Maui vs. Waikiki/Oahu

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Hands down Maui. Waikiki is a tourist hell hole and whilst there are areas of Oahu that are beautiful it just doesn’t compare to Maui. But I would pick Kauai over both of them. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I feel like Maui has a bit of everything. It has great beaches, snorkeling, inactive volcano, a whaling village (Lahaina) etc. Maui has a enough to do, but is quiet enough to get lost in the upcountry or explore the lavalfields at La Perouse Bay. Waikiki is great for entertainment, Pearl Harbour, and the business workings of state, but if you want a more serene and laidback vacation, go to Maui. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I grew up on Oahu, so it’ll never seem like a vacation spot to me. With that, I guess Maui. But TBH, I still find Maui too touristy and commercialized. I much prefer Kauai/Big Island/Molokai/Lanai.

Maui would be difficult without a car unless you plan on just staying in the vicinity of your resort.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Maui for sure. I’ve been to both as well. I think Oahu was more appropriate for a family trip, with kids, and/or a trip with a lot of people or a group of friends. Maui was perfect for two and that’s where we went on our honeymoon. We did rent a car (the 4-door Jeep) and it was great to have, but I don’t know if you absolutely have to have one. You can also get a more reasonably-priced one and still have the benefit of having your own transportation. We had scheduled to get an economy car rental, but when we arrived and we saw the Jeeps and the convertibles, we decided to splurge with some of the cash gifts we had gotten at the wedding.

If you do go to Maui I highly recommend doing the Road to Hana of course and also the sunrise visit to Haleakala. Also, an old-school Luau and snorkeling. One thing we missed was Mama’s Fish House and we sort of regretted not checking it out. One thing we did do as well that is not always on the lists of “must-visit” things is up-country and the lavender farm they have up there. The views up there are also pretty great.

You may consider Kauai too as others have mentioned. We were between Maui and Kauai and opted for Maui, but definitely want to check out Kauai next.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

mml624 :  You could but you really need a car to see the best of Maui and hire a boat at some stage, privately if you can afford it or otherwise research for companies that only take small groups. Like a pp said Maui is also full of tourists, especially on days when cruise ships dock, but nowhere near as bad as Waikiki.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I vote Maui, although I am biased because we went on our honeymoon and it was both of our first times in Hawaii so no comparison. But it was amazing and we keep dreaming of when we can afford to go back!! I have heard that Waikiki is a lot more touristy, and much more like Newport Beach in CA with hotels and night clubs. Maui was a lot more low key, relaxing resort feel. We still had plenty of things to do, but had plenty of time to just relax on the beach with a cocktail which is the type of honeymoon we wanted. 

And yes you can totally get around with out a car! We actually took uber everywhere, super inexpensive and all the drivers were awesome people to talk to. 

Also, since you have been to Waikiki but your husband hasn’t, maybe Maui could be a good fresh new place for you both to together!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

msbibliotecaria :  OMG I am SO sorry you missed Mama’s!!! That honestly was THE highlight of our trip and my husband cannot stop talking about that damn fish lol. It is expensive, but right on the beach with a great ambiance and freshly caught fish (no joke the menu is printed every morning with the name of the person who caught the fish!)

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Definitely Maui!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

jackjackattck :  I know!!! We totally missed out 🙁 But that is the perfect excuse to go back!! hahahahaha.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

We just booked our honeymoon for Kauai, the big island, and Oahu. Everyone we talked with about which island to stay on said Kauai but we wanted to get various flavors and scenery. I’ve heard Maui is great but the hotels were very expensive and found that Kauai and the big island have great opportunities for sightseeing and daily adventures. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I have been to both Oahu and Maui with my now fiancé. We love Hawaii so much we are actually getting married on the big island and then going to Kauai for a short honeymoon right after the wedding, then later going to Bora Bora when we can both get another two weeks off.  Oahu is a tourist nightmare with horrible traffic, I would suggest any of the other islands. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

The North Shore of Oahu has a more serene feel than Waikiki with plenty of beautiful beaches. I like both Maui and Oahu. Waikiki definitely has a very touristy feel to it, but it’s still fun. You can visit Pearl Harbor on Oahu, which is something you can’t do on Maui. On the other hand, Maui has a national park and the Road to Hana. You can’t go wrong!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Maui is on a whole another level than Waikiki! In a good way. Hands down Mauai, although I too would pick Kauai over Maui any day. I think there is plenty to do in Maui without a car for 5-6 days as long as you’re okay with not seeing all of the towns on the island. 

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