(Closed) Advice on Hawaii honeymoon

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which island or islands should we choose?
    Kauai : (23 votes)
    43 %
    Oahu : (6 votes)
    11 %
    Molokai : (3 votes)
    6 %
    Maui : (17 votes)
    32 %
    Big Island : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t have any particular recommendations for where to stay. But, the experience you are describing sounds like you might like Kauai. Kauai is very low key but still has some nice resorts to stay at. If you want something a little more lively I would recommend Maui, but it sounds like Kauai might suit you best. 

    Post # 4
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    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Ahh so glad you posted this.  I was going to ask the same question! 🙂

    Post # 5
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    22 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I have stayed on all of the above except Molokai and we are SERIOUSLY considering Maui for our honeymoon (Fiance’s never been to any of the islands). I was spoiled growing up with parents who worked for the airlines so we would take mini trips every year and let me tell you my favorite island and place to be in the world is Maui.  MUCH LESS touristy then Oahu, BEAUTIFUL beaches, Haleakala (volcano) that you can hike to, ride bikes down or watch the sunset from the top (or if you like adventure you can paraglide down!).  Hana is a beautiful place filled with “old hawaii” treasures, magnificent and breathtaking waterfalls.  You have a more laid back atmosphere in Maui thats the perfect mix up relaxation and adventure.  My advice is to stay in Kaanapali or Lahaina and take either a day trip or spend 1-2 nights in Hana.  Depending on your budget you can stay at a hotel or book a condo (we always book condos because they are cheaper, have a full kitchen and have all the hotel amenities like concierge, housekeeping, pools etc). Try Honua Kai or Aston Kaanapali shores.  In both Kaui and Maui you HAVE to rent cars. No way around it.  Wherever you stay in Maui though, make sure you hit up the Costco 3 miles away from OGG airport.  Things like any coffee or macademia nuts you might wanna bring home to the states are gonna be like 50% cheaper at Costco then anywhere else on the island.  Hope this helps!

    Post # 6
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    22 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    As for the following items:

     

    • Private
    • Quiet
    • Romantic
    • On the beach
    • Jacuzzi in room (or private outdoors)
    • Breakfast included
    • Private bungalow over water (any of those in Hawaii?)
    • Rain shower

    You can have the private, quiet, romantic, on the beach and MAYBE breakfast included but unless your willing to shell out around 1K per night your not going to geth the AMAZING ocean views with jacuzzi in room and there are no private over water bungalos in Hawaii.  Tahiti or Bora bora will have those, not the US islands.

    Post # 7
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    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would listen to @shaunamarslan:   she sounds like she knows what is up! haha. I have never been, but I’ve had friends that went to Maui and absolutely loved it.  It does sound like it has a great balance of relaxation and adventure… good luck!

    Post # 8
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    2838 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @allycat402:  We are planning on Kauai and Oahu but if I see anything different here might change my mind.

    Post # 9
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    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I live on Kauai and it sounds as if you’re leaning more towards this island in terms of your wants. Maui and Kauai are comparable as they are both less “city” than Oahu, but Kauai is by far the more “country” choice. There’s tons of hiking in Kokee (lots of Na Pali ridge hikes or canyon trails), there are fewer tourists here compared to some of the other islands, and it’s much more green here and many visitors have told me that this island represents the “real Hawaii” to them. However, I am quick to point out that the entire state is the “real Hawaii” but what I think they mean is the Hawaii they are exposed to in popular films. There’s awesome snorkling. Depending on the time of the year you are coming you can take a boat tour via Holo Holo or Capt. Andys, and they will cruise along the Na Pali coast and then take you by Lehua Rock where there is some really cool snorkling. I only recommend this boat tour in the summer though because our winter waters are super choppy on the south shore. One of our most popular beaches is Polihale State Park (west side), which is gorgeous, and many people love Hanalei as well on the north shore. There are tons of hotel properties on the beach in Poipu on the south side, and Waimea Plantation Cottages on the west side (a bunch of plantation homes turned resort area). 

    Maui is definitely cool, but Kauai is where it’s at if you truly want to escape.

    Hanalei Pier

    Kalalau Ridge

    Hanakapiai Trail

    Hindu Temple in Wailua

    Waipoo Falls Trail

    Awaawapuhi Trail

    Polihale State Park

     

    **These are all personal photos**

     

    As you can see, Kauai is quite beautiful. You just have to be adventurous and be willing to go find it! And always remember to be safe and respectful to the local culture.

    –MsKoloa

    Post # 10
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    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @allycat402:  

    Sounds like you want to stay on Kauai. We took a vacation last year to Grand Hyatt in kauai and it was wonderful. Beautiful, relaxing, hiking, etc…and we went scuba diving off poipu and saw lots of sea turtles. Super fun, I highly recommend it.

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We just got back from 2 weeks inKauai. We spent the first half in the north shore at the st Regis in princeville. It was amazing. The second half we did the south shore at the grand Hyatt. We did this for a change without the inter island travel. The northshore has the mountainous views and it is definitely a change. We did a cruise of the Napali coast, a hike, there were beaches and pools and lots of privacy. It was awesome. 

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