Planning a Honeymoon? Consider These Hawaiian Islands

Going on honeymoon is one of the most exciting parts about getting married. After you’ve celebrated your love in front of all your friends and family, you get to enjoy some quality time together on vacation- what could be better?

If you haven’t settled on a destination yet, be sure to consider these Hawaiian islands- trust us; you’ll be glad you did!

1. Maui

Maui is a firm favorite for honeymooners.

It strikes the perfect balance between cosmopolitanism and quaint country living. It’s nowhere near as busy as Oahu or as sleepy as Kauai, which means for many couples, Maui strikes the perfect balance.

It has everything you could want, fantastic wildlife, a fascinating history, plus this island’s steeped in rich culture.

Folklore has it, that the demigod, Maui, pulled the Hawaiian islands from the sea and lassoed the sun from the top of Haleakala (the largest dormant volcano in the world, located on this very island!) Hence, the name of this stunning place- how neat is that?

If you’re interested in the myths and legends surrounding this mysterious island, a visit to Lao Valley is in order. Here you and your partner will get a glimpse into the era of tribal warfare as well as the founding cultures that have transformed this place into what it is today.

There’s definitely something for everyone; whether you want to hula dance or fancy snorkeling alongside the sea turtles- you’re sure to have the time of your life!

maui

Where Should We Stay?

Most honeymooners flock to the  South of the island to enjoy the beauty of Wailea Beach. However, the West also has a lot to offer. Kaanapali Beach is breathtaking!

Top Tips for Visiting Maui

  1. If you’re planning on hiking and swimming (which you probably are!)- our best advice is never to do this alone and always consult the weather forecast and tidal conditions beforehand.

NB: This advice applies to all the islands discussed in this article. Currents can get really strong; you don’t want to run the risk of getting swept out to sea!

  1. Wherever you choose to stay, it’s worth hiring a car for the day and exploring what the rest of the island has to offer. Maui’s roadways are pretty decent, so it’s relatively simple to navigate your way around. You can rent a reliable car from one of the airports on the island. Be sure to book ahead, to save any hassle on your honeymoon.

You should note: Some car rental companies attempt to sell you collision insurance. (This is a no-fault state, so if you’re involved in an accident, you’ll have to shell out for any damages before leaving the island.) However, there’s a good chance your credit card will already cover this- be sure to check with your provider before heading off on honeymoon.

maui beach

When’s the Best Time to Enjoy a Honeymoon in Maui?

In short, April through to May and then September through to November.

If it’s convenient for you to plan your wedding so you can enjoy a honeymoon during these months- do! You’ll avoid the busy summer season but still experience the best of the weather Maui has to offer. Plus, you’re able to take advantage of cheaper hotel rates and travel fares.

Handy Hint: If you or your partner love to surf, then you’ll probably prefer to honeymoon during the winter, as that’s when the waves are at their best.

Things to Do

1. Take a Road Trip down ‘Road to Hana’

Taking this two and a half hour road trip to Hana is one of the most romantic things to do here.  The drive is divine; you’ll enjoy some of the most beautiful sites Maui has to offer!

Top Tip: Download the GyPSy Guide Road to Hana Driving Tour App. This gives an audio tour that complements your journey. It’ll highlight some of the best stops along the way, including:

  • The Garden of Eden,

  • The stunning volcanic beaches in Waianapanapa State Park,

  • The Pipiwai Trail, (this is a fantastic hike that’ll take you to Waimoku Falls- these stand an impressive 400-foot tall and are stunning!)

2. Snorkel Before Sun Rise

From Makena Beach, you can board a catamaran before sun rise. The ocean’s virtually clear of any other boats- which is a remarkable sight to behold!

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the Molokini Crater, an underwater volcano filled to the brim with intriguing sea life. Plus, you’ll also get to swim with the sea turtles in their natural habitat- how awesome is that?

Then to round it all off, you and your spouse can enjoy a tasty breakfast on board, coupled with tropically flavored mimosas. Yum!

turtle at Makena Beach

3. Explore the Old Hawaiian Capital

Did you know the town of Lahaina, used to be the capital of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845? In light of this remarkable feat, it’s well worth a visit.

Here you can admire the fusion of modern-day charm and Hawaiian tradition as you stroll around this gorgeous town. It’s an ideal way to spend a lazy afternoon.

4. Take a Day Trip to Lanai

If you’re on a tighter budget, the best way to see Lanai is a day trip (it’s the most expensive of all the islands). Ferries travel five times a day between Maui and Lanai which is excellent if you and your partner fancy exploring another Hawaiian island while you’re away!

Are There Any Downsides to Visiting Maui?

Not really.

However, you should note, nothing’s free. If a resort claims to offer ‘free’ wi-fi, gym access, a communal pool, etc. there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay for these privileges as part of the resort fee.

Unfortunately, these are usually non-negotiable. However, if you’re prepared for these costs, it isn’t a big deal.

What About the Food?

