(Closed) Kauai Honeymoon?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Yes! We went to Kauai for 10 days. It was the best week of our lives. I recommend doing a plane tour to see all of the island on your first day.

Weimea canyon is beautiful (but pretty tiring).

There are many great places to snorkel, we did a tour but realized it wasn’t necessary. We could’ve gotten the equipment at the costco (which also has the cheapest gas in the island, which is otherwise very expensive)

The sleeping giant trail was so rewarding. Scary at the top but so amazing.

Poipu beach was my favorite (we saw two sea turtles and a seal sleeping in the sand).

Queen’s bath is very dangerous so I’d research it first but it was one of my favorite sites.

Attend a luau, we went to Smith’s family luau, the gardens were beautiful and the luau was so entertaining.

Fish express had the best poke we’ve tried and it’s pretty cheap.

The glass beach is mentioned sometimes but I’d skip it, it’s not interesting.

I honestly envy you, I’d love to have a trip there coming up again. I have a million more suggestions but I’d be writing forever so I’ll add a photo from the sleeping giant trail.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

Kauai is my favourite island!

We stayed at the grand hyatt, its honestly one of my favourite hotels! Its so gorgeous. 

Agree with a heli or small plane ride over the island. we did a combo with a sunset booze cruise up the napali coast that was amazing. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Second the Grand Hyatt. We loved every minute there! ๐Ÿ˜

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We did!  We stayed at the Koa Kea on Poipu beach.  We had a fabulous time.  My favorite things were taking early morning walks on the beach to see rays and sea turtles, the catamaran ride on the napali coast, and ziplining.  We also went horseback riding, hiking, snorkling, and on a helicopter ride.  We also did something you aren’t supposed to do and took the rental car on the bumpy road to Polihale beach, which was gorgeous.  (I am not usually a rebel or risk-taker, but something about it being forbidden to us made us need to see it…)

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

If you need a more budget friendly resort we went to the Aqua Kauai Beach resort. It’s not as fancy as many others but we loved our stay there. We were able to save the money and use it on more activities!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Following this thread as we’re finishing our honeymoon next year with 5 days on Kauai, so excited! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Yes yes yes! Definitely go! Kauai was our favorite island and we were so sad to leave. We visited two other islands and they didn’t compare at all. We stayed at the Aston islander on the beach in Kapaa and it was wonderful! Great location smack dab in the middle of the east coast that gives you access to both hanalei in the north shore and poipu on the south shore. Rooms were great, the resort was beautiful, and it was affordable. We are itching to go back. 

 

We did the blue hawaiian helicopter tour which was awesome. Scuba diving at seasport divers in poipu which was amazing, and went up through Waimea canyon to do some hiking and sightseeing.

it was honestly the most incredible place. Next time we will spend at least a week there and rent a motorcycle and go up to hanalei since we didn’t even get up there this time. 

 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We booked a condo on vrbo, it was allowed us to have a kitchen and save on food cost plus it was right on the water and a fraction the cost of the hotels. I reccomend the chocolate farm tour at steelgrass farm http://steelgrass.org/chocolate-farm-tour/. It was awesome!

Also check out the farmers markets while youre there.They have them all over the island and there are ones to choose every day of the week.

Haole girl island sweets is delicious. It was across the street from our condo and the filled croissants are out of this world!

I second sleeping giant trail. and waimea canyon. There are plenty of viewpoints to enjoy without hiking too. We had planned on hiking it but I forgot to bring what we needed the day of. I still thoroughly enjoyed the view and taking our time at the viewpoints. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My other favorite thing was getting shave ice with macadamia nut ice cream in the middle.  So amazing.  I am basically a 5 year old sometimes.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We honeymooned there and loved it. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn…it’s close to the airport, and was completely renovated last summer so it’s basically brand new and gorgeous, great service…plus they have live music most evenings. It’s on a public beach, but it felt very private…we spent most of our evenings sitting out on the beach, and couldn’t see another person. The only time we saw someone else was when we walked along the beach, and it was just a couple of locals fishing.

We rented snorkel gear from Boss frog a few miles down the road. Best money spent–it’s cheap to rent for a few days. We also opted for the underwater camera which was fun. There’s a little swimming area with a breakwall right by the hotel. When we were there at least, it was full of fish…all different kinds, and it was like they were almost tame, they’d swim so close they’d brush against you. Plus, since it’s meant for swimming in, you don’t have any coral or anything to worry about. That was my favorite snorkeling spot.

We did the Smith Luau, and I loved it…and it’s a totalyl open bar so for the ticket price you can definitely get your money’s worth. Other than that, we did a lot of driving and sightseeing. We were island hopping so we didn’t have a ton of time to hike or explore, but we did go up into the canyons. We toured the coffee farm there, which is actually fairly interesting, plus it’s free to walk around the grounds. We drove up to the Northern part of the island where there’s more of the hotels and resorts. It’s crazy once you get far enough it gets really, really rural…like one lane bridges and dirt roads rural.

Oh–and we didn’t get to do this, but I’ve heard the tubing through the old sugar cane fields is incredible. It books up way in advance so make sure you buy tickets probably 2 months before you go. I tried to buy them a month in advance and they were sold out for every day we were there.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We honeymooned in Kauai – we stayed at a Wyndham hotel on the North Shore. The island was a perfect blend of peace and adventure.

We did snorkeling, a sunset cruise along the Napali Coast, scuba diving, helicopter ride, ziplines, and a luau. So much fun!

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