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“Just Fantastic”
Review of Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A dormant volcano measuring 10,000 feet above sea level, it is Maui's highest point.
Guntersville, Alabama
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“Just Fantastic”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

If you go to Maui please include Halealaka National Park in your agenda. Reserve half a day at least to see the park and round trip time. Access roads to the park are already an attraction in itself, showing the farms of Maui. Arriving at the park, after reach 10,000 feet the views are incredible and reminds us how insignificant we are against the forces of nature.

Visited October 2012
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Maribor, Slovenia
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“Very nice, take time and dress warm!!!”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We went up there for a sunset pictures which I managed to get perfectly. Sunset was indeed beautiful and not many people are there at all, so in my opinion it is better to go for sunset than sunrise in the middle of the night. The road to the top is well maintained and easy to drive, no worries there. Be sure to CLOSE your convertibles as some super dumb tourists still arrive up there with open jeeps and then they are freeeeeezing at 3C after sunset. Also wear warm clothes it can be VERY windy up there and windy at 3C means sub zero feeling!

Take time up there for photos, conditions change very quickly and you go from fog to clear in minutes! It is also very moist, so take microfiber clothes for photo lenses, they will become very moist in seconds when fog/cloud shrouds you!

Arrive at least 1 hour before sunset to find good location (I recommend road to the very top - the one on the right side of the crater)!

Visited November 2012
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Nanaimo, Canada
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“An over used word but fits: AWESOME!”
Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

The first sight will take your breath away. Make sure on your first trip up you stop at the little parking lot just after the mile 17 marker. Walk take the x-walk and follow the rocky trail (4 or 5 minutes) to the outlook, WOW! Then back to the car and up to the top. If you are not impresses with this well... My guess is you have been playing too many video games.
The one issue here could be a cloudy day but your luck will be better in the mornings. Also don't feel you need to go to see the sunrise. You get to enjoy the mountain just as well without standing in the dark first.

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San Diego
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“Go for sunset,bundle up and stay for starwatching!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

After reading reviews about the sunrise vs. sunset option, we decided to go during the afternoon, take our time viewing the crater (summit visitor center closes at 3pm), then find a spot for sunset and after. We parked ourselves with our beach chairs and small soft-sided picnic cooler (rented from Snorkel Bob's in Ka'anapali, $25 for two chairs for the week) amidst the lava (see photo) across the road from the parking lot near the visitor center at the summit, and enjoyed our sandwiches as the sun set. We could see lots of people up on the summit above us, but we had our spot to ourselves.

The sun went down into the cloud layer, which was below us. If you look closely at my photo, you can see the very interesting effect of the top curve of the sun remaining visible even after it went below the "horizon" cloud line. After sunset, it quickly got dark and chilly, so finish eating, put stuff away, have your flashlights, headlamps, etc. READY and start putting on more layers of clothes before sunset.

We planned for this and brought plenty of warm clothes for this one night - it was worth carrying them! We were wearing long underwear tops and bottoms, fleece jackets, outer windbreaker jackets, fleece caps, fleece mitten gloves, and I also added a blanket from the condo! We were fortunate that it wasn't windy at all, but it can be and that would add to the cold. With the clothes we brought, we were comfortable, especially with the blanket, which I was careful not to let touch the ground or get dirty.

The backpack beach chairs (Tommy Bahama brand, shown in photo) are perfect! They're easy to transport, have pockets to hold stuff, and best of all you can recline them all the way to have an excellent and comfortable viewing position for the stars. No neck ache. We used them every day at the beach, too.

We watched the stars come out after the sun set at about 6pm, and the lights of West Maui came up below us (not too bright to interfere with the skyview). We stayed until 10pm and had better views of the Milky Way and other stars than I've ever seen - including 8 shooting stars in about an hour. My husband had his tripod and took star photos, including a long exposure for "star trails" that show the movement.

We packed up and started back to our condo at 10pm, and reached Ka'anapali close to midnight. Please be sure not to leave any litter in this beautiful spot. What a night!

Visited November 2012
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“Worth the drive”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Great views of the sunrise! Make sure to get there before 6:15am ( depending on sunrise) to get a place on the rail. Bundle up its cold

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