Hawaii is known for its stunning natural scenery, with visitors flocking to its many beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises. Visitors to Haleakala National Park will need to pay a little extra for the experience, as a fee has been introduced to watch the sunrise!
Maui’s Haleakala National Park has become popular with tourists thanks to the awesome views from its four peaks, the highest of which is the Red Hill summit – from which visitors can watch the sun rise over a neighbouring volcanic crater.
The park has become so popular, however, that authorities have introduced a fee to visit between 3 and 7am to watch the sunrise in a bid to reduce over crowding and accidents.
Thanks to the darkness of early morning, a number of accidents occur at sunrise viewpoints while an excess of vehicles entering the park to watch the sun come up means park infrastructure is at risk of damage.
The new fee of $1.50 per vehicle aims to counteract these issues – visitors will still need to pay the park entry fee. Reservations can be made here and visitors can book up to two months in advance.