Hawaii

SUNSET AND STARGAZING HALEAKALA TOUR

DurationDuration 4-6 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 12
$19.99

Description

A sunset atop Haleakala — known as house of the sun in Hawaiian — is pure magic. You’ll be walking on sunshine, that is of course until the stars come out. Then, weather permitting, you’ll behold some of the best stargazing in the world. You'll be so close to the stars you'll swear you can touch them!

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Watch the sunset atop Mt. Haleakala
•⁠ Look for constellations at Haleakala's summit
•⁠ Hike the Hosmer Grove or Sliding Sands trails
•⁠ Visit a lavender or dairy farm
•⁠ Walk through historic Makawao Town

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Around 12:00 p.m. (check sunset times in advance)
Tour Starting Point(s): Kahului
Direction: Loop, ending where you began — all stops are on your way up the mountain

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Intro to Tour & Planning
Turn Right to Haleakala Hwy
Exit 35 for Pukalani
Continue Straight & Mauna Lei
Slack Key Guitar
Pele and Creation of Maui
Views & Maui Nui
House of the Sun
Return Trip Sunset Haleakala
Down We Go!
Turn Right at Stoplight
HOUSE OF THE SUN

Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

You might not have packed a jacket for your Hawaii vacation, but you’ll definitely want to run to the nearest gift shop and grab a sweatshirt before embarking on a trip to Haleakala. Temperatures are considerably cooler in the park, especially at the summit where they can drop below freezing.

Also, be prepared with some water as altitude sickness is common atop the mountain. You’ll gain a lot of elevation in a short period of time.

The only fee on this tour is a $30 entrance fee to enter Haleakala National Park.

And there is NO reservation required to get to the summit - reservations are only required for viewing the sunrise.

We recommend starting the tour from Kahului around noon.

The tour starts and ends in Kahului. This is about a 2-hour drive from the resort areas of Kaanapali and Lahaina in West Maui.

The sun sets at about 5:30 p.m. in the winter and 7:00 p.m. in the summer. If you want to see the stars you need to wait around for an hour after sunset.

  • Very Important: Car Charger
  • Jacket, Layers, Blanket: temperatures can drop below freezing at the summit
  • Sneakers 
  • Hiking Clothes 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks 
  • Cash 
  • Phone Mount 

Tour FAQs

This tour begins in Kahului and guides you through the park making stops along the way. Once you’ve reached the summit we’ll guide you back to Kahului with stories. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour!

  • Makawao Town
  • Hosmer Grove Trail 
  • Pa Ka’oao Trail 
  • Sliding Sands Trails
  • Kalahaku Overlook
  • Leleiwi Overlook
  • Halemau’u Trail
  • Historic Makawao Town

For help planning your day check out our Sunset and Stargazing Haleakala National Park suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go

Here’s our packing list for this tour. It may seem a little long, but remember, what you bring depends on the activities you choose to do for the day. 

  • Jacket, Layers, Blanket: temperatures can drop below freezing at the summit
  • Sneakers 
  • Hiking Clothes 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks 
  • Cash 
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount 
There's only one major fee on this tour, and that's the $30 entrance fee to Haleakala National Park. However, if you plan on grabbing lunch before you enter the park in plan to spend about $15 per person. 

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

No, the tour starts and ends in Kahului. If you’d like to begin this tour at Haleakala National Park you can join the tour along the route, but you’ll miss out on some stories.

It depends on the time of year, but sunset in the winter (October-March) is between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. and in the summer (April-September) it’s between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. We recommend you double check the night before your visit.

Please note, if you’re staying in West Maui at one of the resorts in Lahaina, Kaanapali or Kapalua it takes about 45 minutes to reach the start of the tour in Kahului and then, depending on the stops you make, it takes about 2-3 hours to reach the summit. This tour is designed with no stops on the way back with the expectation you’ll be driving at night.



Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

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