Guides were great, scenery was awesome, unfortunately at the fault of no one but mother nature, we couldn't see the Sunrise due to the Vog from the other island but it was still really nice and chilly...burrrrr The ride down was super easy and didn't require much effort. I'd say if someone in your group has small hands or cannot operate an adult road bike that it's probably not a great option for them to come. We had someone on our tour that had issues the entire way down and it slowed the rest of the group down and required many stops not to mention there was one time where she literally almost flew over the side after losing control of the bike.
This was, by far, the best part of our trip. Alvin picked up up promptly at 2:45 am as promised. After a short ride, we went to Mountain Riders office where we met up with the rest of the groups, were provided a jacket and gloves, coffee, snacks and a brief description of what to expect. We loaded into a larger bus with the rest of the group and headed to the top of Haleakala. I have never seen so many beautiful stars, meteors and satellites floating in the night sky before! The views were amazing and you could almost forget that the temperatures were hovering around 35 degrees. Yes... It is cold up there, so dress appropriately. Long pants, sweaters, layers.... are needed. After watching the amazing sunrise, we began our 26.2 mile trek down Haleakala on bikes. You do stop several times on the way down the hills and thankfully, the brakes are very good on the bikes and helmets are provided for safety. Amazing trip and very thankful that we booked through Mountain Riders. Just a few things to be aware of: 1. It is VERY cold at the top of Haleakala. You are over 7,000 feet above sea level. 2. Make sure you grab a spot near the metal fence area way before sunrise so that you get a full, unobstructed view. 3. Our tour guides were great. They were funny, kept us moving and walked us through the entire process, but they don't do this for free. They work for tips just like everyone else on the island and they are not shy about suggesting the amount of tip they feel is needed. Some people were taken aback by the approach, but we were already planning on tipping since we did everywhere else on the island, so it wasn't a surprise that they would like to be tipped. Just surprised that they stated how much they thought we should be tipping. It isn't a cheap trip to take, but it is worth every penny to watch the sunrise. Absolutely magnificent and breathtaking.
The tour was definitely worth getting up early for. The tour description mentions the sunrise and the bike ride but it doesn't mention the amazing starlit sky that you see when you get up on top there pre-dawn. Once you see it you'll understand why they place observatories in the middle of the Pacific on top of dormant volcanoes. No lights and not pollution. It is simply incredible!
The sunrise was magnificent. It is cold on top and they provide you with a wind jacket and pants. However, if you have another jacket and hats/gloves - bring them.
The bike ride down was exciting. The tour guide Bobby stressed safety and his instructions and the quality bike equipment made the day very safe. The group is small and he placed the riders with concerns up near him. It went well for everyone.
Bobby is a great guide. His personality, jokes and engagement with everyone made the day fun. We learned a lot Hawaii and the island and quite a bit about Kentucky hillbillies in general.
This is a tour worth taking.
This tour was AWESOME!! The staff were very knowledgeable, organized, and prioritized safety. The bike ride was a true thril with amazing scenery. The only disappointment was the rain that cut our trip short. I would highly recommend to anyone going to Maui that likes a little adventure and beauty.
Amazing experience. One of only two bike rides that go all the way from the top to the beach...mountain riders.... Others stop part way down...we lucked out without knowing that! The guides are experienced doing this exact excursion for more than twenty years for one, and thirty for the other. Safety is stressed through out and you feel confident you'll be okay! The morning is early but doable. Bring warm clothes in layers...you take them off as you descend as it's about 35f at the top and 80f at the bottom. You can't go wrong. Probably one of the coolest life experiences I've ever had. Oh and did I mention it's a rush going down a volcano! Thanks to mountain riders!
Epic experience! Watched a spectacular sunrise in the supplied and necessary cold weather gear. Then a short trip out of the national park to the bikes and cruise a sweet 26 miles (mostly) downhill to the beach. Driver Alvin and guide Roger were fantastic and proved safety was their no. 1 priority.