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Maui Haleakala Crater Expedition

Haleakala Expedition

Maui: Haleakal? Crater ExpeditionMaui is the island in red.

Highlights

  • Enjoy one of the best views of the night sky in the world
  • Rare and Endangered Hawaiian Flora and Fauna
  • Hiking in the crater of the highest volcano on Maui
  • Star-gazing from one of the best vantage points in the state

Health and Fitness Requirements

Expeditions are suitable for most people who are in good health. You don't need to be an experienced hiker to enjoy these trips. However, our guides will have the ultimate say as to whether a person should partake in certain activities. If we believe you would be put at risk, we will provide an alternate arrangement. We believe safety to be our number one priority. If you have any doubts about your suitability for our expeditions please contact us.

Guides

Our guides are second to none, it's as simple as that! We have hand-picked these people from the very best and they each have years of professional wilderness experience. We are confident they will make you feel safe as you explore new remote places. They are not only local to the island but truly love the land. The pride they have for Hawaii shows as they guide your expedition tour. For our guides, exploring the Hawaiian outdoors is not just a job, but a wonderful way of life.

Weather

Outdoor adventures may be dependent upon the weather. For your safety, we reserve the right to cancel or alter the itinerary if for example there is heavy rain, wind or other conditions which may create safety hazards.

Includes

  • 4 days 3 nights
  • Round trip airfare from Honolulu included
  • 3 Gourmet meals are provided
  • Minimum 6 Persons and Maximum 12 Persons
  • Cost $720.00 plus tax per person
  • Reservations must be made 90 days in advance

Description

Spend four days and three nights exploring the moon-like surface of the highest volcano on Maui. Trek through the crater, sleep in cabins, go spelunking, ponder life, answer those questions you've longed to answer.

The hike is moderately challenging. You will have to pack your own gear into and out of the crater and through elevation changes. The air is thinner at 10,000 ft than it is at sea level, so part of the endeavor is operating with less oxygen available for your body.

Your rewards are the awe-inspiring views (5 other islands are visible from the peak), appreciation of the natural wonder and the accomplishment of traversing through this historic and culturally sacred place. High above the clouds you also have one of the best star-gazing views in the world.

Haleakal? is also home to rare and endangered plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. The n?n? (Hawaiian goose), Hawaii's State Bird, is a common sight in the crater, as well the `Ua`u (Hawaiian Petrel), the only endangered seabird in Hawaii. And if you visit during the right season (July to October) you may be lucky enough to see the endangered silversword plant in bloom, found in the crater and nowhere else on Earth!

Your guide knows the history, culture, plants and animals of the volcano and will ensure that you have an experience you'll always remember.

Haleakal? Crater was formed by two great valleys, Ko'olau and Kaup?. Erosion caused these to join together and widen at their heads. Subsequent volcanic activity covered the area with lava and cinder cones leaving a barren and beautiful landscape.

The trail starts out at nearly 10,000 feet, where the air is clear and the view immense. A wide-angle lens is useful because of the scale of the scenery. The crater can be very windy, wet, and cold. Therefore, it is necessary to take boots, waterproofs, warm wool clothes and sleeping bags.

Found at the highest elevations, the alpine/aeolian zone appears barren. Rainfall sinks rapidly into the porous, rocky ground, whose bare surface becomes summer every day, winter every night. Few plant species can establish seedlings in this harsh environment, and plant cover is sparse; only a few hardy shrubs, grasses, and the endemic '?hinahina (silversword) survive. Unique communities of insects and spiders thrive by feeding on wind-imported insects, other organic matter, and moisture from lower elevations.

The sub alpine shrubland covers extensive areas below the alpine/aeolian zone and above the forest line. More than a dozen species of shrubs and grasses inhabit this zone, many found nowhere else on Earth. Shrubs are sparse in the shallow soils at higher elevations, but form dense thickets where soils are deeper. The shrubs provide food for many bird species, including the n?n? (Hawaiian goose).

Rain forest occupies the windward slopes of Haleakala. Annual rainfall ranges from 120 inches to 400 inches or more. The forest canopy is dominated by '?hi'a and koa canopy at lower levels. Divers vegetation smaller trees, ferns, shrubs, and herbs grows in the understory. One of the most intact rain forest ecosystems in Hawaii, the Kipahulu Valley is home to numerous rare birds and insects.

The dry forest zone is found on the leeward slopes of Haleakal?, in areas with 20 to 60 inches of annual rainfall. Dry forests may once have been more extensive than rain forests, but browsing animals, grass invasions, and fire have drastically reduced them. Small patches of dry forest are preserved in Kaup? Gap.



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After you make your order you will receive 2 emails. You will get your receipt email immediately. Within 48 hours of submitting your reservation, and often on the same day, you will receive your activity voucher by email (check your spam folder). You must present this voucher on the date of your activity.