Haleakala Sunrise Tour with Breakfast Maui, HI

Polynesian Adventures Maui273 Dairy RoadKahului, Maui, HI 96732
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Set out on an early morning adventure on the Haleakala Sunrise Tour. Ascend atop Mount Haleakala aboard a minibus with large side windows—perfect for viewing the scenic drive and breathtaking scenery. Watch the summit come alive with the explosion of colors as the sun rises! A delicious breakfast awaits at Cafe O'Lei at the Plantation after the descent.

up to 9.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kahului, Maui Travel Experts
  • Catch the spectacular Haleakala sunrise on this family-friendly guided tour. Children ages two and below tour for free!
  • This 9.5-hour tour begins before dawn and ascends 38-miles of winding roads to the Haleakala Visitor Center at an elevation of 9,740 feet.
  • Enjoy a delicious sit-down breakfast at the Cafe O'Lei at the Plantation after the descent.
  • Not recommended for pregnant guests or those with back and motion problems or heart and respiratory conditions.
  • Wear layers of weather-appropriate comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. Temperature can get as low as 20ºF.
  • Due to the change in altitude, please wait at least 72 hours before joining this tour if you have recently gone scuba diving.
  • Hotel pick-up is provided from major Maui hotels; not permitted to pick up in residential areas or at B&Bs.
  • ADA-accessible vehicle with a lift available upon advance request.


from Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
Set your alarm and get ready to dress warmly as you prepare to make the 38-mile trip up to the summit of the dormant volcano known as Haleakala. The temperatures stay around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but the sight of the sun rising from 10,000 ft. above sea level will soon warm you up.

Did you know that Haleakala translates from ancient Hawaiian as "House of the Sun"? Remember to ask your guides to relate the story of the Demigod Maui. The sunrises continue to delight visitors every day — a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed!

Enjoy the view out of the large vista view windows from the mini-coach, as you slowly descend down to the base of the dormant volcano.

A full breakfast at Cafe O'Lei at the Plantation (formerly Mill House) at the beautiful Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku at 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy is included in this adventure, along with the admission to Haleakala National Park and expert guide narration.

Tour Highlights:
  • Hotel pickup in specially outfitted deluxe minibus with USB ports, video monitors, climate control, and the best windows for viewing the Haleakala landscape.
  • Dormant Volcano Haleakala 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 ascent you will view the magnificent silver sword plant, found nowhere else on earth, and pass ancient sacred locations, and breathtaking views from the safety and comfort of your vehicle.

  • Ranger Station of the Park is at 7,000ft where a convenient rest top is taken, and visitor information is available.

  • Viewing of Maui Sunrise as it rises above the clouds is the climax of the morning. The unforgettable show of light and color bursting into view is a spiritual experience for many. Majestic views from the 9,740ft elevation are unparalleled anywhere. They are so expansive that under especially clear sky conditions other islands may be seen several miles away.

  • 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 that is pleased to share their insights.

  • Descend through the Clouds as you gently glide through the changes in topography, weather, and scenery accompanied by elevation changes.

  • Views of Kula come into focus when approaching the open country slopes of the agricultural land in this rustic region, home to early Portuguese and Chinese immigrant plantation workers.

  • Scenic Upcountry Maui where misty mountain views, rich volcanic soil, and verdant farmland blends with a combination of early settlements and affluent new estates. The sunrise in Maui is truly one of a kind.

  • Breakfast included Cafe O'Lei at the Plantation (formerly Mill House), a local favorite, where you and your newly found friends will enjoy a delicious meal together.

  • Souvenir pamphlet containing facts, Hawaiian cultural information, and more.

  • Hotel return after your memorable morning on fabled Haleakala.

Pick-Up/Drop Off Time & Location:
Complimentary hotel pick up and return provided from major Maui hotels.
Apr 1 – Sep 30 (summer schedule): Depart: 2:00 AM Return: 11:30 AM
Oct 1 – Mar 31 (winter schedule): Depart: 2:30 AM Return: 12:00 PM
Note: Your exact pickup time will vary depending on your pickup location.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour with Breakfast

What time does the tour depart?

The sunrise tour departs at 2:00 am in the summer and at 2:30 am in the winter.

Does the tour include a meal?

The tour includes a delicious breakfast at the Cafe O'Lei at the Plantation at 1670 HI-30, Wailuku, HI 96793.

Is hotel pick-up included?

Yes. Transportation to and from major Maui hotels can be arranged and is included in the ticket price.

Is the tour family-friendly?

Yes, the tour is family-friendly! Children ages two and below can tour for free but must be seated on laps.

Are there any health restrictions?

Yes, there are. Since the tour is operated on very rough, winding roads, it's not recommended for guests who are pregnant or have back and motion problems. It's also not recommended for guests with heart or respiratory conditions that may be exacerbated due to high altitude. Guests who have gone scuba diving should wait 72 hours before joining this tour.

What should I wear?

Dress in layers, including a warm jacket, long pants, and a sweater or sweatshirt. Gloves and a hat may also come in handy. The temperature can get as low as 20ºF. If the weather forecast calls for rain, be prepared with your rain gear such as a light rain jacket or poncho.

What should I bring?

Bring comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes for the uneven terrain at the summit, cash for tipping the guide, and a camera or smartphone to capture the stunning views and unbeatable sunset views!

Does the tour have ADA-compliant vehicles?

Yes, Polynesian Adventure Tours has mini-coaches with lifts. If you or anyone in your party requires this assistance, please leave a comment in the special needs comment box in the ticket section above when booking your reservation.

Is the Haleakala Crater Volcano still active?

Yes, but it has not erupted over the past few centuries. The volcano is still considered an active volcano, however, the last eruption occurred way back in the 17th century.