(Closed) Hawaii Honeymoon

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t have advice for you since I’ve never been to hawaii, sorry.

I jus noticed we have the same wedding date.. I am having a hard time deciding on where to go for our honeymoon. I really didnt think about hurricane season at all when selecting my date…ugh! We are thinking about Central or South America for our trip…we originally wanted the Carribean, but…oh well…good luck with your plans..

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are going to Maui and Kauai – 6 nights each.  Maui we are staying at the Westing (thank you starwood points), but I think the Lahaina area is good to stay in.  We definitely plan to do the Road to Hana.   In Kauai, we are are staying at the St Regis (northern Kauia is more rainy but beautiful) and then 3 nights in southern Kauai (at the Hyatt which I heard is awesome)

Below is an email a good friend sent me about her time there..

Maui:

-Basically the first day we hit the concierge to set up our activitites for the week. We went to a luau in the town of Lahaina (instead of the one at the hotel) I think at the hotel you sit at tables with other people and this one had a view of the ocean if I remember corrrectly….it was on Front Street and called the Feast at Lele. I think I also remember little shops around there too. It was fun.

 

-Another day we snorkeled at Molokini….which is a huge sunken in crater (basically the top of an old volcano but only the top sticks out and theres tons of fish in there. We did the Four Winds II tour out there but theres others. I think this was about a half day excursion but it was cool.

At night we ate at Pacifico’s, which is on the beach and was very good! (great lobster in coconut sauce!!!) Try to make a sunset time reservation!!

 

-Another day we drove the Road to Hana, I definitely recommend this, it was sooo cool and we only did half way. Theres actually a food stand called “Halfway to Hana”, a book I read raved about the banana bread there and it was really good! Also between mile markers 19 and 20, there was a beautiful waterfall and if you can rough it, we climbed down some rocks and swam in it, it was gorgoeous! There are waterfalls all along the ride but we found this one managable to get down.

 

-We did a sunset cruise one nite right from the Westin which is always nice

 

-one day we ziplined with Eco-Adventure Tours, great tourguides. I am not that adventurous so they were good with me. and it was sooo fun.

-We ate dinner that nite at the Plantation House which is a little bit of a ride ( i wrote down the cab was expensive and we should have drove oursleves), it’s a famous golf course that Tiger plays at. Its upscale and food was delicious!!! Another beautiful view, even at nite time when we went.

 

Definitely go into town at Lahaina, I think that’s where the famous tree is that basically has a million branches that replanted themselves or something. just cool to see and plus if you go to that luau or Pacifico’s they are both in town there.

 

Kauai:

-one nite we were tired and sick of seafood so we ate at Donderos Italian restaurant right at the Hyatt…and it was actually really good.

 

-like I said, here we mostly relaxed during the day at the pool/beach/lagoon

 

-one nite we ate at the Beach House, this was Alexs fave. I remember being told to call in advance for a reservation, so I did that from Maui. When we got there we wished for an earlier reservation (like 530 they say you get the best tables by the water) and you see the surfers surfing as the sun sets. This is where we had the best soup we ever tasted (the seafood corn chowder!)

J

 

 

 

our last day here we drove to the Waimea Canyon. I guess its like the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. We only did this to a certain point too, we had a car and thought it would have been better if we had an SUV or 4 wheel drive. It was cool to see tho I guess esp bc we didn’t do any other activities in Kauai and it got us out of the resort. Then we ate at Keokis Paradise that nite, which is very casual, more bar like, although I think they still have lobster and stuff on the menu, and a killer Hula Pie for dessert! J

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We had our honeymoon in Hawaii last month. It was awesome! We booked pretty much everything online by ourselves and everything worked out perfectly. We used Expedia for some of our hotels, car rentals & inter island flights and called them and they found a better deal than we would’ve gotten through the website. We visited Maui and the Big Island

Maui – AMAZING! We stayed in three different locations. My favorite was south – the Makena Beach & Golf resort. The beach was excellent and it was more secluded than the Ka’anapali area. We did the Road to Hana and stayed overnight there and it was well worth it. We also went horseback riding in Haleakala and snorkeling in Molokini (note if you stay in Makena, there is a snorkel boat that makes 2 trips to Molokini daily). Highly recommend both! Lahaina was a cute little town with touristy shops.

