(Closed) Hawaii? Lots of questions!

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
12300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It is pretty amazing, but it doesnt have to be expensive.  I’ve never used a travel agent, but it’s pretty easy to research and plan, and super easy to get around by car.  In order of favorites, I’d say Kauai, Big Island, Maui, Oahu.  Get your hands on the Revealed series, they’re awesome.  My favorite part of Kauai was the “hidden” hike down a closed path to Wailua Falls and a random secluded beach just off the road by the north shore.  Big Island was awesome cause.. active volcano!  The hike across the crater was a neat experience.  Maui was a bit more touristy, but Haleakela was awesome.

Post # 4
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went to Maui for a family vacation two summers ago and it was BEAUTIFUL!  I wouldn’t go back for a honeymoon, though, because it’s just so far.  I’m on the East Coast, so the travel days were loooooong and the 6 hour time difference hit kind of hard.  It’s luxurious and really, really nice in Hawaii, but I need a more relaxing honeymoon 🙂

Post # 5
2453 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@KC720:  Did you go to Hawaii for your honeymoon? Did you use a travel agent? How long did you go for? How much was it? Any thing we absolutely must do/see?

Everyone says that Maui and Kauai are the place to be. Thoughts?

I got married and honeymooned in Hawaii. I didn’t use a travel agent. I went for 10 days, including the wedding day. Tickets were $865 each, but everything about the wedding cost around $6k – flight tickets, hotels, dress, rings, ceremony planner etc.

I wanted Maui, but honeymooned on Kauai. It’s gorgeous there. Absolutely gorgeous.

Post # 6
2041 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re honeymooning at/on Big Island. One way we saved a ton of money was to find a condo for rent rather than going with a hotel. Since it’s our honeymoon, we splurged and got a fantastic one that opens up right to the shoreline, but it is still comparable in cost to a mid-level hotel. We’ll be saving quite a bit on food since we’ll cook for ourselves rather than eating out for every single meal. We already bought our plane tickets through Travelocity, and they have some type of policy that guarantees if they end up offering our same tickets at a lower price, we’ll get the difference back or something like that. We also reserved the car on the same transaction to take advantage of the price.

I’ve already got a list of places we’re going to snorkel, and we’ll be taking a full day to visit Volcanoes National Park. We might also take advantage of this tour that takes you to an observatory and stargaze on the grounds. It’s an iffy trip since the lunar calendar says it’ll be close to a full moon, so that’ll make it tough to see stars anyway. However, if it sets early enough, it should be spectacular viewing!

Post # 7
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@KC720:  We are going to Maui and Kauai. We got the tickets on frequent flier miles amd are staying in condos. They are cheaper than hotels and seem to be very common in Hawaii

Post # 8
1534 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We honeymooned in Maui and Kauai and it was beautiful.  We’ve also vacationed on Oahu.  For a relaxing honeymoon experience I’d recommend either Maui or Kauai with Kauai being the most relaxing, slow paced of those two.  However, if you are going to make the trip out there and may not ever go back (and are into history), I’d highly recommend stopping for a day or two in Oahu to see Pearl Harbor.  

Both times, we booked our trips through Costco and got really good deals.  We love staying at the Hyatt.  The Hyatt in Kauai (Poipu area) is one of the most beautiful places ever.  If you are looking for good guidebooks, I recommend the “Revealed” series.  Great beach and restaurant recommendations.  

Post # 10
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

it’s better if you just book your travel alone… i wouldnt go through a travel agent… if you are havign a hard time chosing which island to go to, then look up what activities each island has and start from there. Kaui is more romantic than Ohau, but Ohau has tours and pearl harbor. it’s up to you

Post # 11
2386 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My family and I have vacationed in Maui 3 times. The first time we also took a flight over to Oahu to see Pearl Harbor before boarding our flight home to the mainland that night. It worked out just fine. Maui is the perfect combination of excitement and relaxation! Our third visit Fiance now DH got to join and we even took engagement pictures there. Maui is a magical place and by far my favorite destination for sun, beach and ocean.

Post # 12
8067 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve only been to Maui but I LOVED it!!  I got my ticket for around $800/850 and lucky enough for me I went for a wedding and I didn’t have to pay for my room.  There is plenty of inexpensive stuff to do as well.  Road to Hana was the best part for me and it’s free except for a car rental and gas.  I also love simply just snorkeling and that is really cheap too.  But I managed to spent a decent amount of money on food and drinks (I spent a lot of $ at the pool bar on mai tais).  Buy your own liquor if you want to save a little $.  I also spent money on surfing lessons.  Did a Luau but it was paid for as part of the wedding reception.  Also had a boat/cruise which was paid for as well. I got lucky on that trip.

Next time I go back though I want to go to Kauai because I love hiking.

I also recommend those Revealed books PP mentioned.

Post # 13
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

PLEASE don’t use the “Revealed” books to plan your Hawaii vacation. While the photos are pretty, the books are full of incorrect information. Almost any other travel guide is better. These books also urge people to tresspass on private property to get to supposedly “secret” spots. It’s become such a huge problem here that they have become the islands’ most unpopular travel accessory – if locals see you with that book, it very well may inspire some negative feelings towards you, and who needs that on their holiday?

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