Post # 1
Hi Bees! Mr. D and I have been going back and forth on when we would be honeymooning bc of the time of year (Sep is one of the busiest times of the year for Mr. D). Luckily, we found out yesterday that his boss is letting him take off 2 weeks after the wedding so we can go on our dream honeymoon to Hawaii 🙂
I was just wondering if you all had any suggestions on where to go and what to do in Hawaii? We plan on going to Oahu, Kauai, Big Island, and Maui. We will definitely be staying in the Grand Hyatt in Kauai and possibly the Four Seasons in Maui.
However, we just learned that friends of ours will be in Hawaii vacationing at the same time as us, and are also staying at the Grand Hyatt and Four Seasons on the same days…I really don’t want to be running into people we know while we are there, but I also don’t feel that we should have to work around other people for our honeymoon, sticky situation. In Kauai I don’t think we would really run into them as we would just be overlapping a few days, but in Maui its a full overlap. Anyone have other ideas for Maui just in case we try to stay clear?
We also need ideas for excursions! I’ve heard ideas for helicopter tours and Haleakala Sunrise Tour, and Pearl Harbor, but I would also like to hear other ideas. Future Hubby and I are huge lost fans and plan on doing a Lost tour while we are in Oahu as well (hoping they still have them).
Any feedback would be appreciated 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 3
Maui has ziplining, horseback riding, surf lessons, trails for hiking, luaus, snorkling… Those activities are probably available on other islands too. The Four Seasons is located around one of the busier areas of Maui, (where most clubs, resturants and hotels are) so I’m sure you will be able to find things to do.
You could always take a drive upcountry! Visit Maui’s Winery and try their lovely pineapple wines. Visit the Ali’i Lavender Farm and Surfing Goat Dairy. (That is what many tour guides reccommend). Many people also drive to Hana, a small, quiet little town. (The trip usually takes an entire day). Or you could take a tour for that because the road is realllly windy and long!
I’ve only got info on Maui. Happy planning!
Post # 4
DH and I went to Maui and Oahu for our honeymoon, we LOVED Maui, but Oahu was just ok. We only went to Oahu for Pearl Harbor and the North Shore.
Maui was Heaven! We went snorkeling, a helicoptor tour, a luau, sunset cruise, and a lot of sitting on the beach! We stay at The Westin in Ka ‘Anapali and a lot of what we did was around that area. The helicoptor tour was at the airport though which was about a 45 minute drive.
A lot of the resorts will have a luau, so that shouldn’t be hard to find. The snorkeling was super cool, we went to the Molokini crater and Turtle Town.
We asked some locals where to go for lunch and the BEST place we found was Da Kitchen, its near the heliport and KMart (helpful, right?). The food there was soooo good!
Oh and there is soo much more! If you want more info, I can look up the names of the companies we used. PM me if you want!
Post # 5
We stayed at the Makena Beach Resort in Maui. It was on the south end of the island and secluded. It was amazing!
Snorkeling is something you should definitely do! We went on a mini hike to see a couple waterfalls and the “tropical” part of Maui, and that was pretty cool.
Other than that, we just layed on the beach and enjoyed being married!
You’re gonna have a great time no matter what you do!
Post # 6
I went to Oahu for a week at the end of September. It was amazing and I’d go back in a heartbeat.
If you go to Pearl Harbor, make sure you get there early. They give you tickets with a time on them, and you can’t get onto the USS Arizona memorial until it’s your time. We got there at like 10am, and our tickets were for like, 12:45. And then it’s a 75 minute tour once you’re out there. So if you don’t there early, you’re going to be there all day.
Also, definitely go to Hanauma Bay. That place is beyond gorgeous. It was fiance’s and my favourite part of the whole trip.
ETA: People always recommend the Polynesian Cultural Centre. It’s pretty interesting, but not worth the entire day you have to commit to it, IMO.
Post # 7
We’re going to Hawaii for 2 weeks too! 2 weeks is really the minimum because of the travel time lost and jet lag coming from the east coast.
