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Haleakala Crater Central Maui and Iao Valley



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Your best day on Maui! Spend a day seeing the island’s most memorable sites while your entertaining and knowledgeable guide takes care of the driving. This scenic bus excursion will take you past a variety of the island’s famous landmarks, historic sites, exotic landscape, and plantations from a comfortable perch. You’ll be awed by the iconic ‘Iao Needle in a valley sharing the same name. Plus, travel through the slopes of rustic Kula, have lunch in the paniolo (cowboy) town of Makawao, and see charming Wailuku Town.
  • Visit Haleakala Crater National Park, home to the world’s largest dormant volcano
  • Explore Iao Valley State Park and walk its Needle Lookout Trail
  • Stroll through the quaint town of Wailuku
  • Activity duration: 8.5 hours (not including transportation time to and from activity)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included


Enjoy a comfortable bus tour of Maui

Beginning with pick up at your Maui resort, you will board the small passenger bus with oversized viewing windows and plush seating. Led by a certified guide from the State of Hawaii, your eight-hour Haleakala Crater tour will include narration pinpointing top sites and providing historical and cultural references to what you are seeing. At each stop, you will have between 15 to 40 minutes to take pictures and enjoy the sites, depending on the location.

Take in scenic vistas and diverse landscape

The first stop of your Haleakala Crater tour is at the crater and a visit to its National Park. Spanning more than 33,000 acres, you will see the crater’s unique cones and shapes and stand on top of the world’s largest dormant volcano. Moving on to Iao Valley State Park, you will have an hour to enjoy a short walk on Iao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop to take in this volcanic crater scenery. Then it is off to Wailuku Town, a quaint town that is home to Maui’s government and filled with historic attractions. While driving around the island, you will also see scenic vistas, flower farms, sugar cane plantations and churches.


  • Round-Trip Transportation
  • Deluxe touring vehicle
  • Professional tour guide
  • Admission to Haleakala National Park
  • Souvenir booklet

Practical Information

  • Pick-up times start at 6:45am from respective hotels.
  • Dress warmly (important). The temperature can be as low as around 20 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Bring money for lunch, beverages & snacks, souvenirs, and tips
  • Kindly note that this tour is not recommended for guests 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 rough, winding roads. It is not recommended for pregnant women or those with back or motion problems
  • Children: 3-11 years old’

Good To Know

  • Tour Language: English
  • Tour Location(s): Maui
  • Season: All year long
  • Duration: 8.5 hours (approx.)
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 3 years old
  • Hotel Pick-up Available: Yes
  • Good Physical Condition Required: Yes
  • Suitable For Children : Yes
  • Suitable For Elderly: Yes
  • Pregnant Woman Allowed: No
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