Post # 1
Fiance and I keep going back and forth on our honeymoon ideas. We took a big trip last summer to Vietnam, and I am new at work, so we only want to go for a week. In my mind, that nixes everything but the Northern Hemisphere. We’ve been looking at little towns in Mexico, which is what we normally do for a short trip.
Fiance found a direct flight, though, from our town on the day we want to travel to Maui that is pretty reasonable. Hawaii sounds lovely and all, but I have concerns and could use a little guidance. I haven’t been to Hawaii since I was a little girl
We are independent traveler types, not resort types. Is Maui going to be frustrating? Would another island be a better fit? I don’t mind a puddle hopper.
Money isn’t actually a giant concern. Bora Bora is probably out, but we aren’t hurting for funds. However, I am cheap by nature, and we normally travel cheap, though largely as a function of the destinations we favor. Am I going to die a little inside everytime we eat out in Hawaii?
I just have this feeling that we are going to think it is lovely, but not really our style, and I am going to get bitter about the prices. Am I being too cynical, or is this a fair concern?
Post # 3
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
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
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
@pren79: Ooh, good point. I forgot the camping option!
Post # 7
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
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!
Post # 9
We just couldn’t pull the trigger. I just felt like I would get annoyed comparing it to our last several trips (small towns in Mexico, Vietnam, India).
Instead we have committed to a tiny island off the coast of Honduras. After all is said and done, I think we’ll actually spend more than we would have in Hawaii, but we are getting a ton of bang for the buck, including a secluded private house and beach only accessible by boat, our own captain and dive master, and a bit more adventure.
Here it is: http://www.utilarental.com/
Living on the west coast, I’m sure we’ll head over to Hawaii in the future. It seems ideal for young children. Thank you all for your comments and advice. Since we have direct flights to Hawaii, I am going to start watching fares to do a quick camping trip, that would be amazing.