Be sure that your stay includes a Saturday because that is when the Banana Bungalow Maui hostel offers an all-day tour to Maui’s Haleakala Volcano. Haleakala, at just over 10,000 feet, sits above the clouds. We leave in the morning for the incredible drive up Haleakala.

Experience a stunning array of climate zones as you pass through pastureland, exotic flower farms and fragrant pine trees to reach a summit covered with lava. Then the magic begins, a 12-mile hike through the largest dormant volcano in the world. The landscape will make you think you are on another planet.

Bring warm clothes and rain gear! It is 30 degrees cooler at the summit than at sea level. After the hike we watch the sunset above the clouds, and head home to our jacuzzi to soothe those aching muscles! The tour leaves about 8:30 a.m. and returns about 1.5 hours after sunset. Children under 10 not allowed. *Guests must pay National Park Entry Fee.

$15 park entry fee