Ideal for guests ages 12 years and older, Haleakaka Bike Tours by Maui Downhill offers an exciting experience in Maui, Hawaii. Guests can ride down the world’s largest dormant volcano, featuring picturesque views of the neighboring islands, as well ass Maui’s central valley. Tours offered include the Haleakala National Park Summit Sunrise and Van Tour, and the Haleakala Sunrise Bike and Van Tour.
My husband and I booked this tour as we planned our wedding and made our plans to honeymoon in Maui. He is a pro at the ATV, I was not. This was back in January 2004. I can't remember what we paid but I am sure it was a significant amount. I will say, they do give you training before you ride and warn you about the terrain, etc. I was nervous but the scenery was breathtaking. We even had a point where we were in the clouds and the ATV in front of you just disappears...that scared me the most but was very neat to experience. They did give us a small lunch and let us walk around the forest. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. I'd do it again.
The staff was great but the ATV tour was long and kind of boring for us. We range in age from19-55.....might be fun for young kids. Very pricey for the experience.
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
We recently took this tour with our two adult children. According to the Web site the 3 hour tour was to go through the Haleakala Ranch grounds, offer beautiful scenery, be appropriate for beginners and include a short hike through the Ohia Rain Forest. After a short, rugged practice track we headed off through the hills at a slow pace through what was probably the worst terrain we've ever rode ATVs on. The trail is deeply rutted and rocky in many places. With some sharp, uphill/downhill turns the track was a challenge for even experienced riders and nothing I'd recommend for beginners. This was in November and the immediate scenery was nothing to write home about but on a sunny day you can see two coastlines. When we finally got to the rainforest it was rather anti-climatic. We walked a short distance from our ATVs and stared downhill where you could see the forest in the distance. Whoo-hoo! After a can of juice it was back in the saddle and all the way back down the worn out trail. I noticed several riders struggling with their ATVs and one even took a nasty tumble. BTW, if you tip your quad you're not allowed to ride it anymore. You're relegated to the jeep for the rest of the ride. On a positive note our guides were fun, helpful and full of information but at $139 a pop I would not consider this worth the money. They said this is their last year of offering the tours at this location which I would say is a good thing. If you're looking for adventure try the Blue Water Rafting - now that's a blast (as long as you're not prone to sea sickness).
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