Post # 1
Hi Bee’s, we are getting married in June and are trying to figure out where we should honeymoon. We are going for 10-12 days and our budget is $5,000-$7,000. We definetly want to be at a beach. As of right now we are torn between Hawaii (Oahu and Kauai) or Aruba and Curacao. Any suggestions, input or recommendations? Thanks!
Post # 2
I highly highly recommend going to Kauai!!! Aruba has gorgeous beaches, but it’s a desert island which didn’t appeal to me. Flat and not very luscious, and also extremely windy. Never been to Curacao so can’t comment on that. And I liked Kauai moreso than Oahu because it felt more ‘natural’ to me. It was so lush and bright and beautiful, with so much to do! It also seemed less touristy and crowded to me than Oahu did.
Post # 3
I can’t speak for the other islands, but if Hawaii, Kauai! We did our honeymoon on a cruise, island hopping the 4 major islands. We had less time in Kauai than originally scheduled but the little bit of time we had, we loved it. So much that we’re tentatively planning a trip back to Kauai (maybe Maui as well) in 2 years. It was gorgeous and much less touristy than Waikiki.
Post # 4
We just got back from our 12 day honeymoon in Kauai and it was AMAZING. We spent about 7k. You could always split your time between two islands if you want some variety. Connecting flights are pretty cheap. I am so glad we ended up there for our honeymoon.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t pick Oahu (specifically Waikiki) for a honeymoon. I’ve been twice when I tagged along on my husband’s business trips, and both times I came home thinking I was so glad that I only had to worry about paying for a plane ticket. It is just a large city that happens to be on the beach. Yes there are some beautiful areas, but everything just felt so touristy and not romantic at all. I’m sure there are tons of people who would disagree, but I would prefer one of the other islands if I were to go again.
Post # 6
We were just in Oahu yesterday and it was amazing. The island has so much to offer. City, country, surfing, and ultimately the memorial to Pearl Harbor which was just amazing.
i haven’t been to Kaua’i, but that’s our next trip. I hear it’s secluded and amazing.
Maui is nice, but very touristy. I have family there and I am still very meh about it.
Post # 7
lulu2322 : Cook Islands are about 4-5 hours south of Hawaii (on the same timezone) and are around $3,000 (per person) for 12 nights in a decent hotel. The islands are super serene, the bluest clearest waters and powder-white beaches… totally secluded, no big name brands (ie: Starbucks or Walmart like with Hawaii) or crowded beaches… just pure paradise! We use Downunder Travel for our South Pacific vacation planning: https://www.downunder-travel.com/south-pacific/cook-islands/cook-islands-holiday-escape.aspx
Post # 8
I LOVED kauai! I think for 10-12 days I personally would try the Big Island. You can spend a few days on each side and really get to experience it.