Are you ready for your Maui volcano bike tour? To help you get mentally well-prepared for this amazing journey, we thought we might give you a little history about Haleakalā itself and what you might see on your Haleakalā sunrise excursion.
What IS HALEAKALA?
As you may already know, Haleakalā is Maui’s largest volcano, and Haleakalā National Park is home to the tallest peak in Maui, the summit of Haleakalā at 10,023 feet. Many native Hawaiians consider the summit area of Haleakalā to be a sacred place, “the wilderness of the gods.” It’s said that Polynesians first arrived in Hawaii more than a thousand years ago and regularly visited the summit of Haleakalā and its majestic beauty. There are many important cultural places and sites that can be found in the Haleakalā National Park.
THE BEGINNING OF HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
Established in 1916, Haleakalā National Park comprises more than 30,000 acres of public lands – the most famous part of which is the Haleakalā Crater. Visitors can hike through this richly-colored volcanic landscape from the summit of Haleakalā. There are two main trails into the crater: Halemau’u and Sliding Sands trails. The Haleakalā Crater area is home to many rare and endemic species of wildlife and plants. You may see Hawaiian geese or “nene” foraging in their natural habitat amid the crater’s cinder desert.
Another unique aspect of the Haleakalā National Park is the diversity of landscapes that it holds. From hiking across the Haleakalā volcano desert in the Summit Area to traversing tropical coastal environments and waterfalls in the Kipahulu Area, the Haleakalā National Park offers a wide array of scenic views and activities.
“You pass through as many ecological zones on a two hour drive to the summit of Haleakalā as you would on a journey from Mexico to Canada,” the Haleakalā National Park Service noted.
Along with hiking, visitors can go camping, swimming in the freshwater pools at Ohe’o Gulch (only when conditions allow), and sky watching at the summit of this Maui volcano.
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK SUNRISES
The Haleakalā sunrise is the often the highlight of a visit to Haleakalā National Park. Many can’t believe how amazing the sunrise looks from the summit of Haleakalā. It’s one of the most unforgettable things you can do on your Maui vacation. On our Haleakalā sunrise bike tour, you can see this memorable sunrise and then bike down the Maui volcano all the way to sea level at your own pace. As part of our Haleakalā volcano tours, we take our Maui biking guests on a narrated van tour of the Haleakalā National Park area they will be biking through.
Our experienced tour guides provide Haleakalā bike tour guests with the best and most extensive narration of the Haleakalā National Park – explaining points of interest along the route, the history of Haleakala, interesting aspects of Hawaiian culture, and also great dining options at restaurants along the bike route. With our Maui volcano tours, guests are driven to the summit on the same route they will bike down the volcano. Maui biking guests can then enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable self-paced bike tour through the Haleakalā National Park down to sea level.
So have fun on your Maui volcano bike tour and enjoy all the amazing sights the Haleakalā National Park has to offer.