Haleakala Crater is one of the most visited attractions on the Hawaiian island of Maui Hawaii 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 a 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.
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The Hawaiian island of Maui is an incredible island to visit, and Waikiki is one of the most famous beaches. Also, Honolulu airport is the “gateway” to Bangkok, one of the most visited cities in the world.
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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.
Maui’s Top Attractions.
- Haleakala National Park lets you visit one of the most rare sights in the world at over 32,000 feet.
- The Road To Hana takes a full day but is one of the most famous drives in the world.
- One of the wettest and most beautiful valleys on all the Hawaiian islands is at Iao Valley.
- Visit 7 Sacred Pools (Ohe’o Gulch) past Hana on the far windward side of Maui.
- A “must-see” beach is Big Beach at Makena State Park on the southwest side of Maui, Hawaii.
- Lahaina Town & Banyan Tree on the west side of Maui is a historic whaling town with much to see.
- Stroll through gardens with over 45 varieties of lavender at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.
- One of Maui’s top-rated family attractions in the Maui Ocean Center.
- Maui Tropical Plantation offers rides through a tropical plantation and has a fun zipline.
- The Sugar Museum is located on Hawaii’s largest working sugar factory.
- Tedeschi Winery produces wine from Maui-grown grapes at the Ulupalakua Ranch.
- Surfing Goat Dairy has world-class cheese made upcountry in a unique setting.
Maui’s Top Activities.
- See a unique perspective of Maui with a zipline adventure with Piiholo Ranch Adventures and Skyline Eco Adventures.
- See Molokini or the remote stretches of the Kanaio Coast with Red Line Rafting.
- Atlantis Submarines offers you the only underwater tour adventure on Maui that the whole family can enjoy.
- To rent snorkel equipment on Maui, go to Snorkel Bob’s or Boss Frog’s.
- Want to see another Hawaiian island? Go with Expeditions to the island of Lanai.
- There’s nothing like seeing Maui from a helicopter and Blue Hawaiian may be the best of Maui.
- Looking to jet ski? Jet Ski Maui is a seasonal activity but is a lot of fun even for beginners.
- Sunset dining on Maui gives you an unforgettable experience, and the Maui Princess is the boat to be on.
- Want to parasail while on Maui? UFO Parasail on Kaanapali Beach has been doing it longer than anyone.
- Bike down the Haleakala volcano for an amazing experience with Haleakala Bike Company.
- Trilogy offers one of the best excursions on Maui with several different daily tours.
- Enjoy The Road To Hana in a luxury vehicle with The Maui Touring Company.
- Go with the whale experts at Pacific Whale Foundation. They offer a wide variety of daily excursions.
- Wanting to go horseback riding on Maui? Go with Pony Express Tours for the best experience.
- Go sportfishing out of Lahaina Harbor with Start Me Up.
- Captain Steve’s Rafting Adventures is the top dolphin and whale tour company on Maui.
- Warren and Annabelle’s magic show is one of the best entertainment values on Maui.
- For the best luau on Maui, go to the Old Lahaina Luau in Lahaina Town on the west side of Maui.
BONUS – Free Hula Shows!
At The Lahaina Cannery Mall on the west side of Maui, there are free hula shows. The Polynesian Dancers perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The Keiki Hula Show (children performing) is at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Maui’s Best Luau!
While visiting Maui or any of the islands of Hawaii. a luau is a must. Learn a few things about a luau before you go, and here’s a list of popular luaus to consider:
- One of the most popular and highly-rated luaus is the Old Lahaina Luau on the west side of Maui.
- The Feast At Lele is an oceanfront luau at 505 Front Street in Lahaina Town.
- The best family luau is the Kaanapali Beach Luau.
- Staying in Wailea? Consider the Wailea Marriott Luau and The Grand Wailea Luau.