Haleakala Crater is one of the most beautiful locations on Maui. Its surreal, moon-like landscape is amazing to behold, especially when seen from the air. The brilliant colors of the sand and the unique cinder cone formations formed from more recent eruptions are an awe-inspiring sight not to be missed.
Haleakala is not a typical crater, but was formed by eons of erosion that eroded away the summit, and continued small eruptions that filled back in the valley. And, although Haleakala is expected to erupt again, don’t worry; it will not do so any time soon!
Here are some more interesting facts about Haleakala:
- Haleakala means “House of the Sun,” and in Hawaiian legend the demigod Maui slowed the decent of the sun by lassoing it from the summit.
- It can take well over two hours to reach the summit of Haleakala in a car.
- The elevation of Haleakala is 10,023 feet.
- Ahinahina, or Haleakala Silversword, is a native plant that only grows on Haleakala.
- Haleakala is also home to the Nene, an endangered goose that at one time only had a population of 30 and now has a population of about 250.
- Haleakala can get quite cold, with average highs in the 60s and average lows in the 40s year round. Temperatures can dip below freezing and you can sometimes see a dusting of snow on the summit during the winter.
- Haleakala National Park consists of over 30,000 acres of public land.
- The Haleakala Observatory is Hawaii’s first astronomical research observatory and is one of the world’s most important observing sites because of Maui’s clear skies and great seeing conditions.
- The windward side of Haleakala consists of wet, lush rainforest, receiving 120-400 inches of rain per year and is home to many beautiful waterfalls.
- On the leeward side of Haleakala is a dry forest, which receives less than 60 inches of rain. Due to fires and invasive animals, only a few patches of this terrain remain.
Considering the beauty and uniqueness of Haleakala, it’s no surprise that there are over 1 million visitors to the park each year. Instead of spending two hours in a car on a winding road (and braving the freezing temperatures in the winter!) to visit Haleakala, why not see the wonders of the crater from the air? Here is what some guests have said about seeing the crater with Air Maui:
“The pilot was friendly and made the ride fun. The views were spectacular of Haleakala, especially the close-up of the falls! The flight was smooth. I only wish we could have gone around one more time!” - Joanne M
“Amazing views could not have seen unless via helicopter. Clear views of Haleakala Crater and the waterfalls were beautiful! Simply amazing; best part of our trip!” - Mechelle W
“A big Mahalo to Janette for our helicopter tour of Haleakala and Hana. The entire staff at Air Maui was safety first and a close second was having a memorable experience. The flight was very smooth and a great way to see the crater and Hana without the long drives.” - Jim H
“The views we saw from the helicopter were absolutely stunning!! We got to see waterfalls up close. We flew across the rocky coasts, the rain forests, the deserts and up to Haleakala Volcanoes. It was amazing!! My favorite was flying through the ridges and valleys from the Volcanoes so wonderful.” - Loretta E
“We had the most beautiful evening. Our pilot, Troy, gave us a wonderful tour of the island, cliffs, Road to Hana, circling in for a breathtaking views of huge waterfalls, right over Haleakala volcano. We would highly recommend this adventure, seeing Maui up close and from the air was breathtakingly beautiful!” - nancy_marshall
“From the moment we arrived, Air Maui staff showed top notch hospitality. The helicopter ride itself was more than I'd hoped for. I saw and learned details about Maui I would have never known but through this experience. The time we spent over Haleakala and seeing the amount of waterfalls Maui truly has and the once in a lifetime view of them all will be a highlight of my trip and lifetime of experiences.” - C.m. S
Take a second to visit our tours page to learn more about our Hana/Haleakala tour, or call us directly at 877-238-4942 and let our dispatchers help you pick the perfect flight for you. We look forward to hearing from you!