Maui

Maui Haleakala Self Paced Downhill Bike Tour with Mountain Riders

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Maui Haleakala Self Paced Bike Tour
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

If you like to travel at your pace, then this Maui Express Bike Tour of Haleakala volcano is an option for independent travelers. Rather than visiting the summit of Haleakala as part of a guided group, this tour begins at the National Park entrance and allows you to bike through Kula and Makawao as fast or as slow as you choose. Stop at protea farms, get a cup of coffee, and wander through local shops, before finishing either at the bike tour office or down on the beach in Paia. Tours check in at 7:30am, and conclude by 2:30pm.
  • Bike independently down Haleakala volcano
  • Explore Upcountry at your own pace
  • Ride all the way to the beach in Paia
  • Enjoy the day with only your group
  • Bike and safety gear included

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Use of bicycle
  • Use of helmet
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 497 Baldwin Ave
    497 Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779, USA

    Departure Point: Guests will need to arrange their own transportation to meet at our Office at Mountain Riders 497 Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779, USA Return point: Returns to original departure point (times vary depending on the season)

Start time

07:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Paia

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Weight restrictions apply; maximum weight is 280 lbs.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Age restriction; riders must be over the age 15 years.
  • Height requirement; must be 5 ft and over.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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John_C
Feeling of freedom, clean air, beauty all around. Guide was great - funny, informative, engaged with riders. Incredible views, flowers, beauty all around. Driver also showed a lot of safety and concerns for participants and friendly to all!

