(Closed) Kauai Honeymoon Help!!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@NYBride_421:  

 

I have not stayed in that resort when I went to Kauai but we were responsible for our own food. It was pretty expensive, mainly because we had a kitchen and bought groceries which are all imported and therefore, the prices are jacked up. It was a little cheaper to eat out every day, while buying our own breakfast food at the store. There are some great restaurants on the North shore, one being a japanese sushi bar/grill. Although I don’t know if you’re into that kind of stuff 🙂

I can’t really remember what we spent per day but I would round it out to maybe $40-50 for both lunch and dinner

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We stayed at the Hyatt in Kauai but I’d imagine they are similarly priced.  I’ll be honest, we spent a ton of money on food in Kauai.  But we didn’t leave the resort at all, so every meal, plus snacks and drinks by the pool.  I think it was at least $300/day. My husband also eats like someone with a tapeworm so that was also a factor. I eat like a normal person and was good with a big breakfast, a small snack at the pool, and an early dinner.  If you go off resort, it shouldn’t be nearly as expensive.

i highly recommend the “revealed” series of guidebooks on the Hawaiian islands. So many amazing tips and places to go.  

Kauai is beautiful!  You will have an amazing time!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

posting so I can follow (we’ll also be honeymooning in Kauai and i have no idea how much to budget for food.)

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@NYBride_421:  

It really depends on where you go, what cuisine you like. The japanese restaurant was on the high end, around $70 for a complete dinner, sake and sushi appetizers. We also tried some local cuisine which was probably $15-$25 a plate for seafood, specialty burgers, etc. Something we learned is that some places a little off the beaten path can be less expensive with more character. We found a sweet little BBQ shack that looked old and rickety, but the food was excellent. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@NYBride_421:  You definitely need a car on Kauai. Everything is pretty spread out there. 

I can’t stress enough that my husband eats a ridiculous amount of food. II think we could have gotten off my cheaper if he hadn’t needed to eat a full meal every 3 hours. I’d seriously kill for half the metabolism he has. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 1997

We went to Kauai for our 10th anniversary.  I recommend asking the locals where to eat and trying lots of dives.  We loved the plate lunches and the fish was awesome.  Yes, it was more expensive than eating out on the mainland, but how often do you get to eat real Hawaiian food?  Enjoy – I’m jealous, I’d go back to Kauai in a heartbeat!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had my honeymoon in Kauai and I LOVED IT!! You will have an amazing time.  We had a condo and people told me that grocery prices would be atrocious, but I actually found that they really weren’t THAT bad.  Some things are way more than on the mainland, but others are not.  We had a kitchen so we cooked dinners and everything, but you could probably get groceries for breakfast such as cereal and milk or muffins and save some money. 

 

Make sure you rent a car and drive around the entire island!  Also I HIGHLY recommend a helicopter ride.  We went with Safari helicopter tours and it was about $100 per person…it was totally worth it.

ETA: What city is the Mariott in?  Maybe I can help you out with some places to go to eat if it’s near where I was. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Kauai’i is amazing, you should definitely go! We stayed at a time share, so I can’t say anything for the Marriott. 

You need to rent a car for the island, but you can find some good deals. We chose the cheapest economy car and they ended up giving us a convertible mustang because they ran out of the lower end cars! It’s an amazing drive around the island so try to hit all of the shores. A guidebook was our best friend, as it pointed out local places we’d never have found on our own. And you have to have shave ice, it’s so delicious!

The food is more expensive at the grocery store but it’s not outrageous. We made a lot of our own food and then we’d go out for some lunches and dinners. The more expensive restaurants are a lot but you can find a lot of affordable places that are so good. Have fun! I wish we could go back again!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@NYBride_421:  So looks like it’s in Lihue?  Sorry we didn’t spend much time there, we were down in Poipu.  But the airport is in Lihue and also a lot of the main stores/Costco etc.  There were also the most commercial kind of restaurants (McDonalds, Pizza Hut, etc.) there. 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hi! We stayed at the Marriott last July and LOVED it! We really enjoyed lihue and the area. It’s definitely on the quieter side but Kauai in general is pretty laid back. Definitely get a car. It’s so much easier to get around and you will have to drive to everything, which I was not really expecting. But nothing is really too far away either. Also, food is super expensive. We spent at least $100 every night at dinner and we are not fancy restaurant eaters or huge drinkers. That’s just the cost of hawaii….but a phenomenal trip. If you have other questions, please let me know!

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