(Closed) Hawaii Honeymoon (maui)

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

I am going to follow this thread! We are getting marriend of June and planning to spend the first week of July in Maui for our honeymoon – flights booked last night! I can’t wait! 

My parents have been many times so if I can get them to share thier recommendations in coming weeks I will post here. 🙂 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Boston_MrsS_to_be:  Maui is my favorite Hawaiian Island! It’s a great balance of beautiful beaches/scenery, but still has lots to do, great restaurants, etc. I don’t know if there are all inclusives there, but either way I would skip them. There’s so much to explore on the island- you really don’t want to be tied down to one resort. 

The last time we went we stayed in Wailea. It was a great area to stay in.

Definitely rent a car. Just a few things I recommend checking out: Maui Swap Meet, The Road to Hana, Paia (cute little hippie town), Lahaina…there are also a bunch of different micro climates on the island and lots of diverse scenery.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Boston_MrsS_to_be:  I just got back from Maui about a month ago although it was not my honeymoon. We spent 7 days there and I recommend getting a car because there is alot of things to do around the island. We stayed at the Marriot in Wailea, which has the best weather on the island. The prices are affordable and they do have an all inclusive option but I believe it is cheaper to not do all inclusive.

The best things to do there are Haleakala, which is the volcano on the island. Go at sunrise, its a can’t miss experience and the stars up there before sunrise are incredible. You can drive it yourself but they also offer tours and you can bike down the volcano afterwards. Also, schedule a snorkeling trip to either Molokini ( the crater) or the island of Lanai. We booked through Trilogy Sail and loved it. They give you breakfast and lunch plus free coffee and beer. It’s worth the money. The road to hana is another major thing to do on the island. You have to make a whole day of it because the road itself takes a least 3 hours to go through one way without stopping. I recommend a tour for this though because we drove it ourselves and it was terrifing plus we missed a couple of stops. Lastly, stop in Paia which is an old town and the last town before you get onto the road to hana. The beach here is epic and in my opinon the best on the island. 

As far as restaurants go, try Monkeypod in Wailea, all of the restaurants at the Grand Wailea( Hilton) are awesome and Maui Brewing company was also good if you are into craft beer. 

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Newbee

My fiance and I spent 7 days last October in Maui. It was a great time. We stayed in Kaanapali at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, not fancy at all. Instead very beachy. They called it the most hawaian of the hotels and it is. I really liked that area. We went snorkeling right in front of the hotel it was a good area for that. We saw even a big sea turtle! Also, we walked aroun the path ways that connect the hotels in that edge and experienced their bars, coffee, food. So we stayed in one hotel but we walked around experiencing everything we could. 

Definitely rent a car and do it when you book your trip. We book our car for 4 days from here. When we were there we decided to add more days (because the friend that was going canceled last minute) and they wanted to charge us more than twice what we paid for 5 days for the 3 days left. 

I did the sunrise at the volcano. We drove but i regret I dindnt do the bike down the volcano. We drove to Hana and we divided our trip in 2 days so we could stop in all the right spots. Definetely dont stop at the Eden of Garden unless you really want to do a nature walk to see flowers. Thats all. They try to sell it by saying part of Jurassic Park was made there but seriously it is just one scene… I love the Red Sand Beach and the Black Sand Beach both on the way to Hana. We stopped to eat their famous banana bread in their local houses/shops. 

Lahaina is a really cute town. And we really like the sunset dinner cruise. 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

We had our honeymoon there in November and it was AWESOME!!  We stayed at the Grand Wailea, rented a car and did a lot of mentioned above that I highly recommend. At Grand Wailea, they also have a beach right in front and although all beaches are public, for guests they do have towel service, lounge chairs and beach umbrellas for guests to use and they will help set you up out there. 

Yes, all the restaurants in Grand Wailea are phenomenal! The Humuhumunukunukuakua (sp?) was our 1st night romantic dinner, we got complimentary champagne and dessert, it’s all open overlooking the ocean at sunset. Amazing food. Amazing. 

We found a little hole in the wall breakfast place we went to a lot in Kihei called Kihei Caffee. Inexpensive and awesome omelettes/breakfast food, you eat outdoors on the patio overlooking the beach across the street. 

Definitely do the Road to Hana, total all day trip, be prepared for rain as on that side it rains a lot, colder weather but a total must do. Lots of waterfalls along the way, photo ops, swimming, etc. 

We also did the molokini snorkeling and then they took us to turtle town to snorkel and there were turtles swimming all around us. It was such a wonderful experience. The fish and reefs were so pretty. I will never ever forget that! Don’t have a fear of it. They have life jackets and even “noodles” you can hold on to. Underwater cameras they rent and give you a CD afterward. You can always stay on the boat if you want but you really should go.

We also did a sunset dinner on a catamaran that was adult only and so romantic. Great food and staff and they had drinks (of course) and take your out and after the sun goes down, looking at the stars on the deck snuggled up with your honey..ahhh. They even told us to lay down on the tarps up front so we were laying there just looking up at the stars for awhile, we slow danced on the front deck to the soft jazz music they had playing. Definitely romantic!

We also had many people recommend a magic comedy show in Lahaina that is Warren and Annabelle’s and OMG it was soooooo funny. It’s a small venue only about 70 people at a time and it was hilarious. HIGHLY recommend it. So glad it was recommended to us.

I heard watching the sunrise at the top of the volcano is an experience as well. We just didn’t want to get up that early to go up there.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Boston_MrsS_to_be:  we stayed with friends at their vacation home. But, we visited the Andaz and it was very hip and sexy.  I also went the the spa at the Grand Wailea- the spa was phenomenal and the hotel, though more traditional than the Andaz, looked very nice. 

My favorite meals from this trip were at Star Noodle and Hali’imaile General Store. 

If you want souvenirs, the Maui Swap Meet is the place to buy them. You will find all the same merchandise you can get in the touristy shops for a fraction of the price because you are buying direct from the source. It is open every Saturday. They also have some great food carts. I loved Maui Girls Shave Ice. For what it’s worth I didnt buy any souvenirs and still had a great time walking around. 

It was definitely worth the price of admission

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Boston_MrsS_to_be:  Remember to do a search here on WeddingBee. There are lots of threads about Maui.

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