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.
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.
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 devices.
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.
See the twin peaks on The Big Island!
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
Welcome To Maui Tourist Guide
ENJOY! 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!