Post # 1
Hello fellow bees!
As the time gets closer we have finally decided to go to Hawaii for our Honeymoon, however we have no idea on where to begin. Neither one of us has been there before, and would really love some advice on which island to go to (we are more of the nature and culture type of people, and not so much for the tourist centers.) We would love to go scuba diving, swim with the dolphins, see the volcanos, etc!
Also does anyone know of any resorts or hotels that do not allow children under 16 in the hotel, and possibly have a private hot tub in the room?
Thanks fellow bees!
Post # 3
Hey there! We’re going to the Hawaii island of Kauai for our honeymoon! Based on my research, here is what I learned about the islands (keep in mind I’ve not been to any of them, this is just the impressions I formed)
Big Island- this is where the big cool volcano is, nice island to go to but very touristy
Oauhu- most touristy. This is where wakiki and honolulu are. Good for partying, going out at night, and lots of “classic” hawaii stuff.
Maui- Less touristy and more romantic/expensive
Kauai- less touristy and way more about nature than tourist attractions.
We went with Kauai because it is the island of birds and waterfalls. Most of the island is vegetation and free public parks. You will definitely need a car to get around, but once you have a car you can go park at overlooks, park and go hiking, do kayaking, etc. This is also where the “little grand canyon” is. I wanted a super relaxing nature-centered vacation so this seemed like the right island for me.
Post # 4
My family is from Honolulu so you’re going to get a slightly skewed perspective from me.
First, decide which island(s) you want to go to. Most flights go into and out of Honolulu (on Oahu) from the mainland, so it’s likely that you’ll find more deals if you do that. You can island-jump from Honolulu.
The Big Island is gor-jus but a bit sleepy. There’s the wet (Hilo) side and the dry (Kona) side. I actually don’t think it’s all that touristy–it’s more that it’s a bit more rural, so chances are, you will be relegated to touristy areas. BUT it does have great rainforest hiking and black sand beaches and you can do the national park and all that.
I’ve only been to Maui once, but my impression of it was that they managed to give it a good tourist infrastructure without ruining the natural beauty of the island. And Maui has Haleakala, which is a crater that is AMAZING to see at sunrise and you can hike down in the rainforest and everything.
So Kauai. Kauai IS less touristy and more natural. Part of the reason for that is…well, my relatives live on Kauai and let me tell you, half my cousins want to die in the house they grew up in and the other half cannot wait to get off the island, if you know what I mean. I spent summers eating sugarcane and boogie boarding down a storm drain (which I’ve heard they are now CHARGING to do). But Kauai is a gorgeous island as well–teh surfing is great, but be aware that Kauai’s waters also have high surf and intense currents.
And I’m going to sort of disagree with CorgiTales, only because Honolulu is home and I love it so that way–it IS touristy IF you stay in Waikiki the entire time. At the end of the day, Honolulu is a city like anywhere else, so it you want the opportunity to eat at different restaurants, go to museums, shop around, that’s your best bet. And there IS natural stuff to do on Oahu, although it WILL be much more developed than the other islands, so given your criterion, it may not be your #1 choice. But I point this out because Honolulu tends to offer a lot of tourist deals, so don’t lose heart if your budget puts you on Oahu rather than in Kona or something.
Post # 5
I really dislike Kauai. I’ve been there twice….once when I graduated from college. There is not much to do there……although it is very pretty and relaxing. The water there is cooler in the ocean, so there were not any pretty tropical fish where we were. However, as a child I got to stay at the Hyatt there and we just spent the whole time doing things at the hotel/resort, and it was magnificent. There were the coolest pools, a lagoon, and even a waterslide. We didn’t go in the ocean much there.
I like Maui and Oahu much better. The water is warmer so there are the pretty fish there! There’s lots to do, etc. Maui is less crowded than Oahu. They also can be relaxing, etc.
Post # 6
We’re going to Maui because it has a great mix of beauty and things to do.
Can I suggest talking to a travel agent? That’s what we’re doing, and we’ve already learned SO much about Hawaii that we would never find online. 🙂
Post # 7
We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon in May. We went to the Big Island and Maui and had an incredible time in both. Maui was more touristy than the Big Island but it certainly was not horrible by any means. We stayed in three different parts of the island – it was totally worth staying overnight in Hana if you drive there. It’s gorgeous and really quiet and relaxing! We also went snorkeling in Molokini and rode horses into Haleakala, both were SO much fun. I really preferred staying in the south part of the island (we stayed in Makena) as it seemed less crowded than the west side. Big Island is much much bigger than Maui and worth a visit if you’re into a lot of hiking and nature. We stayed a couple nights at the volcano and the rest of the time in Kona. We took a helicopter around the volcano too which left from Hilo – so basically we drove entirely around the island. Visiting the volcano is seriously like a once in a lifetime experience and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. The rest of the time on the island was ok. We didn’t realize how much the vog affected the weather around Kona so it was not that great by our hotel although the beaches a bit north were the best we went to on either island. The snorkeling near our hotel was amazing. I guess the main reason I thought it only ok was that we had to drive to get to the nice beaches, if we had stayed north of Kona I’m sure it would’ve been a different story. All in all it was an amazing trip and I dream of going back there.
We did not use a travel agent to book our trip. We researched a ton online and also bout the Maui Revealed and Big Island Revealed which were pretty good and I’d defintely recommend them over other books. Good luck and have fun!!!!