Post # 1
My partner and I are planning to spend 4/5 days in Maui and the same in Kauai in July 2013, we live in england so long way to go but know it will be worth it!
We’ve fallen in love with going to Maui and Kauai our of the islands I think, but need your help and recommendations on places to stay, see and do,
Post # 3
I am just commenting to follow the thread! That is exactly where we are going for our honeymoon next July, too! 🙂
Post # 4
@englishrose86: I’m going to Kauai for my honeymoon in less than a month 🙂 I’ll let you guys know all about it when we get back!
Post # 5
SET ASIDE A DAY TO DRIVE THE ROAD TO HANA. It was absolutely the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done and seen, and it’s amazing. You’re probably going to want to rent a Jeep or something smaller to do it… the roads get crazy narrow, there are a lot of blind turns, one way bridges, etc. …. but it is COMPLETELY worth it. GORGEOUS!!
While on the road to Hana, be sure to make a detour to Waianapanapa State Park… it has one of the only black sand beaches on Maui, and is sooo pretty, absolutely worth a stop. There’s even a little lava tube you can go in and watch the ocean on the other side…
Also, The Paia Fish Market in Paia (at the beginning of the Hana Highway (before the crazy gorgeousness begins), is pretty awesome. It’s low key… just some picnic tables set up inside the building, and you order and then pick up your own food… but the fish is DELICIOUS, and comparitively, pretty reasonable prices.
Let me know if you have any questions 🙂 We went and saw other things as well but the road to Hana was obviously the high point for me.
Post # 6
We honeymooned in Kauai & Maui. I love, love, love the Hyatt on both islands. The Hyatt in Kauai is absolutely stunning and the nicest hotel on the island. Definitely drive to Hana when in Maui. As far a guidebook goes, Maui Revealed an Kauai Revealed are great resources for beaches, great restaurants, and other fun things to do. I think you picked the two best islands to go to.
Post # 7
We didn’t do much in Kauai besides enjoy the beaches but we ate at 22 North twice and loved it. I would definitely recommend that place!
Post # 8
I live in Hawaii 🙂 So, I think it really matters what kind of experience you want.. I know more about Maui than Kaua’i.
First, theres the hotel experience. Yes, most are all ocean-front (depends on the room though), friendly hospitality :), room service, probably some discounts to their luaus, activity tours, stuff like that. On Maui, thats mostly Lahaina/Kaanapali (west side) or Wailea/Makena (southside). Thats the busier parts of the island.
Or theres the non-hotel experience.. Maybe get a private vacation rental on the north side (thats where Paia Fish Market is and also closer to Hana than the hotels). There are some that are ocean front. Mamas Fishhouse is an amazing resturant.. located right outside of Paia. More laid back, less crowded beaches.. Mellower. “Upcountry”, Maui, or the country part of the island that is uphill 🙂 also has some VR. Also mellow, and nice view of the island/s and ocean.
It depends what you want while you are here.. Sorry, can’t help much with Kaua’i.. I love Maui 🙂
Post # 9
Wow some great recommendations there thank you!!
Has anyone tried the B&B route on the islands?
Post # 10
@englishrose86: We rented a condo through the website VRBO. It’s a very reputable site and can get really good deals. Our condo is right on the ocean and has its own swimming pool. So you might want to check that out 🙂