Post # 1
Hi Bees! My FI and I have been gifted his cousin’s Marriott timeshare in Hawaii for our honeymoon! There are three locations to choose from. Maui, Kauai and Oahu. Neither of us have ever been to Hawaii so we have no idea where to go! Anybody out there have a suggestion?
We mainly just want to relax and enjoy ourselves but aren’t against going on an excursion or two. I hear that whale watching in Maui is fun and the FI LOVES marine life so that would be fun. Or maybe snorkeling. I have heard Kauai is really laid back. I really have not heard anything about Oahu though. We will be going in mid November. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
We went to Oahu (Honolulu/Waikiki area) and Maui. Maui was super-relaxing and honeymoon-like, whereas Honolulu was much more hectic…we just felt instanty relaxed when we got to Maui. We also did an awesome snorkel tour of the crater (forget the name) and Turtle Town.
Post # 4
Depending on what you want to do on your honeymoon. Oahu is CRAZY busy. Maui is medium busy and Kauai is so calm and realxing, not busy at all. We love Kauai the best. There is a lot of cool place to hike and run and bike which we’re very much into. There are more touristy things to do on Maui though. We love Maui as well, it’s just bigger and busier. We’ve had some amazing snorkeling days on both Islands. Also we did a helicopter tour of both places as well. Whatever place you choose head to Costco when you get in and stock up on water and snacks. We do this everytime and it’s super helpful since food is SO expensive on all the Islands.
Post # 5
Oooo lucky you. Hawaii is amazing. I went in October for my honeymoon (same time as you) and it was amazing. You are going to love it!
We stayed at 2 Marriotts:
Maui Ocean Club in Lahaina: This hotel was awesome! It’s very large but spread out nicely with a few pools and the beach nearby. I found to crowd to be mostly older retired folks and other honeymooners. There are tons of restaurants to walk around to and the beach is right there. All the rooms just went through a renovation. It’s next to Black Rock, which is a very popular snorkeling spot and every night they line the rock with torches and people jump off. Lots to do in Maui. Haleakala had a spectacular sunrise. Hubby did scuba, we drove to really neat beaches. Big Beach was my fave. You can take snorkel cruises to Molokini..I could keep going.
Kauai Marriott Beach Club in Lihue: Coming from the other Marriott, I did prefer it more. The beach in front of this hotel (Kalapaki), wasn’t beautiful Hawaii water like the others, it was murky and next to a cruiseport that would drop off visitors to the area for the day. The hotel was more dated too. The room could of used updating. The pool was awesome though, very large and they had so many hot tubs all over. The crowd at this hotel was honeymooners and timeshare owners, a lot more kids then Maui. There are a few restaurants to walk to but Lahaina was more upscale I should say. If I went back to Kauai, I would stay in Princeville or Poipu. We did an ATV tour and catamaran ride of the Napali Coast.
I haven’t been to Oahu but had heard its the busiest and most touristy. We flew over it on the inter-island plane and it stood out from the others with its tall buildings.
Why not do 2 islands? We flew Island Air and they were 45 minutes apart. A RT flight was like $100 each. Total we stayed 10 days, 9 nights, 5 in Maui, 4 in Kauai. We are from Boston and it was almost 12 hours flying, so we figured 2 islands is great since we’ve come from so far.
I have a whole list of places we went and things to do in M and K. PM me for it or any advice 🙂
Post # 6
If you don’t have your heart set on seeing Pearl Harbor (which is amazing, such a moving experience), I would skip Oahu all together. As PP mentioned, it is very busy and not relaxing in the slightest bit. Maui & Kauai are great though, classic Hawaii. I highly recommend the “Revealed” series about which ever island you end up choosing. It is full of great tips on where to snorkel, places to eat, and things to do that are off the beaten path a bit and less touristy.
If you do Maui, go to snorkel the Molokini crater. It is beautiful. On Kauai, try to take a catamaran tour of the Na’apali Coast. It has some of the most amazing coastline you’ve ever seen. You can also go ziplining and do a canoe/kayak paddle through the rainforst on Kauai.
I’ve been to Hawaii about 5 times and my favorite islands are Maui & Kauai. We are going to both on our honeymoon in a couple weeks (yay!).
Now, if you do want to see Pearl Harbor and are staying long enough, you can do an inter~island flight and hop over to Oahu for the day. I think it’s about $75 a ticket. I took my FI to Hawaii for the first time last April and we did Oahu for 2 nights basically so he could see Pearl Harbor. I had also wanted to go again since the renovation of the vistor’s center was completed since I’d last been.
I’m totally partial to the Hyatt Regency on any of the islands but especially Maui and Kauai. The grounds are amazing and there are so many cool animals and birds…it’s almost like a zoo. And the spas, oh the spas. Love them!
Post # 7
Thank you so much ladies!!! I can definitely say it is between Maui and Kauai. Although, I wouldn’t mind going to see Pearl Harbor. I know whichever we choose, we will definitiely be renting a jeep as I heard that’s the way to go while staying there.
The FI and I were looking at pictures of both last and he said there was no way he was ziplining! lol He thought Molokini was really cool though. We will only be there a total of 7 days, 6 nights so I am not sure if we can do both locations but it may be something to consider and look into to.
Thanks again!!!!!! And of course, if anyone else wants to add to this thread that would be great 🙂
Post # 8
I grew up on Kauai, so I am partial to it – but I do this its more romantic that Maui.
Let me know if you choose Kauai!