Click here to open or close the menu
Insights & Stories

Getaway Maui: Adventure on the Valley Isle

Reading time: 5 Minutes

September 13th, 2021

Due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, please be sure to check the latest Hawaii state and county guidelinesCDC travel guidelines, as well as company cancellation policies before booking any travel, activities, or accommodations.

Maui became known as the Valley Isle based on its sweeping expanse of grassy lowlands that stretch between dormant volcano Haleakala (“House of the Sun"), which looms over the eastern side of the island, and the lush West Maui Mountains. The island's 120 miles of coastline include more than 30 miles of sandy beaches, perfect for water activities including kite- and wind-surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and surfing.

Maui also boasts a mix of luxury resorts and casual condo rentals, as well as chic dining spots alongside places serving tasty, local plate lunch fare.

West Maui offers up no-holds-barred luxury resorts, tropical beaches, world-renowned golf courses, and top-notch restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Oceanfront Lahaina is an old whaling town, once upon a time populated by sailors and taverns and now packed with boutique shops, restaurants and remnants of old Maui.

The ranching and farming culture of upcountry Maui is coupled with a mellow vibe and cool weather. You'll find the beautiful and remote town of Hana—where time seems to stand still—at the end of long, winding Hana Highway. The journey to get there winds through thick rainforests, around hairpin turns and past waterfalls before reaching the island's easternmost point.

Chances are, whatever you're looking for in a Hawaii staycation, you'll probably find it on Maui. And whenever it's safe to travel again, getting your flight covered to Maui will definitely make your future staycation even better. And getting that flight covered by purchasing every day items...well, that's icing on the post-pandemic cake.

Now through December 31, 2021, use your contactless debit card from Bank of Hawaii on any purchase you make and be entered to win up to 1 Million Hawaiian Airlines® HawaiianMiles®! Every purchase offers one entry into the Bank of Hawaii 5 Million HawaiianMiles Giveaway (every contactless purchase receives double entry). Each month, ten winners will receive 100,000 HawaiianMiles. Plus, one lucky grand prize winner will receive 1 Million HawaiianMiles.

So while you are dreaming of your future staycation on the island Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Best Island in the U.S. for more than 20 years, here are some recommendations to help you plan.

shops and restaurants on beach

Where to Stay

While in the spirit of getting away from it all, you might want to treat yourself to some real luxury along the way. Check out the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria® resort set amidst 40 acres of tropical gardens, flanked by Wailea Beach and Wailea Blue Golf Course. The resort's amenities include nine pools, a lazy river with water slides and waterfalls, a 262-foot lava tube slide, and even a water elevator—yes, you read that correctly. It's a small, self-contained swimming pool that lifts passengers between lower and higher levels of the pool. The resort offers a range of ocean adventure, too, including guided kayak and stand up paddling excursions, Hawaiian outboard canoeing, and scuba lessons.

Where to Eat

Three surfer friends who are also chefs run the hip but casual Three's Bar & Grill in Kihei's Kalama Village, and they have incorporated food from their three respective cuisine backgrounds—Hawaiian, Southwestern and Pacific Rim—onto the menu, which takes advantage of locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant, which earned a 2018 Diners' Choice Award from Open Table, was recently featured on the Food Network in an episode called Barbecue, Batter and Beer Can Chicken. And you won't want to miss their happy hour.

black sand beach

Where to Adventure

On Haleakala, you'll find Skyline Eco-Adventures, operating what Fodor's Travel has called the "most amazing zipline in the world." The first zipline company in the U.S., Skyline offers zipline adventures in conjunction with seeing the sunrise or biking down the volcano. Since it opened in 2002, the company has planted more than 5,000 native trees, offset more than 2,550 tons of CO2 emissions, and donated more than $1.4 million to environment- and health-related nonprofit groups. It's recognized as a Sustainable Tour Operator by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association.

Moving from adrenaline-pumping activities to the other side of the spectrum, Hoomana Spa Maui, is about pure relaxation. TripAdvisor's top-rated Maui spa is a place of healing in upcountry Makawao where you can choose from several styles of massage, including lomilomi and hot stone, enjoy an herbal facial, or take a Hawaiian Healing Herbal Bath. The spa offers individual, couple or group treatments, and there's also a bed and breakfast on property if you want to turn your stay into a more immersive wellness retreat.

Discover our full list of must-see places to sleep, eat and adventure below!

travel infographic

The individuals and owners of any trademarks, logos, brands or other designations of origin shown, named or mentioned herein did not sponsor, endorse or preview this article.

No purchase or transaction necessary to enter. Open to legal residents of the state of Hawaii, 18 or older. Starts 12:00:01 am September 1, 2021 and ends 11:59:59 pm December 31, 2021. Odds of winning depend upon number of eligible entries. Approximate retail value of an individual prize ranges from $3,000 to $30,000. For complete rules and eligibility, visit boh.com/5millionmilesrules Sponsor: Bank of Hawaii, Inc

You're about to exit BOH.com

Links to other sites are provided as a service to you by Bank of Hawaii. These other sites are neither owned nor maintained by Bank of Hawaii. Bank of Hawaii shall not be responsible for the content and/or accuracy of any information contained in these other sites or for the personal or credit card information you provide to these sites.