HALEAKALA -- Two new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) tour operators here
offer visitors a different perspective on Maui's backcountry.
Haleakala ATV Tours, which pays 25% commission to retailers,
operates excursions to Maui's scenic Haleakala Ranch, which was
established in 1888.
Maui ATV Tours offers 20% to 25% commission.
Janet Baldwin, who along with her husband, Jeff, started
Haleakala ATV Tours this year, said they will expand the company's
fleet in the coming year by adding six vehicles to the existing 12.
Plans for 2003 also include an expanded roster of tours covering
different backcountry routes, Baldwin said.
The customized tours offer private access to the 30,000-acre
Haleakala cattle ranch. The four-wheel-drive ATVs provide access to
terrain that is otherwise accessible only on foot or horseback,
according to Baldwin.
No previous ATV driving experience is required, and clients ages
16 and up can drive them. For younger children (ages 8 to 15) and
those who prefer to be driven, an eight-wheel, amphibious ATV is
Meanwhile, Maui ATV Tours celebrated its one-year anniversary
this month. The company is located in the small town of Ulupalakua,
located on the slopes of Mount Haleakala.
Maui ATV's tours start at 2,000 feet above sea level and range
over 23,000 acres of privately owned land.
The company's stated goal is for clients "to never see anything
twice," said owner Zig Graham, who runs the firm with partner Scott
A highlight of Maui ATV's programs is a panoramic view of the
five islands of Maui County and of the Big Island, ranging over an
expanse of property "in one of the most beautiful places that you
can imagine," Graham said.
Wildlife and domestic animals abound on these tours.
The company requires riders to be at least 16 years old to drive
alone on an ATV. All clients ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or
guardian's signature in order to drive.
Children older than age 7 can ride on the company's
three-passenger ATV, which can be rented for just two passengers
and must be reserved in advance.
The company also will make arrangements for large groups, Graham
Haleakala ATV Tours and Maui ATV Tours offer a range of
expeditions. Details follow:
• Haleakala ATV Tours
The 3.5-hour tour, offered daily at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.,
costs $130 per person. Riders (nondrivers) pay $95.
For the 90-minute version of the trip, offered daily at 4:30
p.m., the cost is $79.
Tours include a continental breakfast or picnic lunch; the
services of a Red Cross-trained tour guide; a talk on the history
of Haleakala Ranch; and a guided hike through the Ohia Rain
• Maui ATV Tours
The four-hour tour offers a range of diverse terrain, passing
through three to four distinct ecosystems, and includes a picnic
Rates are $125 plus tax for adults and $105 plus tax for
A two-hour version passes Hawaii's only elk farm and stops for
snacks and beverages. The cost is $90 for adults and $75 for
children, excluding taxes.
Haleakala ATV Tours
Prices: $79 to $130
Maui ATV Tours
Phone: (808) 878-ATVX
Prices: $90 to $125
Commission: 20% to 25% based on performance