Haleakala Crater, Haleakala National Park

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Known primarily for its dramatic sunrises and sunsets, Haleakala Crater is the world's largest dormant volcano, forming more than 75 percent of the island of Maui. Over a million years old, the volcano is locally known as the "House of the Sun," its tallest peak rising up to 3,055 m (10,023 ft) above sea level. You can reach the summit, gaze into the crater, or walk across its floor by hiking up a series of rugged trails. Though there's little chance of an eruption, you must be extremely careful on the steep and often treacherous paths. Check the weather before you go and dress appropriately for cold temperatures at the summit. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Haleakala Crater and many more Haleakala National Park attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Haleakala National Park online trip itinerary planner .
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  • I went on Bikemaui.com 's tour. 100% recommend. It's an awesome way to see the crater and then bike down through beautiful scenery you sometime miss driving in a car!  more »
  • My husband and I drove up in January during our week stay in Maui, this is a must to see. Beautiful views above the clouds and over 2 mile view of the Crater. The drive up is a beautiful drive, but be...  more »
  • In fact, the path to the Haleakala Crater is not from the observation deck. The information stands indicated that he elsewhere. you need to just go down to the car on the road down there, area and a booth with information about the crater. Decided to go ... the path turned out to be difficult-narrow belt descent along the edge of the mountains. And it'd all be nothing. but became to thicken clouds and fall on our shoulders. The picture is terrible-a narrow path along the edge, and zero visibility. While there is a slight dizziness, it also has information on stands that can be dizziness, vomiting (height more than 3000 thousands meters) have decided to return, made shots. Prominent among vegetation lava flows. trailing down.
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  • The drive to this place was very good and the views in the place was awesome. We could see rainbow forming in the clouds and around 6000 ft is the elevation at which we passed through the clouds and it got very foggy as we reached 8000ft elevation after which the clouds cleared up for a beautiful sunset view. Excellent spot for photography.
  • Amazing location. The sunset was outstanding and we were very happy to have taken a chance when it looked foggy and cloudy all over the crater from the bottom. Take the drive easy if it's dark, lots of cattle were on the roads and it is pitch black.
  • A really large Volcano with days of walking/hiking/camping potential. Still worth the trip and the Journey even if you only spend a few hours there. My wife and I had a rental car and drove up the mountain. It isn't the easiest drive but is manageable for your standard driver. It is pretty high in the air so altitude sickness can be an issue if you are up their for a frequent amount of time. It did not affect us for the 3-4 hours we spent on the mountain. I was told many people who visit the park come for the sunrise/sunset views. We did not and still had a blast there. It really is a huge space and a bit mesmerizing. I believe they do bus tours (for those who don't want to drive) but it is worth verifying the information.
  • Google doesnt have a rating system that goes high enough to match how gorgeous and beautiful it is being up here. Drive it, and experience it for yourself. These reviews are useless for something so magnificent.
  • The true top of the World in the middle of the ocean!! Awesome sunset view!!

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Where to stay in Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park offers most of its accommodations in the form of wilderness cabins. Three are scattered throughout the park, and these require at least a couple hours of hiking to reach. Each cabin provides a wood-burning stove and pit toilet, but you'll have to boil water from nearby water sources before drinking it. The park also provides a couple of campgrounds. Most visitors to the park arrive from wherever they've chosen to stay on Maui. If you plan to spend more than a day exploring the park but prefer comfortable digs, check out the rustic inns and bed and breakfasts in upcountry Kula. Similar types of accommodation in coastal Hana will put you near the park's Kipahulu section.
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