Hawaii Nature Travel


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





  • Katie

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

  • Dominique

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

  • Neha Rai

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

  • Belle

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

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  • Ana De- Jesus

    Wow I can’t believe how near to the volcano you got and it made for stunning photos. The park looks like a good spot to be close to nature too x
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  • Romeca

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

  • Charlene

    Wow, what amazing photos!


  • Nadia

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

  • Nelu Mbingu

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

  • Giustina

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

  • 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!

  • Kuleigh

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

  • Mary

    wow, these photos are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Marie

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

  • Brittany Comeaux

    These photos are absolutely breath taking!!

  • the sophia diaries

    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 :)

  • Little B & Me

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

  • Ania Travels

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

  • Rhian Westbury

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

  • Jennifer Roe

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

  • 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!

  • Jessica

    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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  • Willow

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

  • hal

    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

  • Vlad

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

  • Ana Ojha

    volcano’s summit at Haleakala National Park looks like an ultimate dream! Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful it is!
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  • Kelly

    What a gorgeous spot, I LOVE the fog!

    xx Kelly
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