Maui, the Valley Island

posted in: Blog | 0

To be honest, when we planned our trip to Hawaii Maui was supposed to be our “relaxing island”. When somebody talked about Maui, I always had images of “cheesy tropical” beaches with lots of palm trees in my mind. So we planned to snorkel and surf there more than on the other islands. But that was a huge mistake! Maui was the Hawaiian island which surprised me most so far …

Maui’s nickname is “the Valley Island” because the island itself consists of two large shield volcanos with a huge valley in between. And every volcano has also several valleys carved in their flanks – the most famous one is called Iao Valley. The larger volcano in the east is called Haleakala and more than 10.000 feet (3.000 m) high! On an island like Maui this feels three times so high because there you find yourself in a surreal moonscape above the clouds. From up there, you can even see the two summits of the next Hawaiian Island “Big Island” (Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa). The view is simply awesome so I can highly recommend visiting this place!

Another breath-taking experience on Maui is the “Road the Hana” which is a scenic day-trip around the coastline of Haleakala. On every side of the volcano, the landscape differs: from tropical jungle with waterfalls to black sand beaches to dry steppe landscape and back to green forests and even winery regions. One day felt like traveling a whole continent to me. Just in hint: A part of the road (5 miles) after the Ohe’o Gulch is unpaved. So if you really want to make the whole round-trip (and not drive all the way back), you should rent a SUV or similar. Otherwise those miles will be very long and painful…

Like in my previous post, you can look up the places on Google Map too.

map_maui

Day 1 (pink): Kahalui, Kihei (snorkeling and swimming)

Day 2 (limegreen): Kihei (surfing class), Iao Valley, Wailuku, Lahaina, Maui Brewing Co.

Day 3 (red): “Road to Hana” with stops in Paia, Maliko Bay (for sunrise and waves), Garden of Eden (beautiful botanical garden), Wailua, Waianapanapa State Park (black sand beach and coves), Hana, Ohe’o Gulch (natural swimming pools including waterfalls!), Mokulau, Pokowai Sea Arch, Keokea

Day 4 (blue): Kihei (surfing again), Haleakala (volcano crater – ), Paia

Our next – and unfortunately last – island will be the Island of Hawaii (Big Island). So more adventures are coming soon!

_DSC0238
_DSC0249
_DSC0241
_DSC0262
_DSC0267
_DSC0280
_DSC0284
_DSC0288
_DSC0293
_DSC0296
_DSC0303
_DSC0321
_DSC0332
_DSC0358
_DSC0360
_DSC0369
_DSC0371
_DSC0373
_DSC0391
 _DSC0392
_DSC0403
_DSC0415
_DSC0423
_DSC0430
_DSC0435
_DSC0458
_DSC0465
_DSC0470
_DSC0473
_DSC0475
_DSC0481
_DSC0484
_DSC0491
_DSC0508
_DSC0510
_DSC0513
_DSC0515
_DSC0526
_DSC0543
_DSC0548
_DSC0550
_DSC0557
_DSC0561
_DSC0562
_DSC0563
_DSC0566
_DSC0576
_DSC0592
_DSC0594
_DSC0617
_DSC0652
_DSC0669
_DSC0673
_DSC0685
_DSC0697
_DSC0704
_DSC0719
_DSC0724
_DSC0729
Sharing is sexy

Leave a Reply