Hawaiian Honeymoon

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I haven’t been yet, but Kauai is my number 1 stop when I go there.  It is quieter and has beautiful waterfalls.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@CanadianBride456:  Kaua’i is gooooorgeous. It’s a lot more relaxed than the other islands. You would definitely need a car to get around. Also, only about 20% of the island is accessible by land. I would highly recommend taking a helicopter tour if you do decide to visit Kaua’i, or at least doing the Na Pali sunset cruise!

 

Oahu is very busy in the Honolulu/Waikiki area so if you’re looking for a lot of activities that’s a good place to go, but it does get really noisy at times.

 

The Big Island is also beautiful and it has a bit of everything. The Kailua-Kona side is a bit more touristy than Hilo, which has more of an old town feel.

 

I find that Maui is the perfect blend of the other islands. I LOVE the west side of the island because of the view of Lana’i and Moloka’i, and it has just the right amount of busy areas and relaxing areas. 

I took a trip to the islands in April and this is just my general overview. Feel free to PM or reply if you have more questions! (It’s really early in the morning so my brain isn’t fully functional haha)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@CanadianBride456:  What do you mean by “activities?” Clubs? Nightlife? Outdoor adventure?

Post # 6
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  • Wedding: August 2012

@sharkchomp:  Ditto

The answer to your version of activities would be helpful.

Maui is always a perfect choice in Hawaii, but all of the islands have different things to offer.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@CanadianBride456:  So here is my synopsis of the various islands.

 

The Big Island:

 

This is major volcano territory. I haven’t been there since I was 13, but if you want live active volcano’s, this is where you go. I know it has a lot more to offer I just can’t speak to it much at this point. Oh, and they have a manatee scuba dive/snorkel there that is on my bucket list. Probably number 3 even though i don’t remember a lot

 

Kauai:

 

Kauai is extremely laid back. It’s very much about hiking and outdoor activityes. It has Hanalei bay which is totally hippie town but adorable and fun. It doesn’ thave the long stretches of white sand beaches that some other islands do but it does have plenty of beaches and white sand. When we were there, we definitely needed a car, and night life, restaurants, etc were pretty hard to come by. And we definitely needed a car to get to any beaches frmo where we stayed. It’s a jungle island really so it doesn’t get quite as much sun as other islands. If you are into nature, hiking, outdoors, with a bit of relaxing, and being kind of isolated, Kauai is your bet. We had a fabulous time here but its not my number 1, probably number 2.

 

Oahu:

 

Waikiki is extremely “happenin”. It’s like vegas on the beach. It doesn’t have as many activities as some of the other islands but there is of course the major shopping, a TON of active night life, long stretches of very busy beaches, the North Shore, and Pearl Harbor. It’s a pretty flat island. We spent 4 days there and that was enough. But if you crave night life and want to relax on the beach all day and go out at night and do major shopping and meet people etc, this is a great spot. It’s my number 4

 

Maui:

 

By far my favorite island. We actually just went in February. There are multiple area’s on Maui that you can stay, Ka’anapali is a popular area, and down in the Makena/Kihei area as well. There are long stretches of white sand beaches, WE did the road to Hana in a jeep and loved it, little towns here and there that you can stop in, shop, etc… Boogie boarding, surfing, diving, turtles etc… Also a day trip to Lahaina is really fun for more of a touristy cute town feel and they have quite a bit of shopping and restaurants. Definitely my number 1 choice, especially for those who don’t make it to hawaii a lot and don’t see themselves having the opportunity to go back soon.

 

Another thing: The islands are very cheap to jump between and only 30 minute flights, so it’s completely feasible to do part of your trip on one island and part on another. When we did Kauai we stayed there for a week, then went to Oahu for 4 days over 4th of July (which is where we got engaged, in 2011 ;))

ETA: I’m happy to give you more specifics about the things we did on each island if you want to know, but as a start an overview is good!

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: August 2012

@CanadianBride456:  haha i got to see it now!

IMO Maui is definitely a do not miss if you are coming all that way. You’d be hard pressed to find a single person on earth who doesn’t like it. It’s the most well rounded beautiful island. You won’t regret going that’s for sure. Let me know when you want more info :). hawaii is “easy” for us west coasters.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge

Currently in Hawaii on vacation and have been to the islands several times before. I think the Big Island has the most “exploring” you can do – we got to walk down into the crater of an active volcano, see the glow from current volcanic activity, hike through rainforests, go coffee tasting at plantations, and stop by a bunch of cool small towns. It’s a little less commercial and untouche than the other islands, which I personally like. Note that a lot of the resorts are in Kona and most of the cool sights are on the other side of the island (2 hr drive). You’ll definitely want a car if you go there, and need at least 4 days to explore a good chunk of the island. 

We’re in Maui now, and I think it’s more stereotypical of what you may think of as “Hawaii.” I personally dislike how crowed it is around some of the resorts – we’re staying in Kapalua at the Ritz Carlton and it is much more peaceful/ romantic. Highly recommend the hotel if you’re planning on staying in Maui. It is mush more serene than the other places I have stayed here.

Have been to Oahu before and wasn’t a huge fan – it’s much more urban, croweded, and not beachy. If you want a lot of nightlife/ shopping though, it’s probably a good spot. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@CanadianBride456:  I’ve never been to Maui but I know most people find it to be a good medium between Oahu (way too touristy) and Kauai (not touristy enough). Personally, I’m partial to Kauai since we got married there and it’s the most “us” but I understand that’s not the majority (we’re low key, prefer outdoor adventure to nightlife/shopping, and love exploring on our own). A lot of people do the Maui/Kauai or Maui/Oahu combo for 2 islands. I’m looking forward to exploring the Big Island on our next go round!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@CanadianBride456:  I have only been to Hawaii via a 14 day cruise that left from Vancouver but I can give you that perspective if its something you guys would consider. It was amazing because it was a nice way to get some food included by doing the cruise and we got to go to all of the islands that way and not have to choose. Another pro was we did days where we hiked volcanos and days where we snorkeled and days where we toured star fruit plantations so it was amazing to be given a list of all of these diverse shore excursions and be able to see a little bit of everything. Honestly though I don’t think you can go wrong with whatever way you choose to see Hawaii! The culture and scenery is incredible! 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We just came back from our honeymoon on the Big Island yesterday!

I suppose I can only discuss the Big Island because it is the only one we have ever been to but we LOVED it.

The best things were:

1. Snorkelling at night to see the manta rays feeding. Absolutely breathtaking and surreal!

2. Hapuna Beach near Waikoloa. It has been voted the best beach in the WORLD several times –  and we could see why!

3. The Hilton at Waikoloa. That place is a wonderful place to stay. It has its own private lagoon that is fed by the ocean. There is a waterfall in there and wild turtles love to feed from the algae there. My husband and I snorkelled and swam with TURTLES for $16!! (the price to hire the snorkel gear)

Other stuff we did included:

Helicopter ride over the volcano – we got to see places that are inaccessible by foot and saw the only active flows on the island currently.

Tours up to Mauna Kea for a stargazing party.

Couple massages by the sea – so awesome.

Snorkelling near the Captain Cook Monument.

Night dinner cruise.

We went submarining.

Lots of museums.

We were there for 3 weeks and were quite sad we had to leave!

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