(Closed) Considering a Hawaiian honeymoon.

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which island is best? Please state why in the comments.

    Oahu

    Maui

    Kauai

    The Big Island

  • Post # 32
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @MrsBrown13:  how long are you planning on being there? I would recommend flying into Oahu, stay a few nights, and then do the rest on Maui or Kauai. Pearl Harbor is an amazing place, but I wouldn’t plan your honeymoon around it. The island hopper I tickets are pretty reasonable. But I would only do that if you were planning on staying a week or more. 

    The Big Island is cool because they have the volcano (which was AWESOME to see in real life), but the beaches just aren’t the same as the other islands. 

    Post # 33
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I live in Oahu.  It’s very pretty, but VERY busy.  There are awesome beaches and great historic places to visit.  

    But I totally love the Big Island.  I want to retire there.  The sides of the island (Kona and Hilo) are different enough to give you plenty to do.  Kona is more touristy with a lot of restaurants, things to do, and warm, beautiful beaches.  Hilo is a small town.  About 45 minutes away is the most active volcano in the U.S.  The Volcano National Park is a TREASURE to visit.  It is amazing. The people are so nice.  Seriously, can you tell I love the Big Island?  

    All the islands have different personalities.  I recommend figuring out exactly what you want out of  your honeymoon, then going to the island that meets it.  

    Is it in your budget to island hop?  It’s like $300 round trip from island to island.  There is also a cruise (America’s Pride by NCL) that goes to Maui, Molokai, Oahu, Big Island (I think Hilo side, not sure though), and Kauai.  It is totally worth looking into.  

    P.S. If you do want the historic side of Oahu without the hussle and bussle of Waikiki, I recommend staying on the North Shore at like Turtle Bay Resort (shown in Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and renting a jeep.  Just be careful when you come/leave to avoid traffic and it should be perfect.  Hawaii is so beautiful. I hope you get to experience it.

     

     

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I live in Oahu currently and have been to all of those islands.

    Maui is the hot spot for honeymoon destinations. If you’re looking for relaxation, go to Maui.

     

    If you’re looking for adventure, go to Kauai (but be warned, it rains a lot).

     

    If you’re looking for quaint, small town adventure/ sight seeing, go to Big Island (Hilo and Kona are very different, so make sure you know which one you’re getting yourself into).

     

    Oahu is bustling, but remember, if you’re looking for nightlife, this one is the only place to go to.

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    @MrsBrown13:  Honestly, I would avoid the cruise. I did it 6 years ago and it all turned into an enormous blur. I couldn’t distinguish one island from the other and had no idea where I was. I would recommend sticking to one or two destinations. Remember, it’s not that expensive or time consuming to island hop.

    My fiance and I just spent the weekend on Big Island (landed in Kona, road tripped to Hilo) and our travel time was maybe 3 hours between getting to the airport, flying, landing, and getting home.

    Post # 37
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

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    @MrsBrown13:  I haven’t done the cruise so I’m really not sure about it.  
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    JackiBean: may have a solid point about the cruise.  

    Hawaiian Airlines is of course the big airline to island hop, but there is also Go and Mokulele (I think they are owned by the same company), Island Air (which the guy who bought Lanai just bought so I’m not sure if most of the flights go to Lanai or not), and I think there is one more, but I’m not sure.  Mokulele usually has the best prices, but sometimes Hawaiian will run a sale. Plus Hawaiian has more flights so if you have to go at a certain time, Hawaiian is your airline.

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    @HawaiiBamaBride:  +1 Mokulele has some pretty cheap flights. So does Go!, which used to be called Mesa. I think that was the one bought out by the guy who purchased Lanai. I could be wrong though. I didn’t get all those politics 🙁

    Or there’s also Island Air. I would try Expedia, CheapTickets.com or Priceline. They’ll give you the best deals.

     

    Post # 40
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    DH has his own business and the nature of his corporation makes it so he NEVER can take more than a couple days off. We got married last month and have yet to go on our honeymoon (hopng to do a two week trip to Greece/Italy for anniversary). We are planning to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon this year in Sept! We only have time to go for a week and chose Maui due to many reasons as other bees have stated. DH has been to all the islands and suggested Maui himself since I’ve never been to HI and it’s not enou time to visit two islands. If we could, I’d pick Kauai as I hear it’s beautiful!

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I love Maui! That is where I got engaged. 🙂 It is very romantic and laidback compared to Oahu. I must say that Oahu, especially Waikiki area is a VERY busy touristy area. However, there are more things to do there. That’s where I’m getting married but we will be going to Kauai for honeymoon since we heard it’s more quiet and relaxing, which is exactly what we want.

    Post # 42
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    This is great info, we are considering Hawaii too, so I’m trying to research right now. Does anyone have any recommendations of a book or website to check out to try to plan what we want to do?  Or just Trip Advisor?

    Or I could just come back here and keep bothering people 😛

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