Haleakala Crater is a must-see attraction!
Haleakala Crater is one of the most visited attractions on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and is a must-see attraction for visitors and tourists.
Comprising over 75 percent of the island, Haleakala volcano is a shield volcano and rises to over 10,000 feet. It’s the only place on the planet where you can drive from sea level to over 10,000 feet in the sky in under 35 miles.
Haleakala Crater is at the top of the volcano at 10,023 feet and consists of not only spectacular scenery, but also a visitor center, restroom facilities, and a large parking lot. Haleakala Observatory, one of the world’s top observation sites, is nearby but is not accessible to the public.
Haleakala Crater is part of Haleakala National Park, and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no food, drink or gasoline products available within the park. Haleakala National Park is open from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. each and is located at the 7,000 foot mile marker.
There is a 15 dollar fee to for individual vehicles to enter the park, and an automated cash-only machine for payment after the Park Headquarters Visitor Center is closed. The entrance fee is valid for three days.
Haleakala Park Headquarters Visitor Center telephone number is (808) 248-7373. Give them a call the day before you plan to visit Haleakala Crater to get the latest weather information.
From West Maui, take Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 380 back toward the airport in Kahului. Take a right turn on Hana Hwy. (Hwy.
36 toward Paia) at the major intersection just before the entrance to the airport. Go several miles and you’ll see sign for a right-hand turn on Hwy. 37. Take Hwy 37 to Hwy 377 and just follow the signs.
From the Kihei and Wailea areas, take Hwy 31 and Hwy 311 to Kahului. Then take Hwy 36 (Hana Highway) toward the historic town of Paia and follow the signs to Haleakala National Park.
- Take plenty of water, snacks, sandwiches, and fruit with you as there is no place to purchase these items at the top of the volcano. There are restroom facilities and a visitor’s center at the top of Haleakala.
- Purchase gasoline for your vehicle in Kahului and make sure you have at least a half tank of gas. It’s much cheaper in Kahului compared to only a couple of places to buy gas on your journey up the volcano.
- If you’re going for the incredible sunrise views, leave between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. The parking lot at the top of Haleakala Volcano can get full pretty quickly.
- Take a pair of long pants and a sweater or light jacket. It can get very cold at over 10,000 feet, and then when the sun comes up it can get very hot.
- Kula Lodge and several other snack and coffee/sandwich cafes are open when you come down the volcano. There’s also several good places to pull-over and take a picture.
Haleakala Downhill Bike Tours.
- One of the best downhill bike tours down the volcano is with Haleakala Bike Company.
- Bike It Maui also offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience biking downhill from the volcano’s crater.
- Cruiser Phil’s Volcano Riders tour company also offers an outstanding downhill experience.
Tripadvisor reviews of Haleakala give you insight as to what others think of this massive volcano.
Crazy Fun Things To Do On Maui!
Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s. There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town. Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.
Looking for a great breakfast? Try The Gazebo in Napili. Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.
Buy a great gift box or gift basket on-line at Maui Gift Store!
Top 10 Maui Restaurants
- Mama’s Fish House is one of the most well-known restaurants on Maui.
- In Lahaina Town, try Lahaina Grill. It’s one of the best restaurants on Maui.
- Merriman’s Hawaiian Restaurant in Kapalua has won many awards for outstanding food.
- The Pineapple Grill in Kapalua is a popular, upscale restaurant popular with locals and tourists alike.
- On the west side of Maui, try Star Noodle. It’s one of the most popular restaurants on the island.
- The Plantation House in Kapalua offers an excellent fine dining experience.
- Sarento’s On The Beach in the Kihei area of Maui is always recognized for outstanding food and service.
- Hali’ imaile General Store has pleased customers since opening in 1988 with its upcountry location.
- Japengo At The Maui Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa is a recent addition to the Top 10 Restaurants on Maui.
- Roy’s in Ka’anapali has consistently been one of the top restaurants on Maui, Hawaii.