(Closed) Hawaii!!!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kaykayy:  

We are also going to Hawaii for honeymoon. Our closer friends honeymooned there last year, and FI’s sister has been there a few times with her husband as well. So far everyone’s top 2 island suggestions for us are Kauai + Maui. Kauai would be perfect for what you’re describing.

Also, if you’re looking for any organized tours (hikes, camping, heli tours, etc), check out Viator.com. We used that site to book all our tours last year for our trip to Europe and it is fantastic.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve been to Maui twice, and we are going to Kauai for our honeymoon! The second time I went to Maui we went on a whale watching tour on a raft that held 24 people – it was INSANELY awesome!! We are more of the “beach bum” type but I think you could find a ton to do there. There are lots of places to rent snorkel equipment, paddle boards, etc. You could also try snuba! It’s like a cross between scuba and snorkeling.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We went to Oahu and Maui for 9 nights total…Oahu was more laid back but we did learn to surf there. In Maui we went whale watching, snorkeling, ziplining, helicopter, you can bike downa volcano, do tons of water sports (kayaking etc), so it’s definitely a more active place. We spent about $6,000 not including the food (Hawaii is an expensive place, we didn’t go all inclusive and each meal definitely was a lot), but keep in mind that we were in a beachside cottage in Oahu and a large oceanview room in Maui, so I’m sure you can go for less money (not sure how much less, just do some research online or ask a travel agent, it doesn’t cost you!) if you chose a standard room w/ no view. We had my family members give money towards the honeymoon in advance as their wedding gifts (my family loves to travel so were thrilled to do this) so we were able to spend money without thinking about it much (you only honeymoon once!)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@kaykayy:  As with anywhere, vegan can be tough in Hawaii but I’m sure you’ll find options…a lot of their food revolves around fish and pork though…

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The two times I’ve been to Hawaii I went with my parents, so I only bought souvenir things. But I do know that EVERYTHING is expensive in Hawaii, and food is no different! For our honeymoon, we were generously given a week in a family members timeshare condo, so I’m no help there either. Maybe talking to a travel agent would help you get a better idea of the costs of an all inclusive place? 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are going to the big island and staying in Kona. I have also been to Maui in the past. Our Hotel+airfair+rental car costs 2500. We are staying for 5 days and plan on spending 1000 dollars on spending money/excursions. Our hotel is moderatly expensive and we have an ocean view so you might be able to do it for cheaper. We bought tickets when the hawaiin airlines was having a price war. I recommend you get a reputable travel agent to help you.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you aren’t into beaches so much as the high number of activity options I would do Kauai or The Big Island. We did Kauai last year, there is SO MUCH to do there. There is more hiking than you can dream of, and we kayaked the Na’ Pali coast. It was an insane adventure I will never ever forget. It’s much more a hippie outdoorsy island than Maui. However, no active volcanos on Kauai, or even any to tour that i can remember.

Maui is a very family friendly beachy area, there are some things to do but the bulk of things seem to be either the road to Hana or doing sunrise at Haleakala (sp?) then swimming and snorkeling/diving.

The Big Island has the volcano you’d be looking for, lots of activites and lots of tribal history. I went when I was 13 so I can’t remember much but i do remember the black and pink sand beaches, the active volcano and molten lava, and just that it’s a different feel than the other islands. 

You could do Oahu but its last on my list. One side is the nOrth shore, their biggest thing is surfing. The other side is Honolulu, lots of resorts and shopping. not a lot of great snorkeling to speak of.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I lived in Maui for a year (back in 1998) and I LOVED every minute of it.  I definitely think Maui is a great choice, there is a ton to do.

We are doing Oahu/Kauai for our honeymoon (5 nights in Oahu/7 nights in Kauai)

How long are you staying? If you want to see 2 islands then you should stay at least a week and a half.  Coming from the east coast it takes a full day to travel there and the following day you will be exhuasted so you lose a lot in travel.  

I wouldn’t recomend all-inclusive, you are really limiting yourself with that and with you having a special diet you would be better off renting a condo.  We are renting a condo for our Oahu leg and are very excited to have a kitchen to cook in.  We went through VRBO.  Our condo is beautiful, king size memory foam bed, full kitchen, washer and dryer in the unit.  

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oh and airfare alone from the east coast will eat up about $2000 of your budget so that only leaves you $1000 for hotel and food,  that probably won’t happen unless you keep your stay short.  We bought our flights for the end of July over 4 months ago and got a deal at $1000 per person.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m going to Maui and there’s SO much to do there. Biking down 28 miles at sunrise, snorkeling at Molokini, hiking, ziplining… The hotels in Maui are really expensive but you can cost costs by renting a condo instead. Look on vrbo.com That’s what we did. I got a condo on the beach on the west coast and a bungalow on the east coast (9 nights altogether) for 1800. My condo on the west coast is right beside all of the major hotels in Maui that advertise the perfect sunsets. The car rental I think is gonna be like 600 for the whole time and we’re planning on cooking our own breakfasts and packing some lunches during our stay to cost food costs (since we’ll have a kitchen it’ll be manageable). 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We went to the Big Island for our honeymoon and it sounds exactly like what you describe you want. Volcanoes National Park has a ton of hiking trails, and there are some trails that even cross the crater floor! I will warn you that food and gas in Hawaii are OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive. Like, shockingly so. I know there is only one all-inclusive on the Big Island, and I haven’t heard much about it. 

We split our time between Waimea/Kona and Volcano Village, which is what I would recommend anyone do. The two sides of the island are completely different. in Waimea, we stayed at the gorgeous Farimont Orchid. Pricey, but they have a private beach and are close to a grocery store, so you can keep drinks in the fridge in your room. In Volcano, we stayed at a tiny B&B called the Volcano Rainforest Retreat that was so cute and quiet. You get your own little cabin in the rainforest! It’s not lap of luxury, but on that side of the island, you will pretty much be spending all day hiking, follwed by a dip in the hot tub and then bed anyway. 

A good tip for anyone visiting Kona, there is a fantastic little beach shack towards the end of King Kamehameha Drive called Da Poke Shack. They have the freshest fish and it’s actually affordable compared to everything else on the island (about $10 for a huge bowl). YUM! 

Also, before you go, pick up one of the Hawaii Revealed books (depending on which island you’re going to). This book was the single best resource we had for exploring the island. They also have an app that you can use while you’re there to help pinpoint where you are and what’s near you.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oh right I totally forgot about car rental!  I searched around and got a great deal and it’s still costing us almost $500 just for that.  You really need a car rental if you are going to Hawaii, it’s not really a place you can go and take a bus or anything like that so don’t forget to factor that in.

So I would think the below amounts would be the bare minimum to factor into your budget:

$2000 (airfare)

$1400 (renting a condo for 7 nights)

$500 (Car rental)

$350 ($50 per day if you can cook your own food)

TOTAL $4,250

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