Climb aboard your air-conditioned 6 to 8 guest luxury limo-van for a scenic drive to Haleakala National Park and the crater summit. On the way, you will enjoy breakfast cake, juice, and coffee.
Ascend to the "House of the Sun" visitor's center to let the crisp air awaken your senses to the breathtaking panoramas of the crater. Photograph multi-island views atop the 10,023 ft. summit and picture frame the moment forever. Pu'u Ula Ula, (Red Hill), affords 360 degree views of the Big Island of Hawai'i, West Maui and Lana'i and Moloka'i.
Descend Haleakala to the serene gardens of a Maui Lavender Farm. Explore the fields of organic lavender featuring over 45 lavender varieties, a collection of exotic roses, and an inspiring diversity of other plants. The fresh and invigorating fragrance will fill your senses and uplift the spirit. You will have the opportunity to learn about lavender, a mystical and mysterious herb. Best of all, visit the studio gift shop and discover quality organic products and gifts, made from Lavender & Aloha directly from the gardens, just for you. Next you will enjoy a Pacific Rim luncheon of chicken and fish, accompanied by pasta salad, fruit, and dessert, served al-fresco on the grounds of the lavender gardens.
Your journey continues past rolling green pastures, serene mountain vistas, and the seascapes below, to the Ulupalakua Ranch and MauiWine (Tedeschi Vineyards). This historic ranch was visited by King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi'olani in 1874. Known then as the Rose Ranch, it was famed for its hospitality and agricultural prowess. The king's cottage still stands and is currently the winery's tasting room. You'll be invited to sip some of the Ulupalakua wine ($10 US per person, not included) and "taste the sun, the soft evening fog and hold one hundred years of history, in your glass."
Your tour continues with a visit to the Hawaiian paniolo, "cowboy" town of Makawao. There's plenty of time to stroll and explore this and historic place. Visit Viewpoints Gallery, operated exclusively by Maui artists, Hot Island Glass, the only glass blowing studio on Maui, or a number of other fine, locally owned shops.
Reviewer: Island hoppers
First time booking of this service in the Islands. Skipped the pricey, crowded experience provided on the Cruise ship and opted for an onshore excursion. Somewhat skeptical that at almost half the price what kind of experience was going to be provided? What a surprise! On time experienced, enthusiastic driver and guide herded the 4 of us on an luxury van for 8 with prompt and thoughtful extras, local food products and cold water always. Video of what we were going to see on a widescreen and recounts of personal experience along the way made the very long day seem short and full of fun facts and side insights into those who grew up on the island. Many inclusive extras and nice stops along the way made this feel like a VIP excursion of the most expensive resort offerings, but this was at a very reasonable price. What an amazing experience offered in such a superb way at an affordable price. Does it get any better?