(Closed) Hawaii Honeymoon Advice?!

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Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m going to Hawaii for my Honeymoon next October too!  We are doing Maui and Oahu because my Fiance has never been there before and would like to see some of the things on Oahu like Diamondhead and Pearl Harbor.  I’ve been to Hawaii twice before.  The first time we did Oahu and Hawaii, and the second time Maui and Kauai.  I would definately do Maui- lots of stuff to see there (and 4 nights should be enough time to do most of the highlights).  I would reccomend the road to Hana, and Haeakala National park as must sees.  Yes, the road to Hana gets busy, but it is busy for a reason (there is tons to see!), and October is a lighter season so there should be less people.  Iao Valley is really neat too, and there are tons of places around the island for snorkeling.  For Kaui, I’d do the Waimea Canyon.  Also look into the Big Island.  I really liked it there.  If my Fiance didn’t want to do Oahu so much, I’d be doing Maui and Hawaii.  I really liked Volcanoes National Park and some of the National Historic Parks there- and we didn’t even make it to the east side of the island.  No matter what you choose- you’ll have a great time though!   Hawaii is an amazing spot, and way different from other places in the US.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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Bg1309:  well, I really enjoyed the Polynesian cultural center, so we are doing that. It is quite touristy, but I found it educational. I’d definitely go to diamond head and Waikiki beach just because you’re there, but you don’t have to spend tons of time there. I’m excited to go to iolani palace, but that’s because I’m really into the history.  The north side of the island is less busy then right around Honolulu, so maybe check out some parks there. Also, since you are going to Oahu now, I would recommend going to Maui second. That’s what we are doing. Then we can do some of the busier stuff on Oahu and then go to Maui for a more laid back second half of the trip.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

This thread is a tad old so I hope you see this! I go to Kauai & Maui every year. Maui is SUPER commercialized & busy. October won’t be too bad bc less families are vacationing while kids are in school. There’s so much to do. I love Kauai bc it’s more secluded & the beaches are less crowded. Pro tip, stay in Poipu (Kauai). It’s the south side of the island, hardly ever rains, sunshine all the time, and we see sea turtles & Hawaiian monk seals EVERY DAY. It’s amazing. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - El Faro Convention center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

We just came back from a week long babymoon in Oahu and LOVED it!

My one recomendation would be NOT to stay in Waikiki. We stayed at the Marriot Vacation Beach Club in Ko Olina and it was amazing and I’ve heard only great things about Turtle Bay resort. 

 

We rented a car and alternated days between staying at the resort lounging and exploring the island. We did one day in North Shore (Pipeline and Suset Beach to watch the waves/surfing) Giovanni’s Shrimp truck, Matsumoto Shaved Ice and on the way back stopped at Dole Plantation), One day At Pearl Harbor & Waikiki and the 3rd day we planned to hike Diamond Head, snorkel at Haunama Bay and at visit Lanikai Beach. The other 4 days (Which included our first and last day on Oahu we just sat by the pool/beach and relaxed).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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Bg1309:  We honeymooned in Kauai this October. While I can’t give you any tips on Maui I will say that my husband and I loved Kauai. This was my husbands second time to the island and my first time. I love that the island isn’t super big. We got to explore each side of the island. I prefer north shore (the Princeville area) it’s more of a scenic drive. But the south shore has the beautiful Waimea Canyon. The north shore had my favorite beach, Anini beach, very calm waters and not crowded. None of the beaches were super crowded so it seemed like October was a great time to go. There is also plenty of activities to do such as zip lining, atv tours, hiking, luau, sunset cruises, and my favorite was the Kauai backcountry tour. I highly recommend the backcountry tour… it’s a tour on rafts like a big lazy river through a canal system from the last closed down sugar plantation. The only drawback is the no night life, but we were okay with that since we aren’t much into partying. We enjoyed the island and I hope you do too if you choose to go here!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Your plans are perfect. I like Kauai but I don’t really do nightlife, so the combo sounds good. My experience of Maui was super not commercialized.. but I guess I was in the wrong spots? I stayed in Kapa’a in Kauai..no complaints.. super central and near everything.. and rained for like 15 minutes at a time.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I live on O’ahu! They have cruises that aren’t too expensive that takes you to every single island, so that could be an option, though you are only on each island for a day or so, you could always go back to O’ahu for a couple more days. There are plenty of hikes, I recommend pill boxes for a sunrise or sunet hike, it’s beautiful. There is no ziplining on O’ahu but there are on other islands, for night life, waikiki is your spot! Tons of yummy food, if you like Italian, you must go to Arancino on Boardwalk, so yummy! If you want to be more relaxed, stay at Ko’Olina, they have lagoons there and it’s nothing like Waikiki. Go to North Shore and look at all of the cool little surf shops, go during the week, weekends are crazy. Pearl Harbor is a must, you must go AS SOON AS THEY OPEN, its ticket based, so if you go at around 10AM, your ticket won’t be good until like the 3PM showing. Sharks Cove is probably the best snorkeling spot, you have to check the tides though, if no one is in the water, dont go in. Also, if you’re up to some adventure, go to tide pools, its a pretty trecherous hike down but totally worth it, bring some coral shoes, there is vana everywhere. Also remember to check the tides, if no one is down there, DO NOT GO. Lani kai beach is beautiful, go early and on a week day. If you need anymore advice, I would love to help!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I know you said you’re ruling out Kauai, but my husband and I spent 9 nights at the Koa Kea on Poipu beach and had a blast.  We did snorkling, catamaran ride, ziplining, horseback riding, and a helicopter ride.  We saw a monk seal and sea turtles on poipu beach.  We also went to a fabulous luau.  There was not too much night life, but we got tired pretty early anyway because of the time difference.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

