Our self-paced Haleakalā bike tours give vacationers a fun and relaxing way of exploring Maui’s amazing Upcountry. Guests can bike this incredible Maui volcano downhill from the summit of Haleakalā all the way to the beach. After all is said and done you’ll definitely want to check out some of the food near Haleakala options. Here are some of our top picks!
Because it’s a self-paced bike tour, you can take your time and stop along the way for breakfast or lunch at the many great shops and restaurants along the route. On our narrated van tour driving up Haleakalā, our experienced guides will tell you about great places to eat at along with various points of interests and history about Haleakalā. But we thought we might go ahead and highlight some places to stop and grab a bite on the bike ride down to help you plan out your Haleakalā bike tour a little more. . .
Maui Lavender Café
This small lavender farm and café will be the first place to stop at along your bike ride down Haleakalā. Located right along the bike path on Crater Road in Kula, the Maui Lavender Café serves a full breakfast including delicious banana pancakes, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, breakfast tacos, ‘biker’ burritos, and even breakfast pizza. They also have a variety of teas and coffees (many of them with a lavender theme like lavender ginger lemonade, lavender iced or hot tea, etc.) as well as snacks like cookies and scones. The Maui Lavender Café has a charming gazebo with a great view that’s perfect for outdoor dining as well as a garden of lavender and a eucalyptus forest you can walk around to really take in the gorgeous landscape of Upcountry Maui.
Kula Lodge and Restaurant
Farther down the Haleakalā volcano tour at about 3,200 feet, you’ll come to the Kula Lodge and Restaurant. This quiet spots sits among a beautiful garden of flower farms of carnations, protea, and other gorgeous tropical plants that make the ideal backdrop for a picture to remember your Haleakalā bike tour. The Kula Restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can enjoy a delicious meal in the outdoor garden terrace that overlooks the West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. A wood-burning pizza oven creates delightful pizza dishes by the Kula Lodge and Restaurant’s Executive Chef. Stop by the Kula Lodge and Restaurant on your Haleakalā bike ride for wonderfully romantic views and flavorful dishes.
As you make your way biking down Haleakalā, you’ll see a number of little stands selling a variety of fresh fruit along the bike route. Many of these roadside stands operate on the honor system, where those biking in Maui down the volcano simply can leave money and take the fruit they want. This fresh fruit is often a much-needed and refreshing treat along the Haleakalā volcano bike tour.
In what’s known as Paniolo Country, there sits a small town called Makawao located along the slopes of Haleakalā. You’ll run into this charming town on your Maui volcano bike tour. Take your time in this little town and discover all the rich paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage that Makawao is famous for. Along with annual rodeos and country western dancing, Makawao is home to a number of art galleries, boutiques, and shops that you’ll want to browse through. Also, there’s a number of excellent places to grab a bite to eat. T. Komoda’s Store and Bakery is famous for their amazing donuts as well as their cream puffs and butter rolls. If you want to stop for lunch, Polli’s Mexican Restaurant makes home-style quesadillas, fish tacos, tostadas, and other authentic Mexican dishes. If you’re feeling more like Italian, the Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli is a good choice. Makawao Sushi and Deli offers some tasty rainbow sushi rolls, ahi poke, and other seafood favorites. For some grab and go food items, you can stop by the Rodeo General Store in Makawao. Along with being a great little grocery store, they also have a small deli with a variety of sandwiches and salads available.
On the Maui bike ride through Haleakalā between Makawao and Paia, you’ll find the Lumeria Maui eco-luxury educational retreat. Along with their yoga and meditation classes set in a beautiful resort location, Lumeria is home to the MuBu restaurant that features fresh Farm to Table foods for breakfast, lunch, and diner served amid beautiful tropical gardens and amazing views of the West Maui Mountains.
One Love Farmer’s Market
Just before you get to Paia on your Haleakalā bike tour, you’ll find the One Love Farmer’s Market. Located in a former train depot, this delightful farmer’s market offers a variety of all local fruits and vegetables as well as get tropical smoothies, fresh juices, and other great snacks.
At the end of your Haleakalā volcano biking journey, you’ll come to the town of Paia. Here there are numerous great restaurants to try including the Paia Fish Market, Flatbread Company, Café Des Amis, Dazoo, Rock and Brews, Anthony’s Coffee Company, and many more. These offer a variety of delicious treats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So after your Haleakalā bike tour, take some time to explore all the great shops and restaurants in our little Paia Town.