Volcanoes are incredible, there is no denying it. Thinking of volcanoes conjures up thoughts of natural power, wonder and mystery. On the island of Maui in Hawaii, you are able to experience these volcanic craters close up. This can be done in Haleakala National Park which is only a short drive from most major towns in Maui.
The entrance fee is $20USD per car which is a pretty good deal to see a giant volcanic crater, if you ask us. The volcano itself is dormant, but the crater left behind looks like something out of an alien movie. It actually looks so much like Mars.
The hikes at Haleakala Crater can take as little or as long as you wish. The trails vary from 10 minutes to multi-day hikes, so do some research into the trail you want to do and pack accordingly. Bring gear for all weather types as temperature and conditions change.
You can read more information on the Haleakala National Park from the official website. For now, here’s 11 photos from my experiences here.
Getting up to the crater in the Jeep involved driving through clouds on a windy road
The crater as the clouds roll in
Looking back over the observatory as a yellow Mustang drives past
The elevation of Haleakala Crater means that you can feel the effects of altitude
The Haleakala Crater observatory
Clouds filling the crater
The trail around the crater is made from crunchy volcanic dust
The trail winding down through Haleakala Crater
The view of Haleakala Crater from the Visitors Centre
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