my parents owned a timeshare there so they have been a frequent family vacation spot.  I personally love Kauai and there is a ton of stuff to do!!! Not just the best night life But you can do a ton of adventure activities like scuba, zip line , 4 wheeling in the forest, snorkeling.  I easily could spend my whole time there.  However if I was to recommend another island for a short time than oahu to see Pearl Harbor would be high on my list.  Personally Mauai was too commercialized and that was 10 years ago!

For kauai make sure to stay on the poipu side because it rains a lot less!  Also in Kauai i would get a 4wheel drive because some of the places are harder to get to.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

 

Here are some photos from Kauai!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I am from Hawaii originally and think Maui and Oahu would be the best blend! I’d second staying away from Waikiki as well. Turtle Bay is beautiful and pretty secluded, and it’s near more of the adventurous activities. If you do want to stay in Waikiki for a night or two, though, I recently stayed at the Moana Surfrider and it’s AMAZING. I just stayed out on the beach or hung out at the spa and nice bars/restaurants and I basically didn’t even leave the resort. Even though I grew up in Oahu it was an awesome vacation spot and very relaxing! But it sounds like you’re into doing more activities, so somewhere like Ko Olina, Ihilani, or Turtle Bay might be better. Make sure you check out Shrimp Shack and get a poke bowl somewhere! (I’m going home for Christmas in a few days and am getting so hungry thinking about all the amazing food!!) 

Also, there is a zipline on Oahu that opened within the past year or so: http://www.kualoa.com/oahu-tours/zipline/ 

I don’t know as much about Maui specifically, but it’s really beautiful and there are lots of amazing places to check out there too. The only hotel I’m familiar with is the Grand Wailea (the pool is crazy), but there are lots of good ones.

I’m happy to try to answer any specific questions you have as well! 

Oh, I should add that for Pearl Harbor you can get tickets in advance, but you have to reserve them well ahead of your visit, so I’d try to do it as soon as you know the date that you want to go so you don’t end up having to go there at like 7am or whenever it is they open.

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Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I live in Hawaii too, Oahu to be exact, but I’m from the Big Island.

Maui is a great choice (I think). My all time fave place there is the lavendar farm, but I just really love lavendar farms in general… There are other things you can do there too. I’ve been a couple times, but can’t really think of anything other than the obvious ones.

Oahu is okay. You’ll have a lot to do, but it would be my #3 suggestion.

I think the Big Island is the best. But I know I’m biased because I’m from there. You can go to Volcanoes National Park, lava boat tours, the hotsprings, see the black sand & green sand beaches, get really good malasadas. The farmers market is a little more touristy (and bigger) now than when I was a kid, but that’s still a good option too! Kona side has coffee farms. You can zipline, see lava tree park, go to botanical gardens… I love the Big Island (Hilo side). It’s actually where I’m going to get married next month. My only heads up is that if you’re going to stay in Hilo, get accomidations via VRBO. Their hotels are kind of junk. 

On all islands you should be able to do a helicopter tour which I 100% suggest. My fiance and I went on one that went over Honolulu, it was great! 

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