Honeymoon in Hawai'i – Can you tell me about Kauai?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Gorgeous and Perfect come to mind first 🙂 The island is perfect for honeymooners as it is less touristy. There is so much to do (snorkeling, hiking, diving, etc) and plenty of beaches to just relax on. There are great top notch restaurants and also great beach shack type places to grab a burger or shave ice. I also recomend the helicopter tour if you have it in your budget. My family rented a condo for a week and went to the Costco in Lihue to grab food for the week. I have been to the Big Island and Maui before but I didn’t like them as much as Kauai. Go. You won’t regret it! 

Post # 4
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have been to several Hawaiian islands and Kauai is a favorite! Kauai is nice a quite and very laid back. My favorite island is Maui and that is where I will be getting married and spending my honeymoon next year. I like Maui most because I think it has a nice balance of being laid back and quiet but not too quiet.  

If you want to cook for yourself and be a bit more on your own I would definitely look into rending a condo. There are tons of online resources, I would recommend maybe looking at tripadvisor and their forums for specific ideas about where to stay. I second the helicopter tour if you can. It is a beautiful island!

Post # 6
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014


For rentals I have had sucess in the past with VRBO. But there are also some indipendend agences on the islands who can help. Again tripadvisor has been helpful for me with this kind of stuff in the past. 

Post # 8
36 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

@CakeyP:  Date twin! We were also thinking about going to Kauai for our honeymoon but the flights to Hawaii are pretty expensive from Philadelphia. But just so my research doesn’t go to waste, we had looked at staying at the Poipu Plantation B&B in Poipu Beach. There is the main building with a few rooms to stay at the B&B part, but then there are also condos in the back, and they are really reasonably priced! It’s really close to the beach too. There is also a Hawaii Revealed – Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, which is really helpful for planning things to do there. Hope this helps!

Post # 9
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The book @KCanderson mentioned above is an EXCELLENT source.  We used it for EVERYTHING when we were in Kauai in 2011!


PROPERTIES:  Definitely check out VRBO as @scubagal mentioned.  We found a property in Princeville via other means but soon realized after we got there that it was also listed on VRBO.

WHERE TO STAY: If I had to do it all over again, I’d try to stay in either Hanalei or Poipu.  Both have great beaches and scenic hiking trails.

FOOD TIPS: I live in a landlocked state, so I shamelessly took advantage of the awesome fresh fish and seafood!  I loved fish burgers (Kalapaki Beach Hut – be sure to get their taro fries; The Fish Hut in Kapaa – finish the meal with their shaved ice). Tip Top Cafe in Lihue was a great local joint for breakfast… anyway, you’ll find these all in the guide book mentioned above.  And don’t leave Hawaii without trying HULA PIE – I actually liked the one at Keoki’s better than at Duke’s.

I’d go back to Kauai in a heartbeat!

Post # 10
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Kauai is absolutely gorgeous and a very lovely place for a honeymoon.

PLEASE don’t use the guidebook mentioned above. The “Revealed” series look pretty with lots of photos and maps, but they are filled with incorrect information and are VERY disrespectful of the Hawaiian culture. The authors make up silly nicknames for sacred places, and also urge you to go places that are on private property and tell you it’s OK to do things which are very much not OK.

I realize it’s difficult for many visitors to understand the damage these books have caused here in Hawaii. They have led to several deaths (by telling people to go to some very unsafe places) and have been the subject of countless community meetings as our communities struggle with you to deal with all the problems they have caused.

Try Lonely Planet or really, any other guidebook but that one. When we see tourists walking around waving those Revealed guidebooks, we tend to write them off as clueless. Not that they necessarily are! – but do yourself a favor and don’t get categorized with the truly clueless bunch.

I second many posters’ recommendations about using TripAdvsior as a valuable resource. People are so helpful on those forums! VRBO is also a good resource, and there are some good finds on Air B&B – you just have to be a little discerning.

The north shore area – from Hanalei to Haena – is breathtaking and very high on the romance scale. There are vacation rentals, condos and B&Bs in all price ranges. Here’s one example from VRBO that has wonderful reviews:


Congratulations, and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful trip!


Post # 11
746 posts
Busy bee

We just returned from a week in Kauai seeing different areas and resorts in order to understand the differences. There are many places to choose from. It really comes down to your specific wish list. Not only does each Hawaiian island have its own personality, but each area on every island has distinctions, too. Always make sure you work with someone who has the personal experience to explain the differences. And, as a PP said, someone who appreciates the culture and works with local reps in order to ensure that they are not being exploitative in order to make a quick buck is a great approach!

Post # 12
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I adore Kuaui:  we try to return every few years during Jan-feb when there are whales everywhere.  It’s the least developed of the islands and my idea of heaven.

Another food rec:  the Camphouse Grill for breakfast !  I dream of their surfer sandwich.

