Haleakala Sunrise Orange Skies

Spectacular sunrise skies from Haleakala Crater

guest post by Katherine Scott

Known as “The Magic Isle” the Hawaiian island of Maui is home to many wonders, from spectacular beaches and waterfalls to volcanoes and migrating humpback whales. Among the most inspiring is an early-birds-only sight: the Haleakala sunrise.

While you probably spot the sunrise regularly on your morning commute, chances are you’ve never seen it quite like this… The drive up Haleakala Crater Road takes you to 10,000 feet above sea level, for awe-inspiring views high above the clouds. Depending on the season, the sunrise takes place between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m. – plan to arrive half an hour early to avoid missing the main event.

Described by Mark Twain as the “sublimest spectacle I have ever witnessed” following his 1866 visit, this Maui must-see has lost none of its draw over the years. Today more than 1.3 visitors visit the dormant volcano each year, many to capture its colourful morning display.

The sky brighten as another day dawns over Haleakala

The sky brighten as another day dawns over Haleakala

Haleakala Sunrise Tips:
• Get cozy: pack a sweater and a blanket – it’s chilly at the top!
• Fill the tank: rolling down the hill on empty is not nearly as fun as it sounds.
• BYOB: breakfast that is. There is a washroom but no restaurant at the peak.

Haleakala Elevation Board

Over 10,000 feet…

The drive up the zigzagging road is an adventure in itself, however thrill-seekers may want to try the Sunrise Special bike tour. Get dropped off at the summit in time for the sunrise, and then head down Haleakala by bike! If that’s not your style, relax and enjoy the views a while longer as the sky continues to change colours.

Next time you’re in Hawaii, save a little time for this natural wonder. To make waking up before dawn a little easier, include this excursion early on in your trip – before your body adjusts to Hawaii Time!

Katherine Scott writes about luxury Hawaii vacation rentals for the Luxury Retreats travel blog. While she is not normally an early riser, she is willing to make an exception while traveling to make the most of every moment of vacation time.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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