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“Unique Sunrise Experience ”
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 28 June 2018 via mobile

We went to watch the sunrise on our first full day...it was absolutely stunning. A few tips for people planning this trip...
1. Make reservations (you can’t go in without them)
2. Dress warm!
3. Get there early - we were there about an hour before sunrise.
4. Fill up your car with gas - gas stations are sparse around this area!

5  Thank abetheredge
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We drove about an hour from Kihei to reach the summit of Haleakala. Gas up before setting out because there is NO gas inside the national park which takes a while to reach the summit. The cost to enter the national park was $25 and is good for other Maui national parks for 3 days. The panoramic views were magnificent. The volcanic mountains were a rainbow of colors ranging from green to red to brown to gray to black - breath taking! The hiking is for the experienced. While I (not in the best shape and in my 50s) walked about 2 miles down, the return was tough which I finished after about 2 hours with numerous stops to catch my breath and take in another view. We had great weather: 60F and sunny but quite windy. The hike would have been much harder with rain. Dress to stay warm but be ready to take off layers if the temperature reaches 80F. And it could rain at any time, so take a poncho. The summit is packed with cars at the end of the day for many that want to see the sunset. This is a must see but be careful.

1  Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Tricky driving to see great views at the top. Stunning landscape. Cool on the top even in June - bring a jacket.

Thank blondie16
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Drive gives you stunning view of the landscape. We went to the ranger station to get Junior Ranger Badge Activity booklet for our tween and they also highlighted for us the must-see/do short easy/moderate hikes for our family. The crater rim trail was awesome and so was the Leileiwei overlook. The Kalahaku trail was a good one too. the clouds were coming down into the valley and as they passed, we got fantastic views of the calderas of the mini cindercones in the crater. Each one so different from the other. Driving through the clouds and hiking above cloud level was the showstopper of the day!

Thank Laxmi V
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Got this checked off our “to-do” list and glad we went. It’s a slow, switchback drive to the top so plan on taking your time. The switchback drive down in the dark, with the brake pumping, caused a couple of us to get car sick...be prepared. BE SURE TO TAKE WARM CLOTHES BECAUSE IT IS VERY COLD AND WINDY (and this was in June!).

The top was amazing! Picture the moon’s surface...that’s immediately what I thought about. The inside of the crater though had a lot of green...naturally, not an active volcano. There are a couple observatories which are not open to the public.

We parked at the area that had public restrooms and many parking spots. Then sunset came!!!! Absolutely beautiful colors!! Most people left after that, BUT they missed the SECOND show...the multitude of stars!!! Plan on staying a couple hours after sunset to take it all in.

A tour app is available which describes what you’re seeing all the way up and back...tells you where scenic views are, etc. There is also an app to tell you which stars you are seeing.

Not sure kids will enjoy this. Long trip and not a lot for them to do at the top. There are a couple trails. Most kids aren’t interested in sunsets, etc.

But we enjoyed it!!

1  Thank NoniBaroni
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