Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater, Haleakala National Park: Address, Phone Number, Haleakala Crater Reviews: 4.5/5

Haleakala Crater
4.5
Mountains • Geologic Formations • Volcanoes
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A dormant volcano measuring 10,000 feet above sea level, it is Maui's highest point.
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More than 3 hours
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AntoniosNYPizza
Estes Park, CO12 contributions
Beautiful road, views and ridiculous landscapes
Nov 2021
While steep, the road to the summit is beautifully paved and stunning views are literally everywhere. There are multiple places to pull off and take some photos or just sit and stare like I did. Be sure to stop at the viewing area on the left just below the summit for it offers a perspective you cannot get from the summit's angle. A word to those who made the mistake of taking the road to Hana first- this is a 1 on a scale of 1-10 in difficulty if Hana is a 10.
Written 27 November 2021
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Pete R
Silverthorne, CO267 contributions
A great view and experience!
Nov 2021 • Friends
The view from the crater is magnificent! It is “other worldly” looking into it and remarkable looking around. You can see many other islands including the Big Island from the top. I suggest skipping the crowded, unpredictable sunrise and go for the lesser known sunset. Just as beautiful and you’ll know in advance if it will be clear since it’s a long drive to the summit! If you are a scuba diver, remember that the summit is 10,000 feet so plan accordingly.
Written 24 November 2021
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alc0586
Texas20 contributions
Sunset just as pretty over the ocean….
Nov 2021 • Family
This should be experience at least once. If you get car sick easily, then be prepared, extremely windy roads. We did the sunset because we were unable to get sunrise tickets. However, as we were traveling up, I notice there are several roadside overlooks you can experience the sunrise without reservations(before entering the park). It’s beautiful, but also just as beautiful as sunrises and sunsets on the ocean.
Side note- sunset parking lot was crazy crowded. Get there early
Written 22 November 2021
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Kaye N
Provo, UT1,737 contributions
An Out-Of-This-World Experience!
Oct 2021
While many go to Maui for snorkeling or beach fun, this was at the top of our list of things we wanted to do. It is other worldly to go to the top of Haleakalā and see the crater and the volcano comes
Written 17 November 2021
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DoctorCP
Honolulu, HI1,263 contributions
Above the clouds
Nov 2021 • Couples
The car ride up is slow and long as you gain elevation at about 6000ft you’re at cloud level. You pass the ruthless cyclists pushing with every peddle stroke to go up the mountain. I can only imagine the feeling when they reach the top! It was breath taking and we only drove up. If the crowds are small enough you can find moments of utter silence. It was eerie how quiet it can be above the clouds. Amazing views.
Written 16 November 2021
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beachrumpunch
New York City, NY280 contributions
Haleakala Summit
Oct 2021 • Friends
Unworldly feel to witness the haleakala crater. 10,000 feet high summit. There was a formation of clouds and rainbows hovering over the crater which gave this humbling site a more beautiful and spiritual feel.
Written 30 October 2021
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Gwen S
Charlotte, NC3 contributions
Amazing Holeakula
Oct 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed a very early sunrise visit to Holeakula yesterday. Trevor was our tour guide and he was an excellent guide from pick up to drop off. Answered all our questions and was very attentive to details and an excellent driver. The tour company provided jackets, which were greatly appreciated. Thanks for a great adventure.
Written 29 October 2021
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LYNN Petersen
10 contributions
Fun after pich up
Oct 2021 • Couples
Mitch our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I would have given the tour a 5, but he was over 1/2 hour late without any notification he was running late. We were ready to give up and go back to the hotel.
Written 13 October 2021
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Lora Stewart
5 contributions
Beautiful haleakala crater
Oct 2021 • Couples
This was gorgeous. You have to see this. Make sure you bring a jacket. It is chilling and windy. And you see alot of beautiful sites along the way. We got to see a Nana goose.
Written 9 October 2021
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ampsone
56 contributions
A Road You Only want to drive ONCE!
Oct 2021
We read up on the Haleakala National Park experience and decided the sunset view was easier to deal with than the sunrise one. After having a quick lunch in Kahului, we began the two hour drive to the crater.

The first 2500 feet of the climb were not much differrent than any other road in Maui but beyond that the road began to have more and more tight turns as well as other obstacles. Above 4000 feet there is open range cattle grazing to add to the surprises on the road! At least most of the cows stayed out of the way.

At 6000 feet you begin driving througbh the cloud deck and only emerge from it and the wooded area when you reach the park entrance at 6500 feet. It is still 22 miles to the crater from there and it is all uphill and with VERY tight and twisty turns. There are no guard rails and in some place about a 400 drop if you go off the road.

The visitor's center was at 9740 feet with the summit another 300 feet up the volcano. The site looks down into the crater and shows the various cones from previous eruptions with the last one being in the 18th Century.

Looking the other way you get a magnificent sunset into the horizon which is worth the trip!!!

Going down is easier if you have a selectable transmission and can put the car in 2nd or 3rd gear to keep speeds down.

Overall a real unique experience
Written 7 October 2021
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