(Closed) Hawaii Honeymoon!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We just spent a week on Maui for ourhoneymoon and loved it! We took a tour bus down the road to Hana (definitely suggest this because otherwise whoever drives won’t see any of the scenery!), went on a snorkel tour, hiked around Haleakala (we went for sunset instead of sunrise since waking at 3 am on a honeymoon seemed wrong), and went to a luau. Highly reccomend Maui- perfect balance of island getaway and activity.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@BookishBelle:  I’ve yet to go to a luau (saving it for when my parents come to visit!), but I’ve had many friends recommend Germaine’s Luau on Oahu — enough that I know that’s the place I’m taking any visitors to!

I’d also like to mention that you can actually book tickets in advance to the USS Arizona Memorial for a small fee ($1.50/ticket, I do believe).  I booked a pair a couple of weeks ago for this past weekend since my husband hadn’t been before.  The NPS.gov website has all the info you need to make reservations!

I’ll have to look into the LOST tour — I’m assuming it’s associated with Kualoa Ranch, maybe?  I love that show and I wave to Penny’s boat every time we pass it downtown, haha.  😀

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m also planning a Hawaii honeymoon that will be two weeks. Almost every person I have questioned has said for two weeks, I should stick to two islands MAX. They said choose Oahu or Maui and then Kauai for the other week. I will be doing Maui and Kauai. I’m looking forward to seeing what activities you choose. I can’t wait to start planning all those little details!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@PrincessBride2014:  

Same here, on all the trip forums they recommend 2 islands MAX and that’s pushing it even.  I lived in Maui for a year a long time ago and I know how long it can take to do some of the activities because of slow driving etc. Also with the time change and the long flight I know we’ll be out of commission for at least the first if not second day.

Maui and Kauai are perfect choices!  We are doing Oahu and Kauai only because I’ve already been to Maui and my Fiance wants to see Pearl Harbor.

 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@SoonToBeMrsD921:  

Thanks for the link,  I haven’t seen this company.  

Has anyone done the movie tour on Oahu?  I don’t want to spend a whole day on a tour is it’s a dud.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@SoonToBeMrsD921:  

Great, thanks!  There are sooo many things to choose from sometimes ones that I’d actually be interested in get lost in the shuffle.

 

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I wanted to add one more thing about flights, especially if you’re coming from the East Coast — I’ve flown from Alabama/Florida to Hawaii twice now, and both times our plane landed somewhere in the range of 9pm to 1am (darn you, delays!) and I highly recommend it, actually.  I always get super exhausted from flying, so I’m able to get here and crawl into bed almost immediately.  I have never had jet lag after getting here; it’s flying back to the mainland/Alabama that’s the problem, haha.  So if you’re worried about jet lag after you get here, try to book a late incoming flight if possible!

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My parents live on Oahu and I have been there 3 times to visit. The last time we spent a day in Waikiki, where I know a lot of people do honeymooning things. I was just so sad for people that only experienced that island through what they saw there. Honestly, my least favorite beaches, and it is super overpriced.

Things that I loved:

Waimea gardens: beautiful gardens with a waterfall at the end

Sunset beach-great sandy beach-gets deep for good swimming

Papailoa beach- really good snorkeling/ lots of turtles

Kualoa ranch- I did the ATVing tour and it was great. They also have horseback riding, and other fun activities. It is really beautiful there

Luau- If you want to do a luau, Paradise Cove has the best one. 

 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@FarleyNish:  Yeah with the jetlag, I want to spend at least the first two days sleeping on the beach :). Then I can do all the fun activities. I would love to see Pearl Harbor and a few other things on Oahu, so I figure I will just have to have a second honeymoon to Hawaii later in the life to see those!

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ive been to Maui. The flight flat out sucked but it was so worth it. Maui is heaven on earth!! 🙂 Plenty of activies and relaxation.

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@BookishBelle:  We’re doing the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui. I’ve read tons of reviews and that was the one that kept popping up as “the best”. 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I just got engaged this summer in Maui (during sunrise at the top of Haleakala.) I love Maui for the blanace of having enough stuff to do with out too much hustle and bustle. I would definitely recommend snorkeling (I loved our snorkel trip with Blue Water Rafting.) If you or your SO SCUBA dive there are a ton of great companies with good trips. Also I am a bit biased haha but I think biking down the volcano is a must, it is so beautiful and fun! I am not terribly atheletic and had no problem with it at all. I recommend Maui Sun Riders for this as you get to do everything at your own pace and are not stuck in a massive group of people. We went to the Luau at the Marriott (the Te Au Mona) the show was good and the food was really good too, better then some other Luaus I have been to. 

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