Post # 1
I’m SO excited; I want to go now!! I’ve been there once before with my family but my fiance has never been. I’ve been researching and planning but I know you Bees are wonderful help so- Any suggestions or tips?
Post # 3
Yay!! I have never been to Hawaii but my coworker went for her honeymoon and loved it.
Here’s a honeymoon packing list you might find handy: http://wedding.theknot.com/honeymoons/honeymoon-planning/articles/master-honeymoon-packing-checklist.aspx?MsdVisit=1
Post # 4
@MrsLoebbs: I just got back from my honeymoon and we spent 5 days there. Amazing! We hiked the Sliding Sands trail on Haleakala which was really beautiful–kind of tough on the way back though! Many people leave their hotels at 3AM to watch the sunrise on that volcano, but we didn’t want to get up that early!
We snorkled in the Molokini crater with Kai Kanani Sailing Charters (they were really nice, and have a 6am start time so you’re not snorkeling with 500 other people)
We checked out the Iao Valley.
And basically just ate, hung out by the pool and the beach! It was a great relaxing time. There are a ton of good restaurants, we basically just used yelp and it didn’t steer us wrong! Da Kitchen was good. The dried noodles at Sam Sato’s were AMAZING. I still dream about them. *_*
The other big thing to do that we didn’t because we felt like being lazy was driving the road to Hana. I’ve heard it’s gorgeous but it’s a lot of winding roads and we were not feeling a day in the car.
You’re going to have a great time. Have fun!
Post # 5
Ahhhh! Where are you staying? We did our honeymoon in Maui and loved it!
I highly recommend this book:
I also highly recommend:
- The Old Lahaina Luau – most authentic luau on the island, and so worth the price! Food, drinks, show were all amazing!
- Lahaina as a town
- The Road to Hana
- Snorkeling — We actually snorkled right off our beach in Ka’anapali and saw an octopus, sting rays, and tons of sea turtles. We didn’t have to pay to go on an excursion and I think we saw just as much, if not more wildlife!
- Sunset dinner cruise – great food, open bar, super romantic, beautiful sights!
Post # 6
We just got back from our honeymoon on Maui. We spent a week at the Sheraton Resort on Ka’anapali Beach. It was our first time on Maui and it was gorgeous. It depends where on the island you’re staying, but we had a lot of fun exploring all the shops on Front St. in Lahaina Town and trying all the restaurants. One day we did a snorkel cruise to Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. Visibility wasn’t great, they had a lot of restrictions, and we didn’t see any turtles! One day we used maps and google to find Honolua Bay, you park on the road and walk a ways to the water. It was amazing!!! You have to bring your own snorkel gear, we bought some at home and brought it with us to Maui, we used it everyday so it was worth it to buy instead of rent it there. Honolua Bay had the most incredibile snorkeling. The water was clear and warm, and there was coral reef for miles. We saw turtles, fish, eels, and small sharks! If you get there early in the morning you practically have the place to yourself.
Post # 7
@soinlove22: We stayed at the Sheraton, too, and absolutely loved it!!!!! We saw five or six turtles right there off our beach near the Black Rock. We rented snorkel gear in Lahaina for a total of $30 for both of us for five days. Great deal!
Post # 8
I also used the above book. It was great!
Things I did worth doing:
- Old Lahaina Luau- awesome!
- Road to Hana- my favorite part! We spent about 8 hours doing this
- Snorkeling/diving- I also love snorkeling, we just went up to Black Rock just up the beach. I saw eels, stingrays, and turtles there and it was walkable from the hotel.
- Surfing (if that is your thing…I wanted to learn!)
I also stayed at Ka’anapali beach. Lahaina was fun too. I drank a lot of mai tais.
Next time I would go out to that Molokini crater as well.
Post # 9
@kes18: They also have that nightly cliff-diving ceremony off the Black Rock. That was fun too!
Post # 10
@Gemstone: yeah…we watched some people doing that! Looked fun! There was also a spot on the road to Hana where people were jumping off a bridge into the pool down below, but that looked way to scary to me!
Post # 11
Oh, and that book is worth it for the Road to Hana alone because it has a description of the route and what all there is along the way. It has you reset your mileage at mile marker 0 and goes from there telling you what there is to see or do at every point on the way. I’d read through before and pick out what you want to see!
Post # 12
@kes18: Agree. It was invaluable on the Road to Hana. Tricks and tips about what to see, where to park, where to eat, what’s worth seeing and what isn’t. The book also has great tips for getting around the island, visiting Lahaina, etc.
Post # 13
Also, we did our sunset sail through this charter. They were awesome!
Post # 14
You ladies are wonderful! My mom actually lent us the Maui Revealed book so we’ll be looking through that. It’s what she used to plan our trip when I went as a kid. Awesome book for sure!
Did anyone ride the bike down Haleakala? I visited it last time but didn’t do the bike tour. I’m kind of scared!
Post # 15
You will love it! Take a boat out to Molokini and snorkel. Also, do the road to Hana but drive all the way around the mountain–so worth it!!
@KES–I drank a TON of mai tais, too! With extra pineapple…mmm,…..
Post # 16
So exciting! I’ve never been, but my husband went with his family before we met, and he still talks about how gorgeous it is!