Haleakala Crater and Mountain at Sunset
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, USA
- Haleakala Sunset: Majestic views of the staggering Haleakala Crater as the sun sets, splashing color across the Pacific waves and above the Maui lowlands.
- Haleakala Visitor Center: From here you can get a birds eye view of the Haleakala Crater, the perfect spot to appreciate Mother Nature.
- Haleakala Summit: Some say it looks like Mars up here because of the red hues of the rock formations; it is definitely an out of this world sight to behold.
About this Kahului, Hawaii tour
There's no better place to celebrate another rotation of our planet than the peak of the world's largest dormant volcano, Mount Haleakala. Here, on the lip of its crater (actually a seven- by two-mile eroded valley), you'll see the sun even after it is geometrically below the horizon. You can thank Earth's atmosphere and refracted light (not the demigod Maui as local legend suggests) for stretching your sunlight a bit longer.
Sunrises and sunsets are usually red and orange because those colors have the ability to stretch across longer wavelengths, and because light's path through the atmosphere is longer at that time of day. Blues and greens have shorter wavelengths and are scattered from the light beam easier by molecules and particles in the air. Additionally, sunrises are usually more brilliant because morning air is cleaner. Yet another reason that early bird always caught the worm!
On other planets, sunsets appear different because of varying atmospheric conditions and distances from the sun. With Mars' dusty atmosphere, Martian sunsets can glow for a couple hours after twilight. But we'll leave that sunset tour for another evening in the not too distant future.
Sunburn after sunset
Researchers recently discovered much of the damage from a day in the sun occurs after sunset. Besides tanning us, our skin's melanin absorbs the sun's energy, transferring it for several hours after exposure to our DNA, deforming it, causing cells to malfunction, which can lead to cancer. So keep slathering on the sunscreen.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
No scuba diving within 24 hours of going to the summit of Haleakala.
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. Tour is wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Persons with heart or respiratory problems and pregnant women should check with their doctor before coming to the Park, given the reduced oxygen at high elevation. No scuba diving within 24 hours of ascending the summit.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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