Just booked our honeymoon to Maui!!!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Yes, the road to Hana is very twisty.  Just sit in the front seat, take your dramamine, drive slow, and you’ll be making tons of stops.  It is totally worth it.

Other must do’s are: Haleakala National park (we did the sunrise there), Snorkeling (lots of people go to Molokini), and I personally love the Maui Ocean Center.

Post # 3
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Busy bee

kittytwo :  We are too! We just booked it last week. We’re going for July 18th 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

I LOVED the road to hana, but it is indeed full of twists and turns. I would not go out drinking heavily the night before lol. I’m not prone to car sickness at all, but my Fiance is. He ended up driving the whole thing because being in control of the car helped cancel out the sickness? Not really sure, but it worked for him.

Lots of luaus on Maui if you’re interested. Lots to do around the volcanoes (sunrise, bike riding, atv).

I’ve not done a heli ride on Maui, only Kauai, but it’s SO exciting to see everything from the air.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Woo Congrats! We went to Maui in October 2016 for our honeymoon, and it was incredible! Here is my 2 cents.

  • Road to Hana is a must see, and I recommend a tour because the drive seems a bit scary on your own. I do typically get motion sickness and did not get any during this trip, the tour guide was great and knew exactly what he was doing so I was not scared at all. Plus the van fit 12 people and didn’t seem as cramped as a car for motion sickness reasons.
  • Snorkeling in Turtle Town or Molokini bay to see the turtles
  • Sunrise tour on Haleakala volcano – this was epic, but you have to meet the tour bus at 3 AM and I cannot stress this enough, it is SO COLD! Maybe 20-30 degrees plus wind chill, honestly the coldest I have been in my life. Bring very warm clothes, mittens, extra socks, gloves.
  • We went horseback riding at Mendes Ranch, amazing views of the entire island and ocean
  • Places to eat
    • Mama’s fish house is a MUST. It is expensive, but probably the best fish I have ever had in my life. They not only catch the fish daily, but they reprint the menu with the fish caught and who caught it! The menu actually says like “Tuesday – Salmon caught by John Smith, Mahi caught by Jane Doe”
    • 5 Palms Restaurant, amazing sushi and lobster on the beach
    • Tommy Bahamas – I know this restaurant exists in more places than Maui, but it was sooo goood. 
Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We spent 5 days on Maui and 4 on Kauai.  Maui – road to Hana, sunrise on Haleakala (and maybe a bike ride down), snorkeling, Lavendar farm.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

I will +1 for a Molokini snorkling trip and Haleakala for the sunrise!!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

kittytwo :  We went the last two winters to Maui… honestly, I will never go up to Haleakala again (unless via helicopter). It was the WORST. The Sunset was beautiful, but we were up above the cloud bank, so there really wasn’t that much to see. The area was interesting, but overall, compared to the beauty of the Road to Hana, it was a 3 of 10. Plus, I was experiencing a ton of bad car sickness, and I just wanted OFF that mountain!

If you plan to go to Hana, plan on taking your OWN car (although there are several buses that will take you in a group). Download the Road to Hana GyPSy app on your cell phone (while you still have wifi), and listen to the interesting information about the trip on the road up, and Hawaiian history on the way back. They actually have a full suite App for the entire island so I think downloading it for all the places you will drive would be great – it works off the GPS on your phone, and stops with you. I cannot say enough about our trip to Hana. It was so green and beautiful. The only thing that would have made it better – was warmer weather that was less windy. Between the waterfalls, random black crabs on a cliff, taking a trip to the seven sacred pools, and all the breathtaking stops along the way. I figured out the car sickness this year (damn allergies) and was much better traveling by car, boat, and plane.

Going both to Hana and Haleakala on one vacation (depending on how long you are there) will eat up a LOT of your time. Choose wisely.

Hawaiian Ocean Rafting co is great – take them for a snorkel trip for sure, they are out of Lahaina. They will take you out to Lanai to snorkel (there might be 14 of you max on the raft, vs a BIG boat which has 40+ and they go where everyone else goes, so you end up snorkelling with 60 or so other people in the same general spot on Molokini – lame), they will take you to a turtle reef, where there are quite a few you can get your eyes on. Someone this year found a LIVE mollusk, and there were some reef sharks too (they could not have cared less about us). It was sweet!

While you’re in Lahaina, view the lovely Banyan Tree – the largest in the world. Kimo’s or Longhi’s is great for dinner. There’s a magic show at Warren and Annabelle’s, but I’d skip that again, too, it was something to do, but overall, the beauty of Hawaii is something to see and visit.  There are a few restaurants in the area like Captain Jack’s and Cool Kat Cafe. They were just OK. As you know, lunch is about Plate Lunches, and I just don’t care for plate lunches – But Jack’s and the Cat were basic fair – although I remember my fish Tacos at the Kat being really good.

DO take a trip up to the Dragon’s Teeth state park. Just be prepared to sit on the cove or on the cliffs (it’s windy), take a lunch, and just soak up the sun. It’s beautiful.

What part of the island are you staying in?

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

Also, using the app “Open Table” seems to be fairly popular on the island (there’s only one restaurant in my town that uses it), so you can make reservations a LOT easier on must go to places like Monkey Pod, the Thai Bistro, etc.

The surfing goat dairy was totally fun, and they had a great tasting of their cheeses. Bring some money for take homes. The Hawaii Ocean Vodka was a cool trip, but their vodka and rum is terrible.

Below is a little photographic evidence of our last few trips.

From the Haleakala Visitor’s Center

We haven’t yet made it into the Io Valley (they keep doing maintenance while we are there), but there’s a beautiful memorial just below it that is also worth visiting. Check the national park’s website for park availability.

this was taken at a turtle reef

 

At Dragon’s Teeth

This is from our little spot of heaven

The last big Waterfall before you enter the Haleakala State Park on the Road to Hana

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

Road to Hana is great! You really should leave early in the morning because there is so much to see. Darling Husband gets easily carsick and is also the better driver, so he drove us. Get one of those apps for your phone that will give you narration and directions based on your GPS. It was very helpful and led us to some amazing detours that we wouldn’t have otherwise seen (e. g. Keanae Peninsula). 

Since you will be on your honeymoon, Feast at Lele would be a good option for you in terms of luau-type entertainment and dinner. Unlike other luaus, servers bring you the courses of food directly to your table for your party. It is pricey but worth it. For some cheaper eats, get some shave ice at Ululani’s while you’re on Maui too! You will have a blast! 

Post # 13
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Newbee

Just wanted to chime in to second the recommendation to drive yourselves (vs a tour) on the road to Hanna with one of the GPS apps. I was worried about it being so winding too, but it was fine. Definitely worth doing, and driving yourselves means you can go at your own pace and see what you want to see. There are some beautiful beaches in Hana, so stay a night or two if you can! Also seconding the Feast of Lele recommendation–the food spans other Pacific islands/cuisines and is wonderful. Have a great time!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We are going to Maui too! So excited. 🙂

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