I lived in Maui for a year back in my early 20s (so long ago!) and I absolutely LOVED it, someday I want to retire there 🙂
We are doing Oahu for 5 nights and then onto Kauai for the rest of the trip. I strongly suggest that you stick to 2 islands max. I don’t even like that we are doing more than 1 but my FI wants to see Pearl Harbor so bad but we don’t want to spend two weeks in Oahu (too busy for our tastes) so we chose Kauai because niether of us has been and I’ve always wanted to go. You will lose a day pretty much each hop you make to another island and the first couple days after you get there will be recuperating from the flight and time change.
You probably know about Tripadvisor but just in case I’ll tell you about it.lol. Their forums are wonderful for info on where to stay and what to do.
We are renting a condo (through VRBO) for $199/night in Oahu with a full kitchen and bedroom (temperpedic bed!) with great reviews and then switching it up with a hotel in Kauai (thanks to FILs)
Post # 8
I didn’t love Oahu. Too busy and “touristy”. Kaui is my FAVORITE! Beautiful, lush, quiet, romantic. Enjoy!!! I am jealous 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks for all the info bees! It’s really helpful. I think we might cut down the islands from 4 to 3. Do you think its a big mistake to cut out Big Island? Oahu is a must for us bc of the Lost Tours and Pearl Harbor.
Mr. D and I are the type where we like to relax majority of the time with a few excursions mixed in, not the other way around. If we wanted to be jumping around so much, we would be going to Europe instead.
We can’t wait to go, so excited 🙂
Post # 10
I think that if you like relaxing then the Big Island would be the one to cut out. I think that Oahu and Big Island are similar to each other busy wise and Kauai is more relaxing and Maui is the perfect mix of the two. What I love about Maui is that there is a little bit of a nightlife but there is also the feeling of a small tropical island and there are no skyscrapers in Maui which I love.
Oahu is a must for us too since FI loves history and wants to see Pearl Harbor, we are contemplating the movie tour as well, since he is a huge movie buff and one of our favorites things we ever did was a movie tour in Boston. So fun!
Post # 11
@HisAngel: I have a feeling I’m not going to like Oahu that much either. I loved living in Maui because it didn’t have a real “city” it felt like a tropical paradise but with some of the same conveniences I was used to (KMart, Starbucks etc) but Oahu is a must becuase of Pearl Harbor. Glad to hear you liked Kauai, I’ve only seen pictures but am pretty sure I’m going to love it!
Post # 12
We went to Maui for a friend’s DW and we overlapped on about 3-4 days and we never saw them (aside from intentional meetings). We didn’t stay at the same place, which helped. We checked out almost all of the island, minus the Road to Hana. We snorkeled a lot and spent a lot of time in Lahaina when we wanted to just walk around and be touristy.
Post # 13
Commenting to be able to easily follow…we’re doing a few days in Oahu (for Pearl Harbor and then just to relax, we’re staying at Turtle Bay in one of the beach cottages, it’s our first island right after the wedding so we mostly will want to just chill in/near our room, lol) and then Maui. We’ve already booked a Jeep for Maui (to do the road to Hana) and ziplining. Does anybody have any preference for the “best” luau, either in Oahu or Maui? We have limited days (9 overall for both islands, I don’t get many days off at my job) so I would like to only go to one and I want it to be the best!
Post # 14
DH and I spent a week in Kauai – we did scuba diving (you don’t need to be certified for the intro dives ), zip lining, helicopter ride, snorkeling, and a sunset cruise to name a few activities.
Kauai is amazing and beautiful…I’ve never been to the other islands, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy them all. I definitely recommend a luau while you are there – so cool! Oh, and a cruise along the Na Pali coast.
Post # 15
Do a boat tour! We saw tons of dolphins and even whales! We did this in both Kauai and Maui. Also, Maui has excellent food pretty much where ever you go. In Maui do the road to Hana and drive the entire loop, there is so much to see on the other side!
Post # 16
@SoonToBeMrsD921: If you want to do all the Islands but are time limited (and to me 2 weeks is time limited for all the hawaiian Islands) why not look at the NCL POA cruise? They visit 4 Islands and you can treat it like a floating hotel. It is a 7 night cruise then you could spend the last week of your holiday on one of the Isalnds just relaxing.