Nature Wonders HALEAKALA Hawaii
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The journey to the summit of Haleakalá, a 3,000 metre high volcano on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, is an unforgettable experience. The view extends above the clouds to the vast landscape below and to the Pacific Ocean. A steep and winding road travels up to the crater area of the dormant volcano from which this fascinating nature park derived its name.
On clear days, it’s possible to see more than 100 kilometres to the neighboring Big Island and the peaks of two further volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.
The volcano first came into existence over a million years ago, rising from the depths of a 5,000 metre deep ocean. Today, at 3,057 metres above sea level, it dominates the island as well as the surrounding ocean.
This remarkable place resembles a bizarre moon landscape covered with numerous smaller craters, volcanic cones and lava formations. The view from the edge of the basin descends almost 900 metres.
The beauty of Haleakalá and its exceptional location high above the clouds of the Pacific give it a truly divine aura and a very special place in the memory of all those who experience it.