Day Trip from Oahu to Maui: Haleakala & Best of Maui

Honolulu, United States
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  • 15 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Discover the highlights of central Maui, including Iao Valley State Park and Mt. Haleakala on this full-day excursion from Oahu. After flying to Maui, explore the stunning landscape of Haleakala National Park and visit the summit of Haleakala Volcano. View the verdant rain forest in Iao Valley State Park and admire the unusual rock formations at the Iao Needle. All park admissions, transportation on Maui, a local guide and round-trip airfare are included.
  • Full-day tour of Maui, by air from Oahu
  • Marvel at views from the summit of Mt. Haleakala, a sacred site for Hawaiians and the highest point in Maui
  • Hear from your guide about the volcanic history of Mt. Haleakala
  • Delve into the rain forest at Iao Valley State Park to see lush vegetation and the stunning Iao Needle
  • Visit the charming town of Wailuku, government seat of Maui
  • Drive by the historic Ka’ahamanu Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Includes round-trip flights from Oahu and ground transportation on Maui

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Haleakala National Park admission
  • Interisland R/T airfare (overage charges may apply)
  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Start time

05:30 AM

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What To Expect

Select the option of pickup at your Oahu hotel or make your way to the Honolulu airport to catch the flight to Maui.

Upon touchdown in Maui, meet your local guide and transfer to your air-conditioned coach. The tour's first stop is the Haleakala Crater, up a winding road that ascends 9,740 vertical feet in just 37 miles (60 kilometers) to the Haleakala Visitor's Center. As you drive, peek out the windows at the fantastic views of Maui's west side and listen to your guide's commentary about the history and geology of the island. (The mini-coach bus we use is not allowed up to the 10,000-foot point, only vans and cars.)

Disembark to see the volcano's gigantic crater—2.5 miles (4 km) wide, 7.5 miles (12 km) long and 3,000 feet (915 meters) deep. This dormant volcano last erupted in 1790, but the landscape around the crater is still bare and free of vegetation. Chilly temps at the summit mean you might want a jacket or sweater on hand.

Head down from the barren otherworldliness of Mt. Haleakala to the vibrant jade rain forest of the Iao Valley. At the Iao Needle, an unusual rock formation, you have free time to explore the area's waterfalls and swimming holes on foot via an easy hiking trail. Stop for lunch (own expense) midday.

Travel through the charming town of Wailuku, where you have time to walk around at your leisure and check out the historic Ka'ahamanu Church.

After exploring Maui's highlights, return to the airport for your flight back to Oahu.

Haleakala National Park

Home to the world’s largest dormant volcano; over 30,000 acres. The park is known for its unique volcanic features, its long scenic drive with numerous overlooks, and the rare, endemic wildlife, flora and fauna.

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Haleakala Crater (Pass By)

Views from what seems like the top of the world!

