Post # 1
Last weekend we decided to book our honeymoon to Hawaii. We had been contemplating doing a round the world trip or just honeymooning in Thailand but did a complete turnaround and promptly decided on Hawaii. I’m so excited I can’t wait! We’ll be island hopping between Maui, the Big Island and Honolulu. What kind of things do you Bees recommend we do? We definitely want a mix of relaxing but also getting around and doing things.
It’s all happening now! Less than 9 months to go till the wedding and the honeymoon! I thought it would NEVER come!
Post # 2
Were going to Oahu THREE weeks from today…but who’s counting lol this is our second time here. Our first time we went to diamond head, hanauma bay, and pearl harbor. This time we are renting a jeep and going all around! We have a couple of hikes planned, going shark cage diving, and doing a helicopter tour. we were going to go to the big island but decided to save that for another time. If the helicopter ride might be something you’re interested in I would do it on the big island so you could see a volcano, but that’s jist what we wanted to do so it’s personal preference!
Post # 3
We went to Maui for our honeymoon! We stayed a napili Kai beach resort for half the time and rented a private house for the other have. I recommend doing the road to Hana, it’s so beautiful!!
Post # 4
ksn1219: LOL, lucky you, only three weeks! I’m willing the time to fly by so we can go, haha. I think the helicopter ride is something we’d both love to do. I also saw that you can do night views of the lava and magma flows.
dancingfox: I’ve heard about the Road to Hana. I think we may just have to do it! I think we’ll be staying at the Hyatt Regency Maui but if something else looks better then we’ll go for it.
Post # 5
itsmeetam: Check out the forums on http://www.tripadvisor.com On Maui, do the road to Hana, see the sunrise at Mt Haleakala and ride bikes down.
Post # 6
we honeymooned in maui and also stayed at the hyatt regency! it is such a beautiful resort and their luau is really cool!
definitely do the road to hana! it’s a bit of a stressful drive with all the narrow, windy roads, but it’s so pretty! and there’s a botanical garden along the way called the garden of eden that is beautiful too!
you should also try to visit haleakala national park and check out the sunrise or sunset (i hear there’s not much difference between the two). we went for the sunset and it was gorgeous! the altitude is pretty high (over 10,000 feet), so if you’re sensitive to high altitudes you might want proceed with caution. my stomach was killing me the entire time we were up there, so it was hard for me to really enjoy it. and it’s also very cold, so take jackets, blankets, coffee/hot chocolate, whatever. between my stomach ache and the cold/windy/rainy weather, all i really wanted to do was lay down in the car, but i tried to make the most of it. thankfully, i started feeling better once we started going back down the mountain.
Post # 7
julies1949: Thanks for that 🙂 Riding bikes down the mountain sounds so awesome!
lilchicana: Oh I’m glad you found the Hyatt Regency to be a good resort. It’s so hard to decide where to stay and what’s going to be nice for a honeymoon, you know? Everyone has said the Road to Hana is a must so it will definitely be on the cards. Thank you for the heads up on the temperature/weather up there 🙂
Post # 8
Has anyone done the Mauna Kea summit tour? We’re thinking this is something we’d definitely like to do.
Post # 9
I’ve been to the Big Island twice…it is our favorite because we really love to hike and do water sports and there is so much of that to do there. We were last there in the winter and did Mauna Kea. My Darling Husband is really into physics and space so he loved seeing the big telescopes. It was the prettiest sunset I have ever seen. The other thing you must do is the manta ray snorkel. Having a hundred giant manta rays do flips around you and come so close they brush past your belly is awesome.
Post # 10
itsmeetam: My husband and I actually just did a Mauna Kea summit tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail over the 4th of July weekend and I would definitely recommend it. Normally I’m all for DIYing stuff like this and skipping organized tours, but the fact that actually driving up to the summit (not the visitor’s center) voids your car rental agreement and that the unpaved portion of the road is super bumpy made me nervous. We did drive ourselves to the top of Haleakala back in May and I will say I was much happier knowing I wouldn’t have to drive up another mountain, haha, although Haleakala was a breeze to navigate. (Heights and driving for me do not mix!)
But besides the not driving yourself part, I really liked hearing more info on Mauna Kea and Hawaiian culture/history from our tour guide Nate and I loved when he broke out our own personal telescope to stargaze with after the sunset. The lines were very, very long at the visitor’s center so I’m glad we didn’t have to compete when it came to the stargazing. Nate was also very knowledgeable about what we were looking at, and as someone with a very rudimentary understanding of astronomy it was quite fascinating. It was definitely one of the highlights of our quick trip!
Post # 11
I just came back from Waikiki a couple of weeks ago. Some of my highlights were going on the Maita’i Catamaran at sunset (basically a booze cruise. Lots of fun!), renting a car for a day and driving around the island (we ended up finding some sea turtles!), going to the Paradise Cove Luau, and the zoo. The zoo there is AMAZING!
Post # 12
namarie: That’s a beautiful picture. Thank you and ERL501 for your feedback. We’re definitely going to do the tour up Mauna Kea. Thanks for that info on the benefits of the tour vs DIY’ing it in this case ERL501!
SunflowerGarden: Haha, booze cruise, lol. I think we’ll hire a car too and just drive around. Thanks guys!