Your Haleakala Crater excursion begins with a once-in-a-lifetime, dramatic drive through upcountry Maui on your way to the Haleakala National Park. The Park is an area of astounding diversity and beauty, covering over 30,000 acres of wilderness. It preserves the distinctive volcanic landscape of the summit area, and protects the pristine Kipahulu Valley and scenic pools at Oheo Gulch. Haleakala is home to many of the world's 13 ecosystems, including alpine cinder desert, subalpine shrubland and grassland, montage bogs, dryland forest, high elevation cloud forest, low elevation rainforest, and coastal. Take in the sights of the sugarcaned plains and protea farms of Kula as you travel beyond the tree line to where cacti and rare Hawaiian silver swords grow right up to the volcano's crest.
Upon arrival at the summit, located at 10,023 feet above sea level, you will have incredible views of Maui and the inside of the crater which is 3,000 feet deep, 7.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. Haleakala is an active, but not currently erupting volcano. Its last eruption occurred more than 200 years ago, in 1790. Many cinder cones rise from the crater's floor, the tallest being Pu'u o Maui measuring 500 feet tall. After a chance for photos from the summit, you will begin the scenic drive back to the pier. Based on weather and crowds, the itinerary may be changed.
Reviewer: Roma Klicius
My husband and I totolly enjoyed the trip in the comfortable couch to the 10.000 feet elevation , to observe breathtaking views of the Haleakala Crater. On the way there we learned alot about vulcanoes, flora and fauna of Hawaii. The driver was fantastic! The temperature on the top is about 20 F degrees lower, than at the sea level, so take a jacket with you, and enjoy!
I thought our guide did a great job getting us up to crater and back. Thanks to the excursions for pre-warning us of the cold weather so we were prepared. The shore excursion group did a great job of preparing us telling us exactly where to meet and times.
It was a good tour but the tour guide was somewhat monotonous, and the big thing was that she did not know that there was no food or drink available for purchase anywhere along the way and did not provide us with anything to eat or drink the entire 8 hr day!! So if you are planning on taking this tour, please be sure to bring something to eat and drink for the day. Other than that the scenery was just beautiful....one of my favorite places in Hawaii!
Reviewer: Cruise traveler
Concerned about bus safety when I smelled burning brakes on the way down from the volcano!
The best way to visit in the limited time we had as a shore excursion