(Closed) Hawaiian recommendations?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hello! What are you looking for out of a honeymoon? Do you want something really low-key and private or more luxury like with a large resort? There are a ton of options for Hawaii (where we are honeymooning as well…) so really the best would be to narrow down what kind of honeymoon you want then find the ideal location for that.

Post # 3
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279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We went to Kauai, which is the furthest island to the west. It is much more nature-esque than the other island, and the activities there are also very nature-related as well – hiking, ziplining, horseback riding, etc. Granted, we also spent a lot of time just hanging at the pool and the beach there too. We stayed at the Aston Islander on the Beach in Kapaa, Kauai.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I agree with @MoSnow. Each island is actually very different! Oahu (what they call the main island) is very commercialized. Here you would find the biggest city, Honolulu, with high rises, TONS of shopping and LOTS of people. Unless your staying on the North shore, its not really a typical honeymoon island.

The big island has alot of things to do as well. I believe it has the only active volcano you can hike to. Honestly, its a little more "desolate" looking of an island because there are lava rocks everywhere, so if your looking for a "lush" island, this wouldn’t be it! Kauai, on the other hand, is very lush! Its definitely a more laid back island. Some say there is less to do here, but its very popular with honeymooners. 

I haven’t been to Maui, Molokai or Lanai. (sp?). I hear Maui is beautiful and great for honeymooners as well. The other two are pretty under-developed as far as resorts, resturants and actvities go. 

But its Hawaii and any island would = a great vacation 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee

July is a great time for Hawaii!  I’ve been to Hawaii a few times, and this is my take on the islands I’ve been to.

Oahu – Most direct flights from the mainland to here.  I love Oahu because I’m a city girl but a lot of people dislike it because they feel like it’s too commercial. The highlights here are Hanauma Bay, Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbor, and of course Waikiki (which is a bit crowded for beachbumming).

Big Island – Volcanoes are the main attraction here!  Big Island is a lot more laidback and less touristy than Oahu.  It’s not as lush and green as most of the other islands but it’s wide and spreadout with lots of unique attractions.  The highlights include black sand beaches, volcanoes, and beautiful valleys on the north end (We toured them by ATV, you can also do this by horseback.  Definitely check out the valleys, very beautiful!). 

Maui – Lots of lush greens, waterfalls, and romantic beaches.  I’ve spent the least amount of time on Maui so I don’t have a ton of tips for you but I’ve heard the snorkeling is great here!  

We ended up at Oahu and Big Island for our honeymoon. It was a good balance for the urban-ness that I crave and the desire to see something unique and beautiful.

Post # 6
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve been to Maui several times and the man has been going every year of his life since he was little.  It’s a matter of preference but I do not suggest going to Oahu at all…it’s dirty, congested, and just not what you would invision for the "island" experience. 

Maui is where we got my ring and where we got engaged so it’s a very special place to us.  It just has the laid back feel to it, you aren’t in a rush, the island is just beautiful.  If you chose Maui pm me and I will give you a list of places to go eat that are AWESOME.  

 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I lived on Oahu most of my life and I agree with all the posts.  Most people from the mainland love Maui for some reason.  Maybe because it’s well taken care of and it’s kind of like the mainland (continental U.S.).  Maybe you could go there if your honeymoon is longer than a week because it’s bigger.  However, I’m partial to the beauty and romance of Kauai.  It is very lush and has a small town feel. There’s lots of eco activities and exploring there. Kauai has some nice canyons, waterfalls, a grotto.  Lots of mom and pop places.  Since I’ve been there 10 times—i love Kauai—  me and the FI chose to go some place we’ve never been, Lanai.  Lanai doesn’t have much–I heard it’s all about the resort and staying on property, but this is our mini-moon so we basically want to stay in our hotel room to ‘consummate!’  The big island is cool if you like volcanoes…but then it’s kinda long hike. You might like the black sand beaches. It’s nice. Again..Kauai is the most romantic, chill island.  The people there are super nice. 🙂

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