Reserve your space today for the sunrise or day tour! Haleakala National Park has greatly reduced the number of tour companies permitted to operate in the park effective January 1, cutting from 19 down to just 4!
This part of the park is accessed by Hawaii state road There is a visitor center, with parking and restrooms, near the summit. At the summit itself is another parking lot and a simple observatory without facilities.
The interior of the crater is dotted by numerous volcanic features, including Haleakala sunrise cinder cones. Two main trails lead into the crater from the summit area: Hikers in the crater can stay in one of three cabins which need to be reserved through the park first.
Each morning, visitors come to the summit of the volcano to watch the spectacular sunrise. More visitors come each afternoon to watch the equally amazing sunset.
In either case conditions can be extremely cold. One attraction of the park is Hosmer's Grovea unique forest of alien trees including deodar Cedrus deodara from the Himalayassugi Cryptomeria japonica from Japaneucalyptus from Australiaand several species from North America pinesprucecypressfirand others.
Native plants and trees are also present in the forest but are not very common due to the little light available because of the taller alien trees.
The park is known for its unique volcanic features, its long scenic drive with numerous overlooks, and the unusually clear views of the night sky available.
Visitors cannot drive directly to this section from the summit area; they must take a winding coastal road that travels around the windward coast of the island. This part of the park lies within the lower part of Kipahulu Valley. It is separated from the summit area of the park by the upper portion of the valley.
This area is designated the Kipahulu Valley Biological Reserve and is closed to the public to preserve the native plant and animal species in this fragile rainforest. These pools contain rare native freshwater fish.
Visitors may choose to swim in these pools, or they may choose to hike a trail that takes visitors up to the base of Waimoku Falls. Flora and fauna[ edit ] Due to Hawaii's volcanic origin and isolation, all of the native plants and animals on all the islands evolved from pioneers, which arrived carried by the wind, waves or wings of birds or arrived themselves naturally the same way.
Before the arrival of humans, a new species arrived in Hawaii every 10, toyears. Eventually, they evolve into endemic species, unique to the islands. It is above the tropical inversion layer and so experiences excellent viewing conditions and very clear skies.Don’t rush off too quickly after sunrise, especially if you want some great pictures.
The colors of Haleakala Valley will grow more vibrant as contrast becomes greater, about minutes after sunrise. For those seeking adventure, this open-vista driving tour is a fitting finale to a Road to Hana adventure.
The trip will proceed through several climate zones as the scenery transforms from the lush jungle of Kipahulu, through ranchland, dry grasslands, lavascapes, and ultimately back into . Nov 22, · Bike down Haleakala, Maui's largest volcano.
Enjoy a tour of Haleakala National Park and a trip up to the summit at 10, feet above sea level. Sunrise and Sunset The sun rises over the crater walls. Viewing sunrise from the mountain peak is one of the most popular reasons to visit Haleakalā National Park.
Sep 08, · Ciao. Every car pays 20$ fees to enter the park no matter the time you go there. In order to see the Sunrise you have to book in advance (such as 1 month earlier) OR you can be quick and book every Thursday at 4pm on the website (I think every Thursday or Tuesday, can't really remember)/5(K).
Haleakalā NP Sunrise Reservation System FAQs. Why is the park doing this? To ensure visitor and employee safety, protect natural and cultural resources, and provide a quality visitor experience at the Summit during sunrise hours at the Summit (3am to 7am).