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Best of Maui Tour, featuring Haleakala, ‘Iao Valley, and country towns

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6:45am-4:00pm

Best of Maui Tour, featuring Haleakala, ‘Iao Valley, and country towns

Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Experience essential Maui on this laid-back journey showcasing nature’s finery, historic landmarks, and charming country towns. Haleakala is truly magnificent in the daytime hours; bathed in sunlight which brings its steep slopes to center stage and when endemic wildlife freely roams the landscape. Leisurely observe Nene geese in their native habitat and discover the secret of the rare Silversword plant.

After a short walk past a meandering stream through a forest full of native Hawaiian plants, gaze high above at the iconic Iao Needle – a natural outcropping jutting from the mountain side; covered in emerald green vegetation and towering 1,200 feet over Iao valley. The valley is rich in history as a former ancient burial site for Hawaii’s royalty.

End the day at historic Lahaina Town, a former whaling village and hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy lunch on your own at a shore front eatery and browse unique shops and art galleries. Known for its sunny weather and relaxed vibe, Lahaina is the place to be.

Tour Highlights:
  • Hotel pickup in specially outfitted Grech deluxe minibus with USB ports, video monitors, climate control, and the best windows for viewing Maui’s beauty.
  • Dormant Volcano Haleakala will be you first stop. The world-famous volcano was formed approximately 1 million years ago through the building up of layers of flowing lava. It has been a sacred location for Polynesian people who settled on the island 400-650 A.D.
  • Haleakala National Park is home to over 1,000 different species of plant life. During the 38-mile drive to the summit you will view the magnificent silver sword plant, found nowhere else on earth, and will pass ancient sacred locations, and breathtaking views from the safety and comfort of your vehicle.
  • Haleakala Visitor Center, constructed in 1936, is a small stone structure on the edge of a cliff. Information, souvenirs, and more. You’ll want to spend some time with the welcoming staff pleased to share their insights.
  • Experience Climate and Topographical Changes as you gently glide through the varying elevations. Keep an eye out for the rare Nene Goose.
  • Views of Kula come into focus when approaching the open country slopes of the district meet agricultural land in this rustic region, home to early Portuguese and Chinese immigrant plantation workers.
  • Wailuku Town sits at the base of the West Maui Volcano and is the county seat of Maui. In prehistoric Hawaii it was a power and population center, and later a plantation town.
  • ‘Iao Valley, a dense rainforest and ancient battleground, it was a burial site for ancient Hawaiian royalty. The iconic, greenery covered ‘Iao Needle towers 1,200 feet above the valley floor.
  • Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling and shopping and dining in Lahaina Town.
  • Hotel return after your singular morning on fabled Haleakala.
Details:
  • Dress warmly (important) to be prepared for the Haleakala summit area where the temperature can be as low as around 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • All admission fees included.
  • Comfortable 38-mile drive to the summit area of “The House of the Sun”, Haleakala.
  • Breathtaking sunrise viewing at 9,740 ft elevation summit area as you view the dawn of a new day from the top of the world.
  • Haleakala Visitor Center, with its souvenirs, fact-filled publications, and helpful staff.
  • Top of the line Grech minibus tour vehicles with excellent amenities, superb visibility windows, USB ports, and more.
  • Remarkable views of Kula, Upcountry Maui, and environs during descent.
  • Drive through charming and historic Wailuku Town.
  • Live tour narration augmented by visual presentation on monitors (available in 6 languages).
  • Kindly note that this tour is not recommended for guests with heart or respiratory conditions that may be exacerbated due to high altitude. People who have gone scuba diving should wait 72 hours before going on this tour. No refunds due to Haleakala due to inclement weather conditions impacting visibility. This tour is operated on rough, winding roads. It is not recommended for pregnant women or those with back or motion problems.

Departure & Return Location

Hotel pick up is provided from Major Maui Hotels. Enter the name of your hotel at time of reservation. Phone our Reservations Department at 808-877-4242, 24 hours prior to tour to re-confirm your pick up time and place. We are not permitted to pick up in residential areas or at B&B’s.

Times

Depart: 6:45 AM    Return: 4:00 PM

Price Includes

  • Round-Trip Transportation in Air-Conditioned Comfort
  • Tax and applicable admissions
  • Haleakala National Park

Additional Info

Pick-up Information:

Hotel pick up is provided from major Maui hotels. Enter the name of your hotel at time of reservation. Phone our Reservations Department at 808-877-4242, 24 hours prior to tour to re-confirm your pick up time and place. We are not permitted to pick up in residential areas or at B&B’s.

Tour Restriction(s):

This tour is operated on winding roads. It is not recommended for pregnant women or those with back or motion problems.

Cancellation Policy:

If the tour is canceled with more than 24 hours notice, the total amount is refunded. If the tour is canceled without 24 hours notice, full charges apply. No shows incur full charges. Claims for refunds must be made within 30 days of the date of service.

Haleakala Authorized Concessioner

The National Park Service and the Department of the Interior authorize Polynesian Adventure Activities to serve the public in Haleakala National Park.

This service is operated by Polynesian Adventure Activities, a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service. The Concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Prices are approved by the National Park Service. Please address comments to:

Superintendent
Haleakala National Park
PO Box 369
Makawao, HI 96768

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