(Closed) Hawaiian Honeymoon

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

hey there! Not sure if I’ll be of any help scince I’ve never been to hawaii but being that u both have experienced a cruise before I would do hotel type… Especially scince u’ve never been to hawaii…. We just booked ours, we’re doing 6 nights in Maui! and I couldn’t be more excited! Good luck with whatever u end up choosing!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hey, I have been to maui when I was very young and the big island recently (just 2 years ago).  I really loved the big island and here is why:

I love doing active things on vacation (somewhat eco-tourism I guess it is called…)and the big island had tons of that to do:

hiking waipio valley, swiming in old lava chambers (very very old) filled with fresh water near the ocean, seeing the volcano and lava!!! (love love loved that), going to the botanic gardens, surfing, visiting the rainforest esque area, black sand beaches, sea turtles.  Lots of amazing stuff.   We traveled around the island (we actually stayed in a vw camper bus traveling around the island and that was AMAZING for half of the trip and then we went to a super nice luxury hotel for the second half of the trip. 

cons to the big island: if all you want is a big white sandy beach there are less of these there as it is a ‘young volcanic island’.  They have beaches which are amazing, just not like maui.  When I think maui I think big gorgeous beaches.

If you are a less active vacationer I think maui would be great.  It still has plenty to do, also a big old non-active volcano to visit, and the beautiful beaches.

I have never been to kaui, but that will probably be where we go on our next trip to hawaii!

(tripadvisor.com boards are great for finding out more about each island)

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I grew up in Honolulu and I love Hawaii!  In general there is the beach and the mountains to explore.  Oahu is the most populous island, and most tourists stay in Waikiki or Kahala hotel, Turtle Bay, or Ihilani.  The Big Island, Maui, and Kauai have some small cities but most of it would be considered “country” (at least compared to Oahu).  Lanai is the smallest island and basically just has two four seasons resorts on it.  

I don’t think you can take a cruise to Hawaii , but there is a cruise line that goes around the island chain.  I haven’t been on it or heard about people’s experiences, but I think it’s pretty popular.

I think it just depends on what you want to do.  No matter what, I’m sure you’ll have a great time!  The weather is gorgeous most of the time, except it rains more in the winter.  If you’re going in the winter, I think that it rains less in Lanai or Maui. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My husband and I went to Maui for our honeymoon in October and we LOVED it! It was our first time to any of the Hawaiian Islands and we chose Maui because we wanted to do more “touristy” things the first time around (we already knew we would want to go back before we even went! lol). We stayed at the Westin on Kaanapali Beach and it was fantastic! The breakfast buffet was simply amazing. Best. Ever. It was really close to Whaler’s Village for eating and shopping and convenient to Lahaina and various activities. The snorkeling was great, even right outside the hotel, the best was at Black Rock. We rented a jeep; which was so fun! Had the sunroof option, but had the option to do “off-roading” since it had 4×4… something my husband LOVED. The next time we go, we will probably go to Kauai or maybe the Big Island. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Just went to Maui in Sept for a 2nd honeymoon. It was amazing! Neither one of us had ever been before. We spent about 7 days there.

We stayed at the Grand Wailea. It was a beautiful resort! Lots of pools, waterslides, etc. We also rented a car so we could do touristy things (road to Hana, Haleakala crater, dinner at Mama’s Fish House, snorkeling trip to Molokini…)

Had a blast! But honestly, the resort was soooooo nice we hardly ever wanted to leave.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper

We’re going to Maui!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We went to both Maui and Kauai for our honeymoon.  We stayed at the Westin (it was free) in Maui which was just okay.  In Kauai we stayed at both the St. REgis and the Grand Hyatt – loved both of them!  I did a full Hawaii review so let me know if you want details!

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