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.Haleakala Sunrise Tips:
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.