Post # 1
Longtime lurker here.
Please help me plan our honeymoon in Hawaii! There are just so many options, I am overloaded!
We are looking for a private room-hopefully a bungalow thing- close to the beach, and hopefully one close to the rainforest. I think I would like it affiliated with a resort/ hotel. I would like a hottub and a deck…but we don’t need them. We would like a honeymoon romantic feel. We would like to spend a couple nights at each Kaui, Maui, and the big island.
We want to hike through the rainforest, go snorkleing, take a helicoptor tour, and visit the volcanos. I would like to look at the stars and see the seahorses. And WHALE watch!
We are low key and do not want to be surrounded by lots of people .
ANd we are planning to go December 19-29.
Please please please give me recomendations for accomidations and people to go to for snorkeling, helicoptor, ect.
Post # 3
Welcome to Weddingbee!
Kuai is a beautiful island. Diamond Head is another place that is awesome. We stayed in the Hilton Hawaiian Village which is a fantastic resort.
I’m not sure what your budget is but for 10 days and transportation between those islands is going to be pretty expensive. You might be able to find better deals cutting back to 2 locations and doing 5 days (which typically counts as a week rental) at each.
Post # 4
Thanks for the tip!
His mom is giving us the honeymoon, and, well, she can do it. We want to be reasonable, and we may cut it down an island or a few days. But I still would like to know what to do and where to stay!
Post # 5
Ive been to Oahu in 2005, that is where Diamond Head is, it was great, but I liked Maui and Kauai so much better!
We just went to Kauai and Maui for our honeymoon. We just got back on Friday actually. We did 5 days in Kauai and 4 days in Maui, we also took a boat tour to snorkel on Lanai. It was awesome!! My husbands mom is a travel agent and booked the hotels and flights. It was prefect!
When we got to Kauai we worked with the concierge to book our helicopter tour (Blue Hawaiian, Kaui -they have them on Maui too), snorkeling boat trip (Trilogy Boat Tour, Maui)(which we saw TONS of dolphins!), our Maui Mountain Rider tour, which took us up to the top of Mt Haleakala where we saw the sunrise over the clouds at 10,000 FT then rode bikes down (basically coasted cause you are so high up, we didn’t petal once!). There are trips that you can take to go over to the Big Island that you can see volcanoes and at night you can see lava going into the ocean.
Whale season is Dec-April, so you would have to go between those months. The next time we go back to Hawaii, we are going during the winter so we can see the whales. The people who ran the Trilogy boat tour said the whales come really close to their boat too.
I never saw seahorses, Ive been snorkeling a few times in Hawaii, but Ive seen fish, piranhas and sea turtles.
Let me know if you want any other info.
Oh, I just posted something about these books, but they help so much, they are called Maui Revealed by Andrew Doughty and The Ultimate Guide Book to Kauai. We read them on the way to Hawaii and highlighted everything we wanted to do. They were great. Check out my posting about it!
Post # 6
Just got back from Maui yesterday….it was incredible. We took a helicopter tour and it was FANTASTIC! We used Sunshine Helicopters, they had by far the best helicopters with great visibility. It is so awesome that your FMIL is paying for the trip because it is soooooo pricey there. We totally didn’t expect to spend as much money as we did..it was a shocker and we were only there for 5 days! We also did a lot of driving around…which was a lot of fun. We just got on roads and kept driving. We had great adventures finding secret lil beaches. You guys are going to have an awesome time!
Post # 7
Thank you so much! We went and got the Revealed books for Kaui and Maui today.
@nicole- I heard there was a museaum that breeds seahorses, so I want to see that! Thank you so much for the info!
@futuremrsI- thanks so much for the sunshine tip, I’ll check them out!
Post # 8
I have been to Hawaii 5 times. If you want to move around and see a lot of the islands there are actually some cruises that you can take between the islands. Usually like a day cruise or one we did once was overnight. The day cruise we took between two islands stopped for us to snorkel. It tends to be about the same place as the flight in between, but you don’t have to absorb the snorkeling cost.
I also agree with Nicole. I love Oahu, where diamond head is, but it’s less romantic, it’s good for shopping and partying, you might want to just do a day or two there and stay more in Maui and Kauai.