Post # 1
I’m from Hawaii – the Big Island – moved away for college and haven’t moved back (yet!); fiance is from California. We’re getting married on the Big Island this summer and have decided to stay in Hawaii for our honeymoon. I nixed anywhere on the Big Island or Oahu since I’ve got a ton of family in both places and have been there many, many times.
So I’m wondering, should we go to Kauai or Maui for the honeymoon? It’s been years since I’ve been to either island so I wouldn’t mind doing playing tourist. Fiance says he’d be happy with either. I also thought about Lanai, but I figured there would probably be more to do on another island.
Post # 3
We’re debating between these two, as well, but we’re leaning toward Kauai just because we’ve heard it’s less busy. We want a lot of nature and not a lot of people, so that’s guiding some of our decisions.
Post # 4
I just got back from Kauai, where my mother lives, and it is really hard to beat. I haven’t been to Maui since Jr. high though, and I’m sure it’s wonderful, too.
I reccomend making a list of stuff you want to do, and picking based on that, or you can island hop.
I feel like some of the best of what Kauai has to offer is the sort of active stuff, like hiking, snorkling, ziplining and stuff like that. Also, I know the Princeville Resort is opening next year under new management, and it will I’m sure be super fancy. And expensive.
Post # 5
We went to Kauai and Maui for our honeymoon in November 2008. We loved both islands but I would say the experience is different in each. Kauai is very laid back, lush and not built up. We actually did more here and ending up relaxing more in Maui. Maui is built up (more restaurants and shopping), less to see but for us more serene and the oceans were swimable there. This has to do with the time of year we were there but we weren’t able to get into the ocean in Kauai minus a little bit of snorkeling we did near the Napali Coast.
I would say weigh more what you would like to do on your honeymoon before you make any decisions. Both islands are incredible and you can’t make a bad decision!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2018 - Auberge du Soleil
When is your honeymoon? We went to Kauai for our honeymoon in October and really loved it (but it was a bit rainny). There are tons of outdoor activities to do and things to see but not a lot of shopping or fancy restaurants (fine with us). I’ve never been to Maui but I hear there are a lot more people and shops there. I guess it just depends what you guys like to do the most!
Post # 7
I’ve only been to Maui, but I was just there in October and LOVED IT. At least when I was there, the crowds were not big, I think due to the economy…one of my larger tours was only half full, which was good for us, but not so much for the staff.
Post # 8
Oooh, tough decision you lucky girl. Our favorite part of Kauai is Hanalei, since you can hang out on the beach during the day AND enjoy live music and a mellow local scene at night. Hanalei Bay is a great spot for beginning surfers in the warmer months.
On Maui, my favorite place is Hana; we spent almost an entire week there and were in absolute bliss the entire time. It’s a 3-hr drive, though, so if you want more variety it may not be as easy to plan for on your honeymoon. If you do go, however, the Hotel Hana-Maui has a fabulous spa and their food is not to be missed. It’s a total splurge, but so worth it. The west side of the island is more touristy and high-energy; fun but not that romantic.
Like others said, it depends on what you want to do, but both options are gorgeous and you’ll have a great time.
Post # 9
I’ve been to both Kauai and Maui. I’ve been to Maui most frequently. I think where you should go depends on the type of honeymoon you want to have.
Kauai is definitely more laid back, and less built up. I would think if you wanted to relax and just lay back, that would be a good choice.
When I went to Maui, there was snorkeling, kayaking, biking down Haleakala, and the road to Hana (definitely not a waste of time). There is much more to do on Maui.
I think that it just depends on what you and your Fiance want for your honeymoon.
Post # 10
Personally I prefer Kauai although both are great options. I think a lot of the outdoorsy type activities (snorkeling, biking, hiking, kayaking) are available on both islands but I just thought that Kauai was so relaxing. If you like nightlife though, I would choose Maui over Kauai.
Post # 11
We have actually been looking at both locations too. We have two sets of close friends who honeymooned there, and they strongly recommended Maui as a honeymoon destination.