Post # 1
Hi everyone! We are starting to make honeymoon plans, and so far we have decided that we are going to Hawaii for a week. We are having a destination wedding in Florida, and will be there for a week as well so I dont think we can take any longer in Hawaii. My parents are gifting us 3-4 nights in Oahu at a new resort- Disney’s Aulani at Ko’Olina with their time share, so we were planning on spending the remaining nights closer to the Wakiki side of the island- we have been looking at the Kahala Resort, a luxury resort located 15 min outside of Wakiki. However, all the research we have been doing has been raving about Maui so now I am wondering if we should go there for the last 3 days instead? We will only be there for a week so I am just not sure if it is worth the extra time and money to island hop and only spend 3-4 days on each island? If we did this, we would be on the opposite site of Wakiki our whole time in Oahu. We are looking to have a relaxing honeymoon, with some fun activities too- which is why we wanted to stay outside of Wakiki in Oahu. We also just saw the movie “Just Go With It” and Maui looked amazing! I have read things about Maui being extremely expensive compared to the other island as well. Any suggestions? I am confusing myself! Thanks!
Post # 3
aloha! 🙂 Please don’t make the ever-so-common mistake of thinking all there is to see on Oahu exists in Honolulu/Waikiki. At least you’ll be staying at Ko Olina for a while so you’ll see at least one other part of the island. SO many tourists literally have no idea what this island is really like because they never set foot outside of Waikiki, and if they do, they go eat shave ice at Motsumoto’s, take pictures at turtle beach, and that’s about it.
Not to dog on Maui, but there’s seriously nothing you can do there that you can’t do here. Stay in Waikiki if you want to experience a nice resort, but go exploring. Get out of town and go rent kayaks in Kailua and paddle out to the Mokuluas in Lanikai (google for pics… you’ll be convinced). Take Kam highway up the windward side where you’re at times only a few feet away from the shore, it’s beautiful. See the north shore, ALL of it. Get shrimp in Kahuku, experience the 7 mile miracle (stretch of all the famous beaches in Haleiwa), snorkel Shark’s Cove (you won’t get bitten, promise) weather permitting, stop by Haleiwa town for some fun shopping and good food, chill at Mokuleia/ any other of the non-touristy country beaches up there. And that’s just a portion of what I’d reccomend.
Point is, I would not waste your money hauling over to Maui to do… what, hang out at some other beaches, go hiking, take a surf lesson, shop…? You can save your pennies and do all of that here. Do your due dilligence and see what else you can dig up to experience (on yelp, googling, etc.) while you’re here and your’e sure to get much more out of it!
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2011 - Sweet ceremony by the sea and sunset celebration on the North Shore of Hawaii
as a bee who l-o-v-e-s hawaii, if you’re looking to relax, exploring oahu or kauai would be my recommendations. we’ve also spent a week in maui, which was very relaxing, beautiful..but more expensive than the other 2 islands.
i have a list of my favorites and am happy to share them with you if you’re interested! just PM me. 🙂