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Haleakala Maui Biking Tours
Out of the numerous activities on the island, Maui biking tours have become the most popular. Enjoying a Haleakala sunrise before a leisurely Maui bike ride down 30-38 miles of winding road is an experience few forget. The dormant volcano reaches just over 10,000 feet at its summit where you’ll watch the sunrise. You’ll then be taken to the base of Haleakala National Park to begin your bike ride. There are many Maui bike companies that take part in this daily ritual.
The following companies are well-known Haleakala bike tours for you to pick from.
- Bike it Maui
- Cruiser Phil’s
- Mountain Riders
- Haleakala Bike Company
- Maui Mountain Cruisers
- Maui Downhill – out of business
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Self Guided Haleakala Downhill Biking Tour
Alternately, Bike Maui offers three tour options for guests seeking a self-guided, downhill biking experience on Haleakala: the Sunrise Special, Summit Deluxe, or Haleakala Express. With an early check-in time of 3 am in Haiku, the Sunrise Special Tour includes a vehicle tour of Haleakala National Park in time to witness sunrise at the summit, before traveling back down to 6,500 feet for the start of your 23 mile downhill bike ride.
As long as you make it back to the original meet-up point in Haiku by 4 pm, you are welcome to enjoy the day how you like, stopping for breakfast, talking story with the locals, browsing local farm stands, and whatever else suits your fancy. For travelers who don’t wish to set their alarms quite so early, the Summit Deluxe offers the same experience with a later check-in time of 8 am, and the Haleakala Express skips the tour of Haleakala in favor of a start time at 9 am. KONA mountain bikes, backpacks, helmets, rain gear, and a map/directions are all included.
Guided Downhill Biking Tour
If you’d rather have a seasoned local guide leading the way, Bike Maui offers two options for guided Haleakala bike tours: the Sunrise Tour or the standard Morning Bike Tour. After being picked up from your hotel, you’ll travel in a comfortable van to the summit of Haleakala Volcano for a narrated tour of Haleakala National Park, including hot beverages.
Shortly after, you’ll travel back down the slopes to 6,500 feet, where you’ll gear up with your tour leader for a fully guided experience that includes all necessary gear, as well as insulated gloves and a windbreaker suit. It’s recommended you wear warm layers, and riders must be experienced, at least 5 feet tall, and at least 12 years of age at the time of the tour.
Haleakala Bike Rentals
You can also take a self-guided trip by renting a bike. for mountain bikers, you can rent one and head to Makawao Forest Reserve for a number of epic courses.
Choose a bike built with suspension for your weight and style and with flat pedals, a helmet, a repair kit, and get maps. (Backpacks, protective armor, and clipless pedals are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis.) What’s more, renting a bike will enable you and your crew to cruise through the National Park, as most commercial bike companies are prohibited from shuttling riders inside the park to depart from the crater.