Lahaina, Hawaii, US
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Approximately 7 Hours
Magnificent Haleakala volcano, with its vast crater, is the highest point on the island of Maui, at 10,032 feet above sea level. The scale of this natural wonder is quite staggering. Haleakala is considered dormant, having last erupted in 1790.
You will climb the switchback road leading to the mountain's summit, traveling through Haleakala National Park. The mountaintop is a favorite for marvelous panoramic views -- weather and cloud conditions permitting. Spectacular natural colors and a tapestry of fascinating landforms fashion a stupendous outlook over the crater. The crater itself measures 7.5 miles long, 2.5 miles wide and 21 miles around. Manhattan Island could fit inside, and the Empire State Building could be vertically stacked four times without reaching the top.
Enjoy lunch at a local venue before you return to the ship in Lahaina, passing the beaches at Maalea -- a popular surf and SUP playground for the locals.
It is cool on Mt Haleakala; bring a windproof jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Guests with a heart condition or respiratory difficulties should note that the elevation of Haleakala is 10,032 feet above sea level. Views are not guaranteed as they are weather and atmospheric conditions permitting. The road to the summit is a series of winding switchbacks; guests who suffer from motion sickness should consider this before booking and/or take appropriate medication.