Top Things To Do In Haleakala National ParkUpdated: April 28, 2021
Haleakala is Hawaii’s highest peak, towering over at 10,023 feet above sea level. This dormant volcano is also one of Maui’s famous tourist spots because of the many fun activities you can do. That in mind, here’s a list of the best things to do in Haleakala National Park.
WATCHING THE SUNRISE OR SUNSET
Watching the sun rise and set is more majestic and breathtaking when you do it atop a dormant volcano that towers over the whole island. And what better place to witness the dawn of a new day than the House of the sun. Legend has it that this volcano is where the demigod Maui roped the sun into slowing its descent and making the day longer. If you’re planning to go to Haleakala National Park, never miss the chance to go sunrise or sunset watching.
If you’re someone who loves to explore with your own two feet, then you can go hiking in Haleakala National Park. The park has 4 trails that range from short, scenic trails for beginners to strenuous trails that could take a whole day or even more to finish, perfect for hardcore trekkers. Regardless of which one you pick, make sure that you are fully prepared for the changing landscape and unpredictable weather.
For a faster, thrilling adventure, you can go biking down the slopes of Haleakala. You can choose to rent a bike or book a bike tour. Either way, you’ll enjoy descending down the turns and curves of the road. What’s more, you get to witness the epic scenery of Maui’s Central Valley and the West Maui Mountains as you bike downhill.
Searching for a more heart-pounding thrill? Then you can’t go wrong with a zipline tour! Marvel at the beautiful sights of the island as you soar along above the treetops. It’s also a great activity for the whole family since it’s available for people of all ages. You can even avail a combo tour that combines sunrise watching, biking, and ziplining for an adventure-filled day in Haleakala National Park.
You can explore the island of Maui for a whole day and still not discover all of its beauty. Unless you can fly up and see it all from a bird’s eye view. Luckily, you can with a Haleakala helicopter tour! Sit back and relax as you are guided to the stunning scenes that a view from a helicopter can provide. You’ll see Haleakala’s volcanic crater as well as the lush Hana rainforest, waterfalls, and more.
If you like to take things slow, you can always camp at Haleakala National Park so you can explore everything at your own pace. Hikers can bunker down at two different wilderness campsites, Holua and Paliku, each located on separate summit trails. You can also drive up to campgrounds if you want something less challenging. There’s the Kipahulu campground, which boasts gorgeous ocean cliff views, and the Hosmer Grove Campground, located just below the Haleakala cloud belt in the summit.
The next time you’re planning to go to Maui, make sure to visit Haleakala National Park for an unforgettable Maui experience. And if you want an immersive and personalized tour of Maui, book a private Jeep tour with Hoaloha Jeep Adventures!