I was told by the Maui Downhill company that there is always a spectacular sunrise because Haleakula visitors center is above the clouds. Wrong. We were told to be at the basecamp by 3:30am to see the sunrise at 6:40. That was a complete waste of good sleep. All that needed to be taken care of could have been done in a few minutes and we could have met them at the top at 6:30 and accomplished all. The basecamp had really bad coffee and stale muffins. Definite room for improvement there. The top was socked in and raining so we saw the gray fog get lighter gray and got really cold and wet. Ugh. I don't think this is a rare occasion because I saw the Haleakula visibility calendar for the week and several days said 0 visibility. Probably difficult to predict a head of time as well. If i had to do the sunrise part again, I might call the weather station and try to find out what was going on in the morning before I left. I would not go with a bike company, but on my own so I could sleep a little longer. The bike ride downhill was nice and I would do that again - but at a later and warmer time of day. Not included in the price of the bike ride was the stop off at an expensive market for a not exciting breakfast - sort of an upscale 7eleven store. There are so many incredible restaurants in the area that I wouldn't do that again either. I liked the attention to safety that Maui Downhill offfers. I enjoyed the guides we had at Maui Downhill and I know it's not their fault that there was no sunrise. Just angry that the scheduler didn't say that 0 visibility was an option. She also told me we would get back to basecamp at 2pm and we got back at 10am. Not organized there! Not worth the money to do the sunrise tour! Really need some sleep.
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