Post # 1
Hello Bees! I am trying to make the tough decision of which island/islands to visit for my Hawaiian honeymoon. I’ve narrowed it down to Kauai and Maui. I would love to visit both, but I am concerned that with the day of traveling between the islands we will not have enough time on each island to fully enjoy it. We only have 7-8 days for the trip.
I would like to spend the first part of our trip relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery and from what I’ve read Kauai seems to be the best place for that.
However, I also enjoy shopping at other touristy activities adn don’t want to be secluded for the whole trip. It seems like Maui would be a better place for that than Kauai. I’d also love to see an active volcano and it doesn’t look like there is one on Kauai, but Maui has one.
Some activities I am interested in for the trip: Beaches, hiking, ziplining, waterfalls, shopping, dining, boating, snorkling, tubing, volcanoes.
We’d like to experience as much of Hawaii as we can on this trip because there is a good chance this will be our only time there. My main concern is the amount of time it will take to switch islands. It is only an hour flight but checking in and out of the hotels and airports will eat up a lot of the day, and with only 7-8 days for the trip that is a big deal.
Please help me decide!
Post # 3
I absolutely vote for Kauai! It is the least industrial of the islands and is perfect for relaxing. I love to shop as well and I had a great time shopping in Kauai! They had mainly small local stores, so the items you find are more unique.
Kauai doesn’t have an active volcano, but they do have the Napali Coast which is a must see! Also, you can take a helicopter tour of the island and actually go into the dormant volcano crater. It is pretty amazing! Most of the time we did not have a schedule for the day, the only time we did was when we were doing big activites like a boat ride and helicopter ride.
Also, I personally wouldn’t try and do both islands in that amount of time. I was on Kauai for 12 days, and I still feel like it wasn’t enough time!
Post # 4
Kauai is really peaceful and beautiful. We went for our 10th and spent a week there. We did got to Maui for a day trip – you can fly over in the morning, rent a car and see the sights, then hop on a plane later that night. It was perfect!
Post # 5
It sounds like Kauai is the way to go. I hadn’t considered doing a day trip but that sounds like the perfect solution to the time wasted checking in and out of hotels. Thanks Bees!
Post # 6
Just so you know for your planning, Maui does not have an active volcano either. Haleakala is the volcano on Maui and is BEAUTIFUL but it is not active. The Big Island is the place to go to see active. Have so much fun!
Post # 7
@MrsLoebbs: Ok good to know! Thank you!
Post # 8
(I’ll preface this by saying i didn’t read every single response, but did read your question – sorry, pressed for time).
I’ve spent a lot of time on Kauai. It is GORGEOUS! 7 days isn’t enough, and I think you’d be sad to leave it after just a few to go to Mauai! On our most recent trip we were there for 2 weeks, and thought about island hopping, but in the end (for us) it was more relaxing to stay on Kauai, and we never ran out of things to do… On your list, the only things Kauai wouldn’t be great for are shopping (not that there isn’t ANY shopping, but it’s not great. I’m guessing it’s not world-class on Maui either…) and volcanoes. The hiking is some of the best in the world!
Good luck, have fun, you can’t lose either way!
Post # 9
If you want to experience as much as possible, you could do both. It really depends on your travel style. I did 3 islands in a 10 day trip once, and 2 islands on another 10 day trip. The first trip was planned out to make sure everything fit, and the second had more down time. Kauai is a very small island and you can going around the whole thing in a day with stops along the sites and then spend another day in Waimea Canyon. We spent 3 nights there, and while we could have stayed longer, I felt like we got around to a lot of it and had a good experience. Pick up the “Revealed series”. There is a tip in there on a short hike/walk down to Wailua Falls, that has been closed, but still doable (at least as of 2009 when I went) that gets you to the bottom of the falls that was one of our highlights of Kauai. I wasn’t as crazy about Maui, but Haleakela was nice. If I had to pick just one, I’d go with Kauai.
Post # 10
My suggestion is to visit both Kauai and Maui. I island hopped in 2010, Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. I would completely skip Oahu if I ever go again. You’ll need to rent a car on both islands as there is much to do and see. You won’t want to worry about finding transportation or relying on anyone.
Kauai is absolutely breathtaking! It is full of lush, green, tropical candor. It was so serene and tranquil I never wanted to leave. There are waterfalls galore, caves, a lighthouse, and my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE, the Na Pali Coast. We took helicopter ride over the Na Pali Coast and it was something I will never forget. If you go to Kauai please put this on your “MUST DO” list. If you haven’t heard of it just type it into Google and you’ll understand. You also should visit the Hanalei Valley Overlook. It is so beautiful it looks like it could be fake.
If you go to Maui you have to rent a car and drive to Hana. It is an extremely long drive because you are literally driving along cliffs. In some spots you can only go 5 mph. That’s why it takes so long. There is a fabulous black sand beach that you could visit. We didn’t visit the volcano but I wish we would have. There are a lot of scenic overlooks that you can pull over to take pictures at along the way and tons of waterfalls. In Maui, you should also take a Whale Watching tour. Humpback whales migrate to Hawaii. We took a tour and saw numerous whales. They were very active and it made for incredible pictures.
My advice is, if you have never been to Hawaii before, go to both islands so you get the full experience. I would be happy to share more information or pictures with you if you’d like, just PM me.
I hope this helped 🙂
Post # 11
I’m just partial to Kauai, LOL.
Post # 12
@ferdie224: Thanks for the advice. Very good to know you didn’t run out of things to do in 2 weeks! I’m thinking that we’ll stay on Kauai for the whole week and maybe do a day trip to the Big Island to see the volcano.
@pinkshoes: Thanks for your response! It seems possibly to do 2 islands in 7 days, but considering this will be our honeymoon I think we’ll need more downtime than a normal vacation. I will definitely pick up the Revealed book, I’ve heard many good things about it.
@smrlovingrl: Very helpful, thanks! I cannot wait to see the Napali Coast! I’m thinking we’ll have to see it by air, boat, and foot to get the full experience.
@sharkchomp: I am starting to see why it’s your favorite. I’m scared we’ll never want to leave!
Post # 13
@Skandyg: I’ve found the revealed books are really good for what to see and stay; not as much for the food (depending). The TripAdvisor forums are much more helpful with that and the folks are friendly
It’s definitely a place I see as more homey & somewhere we’d like to return multiple times in the future (which, we never do for anywhere else!) I think Kauai and Big Island would be 2 great ones to check out!
@smrlovingrl: YES, the helicopter ride was amazing!!! Totally worth the splurge.