Created more than 230,000 years ago, Molokini Crater is the remains of a powerful volcanic eruption. The cinder cone that developed as a result has since eroded to the crecent atoll we see today.
Although it was used for bombing practice in World War II, in 1977 the US government designated Molokini Crater as a marine and wildlife preserve. Thankfully, the marine life has resurged over the years and is now a popular tourist destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, and snuba diving.
Known for its stunning natural beauty, lush landscapes, and rushing waterfalls, traversing the Road to Hana is considered by many to be one of the most rewarding day trips on Maui.
When traveling on the road to Hana, you can choose to drive yourself. This will give you the ability to move at your own pace and the option of staying overnight. The other option is to take a tour bus allowing an expert to guide you through the vast beauty and stop at all the most beautiful sites.
Some guests have used and highly recommend downloading the "Gypsy Guide" App for your smartphone while driving along the Road to Hana. This handy app is like having a personal tour guide in your car, and can even run without data or cellular connection. Here is the link:
Haleakala is a 1.1 million year old shield volcano that helped to create the island of Maui. Rising 10,023 feet above sea level, Haleakala National Park is also home to Maui's highest peak.
Many visitors and locals wake up early to travel up to the Visitor Center and watch the sunrise. Those who have made the journey say that it is an unforgetable experience.
Once you have driven to the Haleakala Visitor Center, you can choose to explore the breaktaking mountain views by hiking or horseback riding.