Love and Good Vibes in Haleakala Volcano

What is something that Machu Picchu, The Stonehenge and Haleakalā Volcano have in common? They are considered to be three of the top spiritual places in the world for having the strongest energy fields. What does it mean to be classified in such a category? Let’s put it this way: there are places in the world where you feel just that much closer to “The Divine”. Places where you find answers to unresolved questions or and tap into your more sensitive side as a reaction to those-called “energetic vibrations”. According to the Schumann Resonance Haleakalā Volcano matches at 7.8 cycles per second, the same resonance of our hearts and the natural state of Earth. It brings comfort and enables the feeling of love when spending time there. It’s no wonder an uncountable number of newly weds choose to take a trip up top while on their honeymoon. Pretty neat, huh? We won’t bore you anymore with the “hippy-dippy” stuff but whether or not you’re in search of a spiritual journey, a check off the bucket list or simply some good ol’ vacation fun we’re pretty sure it’ll still change your life! Photo by Dave Barnum Photo by Maria Caridad

Maui Sunriders Promo 2017

What’s it like to bike down a volcano? Come along for the ride of a lifetime as we follow bikers taking the Maui Sunriders’ Haleakala sunrise bike tour as they make their way down the mountain all the way to sea level. In this time-lapse video, you’ll see amazing aerial views of the bike route and the gorgeous scenery you’ll be a part of on this incredible journey down to the little town of Paia. See how refreshing it will be to take our self-paced Haleakala bike ride, allowing you to stop along the route as you please, on your timetable. Ride at your own pace through the small towns with their quaint shops and unique eateries. Our self-paced Maui bike tours allow you the freedom and flexibility to really enjoy the ride and experience all the wonder and beauty Upcountry has to offer. See how exhilarating and inspiring the Haleakala bike tours are in this high-definition video.

Explore the Beauty of Maui Through a Downhill Bike Tour of Upcountry

If you’re trying to plan an unforgettable vacation, Maui is the perfect destination. Stunningly unique beaches, intriguing rainforests, majestic mountains, and picturesque green hillsides with views down to the ocean, beautiful waterfalls, and a dormant volcano with a massive cinder crater are just some of the breathtaking sights you can see in Maui. Come during the winter, and you could also see whales! What more could you ask for? Well, those who want the full Maui experience may opt to see many of these wonders on an exhilarating bike tour. While several companies offer van tours of Upcountry Maui, a downhill bike tour of the area offers a truly unique perspective that should not be missed. Why do we say that? Be a part of the scenery. On a van tour, the beauty of Maui is seen mostly from a window, albeit possibly a large window, but still a window. You miss some of the experience like feeling the cool and refreshing mountain air, smelling the eucalyptus and jarcaranda trees, or hearing the rare birds of the region. Taking a downhill bike tour of Maui lets you be a part of the scenery and really take in the landscape from a new perspective. A bike tour of Haleakalā and Upcountry is a uniquely peaceful, inspiring, and at the same time, exhilarating way to discover this part of Maui. Stop where you like. Van tours of Maui and even guided bike tours have scheduled stops along the route. Of course, these will take you to the major tourist spots that everyone gathers at, and they may even have a favorite restaurant they have booked for the group to eat at during […]

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 […]

Breakfast Options On Your Way Down from a Haleakala Sunrise

We receive a lot of positive feedback from our guests, including favorite breakfast spots they’ve discovered. We’d like to share some of the awesome breakfast options for those seeking a hot cup of coffee and tasty breakfast food that you can explore after your next Haleakalā Sunrise experience. These selected breakfast spots are in and around Makawao and Paia towns here on Maui. Makawao Breakfast Spots SipMe This little gem is a crowd favorite for tasty treats that are gluten free and healthy barista creations with wifi and a big smile early in the morning. Open Monday-Saturday: 6am-5pm and Sunday: 7am – 4pm. Website: Phone: 808-573-2340 Address: 3617 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, Hawaii Google Map Link Casanova Deli This is a little local-style express breakfast place with limited seating, friendly staff and a host of local regular characters that make the place a warm down-to-earth must visit. Hours: Opens at 7:30am Open Daily 7:30AM -11:30am, Sundays 8:30-11:30am. Website: Google Map Link Komoda Store and Bakery Been around since the early 1900s and has some not so consistent hours, but the donuts on a stick are world renown! Closed Wednesday and Sunday, but open 7am to 4pm except Saturday they’re open till 2pm. Address: 3674 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768 Phone: 808-572-7261 Google Map Link Market Fresh Bistro Open later than the others we’ve presented here, but you never know when the need for coffee will present itself. If you happen to be in Makawao around 9am add this option to your list! They’re closed Mondays but open for breakfast Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00am – 11:00am, and Sunday Brunch: 9:00am – 2ish (don’t forget, they’re closed Mondays). Website: Address: […]

Word of Mouth is important to Maui Sunriders!

One of the most rewarding aspects of working at Maui Sunriders is the tremendous sense of accomplishment we enjoy when our guests recommend our services to others. That word of mouth and reviews are the cornerstone of our success here at Maui Sunriders. Word of Mouth is a critically important factor that differentiates us from our competition. And our reviews give our potential customers a glimpse of what to expect. Here are some recent reviews: “Unique outdoor fun at our own pace!” 5-stars on TripAdvisor This was a great way to spend a morning on Maui, and a full-featured tour, beginning with a narrated tour up the mountain in a van with other guests (I think there were 8 in our group, all couples), and then the view of the sun rising above the clouds, followed by a looonnnggg bike ride down the mountain, at your own pace. We were very happy with our tour guide, Nikota, who shared his local perspective and stories about places on the way up. He also provided a safety briefing and we were supplied with a backpack with bike lock, and lightweight waterproof pants and jackets. On the way up, he gave suggestions of places we might like to stop on the way back down, for breakfast, coffee, or a souvenir – very helpful. At the mountain top, we were a bit surprised by the number of people there – this is a popular sight to see, and there is a park ranger there to explain the setting, and even an artist who performed a native chant at sunrise. We had to jostle a bit to get pictures between the row of people who […]