Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in April of 2011 and want to go on a honeymoon to Hawaii in mid April. We definitely want to go to Oahu and are on the fence about Maui. It seems so much more expensive to fly to another island, rather than just staying on one.
I was wondering if you guys had any hotel recommendations on Maui. We like either Turtle Bay or Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach for Oahu. We would like to keep the room under $250 a night and prefer hotels/resorts over condos. Any recs you guys have would be great! And if you guys know of a cheap way to fly between islands, let me know because Expedia is super expensive!
Post # 3
@Bride2BeKatie: Maui is a beautiful place, I don’t have hotel recommendations because we always stayed in condos. But it really is a “must visit” location. Oahu (i.e. Honolulu & Waikiki) can get VERY crowded and are very touristy. Maui, is a little less so and there is a lot more “local” flavor.
As far as inter-island flights, I just looked at Kayak.com and there are flights starting at $69 from Oahu to Maui in April on Go! (Mesa Airlines).
Edited to add Inter-island flight link: http://www.mokuleleairlines.com/
Also to add Wailea is the nice resort area of Maui and there are hotels of all price ranges. Kihei is near by and has some less expensive hotel options but has more of a “beach town” feel than a true resort feel.
Post # 4
You can make separate reservations for your inter-island flight here:http://www.iflygo.com/
If you choose the restricted, non-refundable fare you can each fly for only about $150.
Post # 5
Sorry, but flying inter-island is expensive anywhere. We are going to Oahu in December and wanted to fly to Maui for a day. The price of the flight roundtrip was ridiculous. They use to have a ferry between the islands, but it stopped running a couple years back.
Post # 6
Just wanted to add that I did the Oahu/Maui thing about 8 years ago and I think it is worth the hassle to island-hop. Oahu is very urban. It is really nice, but it is very developed. Maui is totally different and is much more relaxed and resort-y. I am so glad that I did both. Start with Oahu for a few days and then go over to Maui. You won’t regret it.
If you only want to do one island, then go for Maui. When I went I found a good deal for Kapaula Bay on LuxuryLink.com. I liked being up on that part of the island, but I think if I went back I would stay in the southern part. I forgot what it is called but where the Four Seasons is. I don’t have any recommendations for Oahu as I wouldn’t recommend our hotel because of the isolated location.
Post # 7
i LOVE the outrigger in waikiki, great location, right in the middle or the action, but maui was my fav. place in hawaii. most beautiful beaches i’ve ever seen, it was paradise. it is sooo worth it to island-hop! you get the best of both worlds that way: urban and vibrant, and tranquil/relaxing. 🙂
Post # 8
@bestforlast: Wailea. LOVE that area. Just went last month and stayed at the Grand Wailea. I was so sad when we left.
Post # 9
Yes, Theresa, it was Wailea. It was on the tip of my tongue…and as soon as I ready Waikiki I couldn’t think of Wailea.
Post # 10
I just got back from Oahu & Maui 3 weeks ago! I would say definitely go to Maui – after 3 nights in Honolulu, we couldn’t wait to go to Maui. It was great but super crowded in the city. Our flights were cheap – around $40-65 pp each way. We flew Mesa one way and Hawaiian on the way back. I’d be surprised if you could not get that – it might be best to use a travel agent.
Maui was amazing! Stayed at the Grand Wailea which is expensive, but there are tons of places to stay in the Kihei/Wailea area, or in West Maui in the Ka’anapali area. You won’t regret it!
Post # 11
@Bride2BeKatie:I lived on Oahu for 2 years…Turtle bay is the best…it is on the North Shore. You can always rent a car and go to Waikiki.
Post # 12
for my senior trip in 2002 I did a cruise around some of the Hawaiian Islands. it was amazing…got to see so many places, even one of the native islands. If that’s possible, you might want to look into a cruise that way you can visit many places.
Post # 13
I would recommend Kauai. We just got back from our honeymoon on Kauai and it was incredible. The beaches are gorgeous, the mountains are serene, it is absolutely breathtaking….it is my favorite island for sure. I am sure Maui would be amazing as well but I just wanted to throw it out there!