Post # 1
we were going to go to St Maarten… but then airline prices went WAY up. Then we were going to go to Mexico but our family is worried about our safety so now its on to Hawaii!!!
Have you been? are you going? where is a good/romantic place to stay?
Post # 3
We’re going! I can’t wait. 🙂 We’re going to O’ahu, and staying in Waikiki. FH and I purchased a guidebook like tourists, hehe. I think this same company has guidebooks for the other islands as well. Website that goes with the book: http://www.wizardpub.com/main/home.html
Post # 4
@Doodle : Hawaii is beautiful! I’ve been to Maui, the Big Island, and Oahu and Maui was my favorite of the 3. However, we are going to Kauai for our honeymoon and could not be more excited! It’s known to be the most relaxing and romantic island and it’s lush and green but also has like a mini-grand canyon area. If you’re looking for nightlife, I would suggest Maui because it has a good mix of romance and things to do in the evening.
If you’re interested, we are staying our first 2 nights in this beautiful, boutique hotel: Koa Kea and then moving over to a condo for a week. We wanted a taste of a fancy hotel but can’t afford to stay there for 9 nights and we want to be able to make some of our meals as opposed to eating out for every meal for a week and a half. We found our condo at VRBO where owners post their condos for rent directly through them, which is a lot less expensive than going through a rental company.
I could give you some more tips on Kauai if you are interested. I’ve been focusing on booking our honeymoon for the last couple weeks so I’m full of Kauai info!
One other thing to consider…plane tickets from CA to Hawaii are very expensive, so I imagine if you’re going from Oregon, they’d be similar in price. Make sure you check that out before you commit. We got a “great” deal at $610 for each roundtrip ticket, most I was seeing were over $700 per ticket.
Post # 5
This series of guide books is GREAT for which ever island you are going to.
I’ve been to (listed in order by favorite) Kauai, Big Island, Maui, and Ohau.
Kauai – quiet, small, beautiful, easy to navigate, Big Island – C’mon, lava fields and hiking across a cater… where else can you do that?Maui – Great snorkeling, beautiful also, but more touristyOahu – Crowded and toursity. I think Wikiki is overrated and there are much nicer beaches on the other islands that arent crowded.
Post # 6
@pinkshoes: Totally agree about Waikiki. In my experience, it’s really the “big city” of the islands, so if you are focused on hitting the bars at night and walking back to your hotel then it’s a good choice, but for anything else I’d choose someplace else in a hearbeat.
Post # 7
@Jaynee: Kauia seems like what we are looking for but we are going to be going on a family vacation there next year and i want to cover as much ground as i can with my vacation time so maybe we will try out the big island.
airline prices are CRAZY right now but if we go to Hawaii we can fly Alaska and we have a companion ticket to use so it wont be quite as bad.
Post # 8
We are going to Maui! So excited and can’t wait…2 more months until I’m lying on the beach doing nothing!
Post # 9
I grew up going to Maui on most long vacations. I’m seriously in love with that island. We always stayed in Napili Bay, a nice small bay with a view of Molokai; mostly two-storey condos around, and a fun restaurant up the cliff called the Gazebo we would go to for breakfast. There are a fair amount of hotels around the other bays, but I loved being in a condo right on the water and having the beach as my backyard.
We were a short drive from Lahaina, which is crowded and touristy but very fun. It has shops, luaus, etc., and the biggest banyan tree you can imagine.
You can go on a day trip and drive around to Hana on the other side of the Island where it’s all lush tropical forests and parkland, and take a dip in the seven sacred pools. I hear there’s surfing there too but I’ve never been to the beaches on that side of the island.
Anyway, that’s the Maui I know and love for your consideration 🙂
Post # 10
Maui is great! I have a full review for anyone that would like to see it!