Haleakala Sunrise Tour

Haleakala Sunrise Tour

2am - 11:30am

Adults Ages 12 + $225
Children 3-11 years old $140
Free Infants 2 yrs and under Age 2 and under. Does not occupy a seat. Sits on adults lap.

Viewing the Maui sunrise atop the summit area of Haleakala is among the most sought-after experiences in the islands.

The other worldly landscape, altitude, unique flora, and pervasive influence of ancient Hawaiian culture combine to create an event simply beyond imagination. Translated from Hawaiian, Haleakala means “House of the Sun”, and as the most experienced of Haleakala tour providers and operators of the finest vehicles for the trip, Polynesian Adventure Tours is ideally qualified to share the rising of the sun with you.

Your expert driver guide will greet you at your hotel and welcome you aboard a state-of-art minibus that features wide side windows to allow views along the way to the summit area. Your driver guide’s live tour narration is augmented with captivating video segments shown on high tech vehicle monitors. Once at the summit and above the clouds, take in the stunning views of the rising sun. Upon descending from the dormant Maui volcano tour, you will join newfound friends for a delicious local style breakfast at Kula Lodge with its upcountry hospitality and breathtaking views of the west Maui mountains before returning to your hotel.

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 drive to the summit area 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
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 at Kula Lodge, a local favorite, where you and your newly found friends will enjoy a delicious meal together.
Souvenir booklet containing facts, Hawaiian cultural information, and more.
Hotel return after your memorable morning on fabled Haleakala.

Set your alarm to be ready for a 2:00/2:30 a.m. pickup from your hotel.
Dress warmly! The temperature can be as low as around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but the sight of the sun rising should warm you up.
Haleakala National Park admission fees included.
Ranger Station at Haleakala National Park entrance.
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, and visual presentation on monitors (available in 6 languages) to augment professional live narration.
Remarkable views of Kula, Upcountry Maui, and environs during descent.
Delicious breakfast at beautiful Kula Lodge.

ATTENTION! Haleakala National Park Sunrise Precautions

Dress warmly for your Haleakala tour as temperatures fluctuate. This tour is not recommended for people 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 if sunset not visible due to inclement weather conditions. This tour is operated on very 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. We are not permitted to pick up in residential areas or at B&B’s.

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

Price Includes
Round-Trip Transportation in Air-Conditioned Comfort
Expert driver guide.
Tax and applicable admissions
38-mile driving ascent of Haleakala
Witness a kaleidoscope of changing colors and dazzling lights from atop Haleakala.
Included breakfast at Kula Lodge.

Frequently Asked Questions


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


Cancellation Policy

A full refund is provided if the tour is canceled more than 48 hours prior to tour departure time. If canceled within 48 hours of tour departure time or if guest no-shows no refund is provided. Refund requests are to be received within 30 days of the date of the tour.

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:

Haleakala National Park
PO Box 369
Makawao, HI 96768

Eli B
Papillion, NE
Wrote a  review
Amazing pictures!
Our morning trip to Haleakala was amazing. The pickup was timely, and we made it up the mountain about 30 minutes before the sun started to peak in the horizon. Even just on an iPhone 13 Pro Max, the pictures left us speechless. We met so many cool people while waiting for the sunrise to begin. Plus, the breakfast was yummy and complimentary!

Atlanta, GA
Wrote a  review

Our driver/tour guide, Wayne, was very knowledgeable about all things Maui and loaded us full of botanical knowledge along the return trip. Breakfast was a pleasant surprise - we expected some breakfast sandwiches but instead were ushered to a delightful outdoor restaurant with freshly cooked options and a hillside view of Maui, nestled amongst gardens and babbling water features. Don’t forget to dress in your winter ski gear for the summit sunrise! Very cold.