The sunrise at Haleakala National Park in the Hawaiian island of Maui is a jaw dropping sight. Thousands of tourists throng the place each morning to witness this marvel. But nature’s this wonderful spectacle is no longer free and comes at price!
Sunrise at Haleakala has been a visitor attraction since the late 1800s. But due to overcrowding of enthusiasts to watch this miraculous spectacle, a nominal fee has now been imposed on sunrise viewing at the park, in addition to the park’s entrance charges. Online reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance.
To reach the sunrise point, one has to drive up a long winding road after which a landscape strewn with red soil and lava rocks greet you. For the best experience, reach the park around 5am. That will give you time to indulge in some stargazing before the sky starts lighting up. You will most likely see more stars than you’ve ever seen in your life. As the stars start to fade and the night sky lightens, magic will unfold in front of your eyes.
American writer, Mark Twain, after witnessing the sunrise at Haleakala National Park, wrote: “It was the sublimest spectacle I ever witnessed, and I think the memory of it will remain with me always.”