- 10 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
I didn’t go to Hawaii on my honeymoon, but I used to go there a lot with my family when I was younger and lived in California. The popular choice seems to be Maui, though I personally find the island to be a bit built up with condos- the beaches, nonetheless, are perhaps some of the nicest and the seven sacred pools at the end of the road to hana are beautiful. Kauai is really beautiful and lush with lots of things to see and do, and they have some gorgeous resorts. The Big Island is the most interesting island, in my opinion, because of how the Kona and Hilo halves are so different (one is very lush and the other side- “the new side”- has lava rock all over the place). There’s a hotel in the volcano national park and I think that if you’re lucky you can see some lava flow. The beaches on the big island are really neat to see because of all the colors they come in- black, buff, and green! Molokai is very very tiny and perhaps the best place if you want to “get away from it all” but I would recommend making trips to the other islands first, esp if you’ve nver been to Hawaii before.
Oahu happens to be one of my favorite islands because it has the best of two worlds. Honolulu is great if you’re looking for some night life, but the north shore is really quiet and similar to the more rustic islands. If you were to stay in Oahu, I would recommend the Turtle Bay Resort, which is in the north shore. It’s pretty secluded (right on the edge of the island with its own private beach) but is only a 30 min or so drive from Honolulu (about an hour if you take the scenic route). There’s also a bus that you can take from the hotel to Honolulu or into the local town, Haleiwa (where you can buy the best shaved ice I’ve ever tasted at Mastumoto’s). The north shore is also where they have the surfing competitions in December (hurrican season, when the waves reach their highest).
Frankly, all of the islands are very romantic so you can’t really go wrong with anywhere you go in Hawaii. If possible, I would try to a couple of islands to get a taste for how different they can be.
I hope that helps in any way!
So very helpful, thank you! I don’t know anything about the different islands, but was looking into the big island because of the diversity. And possibly doing a little island/hotel hopping. Are there flights between islands or ferries? I feel like I’ve read that there’s both – I wonder which is betteR?
There aren’t really any ferries between the islands, but some cruise lines do tours to most of the Hawaiian islands. I would recommend just taking the cheap inter-island flights though- that way you can be a bit more flexible with your schedule, though what’s best for you might also depend on how many islands you want to see and how much luggage you have. I’ve only done the flights, and it was pretty convenient for the most part.
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