(Closed) Hawaii for Independent Traveler Types?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I think Fiance and I have a similar travel style, and we are going to Hawaii. We talked about these issues, but we thought we could still be independent & travel on the cheap. I can’t promise anything because we haven’t actually done it yet, but I wouldn’t say no to Hawaii for this reason alone, especially if you are so limited in choosing destinations. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve never been to Maui, and my girlfriends who have all seem to love it. That said, I think the Big Island (Hawaii) might be a really good option for you. It is less touristy than the other islands and there are so many gorgeous spots and hikes that you can get to for free or low cost. The Volcano National Park is amazing. There are also quite a few independent B&B type places where you might be able to stay a bit cheaper than in resort areas…I would check on Trip Advisor for reviews. Actually, Maui has B&Bs too…one of my friends just came back from a trip with her Boyfriend or Best Friend and they stayed in a great, secluded, and relatively cheap B&B on Maui.

Restaurant wise, food does tend to be more expensive there than on the mainland, but if you stayed in a place with a kitchenette, you could make up some of the food costs by having breakfast or breakfast & lunch at “home” and only do dinners out.

Whatever you decide, I’m sure you’ll have a lovely honeymoon! Happy planning 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

ditto Julialimei. Big island would be a great option. There are also plenty of camping to do there if you’re up for that.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@pren79: Ooh, good point. I forgot the camping option!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We always do Maui on the cheap.  First off get a place that has a kitchen….we do our grocery shopping so that we have breakfast every morning, and lunch items that we pack and put in our foldable cooler that we bring with us so that we can picnic on the beach or wherever we have hiked to. We get fresh fish and bbq for dinner. We have a few spots that we feel are absolute must eat at places.  We even bring our own snorkel gear so that we don’t have to rent anything.  I personally think you can do Maui for cheap and have a wonderful time. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We are the same style traveler and are looking at Hawaii for honeymoon as well (probably two islands) Maui is definitely more touristy, but I would encourage you to look into renting a home to make it not only a bit less expensive but more independent. I also second the Big Island – it’s really relaxing, camping possibilities and just beautiful. Have fun planning!

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