Haleakala (Haleakalā), also referred to as the East Maui Volcano, is an immense shield volcano that actually makes up 75% of the Maui island. The tallest peak of the volcano is 3,055 metres high – you will literally be standing above the clouds!

Maui Volcano Above the clouds

It’s easy to visit the volcano’s summit as it’s part of the Haleakala National Park: Simply rent a car in town and drive up the gorgeous mountain until you reach the top. The roads are entirely paved and it’s super safe to drive (not like the Road to Hana..). It’s quite cold up there though (between 5 and 15°C). So make sure to bring some warmer clothes with you.  And, as for any road trip through a national park, come with a full tank, bring lots of water and food. As you can see in the photos, I obviously had forgotten the extra clothes haha

Maui Driving Up to the Volcano

And not only the peak of the volcano is absolutely breathtaking, also the road up has its fair share of stunning spots for taking little breaks or having picnics.

Road Trip to Maui Volcano Mountain

Haleakala was home to demigod Maui’s granny..

There is a beautiful legend to the Haleakala volcano which says that the crater at summit of Haleakala was home to the grandmother of the demigod Maui. It is said that Maui’s grandmother helped him to capture the sun, forcing it to slow down in order to lengthen the day. Have you seen the Disney movie Moana? It’s so beautiful – make sure to watch it before you head to Hawaii!

Maui Volcano Natural Park

Haleakala Road Above the Clouds

Convinced yet? It’s really such a beautiful place and makes a perfect day trip in Maui. Read more info about the volcano and how to get there here on the official Haleakala National Park website. And for more tips for Maui, check out the Road to Hana here, Lahaina here and the Maui Hyatt Regency here. For lots of beautiful photos of Maui, click over to this one and this one.

Maui Volcano Above the Clouds



  1. July 10, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing! Climbing a volcano is on my bucket list!

  2. July 10, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Oh my. These photos are absolutely stunning. I cannot wait to go to Hawaii!

  3. July 10, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Amazing place, one of the do visit places in my list. The scene from Haleakala volcano top looks amazing.

  4. July 10, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Such a beautiful place! I wish my family and I could visit this place in the future!

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  5. July 10, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    WOW this looks incredible! Definitely somewhere I need to visit next x

  6. July 10, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Wow, it looks stunning and beautiful photos. I’d love to visit one day.

  7. Nelu Mbingu
    July 10, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Whoever took these photographs is really talented. That place looks amazing. I hope you made some good memories there

  8. July 10, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    How beautiful! We are trying to decide between the Road to Hana & Haleakala for our next Maui trip, & Haleakala looks amazing! <3

  9. July 10, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    we visited here last august. we were lucky the sky was clear and it wasnt too cold at the summit. A great day trip from Kihei!

  10. July 11, 2017 / 12:14 am

    This looks breathtaking! I’ve never seen a volcano up close before.

  11. July 11, 2017 / 2:58 am

    These photos are incredible! I’m having major travel envy.

  12. the sophia diaries
    July 11, 2017 / 4:12 am

    Wow, that is a gorgeous view… I’ve been dying to go to Hawaii for forever, now i’m just adding this place to the sub bucketlist of hawaii :)

  13. July 11, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Oh my gosh!
    What a truly stunning place, your images are fantastic

  14. July 11, 2017 / 7:59 am

    AMAZING photos. I love the colors and the smoke. Heleakala is definitly on my bucket list, can’t wait to go.

  15. July 11, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Looks like such a beautiful place and such a different looking volcano to the one on the main Hawaii island x

  16. July 11, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Sounds Amazing, putting this on my someday list, thank you for sharing!

  17. July 11, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    You’ve more than convinced me that this would be an amazing trip! So cool that you’re “in the clouds!” Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

  18. July 11, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    My grandparents have been to this National Park and I love looking at their pictures from there. Hawaii is so beautiful. Your pictures are beautiful as well.
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  19. July 12, 2017 / 12:08 am

    After doing research years ago, I decided Maui was the island I had to see. I have yet to visit, but it is on my bucket list!
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    July 12, 2017 / 9:59 am

    wow that definitely looks like a place every one should have on the bucket list of places to visit!

  21. hal
    July 12, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    such a good read – especially the volcano section cos usually i would be too lazy to go up there but from looking at this – how can you miss it ! great capture too

  22. July 17, 2017 / 5:20 am

    I just gasped looking at this view LOL! Dang Haleakala looks mesmerizing indeed!

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