Haleakala National Park
The park was originally much larger when it was first created in 1916, as it also included what later became Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Haleakala is a dormant volcano in the park, which experts believe last erupted somewhere in the late 15th to early 17th century. The enormous crater that you can see today stretches almost seven miles across.
Aside from the volcanic sights in the park, there is a lush coastal area called Kipahulu, some of which is an off-limits nature reserve and some of which you can visit.
Sunrise visits to Haleakala are particularly popular, with many headed to the crater's summit just to see the sun come up over the red volcanic landscape. Nighttime trips offer their own spectacular displays, since extremely good visibility and atmospheric conditions allow you to see an array of stars and even the Milky Way.
Haleakala National Park is open year-round and 24 hours a day, so you can get the full enjoyment of the night sky as it warms into sunrise. Just remember that even if it's warm at the beach, it'll be very cold at the summit of the crater, so pack for freezing temperatures. The Haleakala Visitor Center is open from sunrise to 3 pm. You'll need to book a tour or rent a car to reach the park, as there's no public transport into the park itself. To drive to Haleakala National Park from the nearest town, Kahalui, follow routes 37, 377 and 378. It’s a 1.5-hour trip. A three-day vehicle pass costs $10, including park entry for everyone in the car.
Tours & Tickets
Soak in unbeatable views of East Maui on this thrilling 55-minute helicopter tour! Flying over famous Hana and Haleakala National Park, you’ll be treated to ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
Experience Maui’s diverse landscapes – from the countryside to the coast – on this small-group luxury day trip. Aboard a luxury limo-van, soak in sweeping ... Read more
Duration: 9-10 hours
Start your day on Maui at the top of the world! This small-group guided tour, for just up to eight guests, gives you an exclusive view of the famed Haleakala ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
You'll enjoy all of the "must see" sights in Maui on spectacular Maui helicopter tours! Soar to the 10,000 foot (3,050 meter) Haleakala Volcano Crater, ... Read more
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)
Awaken your senses on this small-group day trip highlighting Maui’s best sights, scents and tastes! With your guide, travel to the top of Maui’s highest peak ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)