Haleakala Downhill Bike
Join Maui's safest, and most experienced bike touring company for the ride of your life down the world's largest dormant volcano! Nowhere else on earth can you experience the thrill of traveling downhill over 38 miles while descending 10,000 feet! Bicycling down the Haleakala volcano is the Valley Isle's most popular land activity tour and a "must do" of all Maui's tours and activities.
The Haleakala bike adventure begins far above the clouds, where you'll take in awe-inspiring views from the rim of Haleakala's massive volcanic crater. For the more daring, the 3:00 AM departure allows you to experience a magnificent sunrise over Haleakala. For those who prefer to sleep in a bit more, the second daily departure takes place at 6:45 AM.
After you enjoy the view from almost two miles up, your van will drive you down to 6,500 feet. Here you will have a safety orientation and bike/gear fitting, after which you're ready to roll down the planet's grandest coaster through over 200 twists and turns and countless visual wonders. There are many stops along the way to view and photograph the incredible scenery, and learn about Haleakala's history and lore. A stop will be made at a local cafe where you can purchase a snack or a whole meal.
Throughout the journey, riders are in the capable, safety-minded hands of professionally trained tour guides.
Maui's Haleakala National Park is an area of astounding diversity and beauty, covering over 30,000 acres of wilderness. It preserves the distinctive volcanic landscape of the summit area, and protects the pristine Kipahulu Valley and scenic pools at Oheo Gulch. Haleakala is home to many of the world's 13 ecosystems, including alpine cinder desert, subalpine shrubland and grassland, montage bogs, dryland forest, high elevation cloud forest, low elevation rainforest and coastal.
For your safety, each departure features speedometers on the bikes of cruise leaders (allowing them to regulate group speed), highly visible outerwear, and motorcycle helmets and gloves for guests to prevent injuries.
Reviewer: Douglas Lomsdalen
Christmas Day sunrise @ 5:55 was spectacular...dress warm for the wait. We proceeded downhill a bit for the ride. The ride was easy, guide at the front is in constant communication with the trailing truck...we owned the entire lane, while periodically having to pull over to let some traffic by. Stats: 22 miles, just over 1 hour moving time, Elapsed Time: 1hr 36mins; Avg Speed: 18.4mph; Max Speed: 30.9mph. Only con: Do not forget any personal gear, you will not get it back. I had a Go-Pro on my helmet, by the next day when I realized that I had forgot it, it was gone.
Reviewer: Anne Makowski
Great ride, nice crew..... warm coats!!!!
Reviewer: Renee Bookout
We were completely satisfied with this excursion (with one exception, see below), and even more satisfied with Dean and John. They make a great team in terms of safety and fun. I was leery about the trip because of the weather (quite windy and chilly), but it turned out to be perfect. It is a long ride up through winding roads so make sure you don't get car sick. The sunrise is phenomenal, but I'd like to do it on a warmer day, if possible. So incredibly cold. But our guides knew the deal and had us in the ranger station for some warmth until just before sunset. The ride down is fantastic, with just enough stops to catch your breath and get photos. Unfortunately, our stop in town for a little breakfast was a bust because it was a holiday. Only complaint is that they packed 13 adults into the van. The back seat is not comfortable for 4 adults. It made for a miserable start; thank goodness it ended on a high note. Try to find out how many other passengers there will be in the vehicle.
A fantastic experience - hope to do it again some day