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“Up early for the sunrise....”
Review of Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater
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Haleakala Maui Sunrise Tour with Breakfast
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Haleakala Sunset Tour and Dinner on Maui
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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 13 June 2014

We were visiting Maui via the Pride of America Cruise ship. We rented a car for the two days that we were there. (So much cheaper than booking any excursions) The first day we had driven the Road to Hana and the second day we were up bright and early (2:30 am) to depart the ship at 3am for the drive to the summit. The drive is fairly easy; just a lot of repetitive switchbacks back and forth up the summit. I understand that it can be a foggy drive, but on the morning we went it was a crystal clear drive. We probably could have left about 30m later, but getting there early allowed us to get a prime spot right up against the railing for pictures. Do make sure to pack something warmer if you are planning on doing the sunrise; we saw plenty of people in shorts and flip flops freezing their butts off. We had jeans with us from the flight. I also packed an under armour layer, a rain jacket, and a hat and gloves. I am not sorry that I did. We were totally comfortable. The anticipation as the light began to creep over the clouds had the crowds of people buzzing. The changes in coloration over the landscape is amazing to see. The colors of the sunrise are simply breathtaking...and so much more dramatic than a typical sunrise since you are watching it all happen from above the cloudline (about 10,000 feet up to be exact). The landscape made me feel like we were on the moon or another planet. Such a cool experience. Totally worth the incredibly early wake up call. The pictures just don't do it justice. It is $10 to get into the park per car and there are lots of hiking trails and things to do in the park other than watching the sunrise.

Thank Leslie L
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Yes...it is amazing getting there for Sunrise and Sunset, but some of us are on vacation and that means not getting up at 3am and freezing our butts off. I went at 10am and it was still an amazing landscape and not as cold. You should put the trip on your agenda (whatever time you decide). My cousins went for the sunrise and they were zombies the rest of the day while we enjoyed the sunset with a few drinks back on our lanai!

2  Thank mc423
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We couldn't wait to visit this national park. We left Leilani on a beautiful sunny day with the top down and our shorts on. We were prepared for it to be cooler on the mountain. We weren't prepared for rain and the lack of visibility. We got to the parks entrance and were assured we would be able to see the view when we got to the top. As visibility got worse we got to the information centre and were told to wait 30 minutes at the top for the weather to clear.

We almost didn't get to the top because we couldn't see five feet in front of us and as Aussies driving on the wrong side of a thin road with no barricades it wasn't much fun.

Finally get to the top and waited over an hour for the weather to clear but no such luck! I have seen the photos but we wasted a whole day to see rain, clouds and no views! I am sure it is a great place to visit but a bit of honesty from the locals about weather conditions would have been helpful. The only bad experience we had on our stay in this wonderful paradise.

1  Thank Jenni M
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

If you are in Maui this is a must do. Be warned you have to get there early, it is a long drive up the mountain and their are a lot of people and tour buses. Make sure you dress for the cold. the day we went in May it was the second warmest ever, and it was still cold. It was an amazing experience. I would also recommend the sunset.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

One of the best parts of the trip to the crater was being able to see something that's wasn't a beach and also getting to cooler temperatures. The road is windy, so it's not for the queasy, and it's no fun if you get stuck behind a long line of traffic. It does make for a pretty view of the island, but if it's foggy you won't see much. It's not that cold, or at least it wasn't when I went, but it's not the beach, so dress accordingly. Worth the trip if you have some time on your hands.

Thank JBOtski
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