Sightseeing Haleakala & Iao Valley
Mon & Thu @ 6:45a Approx.
Easy to Moderate
Get ready for a day filled with fun and discoveries as you embark on a journey to Maui’s highest point, Haleakala Crater, the world’s largest dormant volcano. Your adventure begins as your friendly Poly Ad guide welcomes you aboard their state-of-the-art minibus for a relaxing scenic drive through Maui’s shoreline, then through the central area before starting the 38-mile drive towards the top of Mount Haleakala, the House of the Sun, where you will experience the dramatic changes of topography and climate, ranging from green and warm, to cool and arid. At the summit, you will have the opportunity to explore the rim of the crater, capture the incredible views of its moonlike landscape, and visit the Haleakala National Park’s Visitor Center. On your way down the mountain, you will catch views of Kula and its open country cattle fields. Next, you will stop at Makawao Town for lunch, before heading to Iao Valley State Park, for breathtaking views of lush green mountains, and Iao Needle, towering over 1,200 feet above the valley floor. This is a fine option for those who want to explore more of Maui, without getting up for the sunrise. This tour only goest out two days a week and sells out well in advance. Book your journey today and guarantee you will not be missing out!
Adult (Ages 12 & up): $146.95 (Reg $157) +tax/fees = $161.89
Child (Ages 3-11): $85.95 (Reg $91) +tax/fees = $94.69
Infant (Ages 0-2): FREE
Pick-up is provided from major resorts and condominiums in the West and South Maui areas. You will find the exact location and time on your voucher. Tour buses cannot pick-up at residential areas or B&B's.
What to wear or bring:
Due to temperatures at the summit being in the '40s, you should dress in layers, warm and comfortably, As you descend, temperatures will rise again to the '70s to '80s.
Bring your battery-charged camera or camera-phone with plenty of memory for your pictures.
You should also bring CASH for gratuity to your guide and restaurant server.
Poly Ad calls this their "Best of Maui Tour," covering Haleakala, Iao Valley, and Upcountry. It is a great option if you want to see more of Maui and do not want to get up in the middle of the night to catch the sunrise. You will ride in comfort and style in one of Poly Ad's luxurious minibusses, equipped with air filtration systems and video monitors, which will be showing a visual presentation of the highlights of your tour for your entertainment.
As you head up Mount Haleakala, you will witness the ever-changing scenery, going from sea level to the highest point of Maui, the summit of Mount Haleakala, 10,000 feet high. The scene won't be the only thing changing; you will notice the climate will cool down by about 30 degrees cooler than when you started your journey. Climate change comes with a change in the landscape, starting with lush green areas, cattle ranch farmland to the arid and exotic terrain as you approach the top of the mountain.
At the summit, you will have the opportunity to explore the rim of the crater for excellent views of its moonlike topography. You will realize then why NASA brought our first astronauts to Haleakala to train them on how to drive on the surface of the moon. You should look around to spot plants only found there, such as the Silversword, and its silvery hairs, fleshy leaves, and low-growing rosette.
The next portion of your tour will take you down from the crater, where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. You will drive through the Kula area, where you will find cattle ranches and beautiful mountainous sites. Kula is located about 3,000 feet above sea level.
Your first stop after the crater will be Makawao Town, Maui's "Paniolo" (cowboy) town, and home to Maui's yearly Paniolo Festival. It is also home to art galleries, restaurants, and small mom & pop stores. Makawao is a great place for you to enjoy a meal, before heading down to Iao Valley.
Iao Valley is a dense rainforest where a major war between two Hawaiian kingdoms took place. It is also home to Iao Needle, an iconic rock covered by green vegetation, towering 1,200 feet above the valley floor. After all these memorable sites your guide will take you back to your Maui home for a well-deserved snooze, so you can be ready for a night on the town!
* Not recommended for those with heart or respiratory conditions
* If scuba diving, you must wait at least 72 hours before joining this tour
* Tour is operated on rough, winding roads. Not suitable for pregnant women or those with back problems.
* Extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures were created to meet and exceed CDC guidelines
* Guests begin the day on a fully sanitized vehicle
* Busses feature Air Purification & Rapid Air Exchange through Enhanced Air Filtration
* Drivers are masked and will perform disinfection of critical touchpoints
* Guests MUST wear face masks throughout the tour, except when actively eating or drinking
* Guests MUST maintain social distancing of 6 feet from others, not in their group