Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in a couple weeks (eeeeek!!) and are leaving for our honeymoon in Hawaii. We’re staying in Oahu at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach resort for 4 days, and then going to Maui and staying at the Ritz Cartlon Kapalua for 11 days. Has anyone been to either island/resort? Can anyone recommend any must-dos or any amazing restaurants? Thanks so much!!
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate
Probably not too helpful but we will be staying at the Kapaulua Villas for our honeymoon (right next door!) in Oct. So far our plans are to do the road to Hana, sunrise at the volcano crater, a luau (Old Lahaina Luau), pineapple plantation tour, snorkeling (Four Winds Maui), and a spa day (Maui Spa retreat).
Curious as to what other people recommend!
Post # 3
I haven’t stayed in those resorts but I have been to both islands and on Oahu I recommend the typical site seeing if you haven’t been — Diamond Head, the North Shore, Pearl Harbor memorial. Maui is beautiful, I stayed on the South part of the island though, it is quieter. There are beautiful sunrise bike rides offered there, and snorkeling in Molokini Crater is awesome if you are into that. And if you like hiking, there are wonderful trails in the parks on both islands. If you’re renting a car, I also recommend just driving around both islands if you have the time. It doesn’t take very long and you find all kinds of cool, less crowded beaches and neat shops. I hope you have a great time, sorry I couldn’t be more help in regard to where you are staying exactly!
Post # 4
We are staying in Ko Olina for our honeymoon as well! (We picked Aulani though cuz we are Disney fanatics). We are most looking forward to eating a million malasadas from Leonards (http://www.leonardshawaii.com/). They are so good and I’ve tried many versions of them here on the maindland and they just don’t compare. Really looking foward to visitng Iolani Palace too, but I have a soft spot for Hawaiian culture and history in general. (http://www.iolanipalace.org/)
Post # 5
Not sure if you guys like burgers, but I would make sure to hit kua’aina. It’s my favorite burger place of all time. Get there before they run out of avocado for the day…they put half an avo on a burger!! Used to be cash only, not sure if it still is. I was in Oahu for 3 years and never had a bad experience there. Sorry if that’s not the classy recommendation you were looking for, lol :P.
Of course, the pineapple ice cream at the Dole plantation is delish. Do an obligatory luau (we chose Paradise Cove). Diamondhead if you like hiking. Pearl Harbor is very touching. If you are military affiliated, Bellows is one of the most gorgeous beaches you will find. Also, walk around downtown…Street performers and weirdos everywhere. It’s a blast if you like people watching.
Maui is GOOORGEOUS. We rented a jeep and just drove around – Haleakala was awesome at sunset (sunrise? can’t remember). Downtown is very cute as well.
Post # 6
Maui is amazing! We loved the Old Lahaina Luau. I also recommend snorkeling at the Black Rock Cliff in Ka’anapali. We stayed in Ka’anapli, rented snorkel gear in Lahaina, and snorkled right off the beach by the Black Rock Cliff for $30 total for equipment for five days. We saw several turtles, an octopus, and some sting rays (plus tons of fish). You *can* book one of those snorkel excursions, but from talking to people we met, you sometimes don’t see anything at all on those because those excursion destinations are so heavily populated. Plus we saved a ton of money!
We also loved the drive on the Road to Hana. So much to see along the way!
Have a woooonderful honeymoon!!!
Post # 7
We are honeymooning in Maui in November. Curious what people will suggest
Post # 8
we honeymooned in maui!
definitely do the road to hana- there’s a lot to see, so i suggest doing research beforehand so you’ll have an idea of what you want to check out. the road is very narrow and windy, so it’s hard to turn around if you want to go back and see something. there’s a botanical garden along the way called the garden of eden that’s gorgeous! we spent a couple hours there exploring the grounds and we also ate our lunch there.
haleakala is beautiful, but very, very cold, so take jackets, blankets, etc. i hear there’s not much difference between the sunrise and the sunset. we went for the sunset.
we went to the drums of the pacific luau at the resort we stayed at (hyatt regency) and it was awesome!
Post # 9
I just got back from my honeymoon in Kauai and Maui last month. In Maui I would suggest the Old Lahaina Luau and a private Kayak tour with Hawaii Paddle Sports (you get to swim up close with the sea turtles – it was just amazing). As far as resturaunts go – we only needed advanced reservations at one place, Mama’s Fish House. It was expensive but delicious (all resturaunts in Hawaii are expensive but this was uber expensive). Other than that, seeing Paia town, Road to Hana/seven sacred pools, and Lahaina. There are many resturaunts overlooking the ocean in Lahaina to eat dinner and watch the sunset. Koa Seaside Grill (not overly expensive) was amongt our favorites. Have fun!
Post # 10
We went to Maui and Oahu for our honeymoon too! On Maui we did a helicopter tour that was AMAZING! It was with Sunshine Helicopter Tours. We also went snorkeling at Molokini Crater. Also, near the airport on Maui there is a small place called Da Kitchen, it was some of the best food ever! We talked to some locals and they suggested it because it’s not touristy.
Oahu was fun too, but a lot more hustle and bustle. Definitely get some shave ice! It’s like a little piece if Heaven. Sunset Beach is also really nice. We rented a car and drove around the island and stopped there and the Dole Plantation. If you want to get souvenirs, go to Hilo Hattie, they have a ton of cool things. That’s on both islands.
We had a blast on both islands, I’m just so excited for you!
edit: in Honolulu, Duke’s is a really good place to eat. it’s right downtown.
Post # 11
We went to Mauaii and Kauaii. We absolutely loved Mauaii, there are so many good restaurants around front street in Lahaina. Kimos, Leilani’s, Koa seaside Grill, Lahaina Coolers. We also went to a place called Merrimans, it’s just north of Kaanapali and was a really great place for happy hour with an incredible view! We did a whale watching tour that was really neat but mostly we just enjoyed the beautiful weather and being able to do whatever we wanted. Hawaii is such a magical place, I’m envious and cant wait to go back. Have a blast!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
Following because we are going to Hawaii too 😀
Post # 13
For Oahu, I’d recommend snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, hiking up Diamond Head, Alan Wong’s for a nice dinner out, and the food court at A La Moana Shopping Center for some casual good eats.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is fun if you’ve never been but kind of pricey and a bit corny. But the performances are still quite impressive.