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“Must see sunrise”
Review of Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater
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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.
vancouver
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“Must see sunrise”
Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

You cannot go to Maui and not see the sunrise because it truly is a once in a lifetime event! As others have mentioned, bring your winter jacket and face shield because the cold was just unbearable! We left 3am, arrived to top parking lot at almost 5am so we had parking. The top is 10,000 feet but many makes the mistake and think the 8000 is the top because it's a small road to turn up. You can still see the clouds floating below the mountains at 8000 ft though. Just make sure you check the weather because you really can't see anything if the weather isn't good. We were lucky the weather was clear at first, then a wave of clouds came in and it was just all fog!'

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“GO!!!!!”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Sunrise was @ 6:34 Saturday November 23rd. We left the Papakea Resort at Kaanapalli beach at 4:30, 1 hour 30 minute drive for 48 miles. It was 41 degrees with 20mph winds. Cold at 10,600 feet. Big deal tough it out. It will be something that will stay with you the rest of your life. I cannot put into words what you will experience. JUST GO.

Visited November 2013
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“You feel like you are on the top of the world!”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Driving up 10,000 feet was very stressful with all the hairpin curves but it was well worth the anxiety!
We were not dressed for the trip. So, my advice is change out of your flip flops and put on shoes and PANTS and a jacket! Its another world up there! It is quite breezy and chilly! When you sit on a rock and look down into the crater it is breathtaking! The only sound you will hear is the the wind blowing in your ear. It was so peaceful I did not want to leave. When you look down the mountain we saw clouds! We were above the clouds! You can not describe the beauty of this place well enough. It is a must to see when you visit Maui.....We will return! They said the sunrises and sun sets are out of this world. That may be true but, I do not think I have the will power to be on the roads going up or down in the dark!

Visited November 2013
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Ipswich, Australia
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“All we expected”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

We chose to go at sunrise rather than sunset, preferring not to make the descent in the dark. Sunrise was at 630 am or so, and we arrived at about 5 after a 2 hour drive from Kaanapali. The top car park was full only 10 or 15 minutes after we arrived, so the timing was good.
Even though we were lucky with clear skies and no wind at all, air temperature was in the low 40s and bringing our winter gear from Australia really paid off. Just after sunrise, the wind picked up only a little bit but was quite icy - goodness knows what it is like in a gale!
Views were exactly what was expected - beautiful, and even though the carpark was full there was plenty of viewiing room for everyone.
There was heavy cloud to the south (well, all around actually), and we were surprised to see the peaks of the Big Island poking above the cloud . These are 80 to 100 miles away, but in the early light at first we thought these were at the other side of the crater!
There are no restrooms at the top car park, but the main visitors centre is only a short walk down the hill.
Going at sunrise - bring warm gear, a torch/flashlight, and a thermos flask of something warm. Glad we did it!

Visited December 2013
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“Definitely do This”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Okay it is worth the drive,and the time it takes to get up their.The drive is intense especially if you get a bit of bad weather but just take your time. I don't think it matters one bit if your up their for sunrise or sunset. Haleakala will blow you mind away it is just so different so foreign so very desolate and dessert like but yet so uniquely beauiful.I think of all the things that we saw and did on Maui this was by far the best. Be sure to pack some warm clothing definitely a wind jacket and long pants would be advisable but not essential. I would rate this in terms of natural beauty equivalent to The GreatBarrier Reef andLord Howe Island it will be sensory

Visited November 2013
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