(Closed) What islands to go to in Hawaii?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Maui, most definitely Maui.

Post # 5
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What are you looking for?

June is a great time to go to Hawaii (good weather, not a ton of rain, etc.) but it is also one of the most crowded times of the year (after Christmas), especially for families.  If you are not thrilled to spend your honeymoon around lots of kids, you might want to consider some of the quieter islands.  I have not been to some of the smaller islands, but here are my thoughts on the others:

Oahu – Pros: good for surfing, history, museums and culture, city/night life, shopping.  Very developed (so it is easy to get around), quintescential Hawaiian views (i.e. Diamondback mountain).  Cons: crowded (especially around Waikiki), lots of tourists, traffic, more of the “real” world, less open space/special places, very commercialized.  Overall: I don’t know why you would just go to Oahu when there is so much more to see.

Maui – Pros: great for families, tons of stuff to do, lots of activities, towns that offer nightlife and more to do than sit on the beach/hike/snorkel, really beautiful traditional-looking beaches, good shopping, has a quieter side, has the road to Hana (gorgeous), can fly direct from the west coast.  Cons: great for families, can be really crowded.  Overall: great Hawaiian experience, but you may have to deal with a lot of kids.

Kauai – Pros: really unique, gorgeous landscape (Hawaii’s oldest island), great hiking/watersports/snorkeling/off-roading/exploring, quiet, fewer kids/families, lots of open space, Napali Coast, less commercialism, can fly direct from the west coast.  Cons: depending on season, can be very rainy, no nightlife, island is not super easy to navigate (no ring road).  Overall: My first choice for a honeymoon if you are active and outdoorsy and want to have lots of options of things to do with fewer families around.

Hawaii – Pros: volcanoes!  Unique, ever-changing landscape, quiet, fewer kids, lots of adventure options (hiking, exploring, coffee/ginger farm visits, plus all the regular beach stuff), less commercialism.  Cons: fewer options (places to stay/eat, things to do, etc.) because it is less developed, farther away from Oahu, can have travel/accommodation problems IF the volcano erupts.  Overall: a neat, quintescential Hawaii experience.

Lanai – Pros: very quiet, no kids, ultimate luxury, beautiful surroundings that look exactly like what paradise is supposed to, very few people, relaxed atomsphere.  Cons: REALLY expensive (there are only a couple of resorts on the island and they are hyper-luxurious), not much to do, very few accommodation/dining/entertainment options, no nightlife, can be difficult/expensive to get to from Oahu, no real do-it-yourself options (grocery shopping, etc.).  Overall:  absolutely wonderful if you’ve got the cash, otherwise you feel like you have to stay in your room and not eat anything.

I really hope this helps!  Good luck – and let us know where you decide to go.

Full disclosure – I grew up in California and went to Hawaii on family vacations a lot as a kid.  My fiance has never been to Hawaii, so we are going for our honeymoon just after Labor Day (when kids will be back in school!).  We went back and forth a lot over which islands to visit… we originally planned on spending a week on Maui and a week on Kauai, but then decided to stay on Kauai the whole time (in two different parts of the island).  We like to do a lot of outdoorsy stuff, but also wanted the chance to just relax on the beach (without a club scene or lots of kids around), so this ended up being a perfect decision for us.  :o)  I also love Maui, but – at the end of it all – I just didn’t want to have to pack up and get on a plane in the middle of my honeymoon.  Plus, some friends of ours just got back from a Maui+Kauai honeymoon and said they wished they had stayed on Kauai the whole time (that totally swayed my FH), but it really depends what you are looking for…

Post # 6
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

 We’ve been to Big Island and Kauai. I loved them both. It really so depends on what you want to do, because each area is unique. Even Big Island itself is quite diverse, with one side being sort of dedicated to the volcano/rainforest, and the other is more “beachy”. We loved the volcano, loved driving from one side to the other (we went to Mauna Kea- highly recommend), and once we got to the other side, we happened upon a pod of dophins that we swam with, and the giant sea turtles, too! We stayed in two AMAZING placed. On the volcano side, we stayed at Volcano Rainforest Retreat. Very romantic!

In Kauai, we took a beautiful helicopter ride over amazing landscape, and also took a sunset cruise which was spectacular. Doors off! YIKES! I didnt love where we stayed so can’t recommend it- it was condo, and while it was right on the ocean, it was very dated.

If you choose Big Island or Kaui, I cannot recommend enough that you get copies of “The Big Island Reveailed” and “Kauai Revealed”. These two books were a godsend to us and were incredibly accurate, with lots of really wonderful out of the way, “secret” things to do!

Post # 7
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My parents went to kauai and LOVED it.

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