(Closed) Which Hawaiian island should we choose?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
674 posts
Busy bee

Well, there’s something for everyone depending on the island. Without any idea of what kind of honeymoon you want, it’s a little hard to give advice. Resort or other lodging options? Lounge on a beach all day or hike a mountain? Play on a volcano or hang out in a rain forest?

Post # 4
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I vote for Maui!! It has a little bit of everything!  But I’m biased since its the only one I’ve been to!

Post # 6
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have been to the big island and honolulu. Both times were spent at the Hilton Hawaiin villages on the island. They were both very nice. 

Honolulu is much more touristy. There is a lot to do, but its very crowded IMO.

The Big Island is more about nature and realxing. There are lots of water falls, volcanos, etc.
its all about what you are looking for! 

Post # 7
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

I have been to Maui. Kauai and Oahu. I’ve listed them in my order of preference, but it depends on what you want. Oahu is most urban (because of Honolulu), Kauai is more outdoorsy and Maui is more resort-like. Loved both Maui and Kauai, have no desire to return to O’ahu.

Post # 8
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Big Island.

Any of the nicer resorts are a decent drive from the volcano, so I’d recommend switching hotels partway through your stay, switching between something up on the Kohala Coast to one of the B&Bs near the volcano. We stayed at the Hale Ohia in Cottage 44 when we went to the volcano–we would definitely recommend it. On the Kohala Coast, we stayed at the Fairmont Orchid, but there are plenty of places up there so see what looks good to you.

Note: I’m saying Big Island because you said volcano, and volcano narrows it down to Maui and Big Island. Maui is great if you want to hang out at the beach/your resort most of the time, but I personally prefer Big Island–more different things to see and do.

Post # 9
1140 posts
Bumble bee

I used to live on Oahu. Only people that vacation there say it’s “touristy” because if you know the rest of the island, there is way more to Oahu than Honolulu and Waikiki. So I am biased because I love that island and there is much versatility to it …you can have fabulous shopping in Waikiki/honolulu and be quiet and serene on the North Shore at Turtle Bay and get the homey/small town feeling in Kailua. Maui is also wonderful. It’s Hawaii…I honestly feel you cannot go wrong with any choice. Have fun!

Post # 10
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We did Maui, and loved it! It is more low key than some of the other islands, but it had a nice mix of relaxing and sight seeing.

Post # 11
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been to Maui and Kauai. I agree with @MrsT2009: about the descriptions of the islands. For me, I much prefered Kauai to Maui because it was less like a resort! It’s all about what type of vacation you are looking for.  

Post # 12
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

LOVE Hawaii! I actually love Waikiki – it has such an awesome vibe. 5th Avenue shopping, but with the beach next to you. Amazing. Fabulous restaraunts and lots of islandy stuff to do outside of Waikiki (if youre wanting to lose the city feel). But you obviously can’t go wrong with Maui. If you go to Maui (and your thinking you want to splurge a bit), I could not recommend the Four Seasons at Wailea more highly. I cannot even wait to go back there – it is truly heaven.

Also, its really easy to hop on a 20 minute flight to another island. Some friends of ours did a few days in Kauai and then a few days in Maui. 

Post # 13
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Mrs McCain 2012:  I’ve only been to Oahu and I would go back there anyday! Like you said, it has a great mix of everything.  Can have quiet in one spot and then go get dressed up for dinner and drinks somewhere else. 



To the OP, maybe plan it to where you spend a couple days in a couple different islands.  That is what I would do if I go back.  My Fiance has never been and he is a huge history buff so I know he would LOVE seeing Pearl Harbor and touring all the ships.  But I also know he would love what some of the other islands offer.  It’s Hawaii though, don’t think you can go wrong on any of the islands though.  I mean…have you ever met anyone that hated Hawaii????

Post # 15
674 posts
Busy bee

We found the Big Island to be very affordable, but we also didn’t stay in a resort. Our attitude was that we wanted to explore every corner of the island, so we did a week long tour starting and ending in Kona. We mostly stayed at bed & breakfasts. There’s not really much in the way of a resort over by the volcano, but there are many vacation rentals. We LOVED Da Log House Bed & Breakfast. The hosts were wonderful, the room was great, and the food fantastic. It was a handy location to get down to Kalapana to see the ocean entry at night (not sure of the status of that anymore) and pretty close to the national park. We spent 2 1/2 days doing volcano-related stuff, and that still wasn’t enough for us. We wanted to hike so much more.

The resorts up on the Kohala coast are lovely, but pricey. If I was going to stay in a resort anywhere on any island, I’d hit up the Hawaii board at FlyerTalk. They were invaluable for finding out little gems of suggestions when I planned our trip.

Our other island trip was Oahu. We avoided Waikiki specifically because we wanted to experience everything that wasn’t nearly so touristy. We just spent half a day down there so my guy could say he did it, but otherwise, we were in our rental car and hitting up North Shore and just about every other corner of the island for the rest of our days there.

If you want details about what we did on each island, send me a message and I’ll give you our travel plans around each of the islands. We really mixed it up with taking things slow and seeing as much as we could in each day.

Post # 16
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We have been to Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. Oahu is packed with people, and very touristy! It was our least favorite. The Big Island was our absolute favorite, it was more relaxed and not near as many people, the Big Island also has volcano’s. We took a helicopter ride over them and there is an actual bed and breakfast in the middle of lava flow. I’m not sure what it was called but I have attached some pictures. The only way to get there is to walk or by helicopter, talk about an experience!

Maui was nice, it was touristy as well but not as bad as Oahu but not as laid back as the Big Island.

On the Big Island we stayed Keahou Outrigger Resort, there were some ancient mounds on the property as well as a bar that stood over a tide pool and you could see all sorts of crazy fish. We also saw whales from our rooms.


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