to-day!

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.

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

"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

You will have a hard time finding a better staff in all of Maui! The shop is clean, bikes are in perfect shape, all equipment is well maintained! The owners are so friendly and helpful, our driver was extremely knowledgeable and funny, making the downhill ride our favorite thing we have done this trip! Cannot say enough good things!

JAMES

"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

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