(Closed) Must Do Things in Hawaii

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Hostess
13662 posts
Honey Beekeeper

For Maui, I’d definitely recommend the Old Lahaina Luau and snorkeling off Ka’anapali beach near the Black Rock Cliff. Rent snorkel gear in Lahaina (we got two sets for five days for only $30). We saw sting rays, an octopus, and several turtles all right off our beach in Ka’anapali. Definitely wasn’t necessary to pay $100+ per person to take a snorkeling excursion.

And if you have time, I’d recommend a dinner cruise – we took one on the Teralani II, and it included dinner, an open bar, and an amazing view of the Maui sunset! 🙂

Have a wonderful time!!!

Post # 4
Member
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We did Oahu and Maui for our honeymoon…I’m busy at work right now but hopefully I remember to come back and tell you everything we did!!! Definitely don’t be afraid to spend money, food etc is expensive there but it’s soooo worth it. You don’t want to regret not springing for the steak if that’s what you want, you only get one honeymoon! hehe

Post # 5
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9072 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Gemstone:  +1 We did the Old Lahaina Luau and it was great.  Since we stayed at Ka’anapali beach we also snorkeled at Black Rock and it was awesome!!  We saw turtles, eels, and plenty of fish right there off the beach out around the rock.  All we had to do was rent the equipment.  Some people stuck close to the shore out there but they were missing out on the great stuff a little farther out. 

We did a sunset cruise (drinks included, no dinner) and it was very nice to see the island from out on the water.  Road to Hana was my favorite part and that should take the entire day.  I also did some surf lessons and I had a blast.

Post # 6
Hostess
13662 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@kes18:  Couldn’t agree with you more! We swam pretty far out when we were snorkeling by Black Rock, too. We got to see a turtle swimming in from the deep, and we had him to ourselves for a little bit because there was no one else swimming out by where we were!

Post # 7
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586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

If you like Scuba diving, I highly reccommend checking out Kaimana Divers in O’ahu!

It’s also fun to drive around the island- you can make as many or as few stops as you’d like. Some I’d reccommend checking out:

    – macadamia nut farm– there is one I’ve visited that we really liked: Tropical Farms(49-227 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI) http://www.macnutfarm.com/

    – Haleiwa a really cute surfer town

    – There are too many beautiful beaches to name individually

Another great spot is Tantalus-Round Top Road– you can get a great view of waikiki and Honolulu from there!

Post # 8
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822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Is it your first time?  I recommend doing the tourist-y things the first time (luaus, dinner cruises, snorkeling, and most tourist traps).  They’re sort of cheesy fun.  I’ve done them and they’re cool the first time but is expensive for repeat visits. I would rather spend my days on the amazing beaches.  They’re gorgeous and free.  But other activities I’ve enjoyed included hiking up Diamond Head, eating at a shrimp truck in North Shore, Dole plantation tour (it’s a little cheesy but the Dole whips (pineapple soft serve) are pretty cool), and Pearl Harbor. 

Food is a little more expensive.  If you stay in the resort areas a lot of food is presented on buffets where you go through once and then the buffet is immediately cleared away.  If you go outside the tourist areas and eat at local spots, you’ll find that portions are pretty small.  It’s even more expensive if the items are from the mainland.  Fresh fruit is plentiful so eat tons of it.

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