However, if you prefer to soak in the scenery with a larger group, ROBERTS HAWAII travels its green buses between Haleakala, Lahaina and Hana. Visit robertshawaii.com for details.
NOTE: Tours require advance reservations, and some include necessary equipment such as backpacks and raincoats. Consult with your guide or concierge before taking off, and ask the locals for the best tour offerings near you. ROBERTS HAWAII (808) 539-9400 OR (800) 831-5541
64. BIKE DOWN A VOLCANO
About the only thing that tops the view from the summit of Maui’s 10,000-FOOT VOLCANO is coasting down its slopes on a bicycle. No, you don’t have to power your way up the mountain for the thrill of coasting down. BICYCLE TOUR companies do the hard work for you, picking you up in the predawn hours and transporting you to the mountain outfitted with bikes and gear. They also guide you safely down the road.
HALEAKALA, which translates from Hawaiian to “HOUSE OF THE
SUN,” rises 10,023 feet above sea level at its summit. It is located in a 30,000-ACRE NATIONAL PARK, home to rainforests, rare native species, 400-foot waterfalls, freshwater swimming holes and striking archaeological features.
Commercial bicycle tours are staged outside the entrance to the park at an elevation of about 6,500 feet. Some companies offer vehicle tours inside the park prior to beginning the downhill ride.
The park, almost as wellknown for SUNRISE BIKE TOURS as for its natural wonders, attracts some thousands of tourists a year who pay to ride 38 miles down the volcano along a twisting, two-lane highway.
Biking companies offer three kinds of tours: structured, guided and freestyle.
On most GUIDED TRIPS, the slowest riders remain in back of the lead guide, so the group never exceeds the abilities of its least-experienced rider. The van that transported riders up the mountain brings up the rear, protecting riders from following traffic. If you decide that you’re not comfortable, you can always stop and ride in the van. The average tour speed is 15-20 mph, slowing to 5-10 mph for turns and curves.
And bicycle companies don’t necessarily limit their tours to guided Haleakala rides; some offer FREESTYLE RIDES AND TOURS in other locations. Ask providers about all of their offerings. HALEAKALA BIKE CO. (808) 575-9575 OR (888) 922-2453 MAUI SUNRIDERS BIKE COMPANY (808) 579-8970 OR (866) 500-2453
65. POWER DOWN THE OPEN ROAD
There’s nothing like cruising the open road with the wind whipping through your hair and a full 360-degree view of Maui’s lush landscape before you. Whether you’re looking to rent a scooter for a quick day trip around the island or you’d prefer to spend your entire stay on the back on a Harley, a wide variety of vehicles are available for your Maui renting and riding pleasure. Commonly called the “scooter place up by the rental cars,” locally-owned ALOHA MOTORSPORTS is the largest scooter and moped rental dealership on Maui. Popular rentals include Harley Davidson MOTORCYCLES, MOPEDS, SCOOT COUPES, TRIKES and SCOOTERS. Bike rentals are also available, as is complimentary shuttle service. Visit alohamotorsport.com for details.
And for those who want to power down the trails or through Maui’s lush terrain, ATV TOURS are a thrilling way to explore the Valley Isle. KAHOMA RANCH, located in Lahaina, organizes ATV tours of its active cattle ranch. Power down private dirt roads as you soak in breathtaking views of Lahaina’s countryside and neighboring Hawaiian Islands. As an added bonus, Kahoma Ranch also has THREE WATER SLIDES. Fed by pure water sourced from western mountains, this is a fun way to cool down after a hot ride through the ranch. Visit kahomaranch.com for details.
66. SHIFT UPCOUNTRY
Beginning 1,600 feet upslope from Maui’s beaches, a unique province emerges. This is Maui’s UPCOUNTRY, a scattering of picturesque communities blessed by fresh mountain air, cool afternoon mists, sprawling RANCH LAND, delightful BOUTIQUE FARMS— even LAVENDER FIELDS. Tucked neatly into the slopes of sprawling MT. HALEAKALA, these communities have developed a distinct character of their own. An eclectic mix of historic and contemporary influences, it’s where the traditional paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) still rides and a community of ARTISTS AND SPIRITUAL HEALERS holds court. Upcountry is a short drive from the coastal resorts and communities of lower Maui. Take Haleakala Highway (Highway 37), and keep an eye peeled for towns like PUKALANI, MAKAWAO, KULA, KEOKEA, HALI‘IMAILE and ‘ULUPALAKUA. Makawao, population 6,327, is the hub of Upcountry Maui. Shaded by fresh eucalyptus leaves that rustle in the breeze