Post # 1
We will be going to hawaii for our honeymoon for 10 days, and we have our flights booked to and from maui. I was wondering if you all would suggest just staying in maui for the entire time or if we should venture for a few days to another island. i have been to kauai a few years ago for 5 nights and my fiance has never been to hawaii. thoughts on what you did and/or what you wish you would have done?!? thanks!
Post # 3
I was just there for 6 nights, and I am glad we stayed on the same island the whole time. My sister & I were so tired after flying plus the time change, and we hadn’t even just made it through a wedding…and that was w/o "honeymoon activities" of course. 😉
We stayed near Black rock. The whole time we looked for sea turtles, and luckily we saw one the last full day we were there, at Black Rock. Unfortunately, our tour was too windy the day we were *supposed to go to Turtle Town, so definitely keep a close watch on the weather.
I would take the day trip to Hana, but make sure you get there in plenty of time to not take the road home @ dark. On the way back, we took the southern route on the island, and it was nice to do the loop & see different things.
Also, make sure to pack travel meds! We felt sick on some days even w/ our meds. One lady on our boat tour got sick, and she said she’s never gotten motion sickness before. So, make yourself stay hydrated!
My last tip is be prepared for everything to cost more. Some things are fairly normal prices & some are super expensive. Buy the local stuff whenever possible & be flexible with what you buy to snack on…for example, some fruit is crazy expensive & some is cheap.
Plan on tours being about $100 + bring $ to tip the crew.
Definitely buy a guidebook if you don’t have one, yet, but I’d be happy to answer any ?s.
Post # 4
We are going to Maui too! I’ve never been to Hawaii before, so I don’t know if this is smart…but we’re spending 5 nights in Maui and 2 nights in Oahu. I felt like Honolulu was something I wanted to see, but I didn’t necessarily want to spend a lot of time there. Is this a bad idea? Would it be better if we spent all of our time in Maui?
Post # 5
linzella, that’s what we were thinking–possibly honolulu–my fiance is a big history buff too. do you know how much interisland flights are on average?
thanks for the tips cannotwait! yeah, not looking forward to the inflated prices, but luckily our flights were bought with miles, as well as a few nights stay!!!
Post # 6
Hdiehl, you are sounding almost exactly like us! I travel for work, so our whole honeymoon is being "purchased" with flights and miles. I bought a foder’s guide book about Hawaii, and it mentions a few ways to get between the islands. Here are links to the super ferry and one of the inter-island airlines.
Oh yeah, one of my coworkers suggested we take the earliest interisland flight we can. He’s been to Hawaii several times and says that otherwise, you risk wasting a whole day traveling between islands. His perspective is, you might as well wake up super-early, get where you’re going, and then sleep on the beach! 🙂
Post # 7
My husband and I did the Maui for one week and Oahu for 3 days. I regret spending my time on the Island of Oahu as I would have LOVED to stay in Maui for a few more days. It was busy, dirty, just not my type of relaxation. I guess certain parts of Oahu were beauitiful but I wasn’t really impressed as I was with Maui. We also made the mistake of staying in Waikiki as well. Perhaps if you did a more relaxed part of the island it might be a different experience.
We stayed at the Fairmont Kei Lani in Maui. Absolutly breathtaking and in my opinion cleaner than the Grand Wailea. We left the resort at 6am for hana. Best time to leave so you don’t hit all the traffic in the afternoon.
Post # 8
I go to Hawaii almost yearly and am very partial to Kauai as it’s the least civilized, and also the most beautiful out of all the islands. My next favorite would be Maui. The flight to Kauai from Maui is short, and I say worth the extra expense, because the beaches and scenery there are absolutely gorgeous!! We’ve stayed at the Grand Hyatt at Poipu and the hotel itself was so beautiful with all their interconnected water lagoons and pools. The restaurant Tidepools is very romantic and has some of the best food we’ve ever had.
