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Haleakala Downhill Self-Guided Bike Tour

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Maui Sunriders offers the Longest Self-Guided Haleakala Downhill Bike Tour on Maui. This will be the easiest most picturesque 26 mile bike ride you'll ever experience as it's almost entirely downhill. Meet at Maui Sunriders bike shop in Paia by 9am. After you get your gear & hear our safety briefing, enjoy a narrated van tour as you’re driven up Haleakala on the same route you’ll bike down! Your guide will point out the local history, points of interest, & suggestions for places to visit. Ride begins at 6,500 feet right outside the National Park where all bike operators on Maui start. You have the freedom to stay in your comfort zone & stop along the way to enjoy the beauty of Haleakala, check out unique shops, restaurants, fruit stands, churches & art galleries in the charming towns on the route. Experience why visitors & locals love Maui Sunriders. Your pace, your agenda, without the cumbersome restrictions of a large guided group which disturbs local traffic & frustrates locals.

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Staging for this Maui bike tour is at 6,500 ft. right outside the National Park entrance where all bike operators on Maui are permitted to begin their rides. We drive up the same route you bike down showing you all the points of interest along the way. With our self-paced Haleakala bike ride, guests have the freedom to stop along the route to eat, shop, and visit historic communities, churches, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants or stop to enjoy the beauty of Haleakala. No large groups that you have to keep up with or slow down for, no support vans chasing you down the hill. Stay in your comfort zone and enjoy a true classic Maui Downhill all the way down to the sea. Our riders get to enjoy the longest self-guided ride with the least amount of climbing from the mountain to the sea. This is a self-paced Haleakala bike tour of the volcano in Maui, HI down to the North Shore of Maui to our cute little surf town Paia.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kula

On your Haleakala bike tour, you can chose to stop to have lunch at the charming Kula Lodge. Located at about 3,200 feet on the western slopes of the Haleakala Crater, the Kula Lodge and Restaurant provides a quiet and peaceful oasis on your Maui bike ride. The Lodge sits amid a garden of flower farms teeming with color. Blossoming carnations, protea, and other tropical flora provide the perfect backdrop for a photo op on your sunrise bike tour of Maui. The Kula Lodge and Restaurant with its breath-taking views of the west side of Maui is the perfect spot to stop for lunch and really take in the rich scenery of Upcountry Maui. Here guests can sit in an outdoor garden terrace above the green hills of Kula and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the Kula Lodge and Restaurant’s Executive Chief. On the garden terrace, a quaint wood-burning pizza oven creates tasty pizza dishes that are as delightful as the view. Herbs grown in the surrounding garden are used to flavor the succulent dishes at the restaurant. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Kula Lodge and Restaurant offers a great sojourn on your Haleakala bike tour. Located in the quaint town of Kula, the Lodge puts you right in the heart of upcountry Maui. Kula is a part of what’s called “undiscovered Maui,” a place outside the usual tourist spots where nature seems virtually untouched. This quiet, rural area is a part of your bike tour of Maui that can’t be missed. Spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean at 3,200 feet above sea level provide an unforgettable experience. With remarkable scenery surrounding you, the Kula Lodge and Restaurant is the “romantic hideaway” along with your Haleakala bike tour that can’t be missed.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Makawao

As you make your way along the Haleakala volcano tour, you’ll find a small town that carries on the traditions of the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) life. In the heart of Paniolo Country sits the historic town of Makawao. This quaint town located on the slopes of Haleakala is rich in paniolo heritage with rustic charm as well as being a flourishing arts community. As you take the Maui volcano bike ride down to the beach, you’ll pass by the Oskie Rice Arena just above Makawao, home of the Fourth of July weekend rodeo that has been held here annually for more than 50 years. This annual rodeo competition is the largest rodeo in Hawaii featuring paniolo calf roping, barrel racing, and bronco riding. Along with the annual rodeo, the town of Makawao also holds a Paniolo Parade through downtown every year. Country and western dancing, live music, and chuck wagon-style food are all features of these renowned annual events celebrating the paniolo lifestyle. Although small, with a population of about 7,000, the historic ranch town of Makawao has much to see and do all year round. Along with weekly line dance lessons and a farmer’s market on Saturdays, you can find a number of charming art galleries, boutiques, and shops to stop in at on your Haleakala bike tour. In Makawao, you can see glass blowers, painters, and wood sculptors and order a piece of art to take home with you. As noted, “This charming town was once named one of the top 25 arts destinations in the United States.” So don’t hurry through Paniolo Country and Makawao on your Maui bike tour. Stop to have lunch or browse through one of the fascinating shops or galleries scattered throughout this historic town, reminiscent of the Old West and famous for its Hawaiian cowboy, or paniolo, heritage.

Duration: 1 hour