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Maui: Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala National Park

1. Maui: Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala National Park

Make the most of your time in Maui by witnessing the breaking of a new day at the top of Mt. Haleakala on this bus day trip with hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations in Maui. Start your day with an energizing island breakfast before exploring the raw beauty of Mt. Haleakala. Dress warmly for the adventure that begins practically in the middle of the breezy Hawaiian night. The early-morning pickup quickly turns into a pre-dawn delight as guests gaze out at the Kula District's one-of-a-kind landscape and terrain. Prepare yourself for an unmatched sunrise. This tour nourishes the soul and the body: coffee and pastries are included. Accompanied by your driver-guide, return to your accommodation by late morning, inspired by the mountaintop sunrise.

Hilo: Fly over Volcano National Park and Waterfalls

2. Hilo: Fly over Volcano National Park and Waterfalls

Take a helicopter ride over ever-changing scenery at Volcano National Park with this tour from Hilo. Journey over black sand beaches where lava once flowed into the sea. Take off from Hilo and fly directly to Volcano National Park. See the caldera of the Kilauea volcano. Admire the Pu'uo'o' volcanic cone. Snap pictures of the massive volcanos Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Discover new lava fields that are forming and go over old lava fields. View how waterfalls create a deep blue pools amid jungle greenery.

From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

3. From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road to set the stage for the day overlooking mesmerizing views including a stop to view the famous Rainbow Falls. If the Twilight option is selected, you will stay in the Park past sunset to view the eruption's glow. From there your first stop will be the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. Discover all the “must-see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater. After immersing yourself in the magnanimous history and culture of Volcanoes National Park and enjoying your picnic lunch, you will be driven to Hawaii Forest and Trail's private lava tube, Kauhi Cavern. Explore this unique cave with ceilings as high as 35 feet, expansive rooms, bright golden walls, and an “upside-down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Upon returning to the surface from the lava tube exploration, enjoy a light afternoon snack with your fellow travelers and guide while reflecting on your in-depth volcano experience.

Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

4. Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

Enjoy a fully narrated adventure starting with a stop at a Kona Coffee Farm. Walk through a lava tube and orchards with your guide to learn about the harvesting and milling process while sampling a warm cup of Kona-grown coffee. Continue through the scenic view of the Kealakekua Bay and South Point, the southernmost point of the United States. Relax at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach to spot marine life, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles, from the shore. Next, go to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Tour the Chain of Craters Road for the “mountain to sea” experience. Stop by and learn about volcanic eruptions and flow sites, the park coastline, and the Holei Sea Arch. Visit Kilauea Iki Lookout, steam vents, Halema’uma’u Crater, and crater rim trail. After enjoying dinner at a local café near the park, visit a secluded location for stargazing. Depending on weather conditions, observe stars, planets, galaxies, and more.

Maui: Sunrise Self-Guided Driving Tour

5. Maui: Sunrise Self-Guided Driving Tour

Travel across the island of Maui on an early morning driving tour you can enjoy at your own pace. Follow a GPS-enabled audio guide through quaint towns, the Makawao forest, and the Kula Botanical Garden. Take in the lush scenery and reach Haleakalā volcano to admire the sunrise from the summit. Download the app that will function as your personal guide and head out on your own vehicle to the town of Kahului. Head inland through the picturesque town of Pukalani and listen to an insightful introduction to Maui's historic cowboys, known as 'paniolos'. Learn about the island's rich culture as you become surrounded by the lush wilderness of the Makawao Forest Reserve, featuring some fantastic hiking and biking trails through the jungle. Pass a park full of friendly chickens before arriving at the Kula Botanical Garden. Pause your tour at any of these locations or head straight into Haleakalā National Park to catch the sunrise. Begin ascending the awe-inspiring volcano, rising over 29,000 feet from its base below the sea. Get acquainted with myths and legends about this natural landmark as you drive up. Find a couple of hiking trails with great mountaintop views, as well as two fantastic overlooks of the crater and surrounding landscape. Reach the Haleakalā Visitor Center and Red Hill, the highest point on the island. End your adventure with striking panoramic views from the top.

Big Island: Kilauea Volcano Hiking Tour

6. Big Island: Kilauea Volcano Hiking Tour

Experience an ohana tour with friends and family in style. Get exclusive access to an active volcano in the infamous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wander through lava tubes off the beaten track and stay until after dark for magnificent views of molten lava spewing from the Halemaumau Crater. Your tour includes 2-3 miles of hiking through the Big Island's lush and varied scenery, a knowledgeable guide who will teach you about the flora and fauna unique to Big Island, and round trip transportation from Kona or Waikaloa. Enjoy snacks, beverages, a Deli-style lunch prepared by Christine's Deli, and dinner, which are all included in your 10-12 hour day trip. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime view of the glowing lava at one of the last remaining active volcanoes in Hawaii. Have your camera ready to capture the orange glow of lava against the night sky.

