You’re looking for things to do on your Maui vacation, and in your search you discover the Haleakalā volcano bike tour. This is one of Maui’s top-rated activities. But why? What can you expect to experience and see on this bike tour down Haleakalā?

haleakala sunrise

In a way, that’s tough question. There’s so much to see on this volcano and what’s known as Upcountry Maui that it’s hard to mention everything, but here are some of the highlights.

The summit and crater of the Haleakalā volcano. At 10,023 feet above sea level, the summit of Haleakalā offers spectacular views, especially at sunrise. The Haleakalā sunrise bike tour is probably our most popular tour because of this most remarkable sunrise that comes up above the clouds. As the highest point on the island of Maui, the peak of Haleakalā volcano provides unforgettable views like those of Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe and the ever-expansive ocean.

From the summit you’ll see the Haleakalā Crater, famous for its unique volcanic landscape.

haleakala volcano tour

You can walk through this cinder desert and discover what appears to be a whole other world. The summit and crater of Haleakalā will definitely be highlights of your bike tour.

The beauty of what’s called “undiscovered Maui.” As you bike down the Haleakalā volcano, you’ll see numerous treasures hidden in this quiet, rural area known as Upcountry Maui. Upcountry is an area that many tourists never get to see because they don’t venture far from the beaches and resorts. But this mountainous part of Maui is equally as beautiful and is definitely a must-see on your Maui vacation.

On your way down the Haleakalā volcano bike tour, you’ll ride by amazing lavender and protea farms. Because our Haleakalā bike tours are self-paced, you can stop at the Maui Lavender Café or the Kula Lodge and Restaurant for breakfast. These make for great photo-op spots and a place to relax and enjoy romantic views of the West Maui Mountains and the ocean amid their gardens of lavender, protea, and other tropical flowers. This beautiful countryside is something that shouldn’t be missed.

lavender farm

Charming towns, each with their own unique flare. Also on the Haleakalā volcano tour, you’ll bike through a couple quaint little towns that give you a glimpse into what it’s like to live in real Hawaii. In Paniolo (or Hawaiian cowboy) Country, you’ll bike through the small town of Makawao. This historic ranch town carries on the traditions of the paniolo with a rustic flare all its own. Here the annual rodeo competition is held along with the Paniolo Parade through downtown. In Paniolo Country, you’ll find working cattle ranches and a rich culture reminiscent of the Old West. But what’s interesting too is that in Makawao you’ll also find a thriving arts community with numerous painters, wood sculptors, and glassblowers as well as a number of art galleries and other boutiques.

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So there’s much to see in this historic town that was once named one of the top 25 arts destinations in the U.S.

As you make your way on your bike ride, you’ll pass by numerous fruit stands and the One Love Farmer’s Market located in a former train depot just before Paia. Just before you get to Paia, you’ll notice the ruins of the Old Paia Sugar Mill which once helped Paia become the then largest city in Maui. And again with our self-paced tours, you can personally decide where to stop along your bike ride on the slopes of Haleakalā.

Maui Activities Wind Surfing

At the end of your Haleakalā volcano tour, you’ll return to the lovely town of Paia. But after you return your bike, don’t rush home. There’s still much to see. This is another aspect of our bike tours that’s different. With many guided Haleakalā volcano tours, you may take a detour before you reach the beach in Paia and be transported directly back to your hotel. Our self-paced tours offer the freedom of riding back all the way down to Paia so you then get to explore this charming town and its beautiful beaches.

As the heart of the North Shore, Paia offers a plethora of shopping and dining places as well as great art galleries. Just outside Paia is the famous Ho’okipa Beach which is known as the “windsurfing capital of the world” where you may catch a glimpse of a pro-windsurfer practicing for his next competition. So even after your Haleakalā volcano bike ride, there’s still so much to see.

As you can see, the Haleakalā bike tour will be one of your most memorable days in Maui. Our self-paced bike tours offer a relaxing and yet thrilling experience biking down the unique Haleakalā volcano. If you can, try to see the sunrise at the summit of Haleakalā. It really is unforgettable, but from the crater to Makawao Town, the Haleakalā volcano bike tour offers an exciting experience.