(Closed) Maui Honeymoon

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

labchicbee :  Hey! We’re Honeymooning at the Westin Maui next year – let me know how it is! 🙂

We’re planning on doing the Road to Hana (getting a trip, not driving ourselves) and the Haleakala Sunrise 🙂 both are highly recommended by our travel agent 🙂

Xx

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We went to Maui and Oahu on our honeymoon.  Like PP said, do the road to hana and haleakala for sure.  I also liked the Maui ocean center and snorkeling.  Doing a snorkeling trip to Molokini is very popular.  Otherwise there are lots of places to snorkel- even just outside the hotel at kaanapali.  If you only have a week, it might be hard to island hop.  There’s just too much to do for that amount of time.  You could easily do a day trip to Lanai or Molokai, but Oahu has tons to do.  We did 5 days on Oahu and 6 on Maui.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Snorkeling at Molokini!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We spent a week in Maui for our honeymoon and it was incredible! If you want to do 2 islands in a week, I’d recommend flying into one, spending a few days there, going to the next island, spending the rest 9f the trip there, then flying back from island #2. We thought about doing a “day trip” to the big Island for one day, but we had more than enough to do on Maui and just didn’t feel like dealing with the stress of flying back and forth in a day. Here’s some of our favorites:

1) Sunset and Stargazing on Haleakala with Maui Astronomy Tours. Becky was super fun and enthusiastic, and we both love space so we really enjoyed this. Only mistake was we did it on the first day of our trip and because we came from the east coast and were 6 hours behind, we were EXHAUSTED by the end and on the drive back. You want to go when there is as little moonlight as possible which is why we went the first night. 

2) Road to Hana. We drove it ourselves. Darling Husband and my dad both agreed, driving up Haleakala was worse than driving the road to hana. Start early! We had breakfast that day at Cafe Des Amis is Paia and really enjoyed their sweet crepes. Stopped at Twins falls, a random waterfall along the way (there’s tons, just pick one that was parking and enjoy lol), Waianapanapa state Park  (n lack sand beach, amazing!), and went past Hana to the Pipwai Trail. 2 miles home up to a 400+ft Waimoku Falls! We were running out of daylight so we missed the 7 sacred pools also at the Pipwai trail park. And yes, get banana bread along the way, so good.

3) Breakfast at Kihei Caffè. This was the only restraunt we like so much we went to it twice. No regrets, it was delicious. We made our own Loco Moco last weekend cause Darling Husband is obsessed lol. We were staying in Wailea so it was really close for us.

4) Snorkeling in Molokini. Darling Husband got seasick on the trip, I thought it was amazing. We used Seafire Adventures, really nice group of people I’d highly recommend them.

5) Lava fields of Makena and La Perouse Bay. We did a horseback ride through here one evening, and actually went back and spent an afternoon there later in the week. Again, was really close to us, but if you go down to that side of the island during your trip, I’d recommend a stop there. 

6) Mama’s Fish House. It meets and exceeds all the hype lol get reservations early. Lunch and dinner menu is the same, and lunch reservations are a lot easier to get. 

My parents really enjoyed going to the Vinyard there (we didn’t make it out there but I did enjoy the pineapple wine they brought us back) and also did a sunset dinner cruise one night they spoke highly of. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

Do the Haleakala sunrise!!!! Also, Road to Hana is totally doable driving, becuase then you can pull over and walk around anywhere you want, but I’d recommend getting one day in Hana so you can drive there, stay over, and then drive back rather than doing the roundtrip adventure in a day.

Snorkeling in Molokini.  Omg gorgeous.  My aunt and I splurged forthe Snuba rather than snorkeling – i HIGHLY recommend it if you consider yourself at least a decent swimmer.  There were so many sea turtles and pretty fish! I brought my GoPro along and still love watching footage of that swim.

I personally love breweries so we hit the Maui brewing company – it was a cute stop and a fun bar to hang out at, but if beer isnt your thing, skip it. 

Honestly, I wish I had another week or two on Maui, there was so much to do even just driving around the island (we stayed in Weilea but drove up to Lahaina for a day trip and some shopping) I, personally, don’t think I’d leave to go to Oahu, unless you’re in serious need for a “city” city.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Side question: we are also hoping to do a Maui honeymoon. How did you guys choose your resort? I feel overwhelmed.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

zpkj :  We stayed at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel because I’d stayed there before on a family vacation and loved it.  It’s one of the cheaper ones in ka’anapali.  Ka’anapali is a resort area with an amazing beach where all the hotels are located.  It is also the more expensive area to stay- but has tons of food options and is a very nice area to walk around.  If you want to go cheaper, look at Kihei.  That is actually more centeraly located on the island and cheaper.  My sister and her husband have a B&B that they stay at there.  Even though Kihei is closer to the middle of the island and would be a bit less driving, I still loved staying in Ka’anapali.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

zpkj :  Read a lot of trip advisor reviews, and researched the best combination prices for flights and hotel packages on expedia. 