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passengers must provide date of birth and gender at the time of booking per TSA requirements
  • Once reservation is made, tour is non-refundable and non-changeable
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Interisland flight times and routes are subject to change
  • Special needs requests must be called in to the local supplier at least 1 week prior to tour date
  • The interisland airfare may fluctuate based on flight availability. Additional fees may be required to be paid by the customer in these cases.
  • IMPORTANT: The name you enter at the time of booking must exactly match what appears on your valid government-issued I.D. photo I.D. that you will use during travel. This is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and FAA requirement and there is no flexibility with this policy. A valid government-issued ID (passport for non-US citizens) is required on the day of travel. If a passenger is denied boarding, there will be no refund.
  • Haleakala is known for rapidly changing weather conditions and dense clouds and rain are common. As a result, clear viewing of the sunrise is not guaranteed, and the tour operates rain or shine. Refunds will be granted only when the tour is cancelled for safety reasons.
  • Iao Valley is closed until 2/15/23, additional time is spent in Makawao Town
  • The high altitude at the summit area may complicate health conditions and breathing difficulties. Elderly visitors, pregnant women, young children, and those with respiratory or heart conditions should consult their doctor prior to touring. Walk slowly and drink water to avoid dehydration. If you have gone scuba diving, you should wait at least 24 hours before going on this tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      A Pleasant Day In Maui
      Howie, Mar 2020
      We were picked up, taken to and from the airport, purchased airport tickets, then had a pleasant day at Maui even though the weather was not good. This was the first time we had an excursion flying from one location to another and it worked out perfectly.
      Maui day trip
      Janet_W, Aug 2019
      Got picked from hotel on time, proceeded to airport to be met by rep who had all our boarding passes. Had a great flight on landing we’re met by our transportation to a meet up point. Our driver/guide for was exceptional and very knowledgeable, had an amazing day seen lots of sights. Was a terrific day up the point of being dropped back to our hotel. The driver for this was not very good at all. Sped all the way and didn’t really listen to where the people wanted to dropped, drove past our hotel so we got off at the drop off point and walked back. An excellent day apart from the last point
      Judy the tour guide was great. Very...
      Michael_G, Jan 2015
      Judy the tour guide was great. Very efficient and informative. Very enjoyable trip,
      I love Maui and this is my favorite...
      AMMARIT B, Dec 2014
      I love Maui and this is my favorite island of Hawaii.. the day tour was excellent !! tour guide was very good
      This was the most amazing trip. It...
      Sharon N, Dec 2014
      This was the most amazing trip. It covered all areas of Maui. Was picked up on time and dropped off. Our tour guide knew everything about Maui (being a local) the bus was comfortable. I would thoroughly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see these highlights of Maui.
      The tour covered a lot of ground in...
      Robyn, Sep 2014
      The tour covered a lot of ground in Mauai. The road to Haleakalo was very long and windy, which should have been mentioned for those that get travel sickness. The lunch stop although the food was delicious, other options nearby could be mentioned as an alternative to a full expensive meal, with added in gratuities to the bill. The stop to Old Lahaina we wish had of been longer as this was a very pretty town with great shops.
      The waterfall is a real let down...
      Michael W, Aug 2014
      The waterfall is a real let down after the excitement of flying over the volcano and seeing the flowing lava. The helicopter ride was cool and worth doing overall.
      Half of the trip waste by lunch and...
      Yang L, Apr 2014
      Half of the trip waste by lunch and sending some people back to their hotel. The 9 hours trip only 4 hours were worthy.
      Highly recommend this tour. Our tour...
      Rosa_M, Feb 2014
      Highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Judy was great, she was very knowledgeable. Maui is different from Waikiki, not as hectic, at a much slower pace. Beautiful surroundings.
      Fantastic day. Cheryl our tour guide...
      Susan M, Nov 2013
      Fantastic day. Cheryl our tour guide and driver was excellent. Sue
      A wonderful well paced day. I was...
      Peter R, Jan 2013
      A wonderful well paced day. I was impressed with the efficiency, friendliness and detail that went into this day.
      It was a boring trip ever we have...
      mjafferany, Jan 2013
      It was a boring trip ever we have made. To start with the bus to pick us up from the hotel was about 50 minutes late for scheduled time. Transfer to HNL airport was fine. Bus driver was informative and humorous. At airport the guy whio received was very old and should have rested at home with great grand kids rather than doing PR jobs. Very slow in walking and talking, atypical example of great grandpa.On arrival at Maui airport received by a lady who was not very friendly or informative. Brought us outside the airport to wait for the transport. We have to wait for about more than hour and half to get to the Van, without any proper explanation. The Van driver was stubborn and repeatedly turning down the requests by van passengers to turn down the thermostat of airconditioning. Most of the people were wearing shorts and Ts and were not tolerating the airconditioning. Made several requests to turn down the AC but doing for 10-15 minutes and then bringing back to full AC. The itenerary of the trip was also not very fun. We were hoping for a round of going to world famous Maui beaches but it was not included in the trip. Essentially we did not have fun or entertain ourselves. It was a boring iteneray ever we had. Itwas awaste of our money and time. We would never recommend this itenerary to anybody.
      I have been coming to Hawaii every...
      Jon J, Nov 2012
      I have been coming to Hawaii every year for 24 years. This tour was the absolute worst tour I have ever been on. Ron our guide had a lot of knowledge but was so boring it was all we could do to stay awake. The bus was full when he picked us up at the airport, and the seat I had to sit in all day had the tire hump in the floor. It was extremely uncomfortable. I would never recommend this trip and will never book with your company again. After we left the tour everyone that we spoke with had the same opinion we had. Maybe Ron needs to retire!!!
      A very long days travel from Oahu to...
      Lei H, Sep 2012
      A very long days travel from Oahu to Maui with an early morning start. A lot of time is spent traveling on the bus between points when we did arrive in Maui. Haleakala Crater was good, be sure to bring a Jacket/Sweater as it is pretty cold up there compared to being at sea level. Our guide/bus driver was informative but could have been a bit more enthusiastic. Would recommend only if you have nothing better to do.
      Very well organized and stunning views...
      Florin G, Aug 2012
      Very well organized and stunning views. Trip was a little too long to stay in the bus.
      Long day but fantastic. Randy our...
      Harald R, Jul 2012
      Long day but fantastic. Randy our guide made our day fun and added a special touch with his added duty of photographer. We have some lovely photos to remember this magic day.
      Enjoyed the trip with only a small...
      Edward C, Apr 2012
      Enjoyed the trip with only a small group, a good way to see another island when time is short.
      This was an excellent tour in a...
      Jennifer M, Jan 2012
      This was an excellent tour in a small mini-bus. The scenery is fantastic - from the crater of Haleakala at over 10,000 feet to the lush Iao valley. The driver/guide was excellent. We had plenty of time in Lahaina by ourselves and a big plus was that the guide stopped at an overlook where we could see whales spouting in the channel and the sun setting into the ocean.
      Great day. Lots of great views...
      Allen S, Aug 2011
      Great day. Lots of great views. Excellent guide. Lots of history and stories.
      A very enjoyale day, the driver was...
      Vincent R, Jun 2011
      A very enjoyale day, the driver was very polite and exceptionally knowledgeable and was very easy to understand/..