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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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.
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!
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.
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.
It's your vacation - what you see and do is up to you. You choose where to stop on the tour and how long to stay.
Every tour stop, story and song has been carefully curated so you can make the most of your vacation.
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