I had a great time and a knowledgeable driver. The views from 9500 feet above sea level was worth it. It was the same feeling I felt when I saw the southern rim of the Grand Canyon obviously not as large, but that same sense of awe and peace. Even the ride up to the crater had some beautiful views as well. Please note you can see the crater from where the bus stops and no hiking is needed. However, if you hike about quarter to a half mile up from where the bus stops you will see the a different and more beautiful view of the crater. Also, I took the day tour and it was about 40 to 50 degrees so bring a jacket. I met some people who took the morning and evening tour and they said it was very cold 30 degrees. Do some research on the weather like I did so you can be prepared.
Hard to describe what it felt like 9700 feet above the island. It's worth the trip up just to be able to see what a stark contrat it is. The wind was blowing over 40 mph, and the temperature was chilling, but a great experience.
The crater was amazing. Driver was knowledgeable and interesting. There is no problem with meeting ship times.
The driver told us a lot about the city and where we were going. He was great!
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Definitely recommend this for Maui first timers like me and my wife. Like some of the other tours, it gets cold up there. We were there on the first week of December, average temp at sea level was mid 80's F. up there wear some pants/jeans, and bring a light jacket to layer up. Weather was perfect. Blue skies and some clouds, but we were so high up we were ABOVE them. Convenient with cruise ship pier pick up. One of your days in Maui need to be this tour.
Great day. We had a great guide, comfortable coach, fantastic switch back roads with great views up to crater. The crater was amazing but word to wise, leave your hats on the bus - the winds up there are unbelievable. All in all a great day. T'N'T
The trip was operated by the major Hawaiian tour company,using a first class coach, picking up/dropping off at the same place as the cruise ship's own tour. It also did the same itinerary but at a vastly reduced price! Unfortunately, the weather was wet and cloudy up to 7,000 feet but above that we were in sunshine and, at 10,000 feet, the crater looked like your publicity photo.
We found the Driver's running commentary on the sights (including those we could barely see), the landscape and geology very informative and, at times, hilarious. He deserved full marks.
Amazing views of the crater and the island. Don't forget to bring a jacket, there were people walking around in summer shirts and they were very cold.
The excursion was enhanced by the tour director. His knowledge and manner were excellent. Though the weather did not cooperate we were still able to experience the awesomeness of the crater.
Harvey was a great tour guide. We would do this tour again.
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