(Closed) Maui or Kauai..thoughts??

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: What is a better honeymoon spot...Maui or Kauai??
    Maui : (18 votes)
    41 %
    Kauai : (26 votes)
    59 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I LOVED Kauai.  Absolutely gorgeous scenery and great snorkling.  But I’ve never been to Maui, so I can’t compare them.  If you do pick Kauai, the Na Pali trail is an incredible hike.  The views are amazing, and it’s a fun change of pace from lying on the beach or swimming (which are, of course, also lots of fun).  Good luck choosing–what a great dilemma to have! 🙂

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

    Ooh! We just made this same decision. We’re going to Kauai! I have no experience in Hawaii (yet!) but FH researched it and our decision was based on the idea that Kauai is less “touristy,” and less crowded. I don’t know how true that is. Apparently Maui does have more shopping, more nightlife, and more “things to do.”

    Sorry, I know this comment does not help, but I just wanted to wish you luck and am interested to see what others say!

    Post # 5
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I wish I could help too but we decided to do both! Tough decision but I think either place will be amazing so don’t fret too much!

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’ve only been to Maui, but have heard great things about Kauai too. I think it depends on what you’re looking to do. Maui has a ton of stuff to do, touristy and not. It’s got shopping and some good restaurants but it’s big enough that you can get away from the crowds. However, in general, it will probably be more crowded than Kauai. I’ve heard Kauai is more low-key, very good if you just want to lounge around and explore the island.

    One reason we decided on Maui was that my fiance really wanted to try snorkeling and it was amazing in Maui. We saw a ton of sea turtles – so cute!

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’ve been to Maui before and not only is it gorgeous (like all the islands, lol) but the snorkeling was BEAUTIFUL and their black sand beaches and sugar cane plantations really stick out at me.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    It depends on what kind of honeymoon you want!  I have been to Oahu, Hawaii (big island) and Maui, but never Kauai – it’s a lot quieter there and less touristy…I voted for that because of that, but really you cannot go wrong.  I love Hawaii!

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’ve been to both and I will say that you can’t gro wrong with either choice.  But both are different.  Maui was beautiful and there seemed more to do in my opinion.  Haleakala and the Road to Hana was amazing and there just seemd to be more activity in Maui.  Kauai is scenic and quiet and really captures the essence of paradise.  Im my opinion – I’d go to Kauai if you’re looking to be in a resort and really soak up the beautiful beach but Maui if you want to do some hiking and more activity.  Have you looked into a Hawaiian cruise where you can go to both?  We went through Norweigian Cruise lines…check it out if you’re interested

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’ve been to both islands, and for our honeymoon, we’re going to Maui and the Big Island. I think you really can’t go wrong with Maui *or* Kauai, but we chose these two because Fiance has never been to Hawaii.

    Kauai is super cozy, more intimate of a feel, relaxing. I don’t remember there being much of a “night life,” but then, I was with my family, so we didn’t look for that. Beautiful hikes and day excursions, too.

    Maui has some of the Kauai coziness, but a ton more stuff to do, if you choose to want to do it! Basically, you can just be lazy and lay on beautiful beaches all day, or you can go for a gorgeous hike, bike ride, zip-line tour, or snorkeling day-trip, plus there is a bit of a night-life, just nothing on par with Oahu.

    Just my two cents! But again, can you really go wrong with either??? =)

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’ve only been to Maui, so I can’t compare the two, but I LOVED Maui. We were also deciding between Maui and Kauai. Ultimately, we chose Maui because we’re national park people, and we wanted to hike at Haleakala.

    This is kind of cheesy, but try taking this quiz: http://gohawaii.about.com/od/hawaiivacationplanner/a/island_scores.htm. It actually helped us narrow down our choice 🙂

    Post # 12
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Kauai was amazing!  It’s got so much to do and the island is small enough that if you stay on one coast, you are only a car ride away from anywhere. I stayed on the south shore but drove up to the north shore/east coast a few times and it was fun bc we had the jeep.  I aws there for a week and didn’t have enough time to do everything i wanted to so im dying to go back.

    I think Maui would be better for you if you’re the type that prefers the Four Seasons type hotel and high end shopping bc maui has great high end stores.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m voting for Kauai, I’m being biased because I’m going to Kauai for my honey moon.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I agree with all previous posters.  I am from Hilo on the Big Island and have been to both islands.  They are equally amazing, beautiful and have lots of sightseeing activities.  The main difference between the 2 is: Kauai is VERY laid back and not touristy while Maui is slightly touristy which allows more opportunities for activities and nightlife.  Either way you’re going to have an amazing honeymoon!  Let us know what you decide! 

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I vote for Maui, but I haven’t been to Kauai so I can’t really say anything about it.  Maui is beautiful, tons of things to do, great beaches, fantastic restaurants, etc.  I also wouldn’t discount the fact that tourism is down due to the economy, so when we went last May it wasn’t even crowded. 

    I truly think you can’t go wrong with either.  It kind of depends on what kind of people you are and whether or not you like to have lots of different things to do or you are both cool with doing more relaxing.  You can do both things on both islands but I think Maui might have more “stuff” to get out and do.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee

    We’re going to spend a week in each, but after the research we’ve done, if I had to pick one it would be Kauai. But honestly you can’t go wrong. Enjoy! 

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