Haleakala Downhill Bike Ride

What’s the best Maui volcano bike ride?

When visiting the beautiful Valley Isle of Maui, one of the best ways to see the expansive views is by cruising down our 10,000+ foot mountain, Haleakala. The incredible Haleakala downhill bike ride weaves you through the mountain for the experience of a lifetime. There are a number of companies and options for this Maui volcano bike ride, so read on to find what suits you best. Do you want a guided tour? Do you want to bike on your own? With the Maui breeze keeping you cool and a helmet keeping you safe, this is one Maui experience that visitors won’t regret!

Bike Maui

With the Bike Maui crew, you can choose between self-guided and guided tours, sunrise for early birds that want to catch the famous Haleakala sunrise, or a morning tour for those that just want to see the incredible views.

The self-guided tours include a vehicle tour to the summit, so you can see above the clouds on the 10,000+ foot Haleakala mountain. Begin your ride at the National Park entrance at 6,500 feet and cruise 23 miles down the mountain, eventually landing in the adorable town of Haiku, which has plenty of places to nourish you after your ride.

The guided tours include the same summit tour by vehicle, a knowledgeable guide talking about the history and culture of Haleakala National Park, the 23-mile ride down the mountain and ending in Haiku at 4pm.

You’ll be provided with admission to Haleakala National Park, your bike, helmets, backpacks, rain gear, and maps with directions. You’ll want to bring your own close toed shoes, a sweatshirt/jacket, layers of clothing, sweatpants or jeans, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera, day pack, snacks, and water. Go for an adventure and join Bike Maui for a Haleakala downhill bike ride!

Mountain Riders

This one-of-a-kind Sunrise Shuttle Tour starts with a convenient pickup right at your hotel, a relaxing drive, and guided tour of the stunning 10,000+ foot Haleakala mountain and National Park. Learn about the rare plants and animals and the unique geology of the crater. Watch the sun rise above the clouds from the summit and drive back down as a group to 6,500 feet, where your Haleakala downhill bike ride will begin. After a safety briefing, hop on your bike and start your 26-mile descent down the winding roads with sprawling views of Maui. Continue through the beautiful Upcountry area of Kula and through the “paniolo” or cowboy inspired Makawao town. Ride amongst pineapple fields, glide by the ocean, and end at Paia Bay Beach Park.

What’s included? Round trip transportation, and hot/cold beverage service with a light snack, a windbreaker jacket, helmet, and our well-maintained and modern volcano chrome cruiser bikes. All participants must be 12 years or older, at least 5 feet tall, not pregnant, and be able to handle a bike.

Another option, the Haleakala Day Journey, begins with a 7:30am check-in at 6.500 feet elevation up Haleakala and ends around 12/12:30pm at Paia Beach Park after a 26-mile ride. Start your day with an informational safety video, free coffee/orange juice, snacks and a guided van tour of Haleakala National Park. Then, you’ll be fit into your bike and helmet for your Haleakala downhill bike ride! See the switchbacks of Haleakala Ranch and cruise through the upcountry town of Makawao, ending in the cute beach town of Paia and grab your own lunch with your new biking buddies.

The self-guided tour from Mountain Riders is the longest unguided Maui volcano bike ride on the island (26 miles). Grab a ride to Haleakala, then enjoy gliding down the mountain at your own pace, so you can stop for snacks, drinks, photo opportunities, or just to take a break. You’ll meet at the main office in Haliimaile at 7:30am and finish there to return your bike and equipment.

Maui Sunriders

This Haleakala downhill bike ride company has been operating for nearly 20 years and offers an incredible experience from the mountain to the ocean. On their self-guided tour, stop wherever and whenever you want for a meal or snack, shopping, photo opportunities, or to breathe and take in the incredible views. Start up the mountain and finish your Maui volcano bike ride in the lively beach town of Paia to sample restaurants, visit boutiques, and stunning white sand beaches.

Start your self-guided Maui volcano bike ride at the leisurely hour of 9am in Paia (no 2am wake-up call to catch a sunrise!) and get equipped with your provided windbreaker jacket and pants, gloves, backpack, map, bike lock, helmet, and bike. On your 45-minute drive up Haleakala, you’ll see the route to take for your way back down the mountain, as well as learn about the area from a knowledgeable guide. Start at 6,500 feet and cruise down on your own time. Use the modern convenience of scanning a QR code to see your location and point out notable spots along your ride. It’s up to you how long you want to keep your Haleakala downhill bike ride going! A straight shot would take 1.5-2 hours, but if you stop for a meal and shopping, you can cruise around for 5 hours. Just make sure to be back by 4pom, which is when the shop closes.

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