(Closed) Must-Do’s on Oahu and Maui

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My husband and I went to Maui last Sept. It was amazing! I really enjoyed the road to Hana, snorkeling at Molokini & Turtle Town, Lahaina is cute for an afternoon (I’ve heard the luau there is the best on the island), and I definitely recommend eating at Mama’s Fish House. SO YUMMY!!!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I second the Lahaina Luau. It was breathtaking! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

In Oahu, check out the Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore to eat yummy shrimp trucks, visit Turtle Bay where they filmed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and the Ranch were they filmed various films like Godzilla and do various activities like ATV, horse back riding, etc.  For authentic Hawaiian Food, check out Ono’s. Their food is to die for!! The lau lau is delicious and the people there are super nice and explain everything.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

I was a big fan of deep sea fishing!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oahu:

-Go to the North Shore and visit Turtle Bay and Hale’iwa. Hale’iwa has the most amazing shaved ice place called Matsumoto’s. It’s on the main road and there will probably be a lot of Japanese tourists milling about. A little north of Hale’iwa is the pipline, where they have one of the biggest surfing competitions every winter. If you’re interested the Dole Plantation and the Polynesian Cultural Center is also near that area.

-in and near Honolulu: Hanauma Bay has the best snorkeling, though it can get crowded. I also recommend Atlantis submarines if your’e willing to splurge. It’s really neat! I think they leave from the Hilton Hawaiian Village (which is a neat hotel to visit btw). Ala Moana shopping center has some very high end stores and sometimes htey have free hula/ukulele performances in the mall’s center. International Market Place is also cool in Honolulu- it’s an outdoor market with a lot of stands selling local art and jewerly. You can probably haggle there if you want. It’s a little touristy, but fun! The palace is also cool to see.

-if you call the Honolulu Art Museum, you can book a tour to see Doris Duke’s beautiful home near Diamond Head. It’s truly amazing and has beautiful Islamic art.

Either way, I can’t stress enough to make the trip to Hale’iwa/North Shore. You can rent a car and drive up there or take the bus from Honolulu. I believe there’s a “Lost” museum if you’re a fan of the show as well.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh and Maui- you should definitely explore Lahaina (where there’s also an Atlantis submarine ride, but it’s not as good) and take the Road to Hana to see the Seven Sacred Pools.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I LOVE Maui! Plan is to move there in the next 2 years or so. If you want an exceptional Luau experience on Maui go the The Feast at LeLe. It is about $112 per person, which yes i know is expensive, however, no other Luau can touch it. It is a seated, plated dinner. The tables are intimate, there is no buffet. The maximum number of people is 70 (I believe) so no fighting crowds to get your kalua pork. The entertainment is fantastic. Each course is representative of the Hawaiian culture and each dance matches each course. I have been to this Luau twice, it’s that good!

Best snorkel charter:

Molokini and Turtle Town are the best snorkel spots to charter. Go through the Pacific Whale Foundation. Although it is a larger boat and more people, you definitely won’t miss out on the experience and it’s cheaper (I have also done a private charter/small boat and we ended up not getting to snorkel due to a tropical storm and they didn’t take us anywhere else to snorkel – very frustrating)

Best beaches to Snorkel:

 Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach – Truly amazing. It can turn in to a crowded beach, so go on a week day. Rent some snorkel gear at the Maui Dive Shop in Whaler’s village Shops at the Kaanapali Resort (It’s about $8 per person). You can access the beach from the shops. Walk down to the rock and jump in! The water is crystal clear, fish EVERYWHERE, coral is beautiful, even saw a turtle w/out going to turtle town! You can even jump off the rocks into the water! Very fun, lots to see.

Another good beach to go to is Oluwalu at mile marker 14, again rent some snorkel gear. If you are comfortable to really get out there, again you will see beautiful coral landscape. There aren’t as many fish here as at Black Rock, but still very pretty. It’s less crowded than Black Rock, great place to walk on the beach, play frisbee, and just get some sun.

Non-ocean activity:

You must do the Road to Hana at least once! Take a tour bus, don’t try to drive yourself. If you can, find a tour that stops at the 7 Sacred Pools, so you can swim in the waterfalls! Very beautiful. Rainbow bark trees, black sand beaches, lava tubes, small Hana towns.

Best Restraunts:

For breakfast or lunch go to The Gazebo at the Napili shores condo/resort. The prices are great  (cheap for Hawaii), the servings are huge, the food is delicious. Try the Macadamia Nut pancakes, and the Big Kahuna omlette, so yummy. This is a very popular place, no matter what day, so try to get there at 7:30am-ish if you can.

For a Nice Dinner Roys is delicious! It is in Kahana, in front of the Outrigger Royal Kahana Resort. It is upstairs from a Maui Dive Shop, general store, nail salon, and swimwear shop (There’s a McDonalds across the parking lot from it). You wouldn’t think such a nice place was tucked away up there! The menu is created every night by the chef, with the exception of a few signature menu items. Plan to spend at least $100 for the 2 of you, but it is well worth it.

Hope that helps! Maui is a wonderful place!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Autumnfalls1889: Maui Dive Shop is great! They also do a snorkeling excursion to Molokini/Turtle Town. They were so awesome. And they even picked us up at our hotel. One of the most inexpensive snorkeling trips we priced.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Sorry One more comment, I see your wedding date is in April and assuming you will be headed to hawaii soon after that. April is towards the end of the whale season (humpback I believe), but they are still there, more than likely you will see Mamas and Babies. Listen to the whales! it is a an amazing moment when you first hear a whale! You can hear them from the shore/shallow water, but the deeper out you are, the better you can hear them. While you’re out snorkeling, when you get in 10-15ft water, dive down under the water a bit, hold your breath, be very still, and just listen 🙂

I have not been to Oahu during whale season, so I don’t know the best places to hear/see them at on that island.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Theresa90405: Maui dive shop is great! I really appreciated that they offered not only, their charters, but charters for other companies. And I liked that there were so many on the island. When we rented snorkel gear, we were able to return them to any other maui dive shop.

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