Post # 1
hi Bees! I’m sure there have been a million post about this in the past but I need help!
We decided to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon! Neither of us have ever been and we are having a hard time deciding where to go! We will go around July 29th and come back around August 10th, so about 10-11 nights.
Originally we were thinking of going to Maui and Kauai but now we think maybe we should just relax and stay in Maui the whole time. Based off what we’ve read about Oahu, we decided we would save that for another time
But if we stay the whole time in Maui will we have enough stuff to do? Will we miss out on seeing amazing things on Kauai? I’m torn because part of me really wants to see Kauai, I’ve heard it’s amazing, but part of me also just wants to relax and not have to worry about all that’s involved with traveling to Kauai in the middle of the trip.
Tell me what you did on your hawaii honeymoon! What was your favorite place? Post pictures!
Post # 3
I’m afaid I can’t help as i’ve never been but we are considering going at Christmas so posting so I can come back to the responses
Post # 4
@dancingfox: We are going to Oahu ourselves (Waikiki).
I’ve seen some really cool stuff that you can do there and still avoid the most crowded beaches. One that my FDH and I are going to do it a big huge ranch called the Kualoa Ranch. They have horse and ATV tours, hikes, and movie set tours (Jurassic Park, Lost and others were all filmed there), plus private beaches and more.
There are also hikes like Makapu’u that the natives say is one of the most beautiful you will ever go on.
And glass bottom tours! FDH and I are going on a 3hr cruise that will go around the island and end up at a little private beach for an hour of snorkling.
Post # 5
My father lives on Maui. It’s a great island! I think it’s up to you whether you want to visit both islands. You can definitely fill your time on Maui though! Shopping, Hana, Haleakala, snorkeling, hiking, farmers markets, and so on. Hawaii is amazing.
Post # 6
We went to Maui for a week for a DW and it was great, although it does depend on what you like to do on vacations. If you want to be on the go and constantly busy, then Maui really isn’t like that. Maui is definitely more laid back like what you would expect from HI. There are definitely things to do, including zip lining, golfing and snorkeling and if you were looking for more of R&R, then 10 nights would be appropriate. We rented a condo/timeshare thing and we LOVED it. It was living at home but not. I loved waking up every morning and watching the sunrise on the lanai and at night, even when it was dark, I loved sitting out there and hearing the waves crashed. If you get a rental car, you’ll definitely find enough to do in Maui, especially if you love the water.
You can always save Kauai for another occasion. Actually, that’s where DH and I are taking our babymoon this year!
Post # 7
Maui is awesome. I’ve been to all the islands more than once, and it’s def my fave. There’s tons to do (assuming you don’t hate sun, the beach, and the water).
Post # 8
Both islands are fantastic, what i would actually say is that it’s not so much that you won’t have enough time in Maui but that you won’t have enough time on Kauai! You can definitely fill 10 days on both islands. Maui is definitely slowpaced, but has plenty to do. As PP mentioned, there is Hana, Haleakala, Lahaina, Farmers markets, lot’s of other little towns and PLENTY of beaches to see. (Don’t bother with Molokini, there’s barely anything there anymore and it’s overpriced).
On Kauai, you will also have a lot to do and a lot of it is very nature driven. SO many hikes you won’t get them all in, more turtles than I’ve seen on any other island, you can Kayak the Na Pali coast if you are adventurous etc… It really depends on what you ar looking for.
I guess to answer your question in a nutshell. Yes you will 100% have PLENTY to do on Maui in 10 days. We did 9 there in February and didn’t want to come home. Feel free to PM me (or just reply to this) if you want more detailed Maui info!
Post # 9
@dancingfox: we’re going to Maui and Kauai aug 5-16. We decided to do 7 days in Maui and 5 in Kauai. Coming from NYC as well, we figured 2 islands would be a good amount to see since it’ll probably be a long time before we make it back. 3 seemed like too much schlepping around. That being said, I’m sure either decision you make won’t be a bad one 🙂 And maybe I’ll see ya there!
Post # 10
We went to Hawaii and stayed for 5 days (too short!) but we went to two islands- Oahu and Hawaii (The Big Island). You have more time and I don’t know about you but I don’t usually repeat trips so for me, it was important to max out the time we spent. The flight between islands isn’t actually that bad and I didn’t feel harassed. Then again, you’re coming from the East Coast so I can imagine how tiring it might be for you to island hop.
On our trip, we met a couple who stayed for about two weeks in Maui. They didn’t really rave about it. But I haven’t been so I can’t vouch for that.
Post # 11
I’ve spent extensive time on both islands, and I’d really suggest visiting just Kauai if you only have time for one island. It looks and feels the way you expect Hawaii to be.
Post # 12
We’re going to Hawaii too! Most likely 8 nights, 4 in Maui/4 in Kauai. With such limited time I wanted to stick to 1 island but fiancé wanted 2 so we’re doing both. You have more time so I’d definitely say hit up both if you can!
Post # 13
@dancingfox: I don’t have advice on those islands but we went to Oahu and stayed in Waikiki for two weeks 18 months ago (just a holiday – not a honeymoon) and oh my gosh we loved it! Hawaii is so beautiful and we had such a great time, I cannot wait to go back!
We’ve both said we’d love to go back as part of our honeymoon and visit some of the other islands too (and some other US states, hello NY! – we’re from Australia) Have an amazing time!
Post # 14
@dancingfox: We did Maui and Kauai for our honeymoon. I think we had 6 days in Maui and 7 in Kauai. We had a blast. perfect amount of time in each place.
ive been to the islands quite a few times. I highly recommend The Revealed book on each island. It has great tips for restaurants, beaches, hotels, and tours. I still bring mine for each island when we go since its fun to try new places.