On Maui, if you want to try a luau then book the Feast Of Lelei as soon as you get there as they get book out very fast. It’s hosted by a very nice restaurant and not as cheesy as the bigger luaus where people get herded around through generic buffet and drink lines. My fiance and I got our own private table and were waited upon by a great waitress who brought drink after drink after drink!! And the food is EXCELLENT; I think there were about 7 courses total!! Each course represents a different Pacific island. As for sightseeing, Road to Hana is a definite must and start out early since it’s pretty much a whole day trip. Don’t forget to stop by the Coconut Candy Hut on the way. mmmm. There are many beautiful hiking trails on Maui so don’t forget your hiking shoes!! Also take a snorkleing trip off shore to see monk seals and turtles, some of them are so friendly they’ll swim along side you!!
Post # 9
I just got back from my Maui honeymoon…do you know where you’re staying???
I have great suggestions!!! I would definitely recommend staying in Wailea, which is the higher end, sunnier part of the island. we loved the Fairmont Kea Lani, but the Four Seasons looked AMAZING too.
I would stay in Maui the whole time, and you can take day trips to Lanai and Molokai, other islands nearby. For me, I didn’t want to have to pack everything up and move in the middle of my honeymoon.
There are so MANY things to do you will never be bored.
We both agreed that it was our dream honeymoon. Absolutely fabulous.
Post # 10
We went to Kauai (5 nights) Maui (6 nights) and Honolulu, Oahu (1 night). I did not like honolulu at all, would not suggest going there. It is overbuilt, nothing all that special. I LOVED Kauai. It is so less developed, so lush and beautiful. I think it is worth the trip – it is the most beautiful place i have ever been. We stayed at Princeville and went into a little town called Hana Lei almost every night for dinner. Kauai is a great place to actually feel like you are in Hawaii.
On Maui we spent two nights in Hana at the Hotel Hana Maui which was PARADISE! you have little cabins facing the water and it is soooo serene. Then we stayed at the Four Seasons – which while a lovely hotel, is just a big fancy resort. It was really nice and all but I didn’t love it as much as Kauai or Hana, Maui. I think it all depends on what you like in a vacation – if you want to veg at a great resort, there are lots of them in Wailea in Maui.
The interisland flights were super cheap when we went, but we bought before a bunch of airlines went under.
Post # 11
We did very similar to Janna19. We only stayed in Honolulu one night to do Pearl Harbor the following day. Kauai is absolutely amazing. It is so beautiful and lush. We were nonstop going there. We did the Napali coast, Waimea Canyon , watched the sunrise at shipwreck beach and he golfed one day as well as we explored the Princeville side since we stayed in Poipu Beach. We really enjoyed the Hyatt. The pools and grounds are amazing.
Maui is serene and beautiful. I think I liked here better as I am a huge beach girl and during the winter the swells and undertow were so bad in Kauai I didn’t really venture in the ocean. We stayed in Wailea here at the Four Seasons. The hotel has a complimentary shuttle around the wailea area so it may not even be necessary to rent a car! It really is incredible. If you can splurge, I would say its totally worth it! We rode the bikes down the volcano here, half drove the road to Hana (so many beautiful waterfalls) and snorkeled twice.
Now getting between the islands if you overpacked was a NIGHTMARE. So here are some recommendations: pack an extra bag to throw things in. They are strict about 50 lbs but you can check up to 2 bags for free. Hawaiian air and Go! air were a little flexible. Island Air was horrible though and wouldn’t even guarantee my bag would get there for 24 to 48 hours so I literally had to pack my stuff in a plastic hotel bag and tie it up.
Other than that I LOVED hawaii and have tons of recommendations if you want them. We already want to go back and just got home Saturday.
Post # 12
Another vote here for the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea. So fabulous. Truly amazing service, and very good with the perks. Ocean front upgrade. The hotel was half empty, so it felt remote. If you want to experience a different side of Maui, try staying at the newly refurbished Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. It is on the Western Side of the island, so it is a bit cooler and much windier. Definitely at least go for a cocktail. And eat dinner at Mama’s Fish House, especially if you plan to drive the Road to Hana. They catch their fish literally an hour before.
