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“Should have checked the weather” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater
Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI 96768
808-572-4400
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Haleakala, Iao Valley and Central Maui Day Tour
Type: Geologic Formations, Mountains, Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Volcanos, Outdoors
Activities: Mountain biking, Biking, Group tours/day tour, Hiking, Watching sunrise/sunset
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Owner description: A dormant volcano measuring 10,000 feet above sea level, it is Maui's highest point.
San Diego, California
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“Should have checked the weather”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I assumed we would be above the cloud line, but I was wrong. The drive was difficult due to poor visibility - about 30 feet in rain and dense fog. It was also unnerving to see people on bike tours riding down the mountain in wet conditions, poor visibility, and limited experience (kids, moms, dads). We couldn't even see the visitors center from the parking lot. The top of the mountain was very cold and rainy too.

Advice for others - call ahead to check the weather for the drive up and at the top.

Visited July 2013
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“Sunrise is unreal.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Early in morning to get there but it's worth it...Just unreal view. Can't wait to make it back one day.

Visited July 2013
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Glendale, AZ
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“This is a must do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I know that it is hard to get up early in the morning when you are on vacation but this is well worth the effort. Be sure and dress warm as it is freezing cold at the top if the wind is blowing (which it always is). Seeing the sun come up over the cloud blanket it breath taking. You need to get there at least 30 minutes before sunrise to get a good vantage point and a parking spot.

Visited July 2013
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“Above the clouds.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The views from this crater are so great, if you have a clear day you can see the whole island essentially. A great little excursion. You can get to this place and still do several other road trips in a day. Glad we went.

Visited June 2013
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“Sunrise: A Must Do in Maui”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I loved It! It is a peaceful place!
Wake up early because the drive is kind of long but definitely WORTH IT. Check the weather too! Also, I was told that If you can see the light of the Observatory around 2:30 am, is a good sign :) Grab your camera and a jacket or a blanquet because It is cold up there.
Try to get there before the sunrise, there will be a lot of people already! The sunrise is really pretty and you can see the clouds and a lot of different colors in the sky.
There are bathrooms up there and there are some trails. You will see the silversword plant that only grows in volcanic places (i wonder how) and If you are lucky, the Nene goose! Even though I was tired, I enjoyed the scenic views driving down!!!

Visited August 2012
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