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Cruiser Phil's Volcano Riders
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

When my friends pitched this idea for a vacation activity, I was pretty skeptical. And when I relay the story of our trip, I have to admit it can sound a little sketchy. Met up with a van in the Kmart parking lot at 2 am, went through the alleys of an industrial/shipping park to get to a small base camp, coasted down the volcano...but really, it was tons of fun and full of awesome. If you're thinking about doing this, here are a couple tips:

1) Bring warm clothing. If you live in a snowy mountain area, it won't be COLD cold, but it'll be a little nippy. If you're from a warm area (like the Florida guys we were with), be prepared for an unexpected and extreme cold. The name of the game is layers. You can always throw stuff in the van if you get too warm. Don't be ashamed to overpack, because once you're up there nobody cares if you're unfashionable or bundled up like a pot roast; all that matters is that you're comfortable.

2) Be ok riding a bike. You'll be traveling down the volcano in a single-file line. If you're uncertain about your biking ability, you won't have fun, and you'll hold up everyone behind you so they won't have fun. It honestly doesn't take a ton of biking ability, just enough to be confident in your balance and braking ability.

When we set up our reservation, Mrs. Cruiser Phil was super helpful and friendly. Throughout the tour, the staff was accommodating and entertaining. The sunrise was amazing and well worth it; we got there early enough to stake out a great viewing spot. The bike ride down wasn't scary at all; traffic wasn't a problem and it's not like you're riding on the edge of the cliff (but again, know your limits and don't volunteer to be in the front if you can't even balance yourself, just because you want to be macho and impress your girlfriend). Cruiser Phil runs an awesome joint, and I highly recommend this activity to spice up your Maui vacation.

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Reviewed 9 September 2013 via mobile

We had to get up quite early for this but it was so worth it! First we were taken to the office for coffee and snacks. Then we were bussed up to the crater. We were given cold weather gear and I also had on sweat pants underneath plus s blanket and we were still pretty cold so dress warm! The bike ride down was absolutely breathtaking! We rode through a lavender field which was very fragrant. You should be in good health for this bike ride even though its all downhill. We stopped in town for breakfast after the ride and I highly recommend the Hawaiian sweetbread French toast with Mac nuts and coconut syrup!!

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Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

We were picked up at our hotel at 2:10 am and driven to the offices for coffee, snacks and paperwork. From there we were taken to the top of the crater. Wear VERY warm clothes if you do the sunrise tour. They will give you a windbreaker jacket and pants plus gloves but we were still freezing in the 44 degree temp with strong winds. Also recommend you bring food or snacks. The snacks they provide are packaged Danish and cheese/crackers. The bike ride is phenomenal but not for everyone. It's downhill all the way and goes very fast with cars passing. The scenery is unbelievable and the staff is terrific.

Thank Angela O
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

My husband and I were picked up at our hotel at 2 a.m. Even though we were very sleepy, our guide, Matt, was very upbeat and friendly. He shared interesting facts and silly jokes to help the drive to Haleakala go quickly. He showed us the perfect spot to see the sunrise (dress warmly...I would advise you to bring a blanket as well) and after watching this magnificent sight, we were taken to our bikes. He was always putting our safety first and made us all feel very comfortable as we descended the volcano. Again, Matt shared interesting information about the area. We especially loved riding through the streets that were lined with eucalyptis and lavender. After a yummy brunch we were taken back to our hotel. We really enjoyed this special tour.

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

We had a wonderful experience with Cruiser Phil's volcano sunrise/bike ride excursion. They promptly picked us up at 1:45 am, and the crew's friendly demeanor and knowledgeable tips/fun facts about Maui kept the sleepyheads entertained during the ride up the Haleakala volcano. The crew provided us with much needed warm and waterproof clothing (including toasty gloves) since it is COLD and wet up there at 5:00 am! No guarantee on the sunrise because of clouds and weather, but ours was spectacular. The crew (Matt and Jay) did a wonderful job of explaining what to expect on the bike ride, all the safety rules were clearly outlined and emphasized. The gravity bikes were sturdy and rode smoothly, even during some 35 mph stretches. The ride down was exhilarating, the sites amazing, with frequent stops, including a local town with an amazing bakery. I would highly recommend this Maui excursion.

Thank Alison2966
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