Post # 1
My fiancé and I are planning to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon in July. Originally we were planning to go to the Big Island, but with the erupting volcanos, we are thinking of changing our plans and going to either Maui of Kauai. We don’t know much about either island, so if anyone can give us some suggestions it would be greatly appreciated! If you have been to both, please let us know which is better for a first time visit to Hawaii.
Post # 2
We did all 3 for our honeymoon! It depends on what vibe you’re after – Maui and Kauai are basically polar opposites. Kauai was our favorite – it had the right blend of relaxed vibe, pretty beaches, and outdoor activities. Maui has pretty beaches but it is crazy busy and super expensive. But if you’re looking for someplace lively for a nice beach vacay, Maui might be for you.
You might re-consider the Big Island. the Big Island is BIG – and the Kilauea eruption is one tiny corner of it. The only thing you can’t do is see part of the park/take a heli tour over the Pu’u’o’o vent. But you can still go to the Jaggar Musuem (which is the Kilauea summit overlook), arguably the most popular spot in the park. Bascially, what I’m saying is that the eruption is only effecting the part of the island that you can’t find on any other island, so there’s not really any reason to go elsewhere. The Big Island has a ton to offer
Post # 3
Kauai is definitely more rural/country. It has beautiful scenery (waterfalls, mountains, etc.) and great hikes. The north shore was recently devestated by a storm, so if you do choose Kauai make sure you look into where you are staying and any closures that still may be in place. I think Poipu (the more beachy, touristy area) was okay.
Maui is my favorite so I may be biased. Great food and plenty to do (beaches, shopping towns, aquarium, drives, hikes, etc.). If you do choose this island I highly reccomend a sunrise on Haleakala! It is just stunning. About a 2 hour drive from the area we stay in (Kaanapali). Make sure you reserve a spot online as it is by reservation only now (only a couple dollars to do so).
Overall, I would go to Kauai if your goal is to relax and Maui if you are trying to have a fun-filled vacation. But you really can’t go wrong either way.
Post # 4
I think it depends on what you like to do.
Kauai is more outdorsey – Hikers paradise. Tons of gorgeous hikes, quieter, less touristy. Great beaches and a diverse island. It’s not uncommon to drive for 5m and find a completely deserted beach. Napali coast cruise is a must.
Maui is much more touristy and developed – road to hana is fun, but filled with people. Still great beaches (we did a black and red beach here which was cool), the volcano is a pretty cool experience. Lots more choices for accomodations here, many more condo/hotels to choose from.
I like maui, but kind of a “one and done” thing. I LOVED kauai, and I really want to go to Big Island. Since it will be your first time, I don’t think there is a bad choice!
Post # 5
We’re going to Oahu for our honeymoon in August!
Post # 6
I live on O’ahu, and think you can’t go wrong with any of the islands. Just be aware that Kauai receives the most rain in the US, and there was a lot of flooding in Hanalei last month that did a lot of damage. I’d recommend staying in southern Kauai to avoid the rain and flood damage.
Maui is gorgeous, but pricey. Great restaurants on the island, but you definitely need a car to get the most out of your trip there. Mt Haleakala is a must-see there, especially at sunrise.
Post # 7
We are doing a honeymoon cruise in September. It’s an island hopper round trip from Honolulu. I’ve never been, so I wanted to see various islands and not just choose one! Maybe if I have a favorite, we can go there for an anniversary 😌
Best friend/bridesmaid did a trip with her husband to Maui some years ago and they loved it!
Post # 8
Is one day enough for Maui for major sight scenes?
Post # 9
are you doing like 24h? The road to Hana is a full day – 10-12h. If you want to do the volcano that’s a separate day. It would be rushed but you *could* do it if you just did the road to Hana and not much else.
Post # 10
I grew up in Hawaii and of the islands you’re considering, Kauai’s always been my absolute favorite, followed closely by the Big Island, then Maui.
PPs have summed up the main differences between Kauai and Maui pretty well: Maui is more touristy. There’s much more in terms of dining/night life/shopping on Maui. There’s much more in terms of hiking/nature on Kauai. Maui is big so he prepared to drive. But even though Kauai’s much smaller, you’ll still probably do quite a bit of driving since there’s only one main highway that goes along the northern/eastern/southern sides of the island (and not one that cuts across it).
Honestly though, do some research before nixing the Big Island—it’s a huge island and Kīlauea is pretty far from the main touristy areas. I’m sure Kona/the Kohala Coast/Waikoloa are all fine.
Have a great time and try to book things ASAP because July is right around the corner and things get super expensive/booked up in the summer.
Post # 11
My SO & I went to Kauai two years ago and it was the most romantic holiday, we absolutely loved it. We stayed at the Sheraton on Poipu Beach which was a dream! There are lots of hikes to do and deserted beaches to relax at. The scenery is beautiful! As others have mentioned it’s definitely more of a relaxing choice.
The highlight was a Napali Coast cruise at sunset. We did it with Blue Dolphin Charters, we found them to have the best package inclusive of dinner and drinks. They offered a buffet dinner with a variety of food to choose from.
We also did a day tour with Hawaii Jeep Tours which was great and we got to see a lot of the island this way as we didn’t rent a car. I would definitely reccomend Kauai for a romantic honeymoon, I can’t wait to go back!