(Closed) Hawaii Honeymoon?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We went to Hawaii in January for Vacation and stayed in honolulu, Oahu. Beautiful! We stayed at the Aqua Palms, not fancy but it was clean and the staff were friendly.

My Fiance went to Maui before that and said it was amazing, quieter, more “romantic”. If you’re looking to party and shop etc, then Oahu is for you but I would probably go to Maui for a honeymoon as it’s a smaller and quieter island. There’s a few little towns around the island he said were fun to explore.

Good luck, I’m sure you will enjoy whatever you decide.

Post # 4
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I just came back from my Honeymoon in Maui.  I highly recommend it, it was so romantic, relaxing, and fun! 

Post # 5
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t believe Hawaii does all inclusives, fyi. 


We did our honeymoon on Kauai. Stayed in Princeville. It was really, really beautiful. Very quiet, no real night life (which was a-ok with us because we don’t care for that). I found it was more of an adventuresome vacation than I’d thought. Lots and lots of opportunities for hiking and whatnot. If we were to go back to Hawaii I think my next stop would be Maui because I think it is supposed to have better beaches and still not be super crowded like oahu is. 

Post # 6
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We went to Maui for our Honeymoon last October. We stayed at the Westin on Kaanapali Beach and it was great! I’ve heard Maui is quieter than Oahu, but has more activities than Kuaui. We chose Maui over Kuaui because we wanted to do touristy things while we were there.  We did the road to Hana, snorkeled a bunch, luau, shopped in Lahaina, drove around the northern part of the island, went to Iao Valley and ate ALOT lol. We actually only had one afternoon of relaxing on the beach/by the pool because my DH likes to be active and doing things. He’s not a “lay by the pool” kind of guy. I kind of wished we had done more laying out, but I’ll make him do more on our next trip. πŸ™‚

On our next trip, we want to do either Kuaui or the Big Island. The Big Island was our first choice actually, but the IronMan competition was going to be there the week we were going, so we didn’t want to deal with the crowds.

Like a PP said, there really aren’t any all-inclusives in Hawaii. We went through a travel agent and got our car/hotel/daily breakfast buffet/luau through him.

Post # 7
5843 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We went to Kauai and Maui (everyone told us to avoid Honolulu because “its basically LA”). Hawaii doesn’t really do all inclusives but if you rent a vacation property/buy groceries you can save money. Kauai was so much fun and better if you want to be active. We did a helicopter tour, went hiking and did an atv tour. We stayed in Poipu but I liked the Princeville/Hanalei area better. Maui was much more relaxing and the food was better. We splurged for the Four Seasons in Wailea (which was a-mazing). Activity-wise we did a Luau and drove the road to Hana. We loved Hawaii! I was even debating applying to be a maid at the four seasons so I didn’t have to go home.

Post # 8
7582 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have been to almost all of the islands. Maui is beautiful and very romantic. I also love Oahu because there is tons of stuff to do. Shopping, bars, famous chef restuarants, etc. I would suggest doing both if possible. Staying a couple nights on Waikiki beach and then finishing out your time in Maui. 

Post # 9
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It really depends on what you kind of experience you are looking for.  I have only been to Maui and Kauai (we are actually going to the big island TOMORROW!).  The two islands I have been to were pretty different, and I would have to disagree with above poster about the difference.  I felt Kauai, while it does have a lot of out door activities, was a little more low key and relaxing.  Maui is a little more family friendly and seems to have more shopping, night life and other activities (still low key, just more than Kauai).   There really aren’t all inclusive resorts in Hawaii. 

Post # 10
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@MzMarzipan: Let us know how you liked the Big Island! My DH really wanted to go because of the volcano, but it seems most people go to Maui/Kuaui/Oahu. I’d love to know what it’s like. Have FUN! I’m super jealous. Hawaii is amazing. πŸ™‚

Post # 11
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We went to HI for our honeymoon last Sept.  My honey loved it so much, I don’t think more than 2 days pass without him saying how much he wants to go back.  πŸ™‚  We started in Honolulu for a couple nights, right on the beach.  It was nice to have so much around while we got over the time difference and slowed down from the crazy pace leading up to our wedding.  Then we headed up to the north shore for a night, doing some sightseeing along the way.  My husband liked this side of the island better and would happily skip waikiki for Turtle Bay next time.  Then we headed out to Maui for some relaxing.  We loved Lahaina, and just laying by the pool.  We stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel after a disaterous first night elsewhere.  

