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Things to do in Upcountry Maui

Our most recommended things to do in Upcountry Maui

Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

1. Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

Travel to the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā National Park to view Maui’s amazing sunrise on a guided day trip. Experience a sunrise like no other as the vastness of Haleakalā National Park awakens with views opening in all directions and the sun casting amazing hues of light into the crater floor. Be transported in comfort with Maui’s newest fleet of guided tour vehicles with large viewing windows, comfortable seating, and climate-controlled interiors. Enjoy a guided narrative including the history of Haleakalā National Park, flora, fauna, and cultural significance of the area.  Stay warm at the summit as you enjoy the complimentary use of warm jackets and gloves while you take in the stunning surroundings.  After your Haleakalā sunrise experience, enjoy a stop at the historic Kula Lodge for more amazing valley views and a delicious lodge breakfast experience. Choose from vegetarian, gluten-free, and light options as you watch the day begin in the valley below.  The tour is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture. Part of your booking's proceeds goes to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits.

Maui: Camp Maui Zip Line Tour

2. Maui: Camp Maui Zip Line Tour

Marvel at a sea of giant eucalyptus trees as you fly above them on a 7-zipline course. Enjoy a thrilling tour in Maui and step into a historic WWII site to learn about the island's history. Admire panoramic views of the ocean and up-country Maui's verdant shore. Arrive at Camp Maui to learn how it was used as a marine base during World War II. Go through all safety procedures and put on your zipline gear. Take a test run on the trainer line and practice some techniques. Once you graduate from the boot camp, move on to your real adventure. Glide across a canopy of giant eucalyptus trees on a network of 7 ziplines, suspension bridges, and aerial transfer platforms. Stay entertained with your guide’s jokes and games en route. End your tour on a high note on the Top Gun line, where you can reach speeds of up to 45 mph, while the 3-point harness allows you to try a range of motions. After your last ride, head back to base camp to look at professionally-taken action photos of your tour, available for purchase.

Maui: Haleakala 5-Line Zipline Adventure

3. Maui: Haleakala 5-Line Zipline Adventure

Head to the slopes of Maui's famous Haleakala volcano and enjoy the perfect activity to include on any visit to beautiful upcountry Maui. Combine 5 picturesque zipline crossings and an Indiana Jones-style swinging bridge through a towering forest. Learn about Hawaii's natural environment and Maui's long ranching history as you fly through the trees on this one-of-a-kind adventure. Feel the excitement as each zipline crossing gets longer and more exciting. Take in the stunning views as you fly through the air, gazing at the lush forest. The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture and wants you to experience the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands. Part of your booking's proceeds goes to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable non-profits.

Maui: Private Upcountry Sunset Tour with Dinner

4. Maui: Private Upcountry Sunset Tour with Dinner

Travel to the central Upcountry region of Maui, the site of the imposing Haleakala volcano, on a guided tour in a luxury vehicle. Enjoy stops at several locations, including the beach at Ho'okipa and the charming town of Makawao, before enjoying dinner on the slopes of Haleakala. Start with pickup from your hotel and first travel to Ho'okipa beach, known for its stunning views, high waves, and giant turtles who often lie on its golden sands. Have a photo stop here and take the amazing vistas of crashing waves on the beach. Continue with a short photo stop at Old Paia High School. Then, head to the heart of the Upcountry at the town of Makawao. Take some time here to do a bit of shopping as you explore its charming streets. After exploring the town for a bit, travel along the Kula Highway, enjoying the panoramic views all around you. Make a stop at Harold W Rice Memorial Park for a brief photo stop to take in your surroundings. Finally, arrive at a scenic private location on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano. Enjoy a private dinner surrounded by stunning scenery and tranquil nature, with the possibility of seeing birds and paragliders soaring overhead. Admire a beautiful and tranquil sunset before enjoying a delicious dinner. Afterward, relax on your journey back to your hotel in Maui.

