Maui Downhill Bike Tour: The Ultimate Way to Explore the Island’s Scenic Beauty

Maui is known for its breathtaking landscapes, and there’s no better way to experience them than on a downhill bike tour. These self-guided tours (with expert advice available) take you on a 5- to 6-hour ride down the slopes of the island’s mountains, offering spectacular views of the coast and the surrounding rainforests at your own pace. Explore Maui’s scenery by bike in one morning; you don’t have to be a pro or even athletic to love this ride — simply take it easy and let gravity do the work on a downhill ride with amazing views.

Views for miles, and this isn’t even the fun part of the ride.

Beaches are nice for the average tourist, but looking at a panoramic view of the shoreline while racing down a mountain is an experience reserved for the adventurous few.

Haleakala Downhill Self-Guided Bike Tour

Maui’s Downhill Bike Tour (By Maui Sunriders Bike Co., although there are many other operators offering similar tours) is an unforgettable experience that will take you on an adventurous ride through the stunning scenery of Haleakala Crater and down the paved road through Kula and down to Paia.

This self-guided tour starts at the summit of the world’s largest dormant volcano and winds its way down the slopes of the crater, providing spectacular views of the island’s mix of lush rainforests and volcanic plains. The tour begins with a safety briefing and equipment check, a shuttle up Haleakala crater, followed by an exciting ride down the slopes of the crater.

Riding the bikes down the Haleakala mountain with family. So much fun. It was my 3rd time doing it. One of my favorite activities in Maui.


The tour is designed to accommodate all skill levels and ages 15 years and older, and offers a choice between a standard downhill ride and a more challenging downhill freeride option. The freeride option is a more challenging downhill ride that includes jumps and drops, as well as tight turns and steep descents. It is designed for more experienced cyclists and offers an adrenaline-filled journey down the slopes of Haleakala Crater.

The bike route down the mountain, courtesy of Maui Sunriders. Take lots of photos on the way down

The Basic Itinerary for the Downhill Bike Tour

Starting from 6,500 feet up Haleakala Volcano on the upper switchbacks, you will get to explore the stunning scenery and culture of the island. After about an hour you’ll be in Kula.

Bike down Haleakala to Kula

The first stop on your downhill tour is the Kula Community, located at about 3,200 feet on the western slopes of Haleakala. Enjoy the beautiful neighborhood and take the time to explore.

Choose an early morning or sunrise downhill ride. You’ll have more fun than you expect.

Continue the ride from Kula to Makawao

Continue your cycling journey for another hour or so, to the historic town of Makawao. Located on the slopes of Haleakala, Makawao is rich in paniolo heritage and has plenty of places to eat and shop.

With self-paced tour, you have more freedom to take breaks and explore the area.

End your downhill ride in Paia

After another hour of riding, you’ll finish your tour in the charming beach town of Paia. Return your bike and check out the unique shops and art galleries sprinkled throughout this artsy town. Paia Fish Market and Mama’s Fish House are popular spots for lunch, but may require a reservation.

Maui’s downhill bike tour is the perfect way to explore the island and make lasting memories. So book your tour today and get ready for an incredible adventure, and make your vacation your own!

What a gorgeous day coasting down Haleakala our group of 7 had! We were well prepared from our guides Jimmy and Shaymus. We were able to stop in Makawao to pick up trinkets and delicious cookies from the Cookie Lady! We took the morning tour that requires us to get to the bike shop at 8:45 A.M. and we got back at 1:00 P.M.


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