We used a travel agent to book our trip, and she made it sooooo much easier (and a bit cheaper).  I’d highly recommend using one, ours didn’t charge a fee for honeymoons either (and gave us a lovely bag of goodies when she dropped off our paperwork).  πŸ™‚

Post # 12
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

This answer definitely depends on who you are as a couple and what you enjoy. Without knowing this, and having gone to all islands but Lanai, more than once, let me make some sweeping generalizations:

Oahu: If you are a “city” person and want a tropical city honeymoon. Shopping, restaurants, busy, finding 2 sq feet of beach space on Waikiki, traffic, nightlife, most economical b/c many more hotel/eat/etc options available. One of the most beautiful beaches in the state (Lanikai). Things you can do here and nowhere else: Pearl Harbor.

Kauai: Very romantic, but very small. If you’re just looking for romance with a few activities (kayaking, catamaran cruise, hiking, etc) and more beach/hotel time, this is a great place. Little to no nightlife. I believe the MOST BEAUTIFUL place on earth is on Kauai – the Na Pali coast…best seen from an evening sunset pupus and cocktails cruise.

Maui: Great mix of all the islands. Some very country spots (Hana, up-country of Makawao, Paia, etc) some posh spots (Wailea), and the mid-upper range spots along Lahaina and Kaanapali area. My personal favorite is Kaanapali area. Wailea has lots of luxury shops, high-end hotels, and is where the celebs go to seclude themselves. I believe a lot of people who enjoy Wailea don’t leave the resort much (esp since it’s so expensive for the hotel!). Activities: Zip-lining, snorkeling, diving, drive up to Haleakala (beautiful!), drive to Hana (beautiful!), etc. Personally, I would recommend Maui b/c it’s a mix of everything. I’ve enjoyed the Westin in Kaanapali and prefer this area to Lahaina. But Lahaina has great restaurants and a little bit of nightlife. Big enough to get out often and still have things left to do.

Big Island – For the adventurous type. Volcano hiking, waterfalls, Boiling Pots (swimming holes), hot springs (Puna area), black sand beach, coffee farms. I personally like staying on the Hilo side (B&Bs mostly) but most stay on Kona side. The big island is a great place to rent a convertible and DRIVE. The drive up the Hamakua coast makes a great day.


Post # 13
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just got back from the Big Island this morning.  We spent 2 nights in Hilo and 5 nights on the Kona side.  We thoroughly enjoyed our trip, but for a honeymoon I would probably recommend a different island.  The Hilo side, while usually rainier than the Kona side, was a bit more peaceful and slow.  We stayed in a hotel, there aren’t many on that side and they are all on the oldish side…no fancy resorts if that is what you are looking for.  There are a lot of bed and breakfasts if that is what you are looking for.  On the Kona side we stayed in a condo which can be a very nice and reasonable way to go (we loved it…don’t know that I would have liked it for Honeymoon though).  There are also a few nicer resort/hotels.  It was a bit sunnier on the Kona side, although it did still rain (our luau got rained out).  This side does have a nice little downtown area for walking around with lots of restaurants.  The food was pretty good…but I remember having better meals last time I went to Maui (with better views). 

We rented a car in Hilo and drove all around the island (I would HIGHLY recommend renting a car).  Here are some thoughts on some of the activities we did:

Volcano National Park- We went up in the afternoon and enjoyed the trip, despite the fact that there was no surface lava flow to see.  They said it stopped in March…I heard a rumor that it stopped the day of the earthquake in Japan.  The steam vents were neat to see and there are also some big walk through lava tubes.  One of them is lit and you can walk through easily, there were others that you would need to bring flashlights to see.   The weather while we were there was cold and misty.  

Fair Winds Snorkel boat- This was a great trip!  They serve a continental breakfast and hot dog/burger lunch.  The take you out to a beautiful cove for snorkeling and it was fantastic! We even saw Spinner Dolphins!  The crew was very knowledgeable .  I would highly recommend this trip!

Atlantis Submarine- This was a pretty cool adventure.  I think it normally runs about $100 and if we had paid full price I wouldn’t have done it (my bil is in the military and we were able to book this for less than $40!  Totally worth it at that price!).  They take you down and show you a few ship wrecks.  You see lots of cool fish and sea life, all of which can be seen snorkeling.  If you can get it for cheap I saw do it.

If anyone has any more questions about the Big Island feel free to PM me!  I would be happy to help!

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