Drive to the top of Haleakala

Haleakala Crater at Haleakala National Park is one of the most incredible locations on Maui – if not the entire planet!


Where else can you go from sea level to over 10,000 feet above sea level in just over 30 miles, and be standing on the earth’s largest dormant volcano. Haleakala National Park is an experience you don’t want to miss when visiting Maui.


In the Hawaiian language, Haleakala means House By The Rising Sun, and it’s truly one of the most unique places for a sunset, sunrise, full moon, or just to experience.haleakala crater and volcano on maui hawaii


There is a $10 fee per vehicle to enter Haleakala National Park and you can purchase a National Park Card for unlimited entrance to any national park.


Plan to take plenty of ater and clothes, as the temperature can be 20 degrees to 30 degrees cooler than the temperature at sea level.


Haleakala Crater is a geological dream for such a wide variety of different species of plants, rocks and the land itself. Take time to walk the paved trails and see the Silversword. This particular plant species is found nowhere else.


haleakala volcano on maui hawaiiThe drive to the top of Haleakala Volcano takes about an hour, depending on how many times you stop along the way to take pictures and to see the incredible views of the west Maui mountains.


You’ll also get a spectacular view of the isthmus, or flatland, where the two volcanos are connected with a land mass in the center of the island.


One of the largest space observatories is also located on the top of Hakeakala Crater. It is off-limits to the general public, but you can see some of the largest telescopes in the United States at the top of the volcano. It also house government satellite tracking haleakala volcano on maui hawaiidevices.


Please Respect The Aina. Try to leave the land (aina) just like you found, and don’t take any rocks from the ground.


Haleakala National Park hosts a visitor center at the top of the crater, and there is a Park Ranger to answer any questions. Books, videos, and other materials can be purchased in the Visitor Center, and there are clean public restrooms available during park hours.


Clear Day! On a clear day with good haleakala volcano on maui hawaiivisibility, look to the south while standing in the visitor parking lot. You just might see the two 13,000 foot volcanos (Mauna Koa & Mauna Loa) on The Big Island.


See the twin peaks on The Big Island!

Aloha – Enjoy Maui!

Black Sand Beach on Maui, Hawaii.

Black Sand Beach

Beaches.  Maui has some of the best beaches in the world.  Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina.  Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite.  Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.

Big Beach is a favorite on the southwest side of Maui, along with Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Polo Beach.

In Paia, there’s Baldwin Beach that is popular and Ho’okipa Beach is just past Paia.  Just before Hana is the famous Black Sand Beach.

La Perouse Bay is an incredible place to snorkel, swim and hike, and Po’olenalena Beach is a little hide-away beach in the Makena State Park area of southwest Maui.

Top 10 Lists.  Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants.  There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.

The Gazebo is one of Maui's top places for breakfast.

The Gazebo

Eating & Drinking.  Oh, yea.  You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui.  Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café.  For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.

There’s a lot of good burger places in Lahaina, along With Honu Seafood and Pizza and Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club.

In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and  Makawao Steak House.   Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.

Hookipa beach on the windward side of Maui.

Ho’okipa Beach – Paia

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Baldwin Beach near Paia on Maui, Hawaii.

Baldwin Beach

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Haleakala Crater

Baby Beach in Lahaina on Maui, Hawaii is a family friendly beach.

Baby Beach in Lahaina.

Honolua Bay is an incredible snorkel loaction on Maui, Hawaii.

Honolua Bay

La Perouse bay is a nice snorkel, swim and hike location on Maui, Hawaii.

La Perouse Bay

Sunset on Maui, Hawaii is an awesome, incredible experience on the island of Maui.

Incredible Maui Sunset

Shipwreck Beach on the island of Lanai across from Maui, Hawaii.

Shipwreck Beach on the island of Lanai

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Giant Sea Turtle At Black Rock

Welcome To Maui  Tourist Guide

Maui Travel Tips is a blog by SteveENJOY!  Living on Maui, I love to talk about this beautiful island.  I hope you enjoy my photography, and I love to provide first-hand information about Maui.  My hope is you feel the true Hawaiian “spirit of aloha” in everything you see and do on Maui.

HAVE FUN!  Take a look at the article categories, review my recent posts, and send me any questions or comments you might have.

I know you’ll love Maui — as much as I love her! 








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