Our group used Maui Sunriders unguided sunrise trip in November 2011. As the other reviewers have noted, you have to arrive early, but that's not surprising, as it is a "sunrise" experience. You will be awake early anyway if your dealing with the time change and excitement of being in Hawaii as I was. The ladies in our group of 5 were a bit nervous about the ride down (steepness, cars,quality of the bikes and their brakes, directions, etc) as we were the "old fart group" (40's-50's). All our worries were needless. Mike our guide (or as we called him "Maui Wowie Mike" ) was great about making sure our helmets and bikes were a good fit. Mike also pointed out blue arrows on the road on the van ride up the mountain and told us to look for them on the way down and reminded us if we found ourselves going uphill, we were probably going the wrong direction. Pretty difficult to get lost as I read had happened to people with other tour groups. Mike provided a lot of very informative information on the van ride up, but due to the early hour and the fact that he talks faster than a speeding bullet (good espresso I guess) we only got about a third of the info. LOL. Seriously, Mike was great and helped make the ride a trip I will never forget. Yes, you are given a great helmet, which was pretty comfortable and would save your noggin if you crashed. We also got gloves, a backpack which included a bike lock, the lock combos inside your backpack, and a list of phone numbers if needed. Mike pointed out spots in the towns where there were bike racks you could lock up your bike if you wanted to shop or do some sightseeing. We selected rain gear, but left it in the van and opted not to carry it. The sunrise was gorgeous and being above the clouds was so cool. I would highly recommend...TAKE YOUR TIME. This is a pleasure ride NOT a race.....it's an experience of a lifetime and you will want to treasure it. Sadly some in my group wanted to get to the bottom as fast as they could. I will go back again and do this ride, but next time will stop to visit the churches, stores, galleries and sites along the way. We did stop for breakfast at the Kula Lodge. It is lovely and the garden behind is gorgeous. I saw some flowering plants there that were amazing. The view out to the ocean is awesome too. It was not too cold at the top of Haleakala, or windy, so I think we had a perfect day (of course the mornings at home were 27 degrees before we left, so we all thought it was not bad). Next time I will stop at the bakery in Makawao that Mike told us about. We did get some rain on the ride, but it was so warm it felt lovely. And the best part of that rain was that riding down the hill we approached a green pasture with horses feeding, and behind them was a spectacular view out to the ocean and a gorgeous rainbow. A Kodak moment for sure. Stop and take lots of photos on your ride down, you will regret it if you don't as I do. Oh yeah, and if you end up standing next to some very talkative person at the top of Haleakala during the sunrise, move away. It's an experience you want to view in contemplative silence. You are viewing the handiwork of our Creator at its best. Oh yes, and if you going to do the road to Hana, you must stop as our guide Mike told us to do, at around mile marker 6 and hug the rainbow eucalyptus trees. I really thought he was probably exaggerating or stoned out of his mind (LOL,,,just kidding) but he was totally accurate. They rainbow eucalyptus trees are mind blowing and gorgeous!!! Thanks Mike for the information, I would hate to think I missed seeing them.
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