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“What an Impressive Sunset !!”
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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.
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“What an Impressive Sunset !!”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was well worth the 1 1/2 hour drive to the top of the crater to see the sun set into the sea. Because of the altitude of 10,000 feet, the cloud cover was unpredictable. the clouds came....and the clouds dissipated....allowing for a spectacular view of the crater and the sunset. Take a jacket.....it gets cold!

Visited June 2014
Thank Jim C
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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Different and outstanding!”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is an out of this world experience. We went up in the late afternoon so we could see sundown. It was extremely cold so had to use towels to stay warm but it was worth it. On the way we saw 3 sets of pheasants within a couple of miles, saw a brilliant all red small bird and some larger birds that looked like a large quail. On the top it was like being on a different planet, some fog but it would clear and then drift over again. My teenage granddaughters were amazed and could not stop taking pictures. We were able to see the crater floor and were above the clouds so we got to see the sunlight blanket the clouds with an amazing array of colors ..pinks, corals, blues, yellows. It was outstanding and definitely worth the drive. Watch out for cattle on the drive up and dress warmly or take a cover up. There are nice bathroom facilities at the top.

Visited April 2014
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Boise, ID
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is was one of those once in a lifetime things that we had to do in order to catch the sunrise. We had to get up super early, but it was well worth it. Watching the sunrise at the park over the clouds was great. The bio diversity travel up the crater is like nowhere else, and once you're at the top the views are impeccable.

Visited June 2014
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2014

Went during the day. Still worth the trip even if not going for sunrise. The road while nice can be a little nearve racking with no guardrails but not to bad. Even in the middle of the day the temp was only 57 degrees but the worse part is the fighting wind. If you plan on hiking bring a pair of pants and a heavy cost, not just a light jacket. Views are marvelous and well worth the trip. No place to buy food so I'd suggest bringing lunch with you. Call the national weather service hotline at 866-944-5025 to see what the forecast for the next day is.

Visited June 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great drive”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

I really enjoyed the drive up. Others might now, but I enjoy roads like this. It was also cool to see the drastic temperature changes from the bottom, to the top. To be honest, the crater was cool to look at for a few minutes, but didn't stay that long. Checked out the view. Took the small hike up to get to the highest point possible, then left.

Also, PLEASE, if you are a slow driver, pull over in the designated pull outs. You start huge line ups while you're going 10 MPH up the road.

Visited December 2013
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