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“A great view of sunrise with plenty of fresh and brisk air.” 4 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.
Toronto, Ontario
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“A great view of sunrise with plenty of fresh and brisk air.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

This is a must do if you are in Maui. The view is breathtaking and seeing the sunrise sparks a spiritual reaction.

It is quite cold, however, so warm clothing is a must. There is a souvenir store at the site but it is fairly small and crowded. Hotel or cruise ship towels are not the best way to keep warm. There are also fairly clean washrooms at the site.

Visited December 2012
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“Spectacular experience, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Waking up at 3:00 a.m. on one of our honeymoon nights to drive up the winding road to the top of Haleakala to watch the sunrise was not a great experience. However, the sunrise was absolutely spectacular and worth the drive and sleepless morning. My wife will beg to differ, as she got airsick and carsick. It is frigid at the top of this volcano, which is just over 10,000 ft or 3050 m. The temperature is near or a slightly below freezing. Wear the warmest clothes possible and maybe a beanie. Vaseline (i.e. petroleum jelly) on your cheeks and lips will help your face stay warm and protect you from the wind. In hindsight, I would not drive up there again. One can have the same experience (minus the cold and wind) by taking a redeye flight and watching the sun rise out the airplane window.

Visited April 2013
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“Fasinating Volcanic Terrain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Distinctive cinder cones dot the summit landscape formed from relatively recent eruptions.
Just a few plants, birds and insects can survive in such harsh conditions.
A number of trails in the summit area allow for trips but our time only allowed for us to spend an hour overlooking the wilderness area.
We were fascinated by the Silversword plant with its dense covering of silvery hairs on the leaves helping to conserve moisture and protect from high elevation sun.
It is well worth spending an entire day in the park there is much to see and understand.

Visited October 2013
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“Totally fogged in”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We heard that this attraction was a must see. Unfortunately, the clouds and fog were so thick that after driving 3 hours to reach the summit, we couldn't see 100 yards from the tower building. We were told by the rangers that the weather can change quickly but after standing around for an hour we gave up and drove 3 hours back down the mountain. I am sure it would have been breathtaking but you cannot predict the weather at the summit. It is a long drive with many hairpin turns without guardrails so be very careful especially in blinding fog.

Visited October 2013
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“So worth the drive.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The drive up the crater was the first thrill, then there was the crater itself at over 10,000 ft above sea level. It was like another world, a moonscape where we could witness the building of the island that is Maui. A great place for a long or short hike, the views are breathtaking, not hard at 10,000 feet, and the rare plants at this location were interesting as well. A great family day.

Visited October 2013
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