My friend Jay from college was one of our two tour guides -- he and Everett made this experience fun for everyone.
I didn't know what to expect, and quite frankly I was a little grumpy about getting up at 2:30 a.m. just to stand around on a freezing mountaintop -- but the minutes we spent watching the sun rise there are among the most memorable of my life. Getting to follow that up with a fun bike ride down Haleakala that was exhilarating without being at all dangerous was a huge plus! I feel Cruiser Phil's was the best company to do this tour with because they seemed to be the most prepared and safest. All equipment was in good shape, we had great full-face helmets and we got to travel the furthest by bike of any group, almost all the way to Paia. Plus, Jay is super knowledgeable about the island. We learned a lot from him! I would definitely do this again!