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“Chilliest Sunset on Maui”
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Maui: Haleakala - Ioa Valley - Lahaina Tour
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Owner description: A dormant volcano measuring 10,000 feet above sea level, it is Maui's highest point.
Wildwood, Missouri, United States
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“Chilliest Sunset on Maui”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

The dormant volcano crater has a wonderful array of colors. It is a great place for sightseeing & hiking. Other than the Kaanapali, it is our favorite place for sunsets. Dress warm because temps dip into the 40s & it is breezy.

Visited September 2013
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“Breathtaking Drive and View”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Literally. We brought warmer clothes to prepare for the temperature change, but forgot that the altitude change also can bring a little shortness of breath. No worries. We still were able to hike around and take in the wonderful views from the top of the crater. The first time we went up there was with one of the 'bike down the volcano' companies, so we had little time to explore. This time we went up on our own and were very pleasantly surprised at all you are able to see and do at the top.

If driving at heights bother you, you may want to find someone else to drive. Some of those switch backs were pretty tight.

Visited September 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Getting up super early was easier if you do this when you are still suffering jet lag. When the sun first begins to rise the locals begin a chant and drum ceremony. Be prepared - temps can get in the 20"s F. You can view from 2 levels 9700 ft or go to the summit at 10,000 ft, you need to leave by 4am if you are in the hotel district on the West side of the island to get a parking spot.

Visited September 2013
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Morristown, NJ
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“Totally unique”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We visited in August and drove up to the summit during the late afternoon (with a couple of teens, there was great resistance to going for the sunrise). We planned to stay for the sunset, but ended up starting our drive down as the sun was setting. It was way colder than my kids had packed for (I tried to warn them!) and once we'd driven up, none of us was comfortable with the idea of driving down in the dark. It's no road to Hana, but still with a good number of curves and drop offs. Plus a lot of people arrived just for the sunset, and we found it much more relaxing to drive down with no cars behind us--made it much easier to go at a pace we were comfortable with. That said, the scenery up there is completely amazing and shouldn't be missed, whether you hit a sunrise/sunset or not. I took a TON of photos; everywhere I looked was a view unlike anything I'd ever seen! Well worth the trip even in the middle of the day. Just dress really warm if you plan to do any amount of walking.

Visited August 2013
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West Newton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

I have added the sunrise at the crater to my "must do" list while on Maui several reasons. The uniqueness of the experience made it worth the effort. I have spent many mornings on cold and windy mountaintops deer hunting in Pennsylvania but never above the surrounding cloud cover and never among hundreds of people whose sole reason for being there was to watch old Sol peek above the horizon. We luckily had a clear sky so the colors were amazing. Almost as amazing was the ride back down with views that cannot be captured on film with any justice compared to the three dimensional effect seen by the naked eye. Stopped for breakfast at Kula Lodge down at the base of the volcano and had a pleasant breakfast to start our day of exploration. Dress warm for the sunrise and get there by 5:00 am (Sept. time) to enjoy the entire experience. You won't regret it.

Visited September 2013
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