Post # 1
we’ve decided on Kauai and Maui in late October, and have 12 days total. Very excited! We’re looking to spend some time relaxing after the wedding, and then hitting the great outdoors: beaches, hiking, snorkling, kayaking, chowing (both nice and hole-in-the-wall finds). I’d love to hear how long you think we should spend on each island, and what your ideal itinerary would be.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles
Mr. Jasmine and I spent our honeymoon in Maui and Kauai last year– it was incredible! Here is the post I wrote about it: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/09/18/hawaiian-honeymoon-2/
Post # 4
We’re doing our whole 13 days in Kauai and I would love to hear suggestions as well!
Post # 5
Would love some budget-but-still-nice options – tapped after the wedding spending!
Post # 6
For Kauai, I highly recommend Hanalei. its a small old school town that has beautiful beaches and great food. Its just north of princeville and so peaceful!
For Maui, when my (now) husband and I went for a weekend (I lived on teh big island then) we stayed at the Maui Guest House B&B and loved it. http://www.mauiguesthouse.com/ It was romantic and comfortable and priced nice! And while you are there you HAVE HAVE HAVE to see Ulalena http://www.ulalena.com/ Its AMAZING and only on Maui.
Oh, and for both islands, either borrow or buy the blue books!
They are GREAT guides (and funny to read). Even locals have copies and use them on a regular basis.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
I second the Maui Revealed books! I used them for three of the islands and they were all we needed for our planning!
Post # 8
We spent 5 very full days on Kauai. I would really recommend renting snorkeling gear early; we ended up visiting several great snorkel spots (Ke’e Beach, one on the east shore) while just sightseeing and would’ve loved to have been able to hop in the water.We really enjoyed touring the National Tropical Botanical Gardens near Spouting Horn, driving the Waimea Canyon, hiking the first two miles of the Napali Coast (but be warned — the hike is pretty rigorous), kayaking the river, and eating, eating, eating. Some of our favorite food spots were the Puka Dog stand on the south shore and the Shrimp Station near the canyon. We also got some delicious sushi at Naniwa in our hotel (the Sheraon Poipu). We did a luau because I insisted on it, but the one we chose (the Smith Family one) was pretty hokey, so that could be skipped if there’s something else you wanted to do.
*Definitely* get the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook; it never steered us wrong!
Post # 9
We just went to Maui in November for Thanksgiving… We stayed at Wai Ola in Lahaina. Check out my blog post at http://crosscountrywed.blogspot.com/2009/05/ccw-city-favorites-maui.html
Post # 10
Honolua Reserve for snorkeling (go to Boss Frog’s for your snorkeling gear)
Mama’s Fish house for food
Oceanside Luau at the Wailea Marriott
Post # 11
Ive been to Maui and it’s GORGEOUS!!!! I would def. have dinner outside at Hula Grill. Have a nice meal at Mama’s Fishhouse, snorkel in Napiili for sea turtles, have brunch at Plantation House. The view is AMAZING, open air restaurant. We stayed at the Hyatt regency in Lahaina. It was gorgeous. You really cant go wrong in Maui. The weather is perfect, the feeling so romantic. have fun!
Post # 12
Oh, for Kauai, I also hear that dinner at sunset at the Beach House is excellent. We didn’t make reservations in time (they need to be made a week or two in advance), but I’d try to do that.
Also, be sure to be ready to drive a lot from the north shore to the south shore. There’s pretty much one highway around the island and it took us 45 minutes to an hour to get from one end to the other. So keep that in mind if you plan to stay on the north shore and eat on the south, or vice versa.
Post # 13
Thank you so much, ladies!! I am SO EXCITED – booked the flights last night – 13 DAYS!!!!!!!!!
Post # 14
My favorite thing we did in Kauai was the Napali Coast boat cruise. Google it, it is a must do!