If you can, try to stay a few nights on Lanai. You can fly or take the ferry from Lahaina on Maui. They have two properties owned by the Four Seasons. If you want an amazing beach stay at the Manele Bay property. SO amazing. Worth the splurge. They have a shuttle take you to their sister property, the Lodge at Koele, which is a 25 minute drive upcountry. Amazing the temperature difference, the scenery is amazing. It is like you are on your own private island.
Post # 13
thanks for all the feedback! i think we decided that we would stay on maui the whole time! i loved kauai (and LOVED the grand hyatt that we stayed at), but i wouldn’t mind just sticking with maui for the honeymoon and use your suggestions. we are staying for three nights at the grand wailea, so i will have to look at some of the other hotels you guys suggested 🙂 everyone has been telling us to do the road to hana, so we definitely will do that! i am excited already!~!!!
Post # 14
Wow! We are also staying at the grand wailea in Maui! (Gotta love those Hilton Honors Points!)
hdiehl, I don’t want to hijack your post…but I have a question for anyone who’s been to Hawaii before. Hope you don’t mind!
So, our flight schedule is kind of weird and we’ll be spending our first and last days of the trip on Oahu. From what I’ve read, Honolulu doesn’t sound that great…so I’m wondering if anybody has done anything fun on Oahu? We’d like to end our trip on a high note, so any suggestions are welcome!!
Post # 15
i’m not sure why so many people are hating on honolulu/waikiki. we liked and enjoyed our experience there and i’m glad we spent part of our honeymoon of this island! sure there may be a lot of people and stuff, but there are also plenty of amazing restaurants and scenery and local flea markets to check out!
if you enjoy eating like me and my husband, i recommend going to Alan Wong’s Restaurant. this is a high end restaurant which won a lot of awards! the food was absolutely incredible. we had our first dinner here when we arrived and every night after that just didn’t compare! we ordered the 5-course dinner plus a couple appetizers to share. the 7-course dinner to share would have been a better deal! we also ordered their "Da Bag" in addition. it’s got clams and it’s very good! when you make your reservations, be sure to say it’s your honeymoon, you’ll get a few little surprises! the service was impeccable too!! another restaurant we really liked was the Hau Tree Lanai. you sit under this amazing tree while overlooking the sunset on a beach. it was so romantic after all the people on the beach have disappeared. i had the fish with crab and avacado on top. it was the best fish dish i’ve ever had.
if you are staying near waikiki, for a sweet snack during the mid afternoon, walk over to Leonard’s Bakery for some malasadas. Get the ones with filling in them. it’s like donuts but a million times better. this shop have 350+ reviews on yelp and the average rating is 4.5 stars! yelp never lets you down…. so definitely visit this little bakery if you have time.
if you like exploring flea markets and buying some great cheap momento to take home, you should check out the flea markets by the stadium near the Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor. it’s only 1 bus stop away from the Memorial. however, this flea market only operates on M, W, and F during the week (you’ll have to double check on the days though). we spent the first part of our honeymoon in oahu so we didn’t end up buying a lot of stuff in the flea market b/c we didn’t want to carry it to the next island, but we wish we would have bought a few more gifts for people back home.
hope you enjoy honolulu like we did! we didn’t have time to explore the north shore but we heard a lot of good things about that area of the island.
we spent the 2nd part of our honeymoon in kauai. this island is very "country", all you see are plants and chickens, and only 1 or 2 highways on the entire island with 1 lane on each side! we get antsy when we have nothing to do, so we ended up doing a lot of adventurous stuff like kayaking, hiking, and zip-lining… may have over-done it but it was fun and gave us tons of stories and memories to bring home. the locals kept pointing out spots where some movies were filmed, most notably the recent "Tropic Thunder". now we want to watch that movie. there’s not much else to do on this island except relax on our resort’s private beach! we loved the fresh marinated food from the Fish Express! wish we have a shop like that over here.
Post # 16
We’re thinking about doing a Maui honeymoon as well and reading everyone’s post just got me super excited! We are considering Maui and the Big Island (staying on the Kona side). The trip would be 7-9 days total and we’re not sure how we should split up the trip. 5 days in Maui and 4 days in Kona? Any suggestions?