GyPSy Guide provides a professional tour guide commentary along scenic drives. Our tours highlight the very best of the region with entertaining stories about history, geology, legends and local advice, so all you have to do is drive, listen and soak in the scenery.
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HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK – GYPSY GUIDE
The drive to the Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano on Maui, offers an incredible road trip available in very few places on earth, where you can drive from sea level to 10,000 feet in just a couple of hours. Many visitors drive to the summit to watch a sunrise, or sunset, but it is a spectacular place to go at any time of day.
On the GyPSy Guide Driving Tour as we drive from beaches into the upcountry with its fertile farming land, you’ll hear stories about the unique Hawaiian cowboys, “paniolos” and the “hole in the sky”.
Then as we climb higher, trees and pastures give way to hardy shrubs and then eventually to a sandy and rocky moonscape. Along the climb we will discuss how volcanoes built the Hawaiian Islands and also share Hawaiian mythology about creation.
At the summit, you can stare into the giant erosion crater or even take take a hike inside to get closer to dormant cinder cones. You will be amazed at the starkness and beauty of Haleakala on your driving tour.
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK HIGHLIGHTS
The tour operates as a return trip. Commentary begins as you join the Hana Highway close to the airport and includes all the directions you need to drive to the summit of Haleakala, and back.
Haleakala National Park*
Haleakala Summit and Crater
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, MAUI & HAWAII DRIVING TOUR APPS
LISTEN TO SAMPLE COMMENTARY – HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK TOUR ROUTE MAP
Indicate our suggested start locations, or join the tour anywhere along the route and as you pass through the next point, commentary will trigger automatically.
Where does the tour start?
The tour commentary begins on Highway 36, the Hana Highway, just east of the junction with Airport Road. When you reach the Hana Highway, turn right (east) and drive in the direction of Paia. You will hear instructions to turn onto the Haleakala Highway.
If you are starting your sightseeing drive from the resort areas like Ka’anapali, Lahaina, Kihei and Wailea, you must first drive across the island to join Hwy 36. Follow the signs as if you are driving toward Kahului Airport. We you reach the Hana Highway, turn right towards the town of Paia. The tour commentary will begin on the Hana Highway.
Do I need reservations?
If you are planning to see the sunrise at Haleakala National Park summit, reservations are now required from 3:00am – 7:00am
You can make reservations up to 60 days before your sunrise visit.
Details and reservations visit: www.nps.gov.hale/planyourvisit/index.htm
What is the best time of day to visit?
Sunrise is very popular and reservations are now required. However we think Haleakala National Park is spectacular at all times of the day. In fact, midday, when the sun is directly overhead is easier for amateur photographers and displays the rich colors of the cinder cones inside the crater.
Don’t be disheartened if you arrive and the summit is shrouded in cloud. Give it some time and hopefully those tradewinds will blow a clear view for you.
What should I bring?
Its important to keep charging your device as you drive and we recommend using a DC cigarette lighter-style of charger. Plugging directly into the vehicle’s USB port is not recommended.
Bring some warm clothing. The summit can sometimes drop below freezing.
Fill up your gas tank and bring some food & drinks. Nothing is available inside the park.
Water, sunscreen and sturdy shoes if hiking.
Don’t forget your smile and some aloha.