Haleakala Crater
Haleakala Crater
Haleakala Crater

Haleakala Crater Tours and Tickets

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Dubbed “House of the Sun” by native Hawaiians, Haleakala Crater is the world’s largest dormant volcano and the highest peak in Maui. Set in Haleakala National Park, here you can see a lunar landscape, admire cinder cones and endangered silversword plants, and trek wild hiking trails.

  • Open daily
  • Haleakala National Park, State Highway 330, Kula, 96790

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What are people saying about Haleakala Crater

Tim_J, Jun 2023
Highly recommended
Such a great experience! Eddy, our tour guide did an outstanding job. Very funny, informative, and had our safety as a number 1 priority. Highly recommend!
Suzanne_K, Jun 2023
High school graduation trip to Maui!
Loved, loved, loved our tour guide Eddie (Buddy)! He was knowledgeable and funny. He shared great photos and he took great photos of our family. He set expectations very well, and he nailed the safety instructions and the directions!
Manasi_T, Jul 2023
Highlight of the trip!!
The up close and aerial view of Haleakala crater and the waterfall by the oceans were mesmerizing. It's such an unforgettable experience. Loved it!! Absolutely worth every single minute on this journey!!
Karen_D, Nov 2023
Great experience
Amazing once in a lifetime experience. Did not anticipate how long of a morning it would be and how late breakfast would be. Suggest having coffee/eating something before or bringing a snack. We were picked up at 2:50am and sat for breakfast at 9am. Organized and friendly crew.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are Haleakala Crater hours of operation?
Haleakala Crater hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
People Also Ask
Q:Is Haleakala Crater worth it?
A:Yes, Haleakala Crater is a highlight of any trip to Maui. Many endure the early wake-up call (by National Park Service reservation) to catch the colorful sunrise over the volcanic formation. The park's hiking trails—including some into the cone—and viewpoints are worth a visit any time of day.
Q:Can you visit Haleakala Crater on your own?
A:Yes, you can visit Haleakala Crater on your own. However, to witness the popular sunrise from 10,023 feet (3,055 meters) above the Pacific Ocean, you'll need a reservation, which can be booked up to 60 days in advance through the National Park Service.
Q:How long does it take to get to Haleakala Crater?
A:The drive to Haleakala Crater takes approximately 1.5 hours from Maui's coastal areas, depending on your starting point. The winding roads and changing elevations contribute to the journey's duration. It's advisable to plan ahead and factor in extra time for stops or adverse weather conditions during the ascent.
Q:Is the Haleakala Sunrise tour worth it?
A:Yes, absolutely. Watching the sun creep over the horizon and cast an orange glow across the sky while you stand atop a volcanic crater is an experience you’ll always remember. You can make a National Park Service reservation or take a tour if you don’t want to worry about any logistics.
Q:Is it hard to breathe on Haleakala Crater?
A:Yes, breathing on Haleakala Crater can be challenging due to the higher altitude. The summit sits at over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), and some visitors may experience mild altitude-related symptoms. It's advisable to acclimate gradually, stay hydrated, and be mindful of your physical condition while exploring the crater to mitigate any discomfort.
Q:What do you wear to Haleakala Crater?
A:Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear, as the terrain can be rocky and uneven—especially if you plan on hiking. Layer up as temperatures can fluctuate, and chilly winds can happen even in the heat of summer. Haleakala Crater summit is usually about 30°F (or 17°C) cooler than the coast.