If you are visiting Maui, you must take a trip to Haleakalā Crater!
When I went to Maui, I stayed at the Sheraton in Kaanapali and it was about a two hour drive to the crater. Haleakalā Crater is Maui’s highest peak, sitting at 10,023 feet above sea level.
This “crater” was formed after years of erosion of the entire volcanic mountain top. Small lava flows then filled in parts of the valley. At the summit, you look into the depression that is 7 miles across, 2 miles wide, and 2,600 feet deep. Along with beautiful colors and unbelievable craters, you will also see species endemic to the area.
As you summit the volcano (whether by car, bike, or hiking), the top will be much colder than the base. I recommend packing a pair of pants, a sweater, and a jacket.
As stated on the Recreation.gov website, “Haleakala means “house of the sun” and is where demigod Maui lassoed the sun, slowing its passage so people had more time to dry kapa (cloth) and grow food. The dormant volcano’s “crater” is actually a valley carved by erosion.”
- Fill up your gas tank before you go and pack snacks and water for the ride.
- You can go to the top for sunrise, but prior reservations are required (you can buy tickets up to 60 days before your trip). As of this post its only $1.50 per car. You can get tickets here.
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