Maui Volcano Haleakala

Maui volcano Halekala crater The Maui volcano Haleakala in Hawaii is an active shield volcano that hovers in the clouds above Maui. The eerie moon landscape of the Halekala crater at the volcano summit makes this a must see for most Maui visitors.

Haleakala National Park

Most of the volcano is in Haleakala National Park. This trip might be the least expensive day of your Maui vacation - you can drive yourself to the volcano summit for the cost of a tank of gas and the $10 per car entrance fee to the park. The National Park Service Haleakala National Park, website is a treasure trove of helpful information.

Sunrise on Maui Volcano Haleakala

The idea of watching a Haleakala sunrise from the volcano summit is more attractive than the actual event for many Maui vacationers. Check the Haleakala weather, bring a jacket, and leave your warm bed in the middle of the night? Visit my Haleakala sunrise page to make your sunrise trip a good one.

Haleakala Weather Forecast

Before you schedule your visit to Haleakala, be sure to view the current Haleakala weather conditions and 7 day forecast.

Biking Haleakala

Maui Bike Tour down Haleakala Biking Haleakala is another activity with pitfalls. Because of biking accidents, guided bike tours are from the volcano summit are suspended by the National Park Service.

But you can still take unguided bike tours from the Haleakala crater summit, or guided bike tours that begin outside the National Park.

Drive Guide - Maui Volcano Haleakala

My Maui Volcano (Haleakala) Drive Guide page includes drive maps and times, driving directions from different Maui locations such as Kaanapali and Lahaina, best time to schedule your drive to the summit and crater, and tips to prevent you from wasting your day.

Maui Volcano Haleakala Tours

A Maui volcano Haleakala tour lets you enjoy the scenery rather than dodge vehicles and bikes as you navigate the winding Crater Road. You can choose from a variety of options - Haleakala sunrise tours, crater and summit tours, and combo tours with activities like biking down Haleakala, horseback riding and hiking.

Haleakala Crater and Summit

Haleakala Crater The Haleakala crater and summit are the main reason for your trek, so make sure you see what you need to see.

Look for the endangered silversword plant that only grows on the slopes of Haleakala, and listen for the honking of the endangered nene goose that lives on the wooded slopes of Haleakala.

And the white round alien looking buildings are the Haleakala Observatories.

Hiking the Maui Volcano Haleakala

We hike along the Haleakala crater. Hiking the Maui Volcano Haleakala is fun, as long as you have warm clothing and can handle the physical exertion at the high altitude.

The Halekala crater and summit is loaded with over 30 miles of hiking trails such as Hosmer Grove Trail, Leleiwi Overlook, Sliding Sands Trail and Kaupo Gap Trail.

Haleakala - Horseback Riding


Haleakala horseback riding lets you descend from the volcano summit down into the crater.

Sliding Sands Trail is steep with lots of switchbacks. This tough trip is not recommended for first time riders.

Maui Volcano Haleakala Videos

View my Maui volcano Haleakala videos to visually experience the sounds and movement of touring Haleakala.

Maui Volcano Haleakala - Pictures

My large Maui volcano Haleakala pictures let you experience the magnificence of the volcano crater.

Maui volcano Halekala crater

Haleakala Crater Road Map

My Haleakala Crater Road map shows the constant switchbacks during the steep drive to the volcano summit.

Haleakala has not erupted for over 200 years, but it is an active shield volcano that may erupt again.

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Haleakala Tours

I provide a whole group of web pages below for you to review your options for a tour of the Maui volcano Haleakala.

Day Tours

If you want someone else to drive you up the winding road to the summit of the Maui volcano on a Haleakala day tour, you have several options:

• The Haleakala and Rainforest tour from Temptation Tours also includes stops at Hosmer's Grove, a protea farm, the paniolo cowboy town of Makawao, Haiku, a rainforest waterfall, Keanae Peninsula and Hookipa Beach.

• The Haleakala - Magnificent Maui tour from Roberts Hawaii also includes stops at the Iao Valley rainforest and the historic whaling town of Lahaina.

• The Haleakala Summit tour from Polynesian Adventures also includes a tour through Central Maui and a stop at Iao Valley rainforest park.

Sunrise Tours

You have a choice of two types of Haleakala sunrise tours:

1. Motor Coach Haleakala sunrise tours pick you up at your hotel or condo at about 3AM, provide some sort of breakfast, and drive you up the winding road in the dark to the Haleakala summit before sunrise. Get exact pricing and scheduling details for volcano sunrise and day trip tours:

• Polynesian Adventures Haleakala sunrise tour

• Temptation Tours Haleakala sunrise tour

2. Haleakala Sunrise Bike Ride Tours where you watch the sun rise, then ride a bike either from the Haleakala summit or from the entrance of Haleakala National Park.

Bike Tours

To read about the many Haleakala bike tour options, get exact pricing or make reservations, visit my Haleakala Bike Tours page.

Hiking Tours

A Haleakala crater hike from Hike Maui includes up to three trails to accumulate four miles - Hosmer's Cove Trail, Halemauu, and Sliding Sands Trail. Hike Maui declares their trail guides to be 'the best trained naturalist guides on Maui'.

Horseback Riding

Riding horseback into the Maui Volcano Haleakala crater is an alternative to hiking the Sliding Sands trail. Instead, you descend from the volcano summit down into the crater on horseback. The Ka Moa O Pele Junction Ride is offered by Pony Express Tours.