Haleakala National Park: Crater and Summit Hike

7. Haleakala National Park: Crater and Summit Hike

Trek through the sublime scenery of Haleakala National Park and absorb incredible views from the summit. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you hike to the crater of a dormant volcano. Follow two different trails within the park in the company of an expert guide, as you marvel at the stunning landscape in a small group. Look out for the unique flora and fauna native to Haleakala, such as the otherworldly Hawaiian Silversword, and try to spot the Hawaiian Nene (goose) wandering through the undergrowth.

Big Island: Volcanoes National Park Group or Private Hike

8. Big Island: Volcanoes National Park Group or Private Hike

See it all on a group or private hike in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, uncovering its natural wonders. Journey with your expert guide through native Hawaiian forests and the Kilauea Iki Crater to an active caldera, then travel into the center of the earth to explore Thurston Lava Tube. Start your trek at the Kilauea Visitor Center where you'll meet your friendly guide and get ready for your adventure. Venture into the lush rainforests and experience incredible views over the solidified lava lake in Kilauea Iki Crater. Weave your way between a field of steam vents and into a native Hawaiian forest to reach the caldera of a volcano. Observe the gigantic volcanic walls and feel the heat close against your skin. Finish your hike in style as you delve into the iconic Thurston Lava Tube, a stretching, subterranean cave formed by ancient flowing lava. Feel the wonder of one of the park's most popular attractions before heading back to the visitor center.

Maui: Private Rainforest or Road to Hana Loop Tour

9. Maui: Private Rainforest or Road to Hana Loop Tour

Choose from a flexible range of activity options for the entire trip. In East Maui's Rainforest: explore Waikamoi, Pua'aka'a, Hanawi, and Waikani Falls. Hike to hidden locations and discover bamboo forests and Rainbow Eucalyptus trees. Visit the peninsula town of Keanae, known for its unique and stunning lava rock coastline with ocean currents crashing against the lava rock walls. Visit Aunt Sandy's for local snacks, or stop at Coconut Glenn's for the best homemade coconut ice-cream. Stroll along exotic black and red sand beaches or venture into a unique lava cave with headlights. Visit some of the largest and most impressive lava tubes in Hawaii. Arrive in Hana for excellent lunch choices and Hawaiian snacks from local gourmet food trucks, stands, and Hana Farms, da best! See Green Sea Turtles resting on the beach, and more. Should you choose the Full Road to Hana Loop (clockwise or counterclockwise), make your way to the sheltered side of the island with rugged narrow windy roads that transition to the roller coaster smooth paved, Piilani Highway. Witness a remarkable contrast of cliffside driving with spectacular ocean views, panoramas of the Haleakala Volcano, sprawling landscapes, wildlife, and the Kaupo Gap. Make your way back home through the beautiful upcountry area of Kula for views of neighboring islands, Kaho'olawe, Lanai, U-shaped snorkeling isle of Molokini, and Iao Valley Mountains.

Maui: Haleakalā National Park Sunset Tour

10. Maui: Haleakalā National Park Sunset Tour

Take a fantastic tour in the twilight hours to witness a sunset from atop Haleakalā, a dormant crater in Haleakalā National Park. View Maui on the ascent from the safety and comfort of your bus. Catch a glimpse of the endemic Hawaiian Nene goose and the Silversword plant on your ascent. Watch the sunset with an incredible view from 9,740 feet elevation. Listen to your driver tell Hawaiian legends and learn about the history and culture of Maui. Descend from the crater and note the changes in topography and weather. Pass through Kula town in upcountry Maui on your return and see flourishing farmland and stunning views of the land below.

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4.7 / 5

based on 23 reviews

I've never been on a helicopter before so didn't know what to expect. Sam is an amazing pilot with a ton of knowledge about Hawaiian culture, the island, and the volcanoes. The flight was smooth as silk from take off to landing. Highly recommend this excursion!

Darren, the pilot, was very knowledgeable and brought us through some of the most beautiful areas, turning so people on both sides of the helicopter were able to see and get some amazing pictures. The highlight of my vacation!

Our guide Drau totally made this your amazing. He really went out of his way all day - even changed his outfits to suit the different stops. The volcano’s are just amazing.

Amazing tour! Bring plenty of warm clothes as it is incredibly windy and cold at the top! The breakfast afterwards was very good!

Long but worth it. Food and rest stops were great. Guide very knowledgeable. Safe driver, great vans