Post # 1
I am new to the wedding bee website but heard it was a great resource! My fiancé’ and I want to go to Maui and Kauai, Hawaii for our honeymoon. We like those locations because we heard there is a little bit of everything…ie relaxation, beautiful landscapes, and outdoor adventurous things to do like kayaking, hiking, and zip lining. ANYWAY… we need help. Neither of us have never been to any of the islands and would love any tips on hotels, places to eat, and things to do/ see. We want to go for two weeks (one week in each location) the end of June into July. We want to have a great time but also don’t want to break the bank. Any info is appreciated!
Post # 3
@flipflops621: We’re going on our honeymoon to Hawaii! Obviously we haven’t gone yet so I don’t know how valuable this post is, but we’re going to O’ahu, Maui, and Kauai. In Maui, we’re staying at the Fairmont, but we’ve also heard great things about the Marriot on Kanapoli Beach. In Kauai, we’re staying at the Hyatt. In Maui, we’ll be going on the road to Hana and hiking Haleakala for sunrise. We don’t have all of our trip planned yet, so I don’t know what else we’ll do, but I’ll try to remember to give you an update when we get back!
Post # 4
You can find some great package deals using Pleasant Holidays (google them). We used them when we booked our Maui package (by clicking on the “book a package” link on the Westin website), and while the airfares were the same as if you’d bought them directly, the hotel and car rental costs are significantly discounted. You can get an oceanview room at a great hotel (like Westin, Sherton, etc.) for under $100/night, compared to $350-400/night if you booked directly. We also got extra perks by booking this way, including free breakfast and a huge stack of drink tickets!
We stayed in the Kaanapali Beach area, which has wonderful beaches and lots of restaurant options. I’d recommend a catamaran snorkeling trip (we booked on Trilogy), and the bike ride down Haleakala (through Maui Downhill). Both were well worth it. Enjoy your honeymoon!
Post # 5
@spring-bride: How was the bike ride trip? Are you and DH experienced bike riders? I want to do it, but we don’t bike very often. How challenging is it?
Post # 6
Look into booking through Costco. We did our Maui/Kauai honeymoon and one other Hawaii trip through Costco and we got great deals.
I highly recommend the Hawaii Revealed series of books on each island. It is full of great places to eat and beaches to visit. They also have great reviews of the local tour and luaus.
Kauai was my absolute favorite island! Have genre at time!
Post # 7
We went to Maui for our honeymoon a few weeks ago and it was amazing! We stayed at the Marriott Maui Ocean Club on Kaanapali beach. There is definitely a lot to do there but it is also very relaxing. We went whale watching (end of season now, though) with the Pacific Whale Foundation and went up to Dragon’s Tooth and saw the sea turtles coming up for air! We would have loved to visit Hana, but will do that next time for sure! I loved Maui!
Post # 8
@flipflops621: My husband is an experienced cyclist, but I hadn’t been on a bike in years! I was still able to handle the 15 mile ride, no problem. It’s all downhill so you’re hardly peddling, and I was riding the brakes most of the time. We stopped mid-way through for lunch at a lavender farm, so you do get a break.
I definitely suggest you do the guided ride like we did, rather than booking with a company that just gives you a bike and sends you on your way. With the guided ride, there is a guide in front, who has a radio connecting him to the van that’s following in the back. They communicate constantly about traffic, so they can have the group (12 riders max) move to the side to let groups of cars pass. It was a scenic ride and lots of fun. You should do it!!
Post # 9
I went to Maui for my honeymoon over the summer. My favorite parts were the bike ride through Haeleakala BIke Co. after watching the sunrise. Best part of the trip by far..it was amazing! We also had a blast zip lining through Flyin Hawaiian … They have the longest zip line and the staff was so much fun. We also went horseback riding, snorkeling, and on the road to Hana. We actually got a flat tire on the back of the mountain as the sun was going down and it scared me to pieces…so turn around instead of going on the back side of the mountain! Also download the Maui Revealed app…it was a huge help. Lastly, you have to go to Mamas Fish House. By far the most amazing meal I have ever had in my life!!
Post # 10
sounds like an amazing honeymoon!
I’ve been to both islands – and they’re both great!