Big Island – We went here so we could see the volcano. Totally worth it! It is honestly amazing. We spent a full day hiking around the volcano and the next day drove to Hilo and took a helicopter tour over it. Because of where the lava is flowing now, we could only see it from the helicopter, not actually from the park. It’s absolutely unbelievable. As far as the rest of the trip, I think the beaches here were nicer than Maui BUT you have to stay north of Kona because the vog really makes the weather nasty in Kona and a little south. We made that mistake and had to do a lot of driving because of it. Our hotel was the Outrigger and was nice – the adjacent beach has even better snorkeling than Molokini – but the vog was kind of gross. Be warned that if you go here, you may not be able to go to all the spots in the guide books because the rental car companies ban you from driving on a lot of roads.

Hope this helps. Regardless of where you go and what you do, you will have a fabulous time!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you do decide to go to Maui and you drive the road to Hana, you should definitely check out the seven sacred pools in Hana. You can swim in several of them. They are beautiful! Each pool is connected to the next by a waterfall and the last one is right before the ocean. I have heard a lot of people talking about doing the Road to Hana but no one has mentioned the seven sacred pools. It is definitely worth checking out!

My mom was born and raised on Maui so I have lots of family there and have spent a lot of time on the island. I can’t really speak to how to book the honeymoon through a travel agent but I have knowledge of the island itself and what to do if you have any questions! I would definitely say it is my favorite island. If I didn’t have so much family on the island and have done almost everything lots of different times, I would definitely pick it for our honeymoon. 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My FI and I will be vacaying in Oahu in Aug.  For the first time, I convinced him to rent out a vacation rental with a full kitchen.  We always stayed at high-end resorts.  They are great but I miss home cooked meals when I’m away more than 2 days.  

lauren810c:  Great choices.  You won’t be disappointed with all three of them.  However, I wonder which Westin you will be staying at.  They have the “resort” and a vacation condos.  I stayed at both and actually prefer their condo.  They had a full sized kitchen and I was able to cook and pack light meals.  

I love cooking and very particular about what I eat.  

I find this website very helpful.  http://www.vrbo.com/

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The islands all have different “personalities” so to speak. Choosing which one to go to really depends on what you’re wanting to experience. For example if you want the nightlife go to Oahu. Waikiki is alive with shopping, dancing, eating, live music, etc.  You won’t find that kind of atmosphere on, say, Lanai, which is very small.  Lanai has the Four Seasons resort, both Manele Bay and Koele Lodge there…gorgeous! Molokai is also another tiny island.  There is only one traffic light on the whole island and everything closes down at something like 7 oclock!&nbsp; It's great if you want to get away from it all!&nbsp; One little hotel there though.&nbsp; You'd have to research to find a place to stay.&nbsp; You can try a bed and breakfast or there were some condos that are rented out like hotel rooms. I haven't been there since early 2000 though. Kauai is very peaceful and beautiful. Big Island is...big! lol&nbsp; Lots to do and see there as well, Black Sand beach is beautiful. The waves really appear to be a clear blue color as it crashes over the black sand and you will see the big honu (seaturtles).<br /><br />You may also want to check the prices to island hop.&nbsp; You may be able to get tickets for about $100 each way, sometimes less.&nbsp; If you go to Oahu and want to go to Molokai you can ride one of those propeller planes for something like $40 each way. They also had that Super Ferry but not sure if that is no longer in operation.  Gee…I really miss it there!

Good luck and have a blast!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa in Oahu, its beautiful! They have what seems like their own private beach and then you also have the “citylife” of Waikiki nearby with plenty of nice places to dine at.

http://hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/

We booked our’s using Expedia, but I noticed the prices were very similar when booking through their website.

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