(Closed) Hawaii Honeymoon: Big Island?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My Fiance and I went to Waikoloa Village north of Kona last January.

 

1.  Yes, very much so!

2.  I highly recommend snorkeling.

3.  The beaches aren’t as good as other islands apparently, but I thought they were lovely.  They have non-black sand beaches.

4.  Can’t help you there!

 

Which side of the island are you thinking of?  The west is much drier and has many more lava fields (which are pretty boring) than the east.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I loved Big Island when we went there! There is sooo much to do! plus its beautiful!

We went there on our first vacation together and we also like you used our points to get there! We stayed at Waikoloa Village like @ginnyc did – i thought that hotel was amazzzzing!

 

As for your questions:

1. Yes Big island has a lot of really nice and beautiful beaches where you can relax. We spend a lot of time driving around the island, as it is the biggest one and there is tons of things to do and see!

2. Snorking is a must, plus you can go see the volcano, then on the other side of the island there are really beatiful whaterfalls, and on the south there is a black sand beach with sea turtles coming to the shore. we also went to the only meseum in US where they bread sea horses, that was kinda neat! 

3. No, these are certain areas where they are black (since the volcano is a functioning one) and some beaches are white sand with shallow waters.

4. Honolulu is the main island….are you staying 1 or 2 nights there? 

If you have more questions ask – i would be than happy to help!

Oh, if you have a chance rent a jeep, as there are some areas that are a bit hard to get to, but if you are not into exploring much a small car will be enough!

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

One of my sisters lives on the Big Island, in Waikoloa.  I visited a few years ago, when she lived in Kona and just worked in Waikoloa…both towns are great!  There is a nice local beach between Kona and Waikoloa that is absolutely gorgeous!

I also agree with the must-dos of snorkeling and touring the volcano.  The drive around the island alone is amazing!  If I remember correctly, it was about a 2-3 hour drive up to the Hilo area to go to the volcano and the tour through the park is also a driving tour with spots to park and walk around.  Also be sure to hit Alii Street for some nice flea markets.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

born & raised in Hilo. Laughing

which side of the island are you staying at?  there are beaches you can drive to on either side.  west side (Kona/Waikoloa) definitely has much nicer beaches than Hilo side.  you will have to stop at Honolulu airport to get to Big Island, so you can stay there a few nights, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re doing it just for the beach.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Big ilsand is GORGEOUS and perfect for a honeymoon. There are tow “sides” to the island that are quite different. one side is the volcano side. It’s really cool driving around the colvano and seeing what it has done, walk on the lava,etc.

If you have a car, you can then drive to the other side. About half way, you will come to Mauna Kea. i HIGHLY recommend going up. It is like beiing in outer space1 Really amazing.

The other side is the beach side. The snorkeling, the giant sea turtles, dolphins…it’s beautiful and romantic.

 

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

definitely Waikoloa/Kona side.  That side gets more sunny days than Hilo.  Also, there are nicer beaches (but also more crowded).  A very popular one for tourists & locals is Hapuna Beach.  If you rent a car, from Kona it would take you about 2 hrs to drive to Hilo and an additional 45mins to Kilauea Volcano National Park.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Echo dns567 – Kona is drier. Regarding hotels on Honolulu (if you’re still considering it) check out the Aqua Hotels. Pretty reasonable prices and since that franchise is relatively new the rooms have been upgraded. The hotels that aren’t fronting Waikiki Beach are considerably cheaper and just a block away from the beach anyway so it won’t make too much of a difference.

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