Haleakala National Park
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The park itself is named for the dormant volcano on which it sits. There are actually two distinct regions to the park, many visitors choose to summit the crater or seek to enjoy the sunrise only. The lower boundaries of the park extend away from the rocky mountainous plateaus and into more lush, forested areas. Stargazing, sunrise, and seeking out rare flora account for some of the more common reasons people visit.
If you are lucky enough to see one of the rare Maui silversword plants, also known as the Haleakala silversword, count yourself lucky. Their slow growth means numbers have dwindled owing to climate change and other interference. Their slow growth means a rare plant bearing even more rare flowers, the sword name is in part derived from this stalk.
Some direct overseas flights and connecting services via Honolulu (HNL) are achieved at Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG).
Pre-arranged tours and transfers are available, renting a car is a very popular option for visitors but plan your trip in advance to avoid disappointment. Both the road ascending the peak and any associated parking or rest area can experience significant congestion. The winding route to the lower boundary areas is accessible but requires a longer drive and visitors should plan their journey accordingly.
A variety of cruise itineraries visit Maui, our favourite choice for cruise itinerary is the Pride of America from Norwegian Cruise Lines as it allows a full day on Maui and plenty of opportunity to explore, including easy access to Haleakala National Park's mountainous areas.
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