Maui: Full Day Upcountry Tour with Sunset

5. Maui: Full Day Upcountry Tour with Sunset

Enjoy a magical Haleakala Sunset tour and see both the scenic and cultural side of Upcountry Maui, as well as a healthy chunk of the famed Hana Highway. Be picked up from the hotel around 9:00 am, and travel first to Ho'okipa (Turtle Beach), known for its impressive waves and reef. See the beautiful rainbow Eucalyptus trees and have the opportunity to snap some photos with them on a brief stop. Stop at the Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical garden for a snack, and see some of the over 700 species within the arboretum, which is painstakingly cared for by a private staff with diligent conservation practices. Travel to the Twin Falls trail in Maui, known for its lush nature and beautiful waterfalls, and take some time to hike the trail, take a dip in some of the natural pools, and take some beautiful photos. Make a stop in Paia, a lovely and quaint small town on the northern coast of Maui, and enjoy a tasty lunch during the stop. Take pictures at the old Paia high school on a brief stop before moving on to Makawao to walk around, shop, and take more pictures. Enjoy another short photo opportunity at Oprah's property in Maui. Move on to Rice Park for more photo-taking, and make use of the chance to use a bathroom. Enjoy another delicious meal at dinner time, from around 6:45-7:15, before returning to the hotel for drop-off around 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Skip the crowds of the summit and enjoy a personal experience in a more private location. Experience a panoramic view from thousands of feet above sea level, ending with an amazing sunset.

Maui: Haleakalā National Park Sunset Tour

6. Maui: Haleakalā National Park Sunset Tour

Take a fantastic tour in the twilight hours to witness a sunset from atop Haleakalā, a dormant crater in Haleakalā National Park. View Maui on the ascent from the safety and comfort of your bus. Catch a glimpse of the endemic Hawaiian Nene goose and the Silversword plant on your ascent. Watch the sunset with an incredible view from 9,740 feet elevation. Listen to your driver tell Hawaiian legends and learn about the history and culture of Maui. Descend from the crater and note the changes in topography and weather. Pass through Kula town in upcountry Maui on your return and see flourishing farmland and stunning views of the land below.

Maui: Full-Day Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

7. Maui: Full-Day Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a thrilling sightseeing tour of Maui, starting with a drive through the charming streets of Paia. Then, head east along a magnificent coastline with views of world-famous windsurfing beaches along the way. Continue through the spectacular parks and valleys of lush, tropical vegetation. Take in vistas of amazing beaches, crashing waves, and cascading waterfalls before a drive through the luxuriant rainforest of the Hana Highway. Pass over thrilling single-lane bridges, and navigate hairpin curves. Time and weather permitting, end with an invigorating swim in a waterfall-fed pool at Pua Kaa State Park. Remember to bring your camera to capture the glorious sights of Maui’s hidden side.

Maui: Sunrise Self-Guided Driving Tour

8. Maui: Sunrise Self-Guided Driving Tour

Travel across the island of Maui on an early morning driving tour you can enjoy at your own pace. Follow a GPS-enabled audio guide through quaint towns, the Makawao forest, and the Kula Botanical Garden. Take in the lush scenery and reach Haleakalā volcano to admire the sunrise from the summit. Download the app that will function as your personal guide and head out on your own vehicle to the town of Kahului. Head inland through the picturesque town of Pukalani and listen to an insightful introduction to Maui's historic cowboys, known as 'paniolos'. Learn about the island's rich culture as you become surrounded by the lush wilderness of the Makawao Forest Reserve, featuring some fantastic hiking and biking trails through the jungle. Pass a park full of friendly chickens before arriving at the Kula Botanical Garden. Pause your tour at any of these locations or head straight into Haleakalā National Park to catch the sunrise. Begin ascending the awe-inspiring volcano, rising over 29,000 feet from its base below the sea. Get acquainted with myths and legends about this natural landmark as you drive up. Find a couple of hiking trails with great mountaintop views, as well as two fantastic overlooks of the crater and surrounding landscape. Reach the Haleakalā Visitor Center and Red Hill, the highest point on the island. End your adventure with striking panoramic views from the top.

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What people are saying about Upcountry Maui

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 356 reviews

The very early morning departure was a negligible sacrifice to make for this enjoyable experience. Our driver/ guide Trevor got us up to the mountain and back, smoothly and safely, while providing soft Hawaiian music on the way up and interesting and historical information on the return. The black starlit sky provided a wonderful view, complete with a shooting star!, while waiting for the sunrise. Although the clouds prevented us from seeing the sunrise, the mountain, the views, and surrounding colors in the sky were enjoyable. Afterwards we had a delicious breakfast at a welcoming and rustic restaurant, with a view. Adding to the already enjoyable experience was a full rainbow that lit the morning sky. Overall a very enjoyable experience!

Easy pickup from hotel and right on time. Bus driver and tour guide Glenn, informative and entertaining. the warm jackets available were greatly appreciated and sunrise was beautiful. Great breakfast at Kula Ranch hit the spot, located with spectacular valley views. A great experience!

This was a great tour. Our guide shared lots of information and helped us greatly along the way.

Awesome trip with an awesome driver. Great breakfast as well. Highly recommend excursion.

We had a great time. Make sure you bring an extra pair of socks.