Post # 13
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@CakeyP:  We have heard that if you rent a uhaul pick up truck it is cheaper than renting a car. Also if your into some adventure I would check out the back country tours they offer both zipline and tubing experiences. Then if you want some hawaiian culture you can go to the island luau. We priced for our own honeymoon that in order to do all three of those activities we would need about $550. Other than that you have tons of hikes to try and lots of beach to soak up sun! 

Post # 14
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

My family spends a lot of time in Hawaii because it’s my grandma’s favorite place in the world.  Each island offers a slightly different dynamic.  Kauai is my favorite and, IMO, the best place to honeymoon.

There is a law on Kauai that forbids the building of anything taller than 4 (maybe 5) stories.  The result of this is that NOWHERE on the entire island has a bad view.

Kauai is the quietest, calmest island. For this reason, I think it’s the best honeymoon island.  It also has the Ne Pali coastline, which is (again, my opinion) the most beautiful coastline in the entire world, viewable only by boat, helicopter or some seriously hardcore hiking (this is where that helicopter tour surprise could come in!). 

I would highly recommend a snorkle tour of that coast, but I’ve never done a helicoptor tour.  Make sure that your boat leaves from Hanalei. Boats that leave from harbors in the south part of the island only get a little bit of the Ne Pali coast, but they still market themselves as Ne Pali tours.  Ones that leave from Hanalei (in the north) see nearly the whole thing.  Then, the boat will stop somewhere, you cam get out and snorkle if you like, or stay and stare at the view.  

There’s also great snorkle tours that go to Niihau, The Forbidden Island.  It’s a bird sanctuary, so you can’t walk there, but the snorkeling is phenomenal. 

And lastly: Puka dogs! They’re basically a really tasty tourist trap.  They’re polish dogs with a Hawaiian spin (pineapple relish and stuff like that), and they are so worth it.

The only downside to Kauai is that it rains.  A lot, more than the other islands. About an hour every day.  But it’s a very warm rain, and we’ve found that it rarely pours.  And as far as I can tell it usually happens at night.

Message me if you’d like more info, or anything about the other islands!

Post # 15
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@CakeyP:  Hello! Just returned from having our wedding in Kauai and of course, it was AMAZING. We prefer the North Shore but I know a lot of “first timers” like the South Shore because it’s more dry and sunny. It probably depends on what kind of travelers you two are — more adventurous or resort types?

Absolutely you need to rent a car as things are pretty spread out — the North Shore is about 90 minutes from the South (in traffic). The best part about the island is just cruising around, even if it’s bad for the environment. I did see some motorized scooters for rent near Kapa’a. I’m not so sure about bicycles though. We received a killer car rental deal from Costco — I think it was $28/day for a SUV for 10 days, including taxes. You could probably get one for even cheaper, if you went down to a compact.

We have stayed in Kapa’a (east side) in a “condo-tel” (room at a resort owned by an individual that rents it out) at the Islander on the Beach and really liked it. They tend to stock the rooms with beach equipment, kitchenette equipment, and have a/c. In the off season, we’ve gotten a room for $70/night not including taxes. We liked the location our first time because it was central and we could explore both sides of the island without driving too far.

We also rented a big house with friends in Princeville and LOVED that and it cost about $120/night. For our “minimoon,” we stayed at the St. Regis but that was WAY over the top, although very lovely =) We booked our house through Home Away but have also used VRBO; both were very easy and great experiences. I think it’s especially important to read the reviews and choose places that have at least 1 review.

Food wise, depends on your price range. There is some really great food but it tends to be either pretty pricey or way more casual. I could write about 3 pages worth of food information here but I won’t bore you all! Once you narrow down a location, I could definitely give some opinions!

We did a helicopter tour our first time and it was seriously incredible; I will never forget the ride. It’s only 50 minutes and it’s PRICEY but we loved it. We did the semi-private with Mauna Loa with the doors off; because most people don’t go solo, it ended up just being the two of us plus the pilot. We did the Captain Andy’s Sunset Tour this time around and it was also beautiful but I greatly preferred the heli tour (waters were pretty rough going out, though I felt fine).

I wrote out an entire “welcome letter” for our guests, let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send it to you if you PM me your email. I do suggest Andrew Doughty’s “Ultimate Kauai Guidebook.” I understand locals have major issues with the book but I have to say we have seen some amazing beaches and sights because of it; we have been very conscious about respecting signs and being aware of potential hazards. We NEVER went on private property and only places that were heavily discussed elsewhere on the internet. Trip Advisor forums has also been an awesome resource.

But seriously, PM me if you want lots more info, I am more than happy to share!!!

Post # 16
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@AllyCRN:  We loved Puka Dogs our first time round but were sadly disappointed this time around =( The bread was kinda dry and they were stingy with the sauce. I hope it was just an off day!

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