On Maui we rented a condo (through VRBO, just north of Lahaina) which was REALLY nice (ocean front, quiet pool, close to restaurants, shopping etc.). We rented a car through Costco (great deal!) and were able to explore all of the island. There are tons of different beaches and areas to explore. There is also a Costco right by the airport. We stopped there on the way to our condo and stocked up on Kona coffee, alcohol, and breakfast/snack food. We ate out for dinner most nights (and sometimes got take out to enjoy on our lanai) but it was so nice to have a kitchen for breakfast and snacks.
On Maui I recommend the following: Kimo’s for happy hour (Old Lahaina Town, ocean front bar, great sunset views), shave ice (anywhere, really), Alii Nui (snorkel tour to Molokini on a catamaran), and check yelp for a variet of mixed plate restaurants.
We stayed at a resort which was also great (had kitchen to make breakfast). I loved visiting Poipu beach, we drove to Waimea Canyon (AWESOME), and went horseback riding to different waterfalls in the Princeville area.
Kauai is more rural than Maui and both islands are great. If you want a totally different experience, stay a night or two in Waikiki (Oahu)! Big city, beaufitul beaches, etc.
No matter what you do, you’ll love it! We love Hawaii so much, we’re getting married in Maui next year!
Post # 11
@flipflops621: Kauai is my absolute favorite island, followed by Maui.
There are already lots of great suggestions, but in Maui I would definitely go to The Feast at Lele luau. Seriously, its amazing. It isnt one of those cheesey, giant luaus with an awful buffet for 900 people. It is intimate and romantic – perfect for a honeymoon. There is a 5-course gourmet meal that is delicious and the show is fantastic. You sit at a private table and the earlier you book the better seating you get. It was one of the highlights of our time in Maui.
In Kauai the Na’ Pali coast is STUNNING. I know there are places where you can either take an excursion (or possibly rent your own little boat?) and go around the coast and into the caves.
We went whale watching with The Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui. We were there in August and we hardly saw anything. We have been on MUCH better whale watching tours in Alaska. It may just have been because of the month we were there, but I would check and make sure that if you go whale watching that it is the high season. I feel like we completely wasted money on that tour.
Here is a link to the website for the luau.
Post # 12
We went to Kauai and Oahu for our honeymoon and I’ve been to Kauai about 10 times. For hotels nothing beats the Hyatt but it is incredibly expensive, especially during the summer.
We stayed at the Kauai Beach Resort for 5 days and got an amazing deal through Hotwire. What we paid for 5 nights is the equivalent of 1 night at the Hyatt. Hotwire isn’t for everyone but since I’ve been to the island a lot I felt pretty comfortable booking a “hidden” hotel at a really great rate.
I’ve stayed at both the Hyatt and the St. Regis and honestly felt like the KBR matched up well in terms of pool service, room amenities, and view.
Somethig to consider, on Kauai it will take you 30 minutes to travel 15 miles since there’s so few roads and so many cars. So if you stay on the Northshore and want to travel around it could take you an hour or more to get to other parts of the island. I liked staying in Lihue because it really cut down on time spent in the car.
I reccommend you buy “the guidebook” by Andrew Doughty. It’s a great resource for hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing. I think a lot of pretty visiting use it as a resource. Ditto on using Costco for cars, such a good deal but you need to be member.
Some of my favorites:
Fancy pants dinner: Gaylords at sunset
Authentic Hawaiin food: Mark’s Place (so so good)
Hotel: Hyatt for luxury in Poipu, princeville/st. Regis in princeville. If you choose not to stay at either of these places you should at least get a drink at their bars. The Hyatt’s bar, Stevensons Library is beautiful and the bar from the St. Regis is a big ticket around Sunset.
Snorkeling is a must too 🙂
Now I want to go back!
Post # 13
We went to Maui, we stayed at the Wailea Marriott Resort & Spa.
It was AMAZING, we also did a hana highway tour which I would suggest as we got to see a whole lot of Maui in one day.
Post # 14
PLEASE don’t use the Hawaii Revealed books, as one other poster mentioned. While the photos are nice, the books are full of incorrect information and are very disrespectful about Hawaiian culture. They also encourage people to trespass and to ignore posted signs. When we locals see people waving that book around, we write them off as being clueless. Just having that book in your hand can bring on a bad case of stink-eye from lcoal folks.
Lonely Planet and several other books are much better sources. Also try TripAdvisor; it’s a very useful resource.
Post # 15
@wahine777: I’m curious, what incorrect information and disrespect have you found in the books?