Post # 1
For those who know and have been to Hawaii, which islands do you recommend? Also, any specific resorts or hotels to stay in or things to see or do? Fiance and I are considering Hawaii now 🙂 He was against it originally but has changed his mind! We are looking for nice beaches, as he has never been to a swimming beach, as well as some adventure and romance of course! Thanks for any suggestions!
Post # 2
We Stayed at the Royal Lahaina and it was fantastic! Which is in Maui. I have been told this is by far the best island, in preference peaceful and less commercialized. I know people that stayed at the westin, right now the road from Royal Lahainna and loved that. They were definitely both great hotels!!
Post # 3
I’ve only been to Oahu and it was gorgeous! But heard great things about Maui. We are going back this summer and original were going to go to the big isalnd but we’re going back to Oahu. We are renting a condo, and we are going to do a bunch of hikes and go to the North Shore. When we went last time we did all the toursity things like Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head. This time we are renting a car so we can explore more.
Post # 4
If you do go to Maui! Do the Drive to Hana! you do have to plan a full day, and i would recommend with a rental car not tour bus. It is breath taking! A full 8 hour day! Definitely worth the money getting a condo over a hotel. YOu would save tons of money doing some grocery shopping over eating out everynight. Its rather costly. Also for liquor. HOtel drinks are like $10!
Post # 5
Can anyone explain the difference between the islands? Which are better to do certain things? We are looking for amazing beaches, great scenery, and adventerous activities. We are from the midwest, so we never get to see anything cool, basically. 🙂
Post # 6
How did you rent a condo?
Post # 7
heaveninheels: We went to oahu and rented a house (on VRBO) at one end for a week . It was cheaper than a resort and came with certain things. loved oahu but we stayed out of the city a lot! we went straight to the north shore and loved it!! then camped for five days and then stayed outside of wakiki for a week too. recommend a car though. it was awesome being able to go where ever. its a pretty small island with lots to see!
oahu: city, surf towns and compitions, tourist
maui: most romantic and not as many people.
kaui: most secuded island lots of adventure in the woods
the big island: lots of wilderness and of course the volcano. its a really big island compared. so much to discover
and i might be forgetting a small island but all of them are worth seeing. we went to oahu instead of maui cuz it was cheaper. It was great though! he proposed in hawaii. 😉
Post # 8
heaveninheels: We didnt rent one, but we definitely would next time!
Post # 9
We went to Kauai and Oahu. They are very different from each other.
Kauai had a small town feel to it. Lot’s of green and trees, lots of nature. We went on a helicopter ride of the island since we were only spending a few days there. Some other activities we could have done were hiking, I read there are a lot of different trails there. Especially around the Waimea canyon. You would have to rent a car here if you plan to go anywhere. We went to a beach just 5 minutes from our hotel and it had an area walled off so you could swim without worrying about the current. We stayed at the Waipouli Resort. We emailed a few weeks prior to make sure everything had been booked properly and mentioned it was our honeymoon. They upgraded us from a one bedroom one bathroom condo to a two bedroom, three bathroom condo. (didn’t tell us.. we found out when we walked into the room!) It was very nice and I would recommend it!
Oahu was much different. Lots of tourists, traffic, etc. Big sky scrapers and had a big city feel to it. Our hotel wasn’t as nice, and it was about the same price as Kauai. We were at the Aston Sunset. It was near the end of Waikiki which was also a bit of a downside with the tours we took (last to be dropped off all the time). We didn’t get upgraded at this hotel, but did get some champagne and chocolate. (We called and asked when we got there though…because I wanted my free honeymoon stuff!) But it was 5 minute walk from Waikiki and close to many different places.
On Oahu we went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, we went to Sea Life Park and swam with dolphins and went into a shark tank (pretty cool!). We went to Pearl Harbor and the polynesian cultural centre. We took a day tour with Discover hawaii tours (I think this is worth checking out!).
Waikiki beach was a nice beach. It was safe and also had some walled off areas (I prefer this as the ocean scares me).
It was a great trip! I want to go back!
Post # 10
We went to Maui for our honeymoon and stayed a Napili Kai Beach resort for some of it:
We also did the road to hana, which was amazing! Over all we had a great time!
I have to say though one thing I didn’t enjoy are the rough waves at all the beaches we went to, which meant I didn’t go in the water much.
Hawaii has many beautiful beaches, and there is good off shore snorkeling at some of them, but they are not like the white sand beaches of the Caribbean. Hawaiian waters are colder, wilder, and less clear.
We went to St. John in the US virgin islands a few years back and I prefer those beaches to what I saw on Maui, but that’s just me.
Post # 11
I’ve been to Kauai, Maui, and Oahu- actually lived on Kauai for a while. If you are only going to 1 island, and it is your first trip, you should go to Kauai. It looks like you imagine Hawaii should. It’s the greenest island, the most romantic, and has great outdoor activities. Maui is also a good choice, but given what you wrote, I’d go to Kauai. I wouldn’t recommend Oahu unless you’ve been on one of the smaller islands for a few weeks and are going stir crazy.
Post # 12
Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui!
Post # 13
It really depends on what activities you want/expect to do while there. Kauai has long been known as the Honeymooners’ island because of so many secluded beaches and waterfall areas. Maui is excellent if you want to do a lot of activities like parasailing, whalewatching (Nov-Mar), etc. Our favorite is the Big Island, Kona side. We love chasing lava over on the volcano side, hiking craters, drinking lots of Kona coffee, and kayaking to the best snorkeling spot in Hawaii (and maybe seeing a dolphin or two along the way). You can also go from 80* on the beach to 32* and snow at Mauna Kea and do some stargazing while you’re up there 🙂 Oahu has its own beauty as well; North Shore is a must-see, the cultural center is fun if you’re into that sort of thing, touring Pearl Harbor, hiking Diamondback is awesome, and there are a ton of places to shop.<br />Bottom line: if you want to “do” a lot of things, you can’t go wrong on any of the islands. If you want to stay more low-key, I highly recommend Kauai :)<br />Another option, if you have the time, is taking a 10-14 day cruise out of San Diego to the 4 main islands (only downside is this is usually only available in the Fall/Winter time).