Kuaui or Maui?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Where should we go?
    Kuaui : (19 votes)
    86 %
    Maui : (3 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5681 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    If you’re outdoorsy I’d do Kauai, we went hiking, did a helicopter tour and did a dune buggy thing there. Maui was a lot more lounging around and eating.

    Post # 4
    Member
    295 posts
    Helper bee

    From what I remember, Kuaui was more rainforesty and lush, and Maui was more mountainous and dry. Both had beautiful beaches but if i wanted to do some hiking I would pick Kuaui. If you get a chance to drive around, the fruit stands along the highways had a type of passion fruit I’ve never seen anywhere else and have been dreaming about for fifteen years. They were orange and soft and you bit into them and sucked the inside out. Heavenly. Try one if you get a chance.

    Post # 5
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    490 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    DH and I honeymooned there this past Sep-Oct. All the islands are very different, but if you are looking for something outdoorsy then I would say go for Kauai. We did a kayaking and hiking trails. There are so many outdoorsy/advetture type things you can do there (helicopter rides, sunset sails, kayaking, trails, etc)

    As others have said, its very lush and beautiful. If you drive up the north coast you can definitely go to some beaches up there (we stopped at a few one day when we just decided to do a drive up as far north as we could), we were on the southeast end of the island at the Grand Hyatt. 

    However, if you guys are looking for adventure/outdoorsy stuff…I think Big Island is probably the way to go from what I have heard!

     

    Post # 6
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    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @FutureMrsAJG:  +1! Oh God- you just brought me back with the passion fruit stand! OP- Try TEN if you get the chance!!

    Maui is a little too touristy for my taste. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t turn down a trip by any means! Hana is one of my top 3 spots in the world. 🙂 But, if I had a choice- Kauai! 

    Post # 7
    Member
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Yes if you are outdoorsy Kauai 100%. You can still go to the beach, but they have the best hikes and outdoor activities between the two.

    Post # 9
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    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @hearts348:  I see you’ve decided, but I agree. We’ve been both places, and while I would choose Maui now (with a child), I would definitely do Kuaui again for just the two of us, especially if you’re outdoorsy!

    Post # 10
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    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @hearts348:  Just to add, we did an entire week in Kauai last year so you may not be up for doing this but we kayaked the Na’ Pali coast. It was freaking fabulous. It was a whole day trip though, and although we had a really easy day winds and current wise, it was not so easy for some people. It’s definitely something you want to do only if you are adventurous and in decently good shape. I’m pretty sure my MIL had the WORST day of her life that day.

    There are of course other way’s to see it but that was a once in a lifetime for sure.

    Post # 11
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    1625 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @hearts348:  I’ve lived on Oahu, Kauai, and the big island.. Kauai is my favorite and the most beautiful by far! Maui is definitely more touristy-leaning. Kauai is the perfect mix of everything, and like everyone said very lush! Great beaches, nice hiking. The big island is great for hiking as well, especially if you are interested in the lava fields!

    Post # 13
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    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    My FBIL went to Kuai, Maui and Hawaii for their honeymoon.  They were expecting to love Kuai the most but they said they were it was disappointed.  Apparently Kuaui is a good for lots of activites but they just didn’t like it.  They liked Hawaii best

    Post # 14
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    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    For lots of great hiking and outdoorsy stuff…KAUAI!! It is so relaxing and beautiful everywhere. Go kayaking down Wailua or the Na pali coast and go to Ke’e beach. 🙂

    OH! and get Malasadas from the little lady in front of Kmart in Lihue. We ate so many of those damn things.

     

    Post # 15
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    1158 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @hearts348:  I prefer Kauai as well. Seemed more “untouched” and lush as others have said. But it’s very easy to island hop and spend time on more than one island!

    Post # 16
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    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Good choice on Kuaui! I’ve been to both and would certainly pick Kuaui to go back to if I had the choice. Have fun!

     

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