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Haleakala Crater experiences
You reach its rim by road.
See the immense crater
It's deeper than the world's tallest building (Dubai's Burj Khalifa) is high. And it measures 11 kilometers (7 miles) at its widest dimension.
Watch the sunrise
From a crater's rim, observe the sun mystically rising from the Pacific Ocean's horizon.
Bike down the crater
Some organized tours drive you up to the rim. After enjoying the sunrise, you are provided with a bike and helmet for coasting down the road for over 40 kilometers (25 miles).
Bring a jacket or sweater - Haleakala Crater is slightly over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in altitude. And be sure to check the weather forecast ahead of time. Clouds can fog the view.
Thousands of humpback whales migrate from Alaska to waters near Maui in December for warmer temperatures and to breed. Your viewing opportunity ends when they return in April to the rich Alaska feeding grounds. Most of the whale-watching boats sail out of Lahaina.
It is one of America's most scenic drives. The 100 kilometer or 60-mile-long Hana Highway (really a narrow, sharp-curved two-lane road) runs high up on sea cliffs along Maui's rugged southeast shoreline.
Hawaiia Tourism Authority / Tor Johnson
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