Post # 1
Okay bees, I need some help because I think I’m too stuck in my head over this one!
Some background – Fiance and I are getting married in October 2016 and are wanting a Hawaii honeymoon. I have been to Hawaii twice, both times to Maui. The last time, I went with a very serious ex and Fiance knows this. I mentioned we could go to Kaua’i instead of Maui, since I had already been to Maui. Fiance jumped on that and is on the major Kaua’i boat!
Type of honeymoon we’re looking for: Relaxing, low key, PARADISE with really, really good food, lots of beach time, a few activities. We have roughly a 5k budget to spend, so I am trying to be somewhat frugal (no St. Regis, ladies!)
Here’s my problem: I have started researching Kauai….restaurants, hotels/condos, activities, etc. I think I might be incredibly biased because Maui is the only place I’ve been. I think I settled on Hanalei Bay Resort, which puts us on the north side of the island. However, I am having trouble finding many really good, ocean view, ROMANTIC restaurants in the area. Is the north shore not the best place for honeymooners to stay? Also..since Kauai is smaller..does it even matter where we stay? I guess I felt like Maui had a lot more options for dining and things to do. Am I wrong? Should I consider a different island? I have a feeling Fiance wants to steer clear of Maui due to the ex factor.
Any insight would be AWESOME! Thank you!! 🙂
Post # 2
If you want relaxing and low key, Kauai is the PERFECT option!
I am a little biased because our wedding (and mini-moon) will be there next month 🙂 But I think it would be a great opportunity for you and your hubby to explore a new place together. There are some beaches I have been to on Kauai where you see maybe 1 or 2 other person the whole time you’re relaxing. It’s pure heaven in my book.
Personally I love the north shore, so I think Hanalei is a great choice. It is a small island but there is only one road, so it does take a good bit of time to get from one end to the other, but you just need to plan accordingly if you’re seeing something on the other side (I would definitely recommend seeing Waimea Canyon!) 🙂
As far as romantic dinners, we are planning on heading to the St Regis for dinner to enjoy the view at either the Makana Terrace or Kauai Grill, both look stunning!
Post # 3
Yes to kauai and yes you can drive the island no matter where you stay.
Post # 4
We stayed at Hanalei Bay resort for part of our honeymoon in 2014. we rented through vrbo and our unit was very nice, we had a gorgeous view of the bay. The resort is very spread out and hilly so lots of walking. It wasn’t overly warm or sunny when we were there in April. We stayed on Maui the week before and absolutely loved it. While we definitely enjoyed Kauai we much preferred Maui. There is virtually nothing to do in Princeville once it gets dark and its dark early. If you’re ok with that then you’ll love Kauai. Our last night there we had dinner at the Makana Terrace and it was incredible, I highly recommend it! There are lots of hotels and restaurants in the Poipu area in the southern part of the island but you’d be driving an hour back in the pitch dark. Good luck deciding!
Post # 6
I’ve been to Maui many times (moving there next year!) and Kauai once for 10 ten days. It’s SO beautiful, way prettier than Maui in a lot of ways. But way rainier too. I’ve met a ton of honeymooners who fled Kauai for Maui in search of sun😀
That said, the south shore in po’ipu is sunnier and beach friendly. But we stayed at the St. Regis and loved it. But you can also find a private cottage very easily to keep costs down. Flying over the island in a helicopter (Vietnam style-no doors!) is a MUST because much of the interior is inaccessible by car. and the Napili Coast is just amazing. Plus, we landed at a remote waterfall/swimming hole and had lunch. Worth every penny.
We also did the “movie tour” (Jurassic Park locales, Elvis movies, South Pacific, etc. Also, there is a river (unlike on Maui😉) where you can drift along on rafts. Didn’t get a chance to do that, but it looked like a nice, lazy way to relax.
Thats all I got😀 Have fun!
Post # 7
We stayed at Koa Kea on the South Shore of Kauai and loved it. You can drive anywhere on the island in about 2 hours. Furthest distance is from the north shore to the west shore, because there is no road on the northwest part of the island, so you have to go all the way around. The North shore was very lovely, and had lots of dramatic views. There seemed to be a lot of fun culture happening in the North part of the island. The south shore has the more traditional types of beaches- we saw sea turtles and monk seals right outside our hotel. The catamaran ride down the Napali coast from the North shore was our favorite adventure.
Post # 8
We went to Kauai a few years ago and stayed at Poipu Shores. They have rental condos, which were way cheaper than hotels in the area – considering we were right on the ocean (seriously, go out the door, look down, see turtles in the water). We did a lot of hiking, swimming, snorkeling…apart from basic expenses, all we really paid for was a boat tour of the Na Pali coast. It was amazing, and we’d love to go back!
Post # 9
I know your wedding is a year away but a huge 8point earthquake hit Chile tonight and a tsunami is predicted for Hawaii… so don’t make any decisions just yet.
Post # 10
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
writersteph: I’ve been to both and I find Kauai MUCH more relaxing. Maui is a little too busy for a hawaiian vacation in my opinion.
There are laws on Kauai regarding the height of buildings. The result is that there is no place on the island that has a bad view. There may not be an ocean view, but it will be a beautiful view of the landscape.
It is small enough to get to the other side in a reasonable amount of time. It’s not around the corner, but it’s totally doable for an day’s adventure.
Don’t miss a boat tour! I love them on any island, but you can’t leave Kauai without seeing a good view of the Ne Pali coastline. It is breathtaking.
Post # 11
I have never been to Maui but I have been to Kauai and the Big Island several times. While Kauai is absolutely beautiful, I did not love it. Honestly, the weather on the north side is just too rainy for me. We love to do things like hike and snorkel but the rain made it treacherous to hike on the rocky cliff side trails of Kauai and the waves on Kauai were so bad there was an advisory to stay out of the water while we were there. We are in love with the Big Island though if you are willing to consider somewhere else. The west side of the Big Island is sunny, the snorkeling is great, there are plenty of restaurants and hotels, etc. It’s not as pretty as Kauai but the weather is more predictable and there is a lot more to do.
Post # 12
We want to Hawaii for our honeymoon too. You can drive around any of the islands within a few hours so don’t worry about that. many people told me Maui is the suburbs and Kauai is the out back. We went to each island and Kauai was our 100% favourite. It was soo beautiful and green. But I would also assume it would have less things to keep you occupied since it is far less populated. If you do go, make sure you go ziplining!! It’s definitely more rainy which is what makes it more green. And I would say it’s more laid back or good for adventurers. We met another couple going to Kauai to hike. with Maui you get the entire package of what you want though. Tough call.
Post # 13
writersteph: Kauai is seriously magical. I love love love Maui – have been there many times – but Kauai just has something special. Also I think it will be *more* romantic because you and your husband (!!) will be discovering it together. Personally I like the Poipu area because it’s sunny, (and don’t like the North as it’s more rainy, but it is beautiful) but the island is pretty easily driveable. I am sure you will love Kauai. I’d go back in a heartbeat but unfortunately I went there with a fairly serious ex, so… 🙂
Post # 14
I’ve been to both and personally love Kauai because it’s more beautiful in terms of scenery and unspoiled landscapes. However, if you’re looking for more of a “nightlife” with all the amenities of civilization (better selection of nice restaurants, touristy activities, etc) Maui would be more appropriat.
Post # 15
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
RevGrl86: you said it perfectly. Kauai is unspoiled, Maui has the amenities.