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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.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

So glad we didn't try the sunrise trip. Went mid-morning, very few clouds, little wind, temp at the crater was 45, and the views were to die for. Takes a while to drive up, but it is so worth it. We didn't hike or ride horses into the crater but we certainly enjoyed our visit. Do wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes if you want to walk around anywhere besides into the viewing station. I can only imagine the magnificent sunrise, but the chances are sketchy with the clouds. GREAT trip.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Got up at 3:30 AM to drive up to see the sunrise on 2.17.13..Weather below great..top of Haleakala totally socked in. Waited for close to an hour after sunrise hoping the clouds would lift, but they never did. Couldn't even see the crater. At the summit is an enclosed viewing station with educational plaques. One showed how after mid day the warmer air helps to lift clouds and improve visibility...Residents and more frequent visitors have since said they now go for sunsets, which are also beautiful, and you can take pictures as you ascend. .There is no weather prediction form expected visibility for Haleakala..We are glad we drove and did not waste our money on a van tour as the road is winding but good and well marked with reflectors and has 2 full lanes all the way up (unlike the road to Hana!) If you are staying at a resort, the concierges will be pushing the vans because "the road is pitch black with no lights and very winding,etc"..This is because all the vans go for the sunrise and they want you to buy tickets. HELLOOO! You have lights on the front of your car, which is all the vans have! DO DRESS WARMLY!!! The temp was 35 deg F with the PREVAILING wind 10 to 40 mph at the viewing point. Wear layers of sweaters, windbreakers, gloves or mittens (I couldn't feel my fingers after10 minutes, WITH gloves!), wool caps, scarves, blankets, and warm pants, socks, shoes..I add all this because we saw "adults" up there in shorts and flip flops. A baseball cap is not enough either, folks...Also, gas up before going. There ARE good running toilets at the top and at the lower visitors center. Unless you like paying $4 for weak coffee at the stand on the way up, take your own or get it before leaving a major town.

9  Thank ptdbears
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Did the mid-morning tour to avoid the crowds. It was a good decision. Drive distance from Lahaina is about 2.5 hours. Took the bike ride down all the way to Paia. It was overall a great experience. The view of and from the crater is amazing.

Thank Felipe R
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Just got back from the summit. We arrived at 10 am, February 17 th, but unfortunately it was shrouded in low cloud,mist and rain most of the way up. The ride up in our rented Tahoe was a thrill and a test of driving skills. We saw a rainbow from its apex...awesome views. The summit was a bit disappointing, as the office was extremely crowded, for the parking available. Worth going to see.

3  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

It was cold, cloudy and rainy on the summit, so we were pleased we had coats and long pants. The clouds would regularly part and then you could see the crater, the mountain, and the rest of Maui, which was remarkable. If you are in Maui for a while, keep you eyes on the clouds of Haleakala and choose a day when it seems the most clear. Our visit was great, but being there without the clouds and rain would be an experience. The ride up was not as scary as I thought it would be—actually it was not scary at all, but we drive a lot in the Colorado mountains. I never felt unsafe, even in our cheap rental car. Stop regularly to enjoy the view, especially on the way down—that gives your brakes a break (and your nerves if they need it.). There are lot of hiking trails along the way, so bring food and water and plan to stay a while. The drive up took about 45 minutes. Nice bathrooms at the visitor's center and at the crater.

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