Post # 1
My fiance and I plan to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon. Many have recommended Maui. Has anyone vacationed or had a honeymoon in Hawaii? If so, any recommendations or suggestions of where to stay?
I’m trying to find an all-inclusive resort. We are not paying for our honeymoon, and since it’s a gift from another family member, I don’t want to go overboard. However, I still want to stay somewhere nice where we can enjoy not only our first time in Hawaii but our honeymoon!
Post # 3
Hawaii doesn’t have any all inclusive resorts. There’s one that offers a meal plan, but it’s not on Maui. Because so many things have to be imported, you’ll find that meals and drinks are much more expensive than what you’re used to paying.
If you want something similar, but want all inclusive, try St Lucia.
Post # 4
I live on Maui and no, there aren’t any all inclusives, however, I can recommend the Hyatt Regency (In Ka’anapali). It’s got a great pool, and is right on the boardwalk that connects all the hotels/restaurants, Whaler’s Village (food, restaurants, kiosks), and some decent snorkeling/sunning beaches. You could of course, also stay at the Ritz Carlton but it’s a little more isolated (which you might want?)
On the other side of the island (about 45 min away), I would recommend the Grand Wailea (also because it has a fantastic pool, but it also has decent food). The beach that it is on is good for snorkeling / sea turtle sightings too. Extra plus: They have the Spa Grande which is by far one of the BEST spas I’ve ever been to. Next to it is the 4 Seasons, which is…well, the 4 seasons.
Do a quick look on those two websites for some pics. Regardless of where you stay, rent a car because you’ll definitely want to drive around. MUST DO’s: La Perouse (South side) for hiking/snorkeling, secluded rocky beaches, Lahaina/West Side/Napili, and of course the North side of the island (watch surfers/windsurfers/kiters at Ho’okipa, grab some food do some shopping in Paia) and if time, drive Hana Highway for AWESOME jungle/rainforest stuff with waterfalls along the way
Post # 5
My FI and I went to Hawaii for a vacation (where he proposed) last September and we rented a beach cottage in Haleiwa on Oahu. It was great, the beach was empty all day long except for us and some people who lived near by.
But it sounds like you’re looking for more of the resort touristy experience. Which wasn’t at all what we did. We did go horse back riding and went ocean kyaking though.
There is Turtle Bay resort on the North Shore of Oahu. My FI went and visited it and had dinner there one night. It is beautiful.
Post # 6
Thank you so much for the suggestions! I’m really looking forward to Hawaii!!! =)
Post # 7
We’re going to Hawaii for our honeymoon too…We’re doing the Big Island, Kauai, and Maui…For Maui we are staying at the Four Seasons…I’ve never been but have heard really great things!
Post # 8
We honeymooned in Hawaii at The Outrigger on Waikiki Beach, in Oahu. And we absolutely loved it!! We were right on the beach and close to everything!! We walked to the zoo and aquarium one day and then to Diamondhead another day. We did the usual tours of Pearl Harbor and a Luau!! Our hotel came with free breakfast everyday and they weren’t skimpy on their breakfast either. I had a plate full of pancakes one day and french toast the next with pineapple of course!!!! We never ate lunch because breakfast was so filling!!! For the two of us it cost around $4000 for our flight and hotel and transfers, and I don’t think we spent much more than $500 while we were there!!! Good luck on your search!!
Post # 9
Last vacay to HI, we rented a vacation rental in Oahu. It was great. Beautiful beach front view, full kitchen and kitchen.
What are you looking for? A resort or vacation rental? pix are from my last vacay.
Post # 10
We’re going to Maui!
@Okole Maluna: What great suggestions! Thanks for sharing.
Post # 11
I just posted this on someone elses thread, but it fits here too!
Ive been to Oahu in 2005, that is where Diamond Head is, it was great, but I liked Maui and Kauai so much better!
We just went to Kauai and Maui for our honeymoon. We just got back on Friday actually. We did 5 days in Kauai and 4 days in Maui, we also took a boat tour to snorkel on Lanai. It was awesome!! My husbands mom is a travel agent and booked the hotels and flights. It was prefect!
When we got to Kauai we worked with the concierge to book our helicopter tour (Blue Hawaiian, Kaui -they have them on Maui too), snorkeling boat trip (Trilogy Boat Tour, Maui)(which we saw TONS of dolphins!), our Maui Mountain Rider tour, which took us up to the top of Mt Haleakala where we saw the sunrise over the clouds at 10,000 FT then rode bikes down (basically coasted cause you are so high up, we didn’t petal once!). There are trips that you can take to go over to the Big Island that you can see volcanoes and at night you can see lava going into the ocean.
Whale season is Dec-April, so you would have to go between those months. The next time we go back to Hawaii, we are going during the winter so we can see the whales. The people who ran the Trilogy boat tour said the whales come really close to their boat too.
Ive been snorkeling a few times in Hawaii, Ive seen fish, piranhas and sea turtles.
Let me know if you want any other info.
Oh, I just posted something about these books, but they help so much, they are called Maui Revealed by Andrew Doughty and The Ultimate Guide Book to Kauai. We read them on the way to Hawaii and highlighted everything we wanted to do. They were great. Check out my posting about it!