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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 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?
The Maui bike ride down Haleakala is approximately 27 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 4:30 p.m. to make your way back down to our shop, which is the end of the ride.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR ON THE BIKE TOUR?
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. We also provide a backpack to put any layers or purchases in on the way down.
Closed toe shoes are recommended.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located at 71 Baldwin Ave, Paia Hawaii, 96779.
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, 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 towards the back of the parking lot in Suite D3, behind the Pearl and Bap Sushi. (Not the Mana Foods grocery lot.)
WHERE DO WE PARK?
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.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO YOUR SHOP?
Driving time is: (min.)
Kapalua – 50
Kahului Harbor 15
Hana 1 hour 30 minutes
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?
DO YOU PROVIDE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE?
COULD THE RIDE BE DANGEROUS?
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?
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?
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 not work for bikers or biking groups that do not have an extra person that only does the driving.
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 very dangerous and highly impractical.
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. For this reason, we do not take reservations on rentals. To ensure you have a bike rental for that day, 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, or if not, we can direct you to another bike rental company.
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.
The vehicle bike rack will fit 3 bikes. We do not offer any off-road options. 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.
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