(Closed) Which island in Hawaii is the best for a HONEYMOON?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
2957 posts
Sugar bee

We did 2 honeymoons – one in Maui and one in Kauai. You really can’t go wrong with Maui – it’s like it is made for honeymooners. Kauai is just amazing all around. What kind of stuff do you guys like – pool and cocktails, hiking, surfing, fancy dinners, snorkeling, massages? That may help us with our recommendations. 

Post # 3
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Not sure how much it is to travel from island to island but I feel like that would be so much fun! I know a lot of people who have traveled from island to island and it seems pretty common so I can’t imagine it would be terribly expensive. I’ve only been to Oahu and I loved how much there was to do but I could see Maui being really relaxing and great for a honeymoon. 

Post # 5
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We spent the first half of our honeymoon on the Big Island. We loved Volcanoes National park(stay at the Volcano House hotel if you can!) and Kona and the black sand beaches. Then we flew to Maui for the other half and stayed at a luxury resort and got massages and laid on the beach for a few days. It was glorious.  

Post # 6
8517 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I tend to recommend Maui for first-time visitors, it has a nice mix of everything. Kapalua/Ka’anapali on the west side or Wailea to the south are great spots to stay.

Big Island and Kauai are my favorites. The Big Island has a good mix of things too but is less developed than Maui (which is a giant plus for me — I’ve always liked that ruggedness). I’d stay on the west side. Kauai is incredible if you’re the adventurous type, there’s just less to do there in terms of food/entertainment. The north side near the Na Pali coast is stunningly beautiful, but we found staying on the east side to be more convenient for all the things we wanted to do — especially going out to Waimea Canyon.

Flights between islands are probably around $70 one-way between Honolulu and Kahului/Kona/Lihue. So not the cheapest thing ever. And going to the airport/going through security is always a bit of a hassle (the small outer island airports aren’t too bad). I’d focus on a couple islands so that you and your new DH have lots of time for R&R. You can always go back for more later if you want 🙂

Post # 7
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Maui. No contest. Over 80 road accessible beaches, plus great snokeling and lots to do from hiking to nightlife.  Plus, there is SUPER good snorkeling off Lana’l and it’s a great day trip. Moloka’i also a day trip and there are still lepers in the colony (you can see it, but not go down) Also, some of the largest sea cliffs in the world.

PLUS, Humback whales from December to April-you can see them breaching right from the beach and if they’re close enough, you can hear them sing if you’re underwater. (never the same song twice!)

Kauai is arguably the prettiest of the islands, green, waterfalls everywhere you turn. There is quite a bit to do there, but it’s not very lively after dark. Also, it rains. A lot. We had honeymooners constantly flying to Maui to escape the rain. Plus, little known fact: Kauai is the drowning capital of the U.S. The currents are super scary at some beaches-even though it looks calm.

So yeah, Maui for a first-timer🌴

Post # 8
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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summerrose33 :  My husband and I honeymooned in Kauai. We loved the super laid back feel to the island. As others have said there really is no night life to Kauai… which was fine with us. There are so many things to do and see in Kauai. My favorite was the Kauai Backcountry which was essentially a giant lazy river through old sugar plantation canals. As far as beaches go… Anini beach was a favorite. Calm waters, not too rocky, and not very busy. 

Post # 9
99 posts
Worker bee

Maui-  perfect mix of everything you want to do

Post # 10
730 posts
Busy bee

We are doing Oahu just because even though we are honeymooning there are touristy things that we want to see as first timers. We are NOT staying on Waikiki however, planning just a day trip there. And we are renting a car in hopes of driving to North Shore and also driving to various beaches/hiking trails. We also wanted to just pick one island because we felt like we just want to relax in one place.. not deal with packing up and flying somewhere else mid-vacation. Maui is where we want to go if/when we are fortunate enough to go to Hawaii again! 🙂

Post # 11
2979 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’ve done oahu, maui and kauai.

Oahu is only touristy around waikiki. If you head up to the northern coast, its much less busy. Still VERY nice! I didnt like waikiki, very busy and parking was crazy. You don’t NEED a car in waikiki though. You will for the other islands.

Maui is a nice mix. Still pretty developed. The road to hana was amazing. Lots of cool beaches to check out. Still lots of nice hikes and adventure type stuff.

Kauai was my favourite. Quieter, and so fricken beautiful! We did a booze cruise and a flight over the island – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Lots of hikes, gorgeous empty beaches etc.

If you can do 2 islands, I’d say that. Interisland travel isn’t too expensive if you take carryon. we did 3 islands with carryon and purposely planned a hotel in the middle with a washer & dryer. Hawaiian air charges $25 per checked bag so we saved quite a bit doing carryon.


eta – havent done big island, however if you do go there, I’d recommend checking out both sides of the island. They are so different, practically different islands just there!

Post # 12
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We spent a blissful romantic 4-day weekend in Maui, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. A good balance of developed stuff and night life, beautiful untouched scenery, great resorts and beaches.  Plus great snorkeling and diving, whales!!, good food (even if you just want to eat poke on the beach), and the road to hana. You’ll need to rent a car, but it’s worth having one to do that drive (give yourself a whole day, stop at beaches and the bamboo forest).

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