Haleakala Crater, the highest point on the island of Maui, stands at 10,032 feet above sea level, and is the tip of a volcano that last erupted in 1790. You’ll reach the 9,740-foot level by way of a switchback road overlooking Maui’s diverse scenery. At 7½ miles long, 2½ miles wide and 21 miles around, the crater is bigger than Manhattan Island. From the viewpoint, appreciate firsthand the unique beauty of this massive landmark. Enjoy lunch at Maui Tropical Plantation, then stroll the grounds and discover some of the exhibits. Next you will visit Iao Valley State Park—home to the Iao Needle—a 2,250-foot cinder cone pinnacle that dominates its lush, natural surroundings. After the tour, there is an optional drop-off at Hilo Hattie’s for shopping.
Bring a sweater and wear sturdy walking shoes. Guests who have a heart condition or respiratory difficulties should note the elevation is 9,740 feet above sea level. The coach is not allowed to travel higher than this elevation.