Reviews

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Bike a volcano...but really just part of it
Julie_D, Jan 2024
If you imagine biking from the volcano top down to Paia, none of the tour groups are allowed to go through the neighborhoods separating the two anymore. You bike the top 6-8 miles twice and then are taken down to Makawao to do the final 5 miles. Our tour guide was very nice, informative and helpful. It was well organized and beautiful. I don't feel the websites are very upfront about this fact though.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Aloha, We have been doing bike tours down Haleakala for over 30 years. Unfortunately we have to abide by the heavy regulations and restrictions from the federal and county governments that have been imposed on us. We still provide a great experience from the Sunrise on the top of Haleakala to the self-guided tours outside the park. Our website is clear and it is sad that even though this reviewer says that we did a good job she gives us three stars. We all have been hit extremely hard from the Maui fires and the island as a whole is suffering. A lot of businesses of all kinds are going out of business every day. Our crew have been doing their jobs for over 30 years as well and give it their all to provide the safest, most informative and exhilarating tours, The reviewer mentions "websites" we only have one and the tour she booked never started form the top of the mountain and definitely ended in Paia. Bike riding in Haleakala National Park ended in 2007. We don't believe this is a fair rating. Please see other 5 star reviews. Mahalo Mountain Riders
Great time with beautiful weather and the views were unforgettable.
Paul_S, Oct 2023
Spectacular views thrilling ride, fun and interesting guide. My sister and I made the ride together.
Do it.
Jason_B, Sep 2023
The service, the history and local color provided by Joe, the quality of the equipment... honestly it was so much more than I expected and I can't recommend it enough.
Woo Hoo!
John_C, May 2023
Feeling of freedom, clean air, beauty all around. Guide was great - funny, informative, engaged with riders. Incredible views, flowers, beauty all around. Driver also showed a lot of safety and concerns for participants and friendly to all!
Incredible Experience
Justin_L, Apr 2023
Manny was fantastic! What an incredible tour. They allowed us to go down the main part twice, with all of the switchbacks - which was an unexpected surprise. I wish we could have biked the entire way down, but understand with the restrictions on Maui. Such an incredible, and safe, experience. We will definitely be doing this again! Thank you again!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Manny is great !!! Mahalo for leaving a kind review about your tour experience !!!
Worth it!
Carol_M, Jan 2023
Not for the faint of heart, but a thrilling and beautiful experience! Joe was an excellent guide! Would recommend
Highly recommend
Mark_S, Oct 2022
We were fortunate to have great weather and good visibility. Our driver provided great information about the trip details and island history with a wonderful sense of humor.
Great time for all!
Cindy_C, Jun 2022
Manny and Shane were amazing tour guides and made the trip even more memorable!! The stop in the town was an added bonus. Loved it!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Manny and Shane are amazing !!! Thank you for sharing about your experience with us. Makawao town is a very special cowboy town with a lot of Maui history.
Awesome ride down the Haleakala
Vladimir_U, Mar 2022
I was surprised by the quiet during the ride . Not too much car on the road , gorgeous views and smells down the road, great guide and very nice driver following us keeping us safe and making the tour memorable.
It was a blast! We stayed...
Gloria_S, Feb 2022
It was a blast! We stayed with the group and we're glad that we did. Bobby and Nonnie took good care of us and made it even more fun! We were zippin' down the mountain on comfortable bikes, enjoying beautiful scenery the whole way.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
We had A-blast 2 thank you for the 5 star review
Mountain Riders is such a...
Conor_K, Oct 2021
Mountain Riders is such a great outfit for downhill bike tours! We came for our honeymoon and everyone was very warm & welcoming. Our operator was extremely safe & even stopped a few times on our trek downhill to take pictures of us on the mountainside! I ended up forgetting one of my favorite sweatshirts in the van and one of the owners gave it to a colleague so I could pick it up the next day. Would recommend 10/10. THANK YOU!
Joe was amazing, the...
Rhonda_J, Sep 2021
Joe was amazing, the course was fast & beautiful. Be careful because it is very easy to get lost but Joe is right there to pick you up!! We got lost & before we could call him, he was already there!! So we never made it back on our town but we had an exhilarating, super fun time getting lost!!
The Ride was a blast and Rob is Da Bomb!
Rheanna_F, Sep 2021
Rob was a great guide! He told us great stories about Maui on the way up. At the top he made us feel safe with his safety brief and bike tests. We loved being able to go at our own pace on the way down!
Self-Guided Tour Not Recommended
KaitlynCarlson, Aug 2021
Highly do not recommend the self-guided tour. You’ll have a better experience both emotionally and financially if you just rent your own bike locally. The bikes themselves are mediocre single-gear that lack upkeep. The guide assigned to my tour left me sitting at a bus stop for 45 minutes after requesting a ride. He initially stated it was a short ride back and I could make it on my own. If you don't want to risk severe dehydration, pick another tour.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
We are sorry Kaitlyn Carlson is dissatisfied with her ride. For staters this tour is an economically affordable tour which costs less than a bike rental on Maui and includes the shuttle to the starting point on Haleakala. Secondly, we provide water to ALL of our customers throughout the tours. Hydration is very important. Thirdly, bikes are maintained daily, we employ a full time bicycle mechanic and the bikes are designed for the downhill ride. Kaitlyn Carlson was NOT left at a bus stop for 45 minutes, again the tour is Self Guided which means it is at your own pace. Directions were given to all the riders, including her three brothers in her party, who did not have any problems with directions and finished the ride on their own. Kaitlyn Carlson chose to stop at a point along the route, which was close to the ending point. The driver informed her of the option to finish the ride if she wanted to it was a short distance from where she was to the end. She chose to stop where she did. In turn the driver picked her up as soon as she requested, it was a short 10 minute wait. She chose to stop where she did. Perhaps she should have either gone on a shorter ride or a guided tour. We wish Kaitlyn Carlson the best.
Ride like the wind
David_H, Jul 2021
Great ride! Get the poke bowl @general store in Makawao! Guys knew their stuff w good emphasis on safety! Sturdy bikes. Self-paced option provided freedom.
A little short
Christopher_C, Jul 2021
All in all a 3.6-3.8; first off the bikes were very safe and built specifically for downhill. The company was well coordinated and ready to help. If memory serves they were a cheaper option than some others and that raises my rating to 4+ but that said why I didn’t 5-it… we didn’t go up anywhere near as high as possible. Mark (our driver) talked about not mingling bike confusion routes etc. but that seemed a cop-out — had driven to the peak the day before so was familiar. Was not 26 miles from where we started. He was very thorough about landmark notes and such as well as native insights and info. Worth the $? I would suggest finding the sunrise tour version.
Family fun
Thomas_S, Jun 2021
Good family experience for my 18yo, 14yo, and 11yo children. Easy ride down without any real steep sections. Only things my youngest complained about were the occasional cars passing and her hands getting sore from gripping the brakes the whole way down. Friendly staff regailed us with stories about what Maui was like when they were children. Glad we did it.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Glad the kids had fun sometimes they would like to go a little quicker but we definitely prefer to concentrate on the safe side of things. so happy you enjoyed your Maui vacation.
Fun bike ride!
Sona_P, Mar 2021
Beautiful, easy bike ride down the crater! Wish we had gone up a little higher to see the crater but overall had a great time. Staff was helpful and friendly too.
Response from Host, Mar 2021
Thank you so much for the positive review really appreciate it
Panorama
Ian_L, Feb 2021
Our trip was on an almost perfect day. Dress warmly for the top. I Bobby kept us safe and on track as there are only three turns and peddling is next to minimum. The views are spectacular. I must do for almost any age group.
Response from Host, Mar 2021
I am glad you really enjoy the views that's been my favourite part of the Toure and dealing with the customer since day one look for to seeing you again
You won’t regret it, exciting, thrilling, breathtaking.
Evan_A, Jan 2021
My girlfriend and I had an absolute blast doing this. It’s a pretty thrilling ride down Haleakala, 27 Miles, 7,000 feet elevation change. And to top it off the best Tour company to do it with. They were so warm and welcoming when we arrived. Our tour operator KAULANA, a local Hawaiian himself, was super knowledgeable and shared so many great tidbits about the island, the history and the ecological diversity about everything we passed on the way up. He took the time to make sure we felt comfortable, made sure we were having the time of our lives and was honestly just a super awesome human being that was so down to earth and so nice to get to know. I highly highly recommend this ride. Even preferred it over the sunrise summit ride cuz it was so less crowded and gave my girlfriend more comfort not having to ride next to hundreds of riders and cars zooming past. The views on this ride are unmatchable and the memory you’ll have from doing it will last a lifetime 🤙🏼 Mahalo KAULANA! ~Evan & Sophia San Francisco, CA
Response from Host, Mar 2021
Think you so much we do our best to provide a wonderful experience look for to seeing you again in the future

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