Post # 1
My FI and I are planning a honeymoon in hawaii. We want to visit 2 islands but don’t even know where to start with narrowing it down since so many people have different opinions.
I love the beach, but he gets bored just sitting there, so we’ll need a combo of beach, siteseeing etc.
I am using liberty travel but wanted any suggestions from ‘real people’ as well.
we are planning to stay 10-14 days.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
IMO – I think you’ll get a good mix of site seeing and beaches on any island you choose.
I’ve been to Hawaii a couple of times, but only to the Big Island and Oahu. The Big Island has a lot of site seeing and some really great beaches, but they are spread around. I know other people that honeymooned in Maui and absolutely loved it – it has a great mix of beach and site seeing. Good luck!
Post # 4
We’re staying on the island of Ouahu (sp?) at the Aqua Palms and Resort. There’s supposed to be lots of stuff to do (I feel the same way as you, I didn’t want to just be sitting on a beach for a week.) It’s supposed to be one of the best!
Post # 5
My loverboy and I stayed at a timeshare in Waikiki last august and we had a blast. It was a bit commercial but the beach ROCKED.
My suggestions for an affordable easy vacation:
Climb Diamond Head in the Morning.
Go to North Beach and take a surfing class – we rented a car and it was fabulosa!
Friday night in Chinatown has great people watching. There is an open art gallery walk and the streets are packed with locals – lots of hipster vendors and rocker bars. Awesome Cuban restaurant with Mojitos (check yelp).
Snorkel at Hanauma Bay – super easy to get to and really really affordable (scuba snobs with put thumbs down – I live in Southern California and was blown away by the water here)
The Academy Art Museum has a fantastic art collection – seriously high quality with major American and European Art featured. John Singer Sargeant, Manet, etc etc.
If you need restaurant recommendations – check out yelp – very up to date and from a younger perspective than zagat.
Post # 6
I recommend Kauai it is the most beautiful
Post # 7
@JerzyLady: Only been to Oahu but I recommend it. There is so much to do – Pearl Harbor, flea market at the Aloha Bowl, lots of places to eat, lots of Beach, Swim with Sea Turtles at Hanauma Bay, climb to Diamond Head, the Pacific Rim Punchbowl cemetery – similar to Arlington (but a lot smaller), the Hawaiian government buildings, the Polynesian Cultural Center -which is a must. As a second choice I would say Maui, My parents hail it as their favorite US vacation spot and I hear it is absolutely gorgeous.
Post # 8
I agree that Kauai is the most beautiful, and it’s my favorite. It’s so green, you feel like you’re in paradise. I didn’t get that feeling in Maui nor Oahu. There’s a lot of sightseeing on that tiny island. I loved kayaking on the river then hiking to a secret waterfall. Also, Waimea Canyon’s beautiful.
However, Maui has one of the best luaus right on the sand. I can’t even count how many courses we had. Watch it at sunset; it’s breathtaking. I also like Hana in Maui (but NOT the road to Hana. I will NEVER do that again. I thought we were going to die, seriously.) Otherwise, I felt like I was in California. Lots of tourists, beaches were ok. Ocean kayaing was fun, but it was sad seeing turtles w/ hooks in their fins.
Oahu has a little bit of everything, which is nice, beaches, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, waterfalls, etc.
Post # 9
I’m not sure if you have already decided, but Kauai is awesome! There is not a lot of nightlife, but there is some. It’s beautiful here.. you can go zip-lining, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, surfing, do nothing and hang out on the beach! it’s very laid back here!
Post # 10
My recommendation is Maui!! We go there almost every year and actually got engaged there this year! I’ve been to all the islands and IMO Maui has the best of everything. Tropical paradise without being too remote. Oahu is too commercialized so I don’t think you get the true “hawaiian” experience. Kauai is very tropical, but a little sleepy. The Big Island isn’t very tropical because it is where the active volcanos(which is cool) but I don’t think it’s good for a whole week.
Maui has beautiful beaches, tons of things to do, great restaurants, but is still very tropical and just gorgeous!!!