We stayed at Hotel Wailea, it was heaven, I don’t think we will ever be able to splurge like that again and stay in a nicer hotel lol. It ended up around the same price I think as some of the really huge resorts, but we absolutely loved the fact that it was only 18 and older for guests and there was only 70 suites on the property. We never heard another door slam, screaming children running up and down the hall, etc etc. We were totally willing to forego being beach front for having that kind of luxury and privacy, and the resorts drivers took us down the the beach anytime we wanted. Darling Husband and I wanted privacy and relaxation though, that was our top priority. 

We went down to the Andaz in Wailea one night for dinner and it was really nice too! Think they just renovated it. If we were going to do huge, beachfront resort that would be top of the list for the ones we saw. Grand wailea looked like it’d be a lot of fun to stay at with kiddos, lots for them to do. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

If you do Molokini snorkeling be sure to book a morning tour. It gets choppy in the afternoon and they usually can’t make it out there. We did a snorkeling trip out to Lanai one year and that was amazing!

zpkj :  I like to do VRBO. Last trip we stayed at the Papakea and had a 2br condo with full kitchen for like $225/nt. Lots of open space, nice pool but no restaurants or anything. If you want something fancier/resort like, Honua Kai. Around $350 for a 1br. We normally eat breakfast at the condo, pack lunch for the beach and eat dinner out. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We stayed at the Hyatt regency. It was nice, and they have an awesome luau there that we attended. There is a new Hyatt there now, the hyatt andaz.

I would def do the Road to Hana. We drove ourselves, and didn’t think it was *that* big of a deal (besides just a lot of driving), but Fiance drove and I don’t get car sick lol. We actually went the wrong way and did the full circle, and so we stopped at the twin falls and did the hike at pipiwai, then Hana, then the black beach and the red beach. The red beach is very dangerous to get to, if you do decide to this please read up carefully on it, and wear proper shoes. NO FLIP FLOPS!

I probably wouldn’t island hop to Oahu if given the choice. I prefered Kauai – you could do a booze cruise to the napali coast which is amazing.

We also went to Costco when we got there to buy booze and snacks. If you do air bnb or rent a condo you’ll have a kitchen, which is great for things like breakfast and lunch if you dont want to eat out EVERY single day.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

labchicbee :  we honeymooned at the Weston and kaanapali just a little over a month ago! Amazing!!!! Activities/place I would go again and do

1. Def do snorkeling at molokini, it was so cool

2. Get an outdoor couples massage with the ocean view at heavenly spa (it’s in the Westin) 

3. Absolutely do the road to Hana, download gypsy navigation app which takes you on the entire tour. Some of the things you will see on the way, black and red sand beaches, hidden waterfalls tucked away, gorgeous views of the mountains and Haleakala crater, seven sacred pools, arboretums with amazing plants and foliage native to Maui, and so much more! This will take you all day (took us 14 hours to go through the whole highway but it is so worth it and you will see everything on the island.

4. The small town of Paia, amazing little place and nice to shop at and spend a few hours or even a day! Also check out Lahaina, it is very nice and fun town to shop in.

5. Haleakala crater sunset or sunrise! 

6. Eat at the following places, Mama’s Fish house, Lahaina grill, the restaurant in the Westin for buffet breakfast, Leilani’s (mostly for their dessert called a hula pie!), grab a drink at Cheeseburger in Paradise in Lahaina, such a cool little bar on the water with An amazing view of the ocean.

7. Ho’okipa lookout, where the locals hang and you can see the hardcore surfers! 

 

You will have the most perfect time! Enjoy! I wish I was still there!!! 

This is the view we had every night from the Westin!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

We are going to Maui and Oahu to celebrate our anniversary next year! I just want to second PP about the value of VRBO. It’s frequently more economical than a hotel or resort although there are various extra fees to consider. Still, we were able to save a lot by staying at a rental instead of a hotel. The rates are outrageous!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

People had great ideas, just wanted to chime in that we got a great deal on a condo rental through Costco! Right near Front Street and on the beach. Would have never thought to look there but a friend told me to and they had the best deals!

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