(Closed) Hawaii honeymoon suggestions??

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA

I spent quite a bit of time already researching this exact same thing.  We’re going to Hawaii for the first time for our honeymoon, and I can’t tell you how helpful TripAdvisor.com was!  You should check that site out, especially the forums section.  They’re nearly as addictive as weddingbee. 


Also, do you guys have a budget?  That will help us give you better advice.  We looked at Kona Village Resort, which has some all inclusive honeymoon packages, but ultimately decided to rent a house on the beach on the north shore of Kauai.  We were just looking for some more privacy and picked Kauai because it’s supposed to be one of the most lush and green islands, and great for snorkeling in June. 

Post # 4
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

we went to hawaii last november and did quite a bit of research. like you i was clueless as to which island to stay on. in the end we chose maui. it’s relaxing, but there’s still lots to do. it’s not as touristy and busy as oahu. but there’s more going on than kauai. i liked that we could see volcanic rock + waterfalls, red sand beaches, black sand beaches and white sand beaches. we did the road to hana and got some thrill rides in with that, too, in addition to gorgeous scenery. we loved maui and often talk about going back there! we stayed at the four seasons and would recommend it in a heartbeat, although i’m not sure they have all inclusive plans. good luck with you search. you’ll love hawaii!

Post # 5
6 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

I definitely recommend Maui!  My husband and I went there on our honeymoon last july and it was amazing.  There are many hotels and suites located near each other in the city of Kaanapali (just google it and you’ll find tons of info), so you don’t have to go far for good restaurants and snorkling sites!  Also, the city of Lahaina is close by; we took a sunset sailboat cruise from the dock in Lahaina and loved it.  Definitely do the road to Hauna, a very famous day trip through the lush part of the island.  Probably the most exciting thing we did was bike ride down Mount Haleakala!  The tour group picks you up from your hotel and drives you to the top (we chose to leave at 3am so we could see the sunrise above the clouds, which i highly recommend), and then you bike ride (well, mostly just coast!) back down to sea level.  I’m not a super active/ adventurous person, but i loved it.  Hope this helps!

Post # 6
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are staying on Waikiki Beach for our honeymoon in October.  We are staying at the Outrigger on the Beach.  Plan is to spend as much time on the beach, but we do plan on going to Pearl Harbor and do some ATV riding.  There is plenty of things to see on all islands so you won’t be disappointed with that.  I’ve been to most of the islands and they were all great, but my favorite was Kona.  Don’t know exactly what it was about that island, but it was very quaint.  We chose Ouhau because my Fiance was stationed there for a few months and loved it and I was able to spend much time there when we island hopped for a cruise.  No matter where you go, it will be beautiful and romantic.  Good luck on your search!

Post # 7
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I also recommend Maui. I was just there with Fiance last Thanksgiving and it was fantastic! Another option aside from a hotel is a condo. We stayed at Wai Ola (I think the webaddress is http://www.waiola.com) and rented the whole house (there was a big group of us). You basically have free reign over the house (the honeymoon cottage is also adorable. A private pool and hot tub. You save a lot of money and are walking distance to Lahaina village. Kaanapali beaches are only 3 miles away. Road to Hana = amazing trip, I recommend adventuremaui.com to get a tour.

I’m going to do a post on Maui on my blog soon, when I do I’ll post the link on here.

Post # 8
11 posts

I was in Hawaii last year at this time. . .wish I was there now!  I would say avoid Oahu at all costs!  It is soo busy and touristy – it houses the slums for all of the locals who work the underpaid tourists jobs.  The area we stayed in was rough, not at all what we saw when we booked the hotel. ..  On the other hand, we LOVED Maui, and like everyone else – cannot say enough good things about the island!  We booked a snorkeling tour (highly recommend it – SO FUN!), went body surfing on the uncrowded beaches (loved that), but we hated Road to Hana – we were so CAR SICK!!!!  And we all took dramamine before.  But then again, tons of people love it too.  Good Luck – Happy honeymooning!

Post # 9
997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

I’ve been to three of the Hawaiian Islands (Big Island, Maui and Oahu) and each is awesome in it’s own way!  Big Island has the volcanos, Maui has a good combo of lush greenery and nightlife and Oahu has more of a city feel (Honolulu) with beuatiful quiet areas as well.  Whichever island you choose, I highly recommend the "Revealed" books – Big Island Revealed, Maui Revealed, etc.   They are absolutely awesome with recommendations for everything!!! Have fun!

Post # 11
2 posts

Maui is pretty, but for my money it’s always and always about the Big Island.


My sweets and I are planning a trip there next year. We’re going to divide our time between this AMAZING super-cheap Japanese hostel-type hotel (we’ll "spring" for the third floor, with a balcony view of the Pacific, for SIXTY-FOUR DOLLARS A NIGHT). It’s called Manago Hotel, and it’s just…well, it’s my favorite place in the world.




info on their insanely good homestyle Hawaiian restaurant, where locals congregate:




With the crazy amounts of money we’ll save here on a weeklong rate, we’re going to get a three-day stay  at one of the many yet-to-be-determined fancy schmancy resort hotels. We’ll do the spa/massage/all that jazz thing there, but I guarantee you that Manago is where the real action will happen.


(It kind of hurts me to even talk about Manago to the internets; it’s like revealing grandma’s crazygood secret biscuit recipe or something. Then again, it made it into Gourmet magazine last year, so I suppose the secret is really and truly out. Recognize that Manago is NOT a touristy place; you will run into students, hippies, locals, and all manner of fascinating people. This, for my money, is 97.8% of the reason to travel anywhere, though, so I may not be your best guide for a romantic honeymoon. 😀 )


Manago’s located in Captain Cook, which has some of the best snorkeling in the entire world. It overlooks the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park, which is, in a word, magical. When I stay there, my normally in-bed-til-noon ass is up and running at about 5:30 am – all the better to rise with the sun, take the short, gorgeous drive down the most beautiful mountain on earth, stop by the little French bakery/coffee plantationfor some fresh brewed Kona coffee, pick up a pastry or two, and then go snorkeling in the bay before all the other tourists get up. You will, I GUARANTEE YOU, swim with sea turtles and/or dolphins if you get there early. And you will never forget it. (Just be cautious – even though the bay is usually calm, there are no lifeguards on duty and it can be dangerous to swim if you aren’t a solid swimmer.)




So much more. I could go on for days. I’ll spare you.  But suffice it to say that if you go to Hawaii and do the whole luxury resort thing the entire time you’re there, you’re going to miss out on some awesome treasures. I can’t recommend this book highly enough:




There’s one for Maui too if you’re totally set on that as your destination. This series is beyond incredible for giving you the best bang for your buck in a notoriously expensive tourist economy and allowing you to see the Islands for what they really are, beyond the leis and greeters and tour buses. 


God, I wish i were in Hawaii right now! Have an AWESOMESAUCE honeymoon, whatever your Hawaiian choices are!

 Quick edit: Just to make sure I’m clear here, Manago is NOT a spa. Far from it, It’s bare-bones. It’s like going to camp. Like going to CAMP AWESOME. But no one’s gonna rub your feet or give you a lei there. Just want to be clear on that point. 😀 


One more quick edit: Manago’s weeklong rate for a double room on the third floor, non-smoking, with a balcony, is 384.00. It’s about a fifteen minute drive from Kona. It’s in the most beautiful place on earth. It’s clean as a whistle, and there is NO TELEVISION (hooray and hallelujah!). 


Yep. Hawaii lodging for 2, for a week, for under 400 bucks. How much do you love me right now? 😀

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