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“You have get up early, but it is worth it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater
Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI 96768
808-572-4400
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Type: Volcanos, Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails, Mountains, Biking Trails
Activities: Biking, Group tours/day tour, Mountain biking, Watching sunrise/sunset, Hiking
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Owner description: A dormant volcano measuring 10,000 feet above sea level, it is Maui's highest point.
Calgary, Canada
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“You have get up early, but it is worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We got up at 3 am to get to Mt. Haleakala before the 5:58 SunRise, and it was worth it. The road from Kihei is well maked with signs. Once you reach the top there are two parking lots a 20 car lot at the summit ( luckly you) they close the road up to the summit once they THINK that lot is full, if you don't have a tradition spot just double park, everyone leaves by 6:20; and about a 100 car lot .2 km below the summit. Either lot will be just fine. Find a place on the rail and wait.

As the sun creeps over the cloud, a local tour guide sang a welcome to a new day...that was very nice. The pictures we got were stunning!

On the way down we stopped at the Laverder farm, for fresh coffee, fresh bread and a rest stop break.

We were back at our Condo by 8:45 and spend the rest of the day at the ocean.

Visited August 2013
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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Dress warmly and bring comfortable walking shoes. The hiking is good, but be respectful of the signs to stay on the trails. Absolutely spectacular views.

Visited August 2013
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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“Sunset at the top is amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We took the excursion to the top of Haleakala Crater to see the Sunset. It was one of the most beautiful thing you will ever experience in your life.
Dress for cold weather because when that sun goes down the temperatures plummet.
Bring a really good camera, extra batteries and memory card too.
Very windy but the view will make your heart speed up.

Visited July 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Starting Fresh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Haleakala at sunrise was a check off the bucket list and did not disappoint. Awe inspiring!
Driving in from Kaanapali required a 3:15 AM HST departure to arrive in time for a parking spot in July and full effect of the sunrise. We traveled on our first day after arriving on Maui to take advantage of the 5 hour time zone difference from home. Temperatures and wind chill is frigid, don't be confused because it is Hawaii. Coats and cameras are essential. We and the other few hundred spectators were treated by the slow progression of the sun rising through the clouds on the horizon, amazing splendid views of the other islands, the crater and the rest of Maui. We made the trek on the perfect day. (If you want to visit just to see the crater, the colors of the 5 mile wide crater floor are more brilliant later in the day). You will never know until you arrive regardless of the time if clouds will greet you at the 10,000 ft elevation or be clear but either way you will have experienced something special.

Visited July 2013
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“A must see at dawn or dusk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The crater stands at about 10,000 feet above see level, the staging post to acclimatise , the visitors centre is at 7000 feet and it is well worth while to spend a half hour or so acclimatising. This is spectacular looking down on the cloud. We reached the summit at mid day but it was obvious that the views would have been stunning at day break or dusk with the long shadows falling across the alien landscape. Wish we had done this....
We only spent an hour or so at the top but it was worth it.

Visited April 2013
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