Maui offers a plethora of diverse restaurants serving dishes from around the world. However, you can’t leave the island without trying some of the local delicacies. Be sure to sample some of their freshly caught fish; you’ll never have tasted seafood like it!

If you want a taste of some of the most authentic food on the island head to the following towns:

  • Lahaina,

  • Paia,

  • Kihei,

These are home to some of the best restaurants on the island, most of which pride themselves on using local produce and cooking using traditional methods.

hawaiian food

2. Oahu

If you’re searching for a location that exudes urban chic, in addition to spellbinding views, then Oahu won’t disappoint.

For a more rural scene, head over or to North Shore. There you’ll find crystal clear oceans and plenty of scenic trails for you to enjoy a good hike.

If you’re getting married between mid-April to early June or, September to mid-December- great! Oahu would be the perfect place to honeymoon.

These months lie just outside of peak season, so the main attractions are nowhere near as busy. This is ideal if you and your partner are after a more relaxing experience. Yet, you can still expect to enjoy average temperatures between the mid-60s to high 80s.

oahu

Are There Any Drawbacks to Visiting Oahu?

One of the downsides to Oahu is that all it’s best attractions are spread out across the island. This can make traveling a little tricky. So, we suggest renting a car for the day to ensure you don’t miss out on all the fantastic things this island has to offer.

Luckily,  Oahu boasts some of Hawaii’s cheapest, yet most reliable car rental services. This is especially true, of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). If you’re able to book in advance and use their services, we recommend doing so.

Things to Do

  1. Manoa Falls

To get to Manoa Falls, you’ll have to take a pleasant hike leading to Manoa Valley. This walk’s approximately 30 minutes, and it’s generally easy terrain- so you should be good to go!

The sites are magnificent. If you had to describe the vegetation here in one word, it would be: lush (everything’s so green!).

Be sure to take a picnic with you so you can make the most of your time there. Sit on one of the many rocks and enjoy a spot of lunch as you absorb the astonishing views and listen to nature’s orchestra- it really doesn’t get much more romantic than this.

A word to the wise: As tempting as diving into the pool is, don’t. Rocks have been known to come tumbling down. The last thing you want is to take a trip to the ER on your honeymoon!

 

waterfall at oahu

  1. Blue Note Hawaii

Spend an evening you’ll never forget at Blue Note Hawaii. This is a top-notch jazz venue starring up-and-coming artists from across the globe.

High profile performers include:

  • Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti,

  • WAR,

  • Taylor Hicks,

  • Manhattan Transfer,

  • Living Color,

If you’re a fan of jazz, you’re sure to have a fabulous night out. What could be better than enjoying a slow dance with your new spouse as you sip on champagne?

  1. Chinatown

Chinatown is over 200 years old! Back in the1800’s Chinese immigrants settled here and made this district what it is today. Plenty of the original storefronts remain. It’s a wonderful place to visit if you love experiencing different cultures.

There are tons of chic boutiques to explore and quirky art galleries to visit here. Be sure to stop for a sumptuous bite to eat at one of the best restaurants in town:

  • Grondin,

  • Senia,

  • Brick Fire Tavern,

What could be better than a day filled with shopping and Chinese food?

Can You Make These Festivals?

If the date of your wedding coincides with either the Honolulu Festival or the Aloha Festivals, be sure to pay a visit. You’ll be in for the night of your life. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate- Hawaiian style!

For more information, on festivals and events, be sure to check out  Hawaii’s Official Tourism website. They’ll give you a comprehensive list of all the events taking place as well as any details you need to know.

Honolulu Festival

Are You a Surfer?

If you or your spouse enjoy surfing, then Waikiki Beach is a must-see. This place is renowned for its gnarly waves. North Shore Waimea Bay is also an amazing place to surf- so put both of these on your to-do list!

Oahu Delicacies

If you’re a foodie, you’ll have died and gone to heaven in Oahu. From celebrity-endorsed restaurants to family-run eateries, Oahu has something to suit everyone’s tastes in cuisine.

If you want to sample authentic dishes during your stay, be sure to try the following:

  • Kalua pork (traditionally, the pig is covered in banana leaves and roasted beneath the ground)

  • Loco moco (this is white rice, with a hamburger on top, finished with a fried egg, and smothered in brown gravy),

  • Poke (the best way to describe this is sushi with a twist. It’s just marinated raw seafood- and honestly tastes way better than it sounds!).

  • Teriyaki and kalbi (These are Korean BBQ ribs, and are delicious!)

  • Shave ice (this is ice flavored with tropical tastes like coconut and passion fruit)

Oahu Delicacies

A Word of Warning

Oahu is relatively safe. However, pickpocketing is rife in touristy districts like Waikiki and Ala Moana. So, keep your bags with you at all times and never leave valuables unattended.

Also, if you’re heading to the beach adhere to any warnings and advice the lifeguards give you. Like we’ve already said, the currents get rough around the Hawaiian islands, so remain vigilant.

The tides are especially strong during the winter, so be extra careful if you’re swimming during this season.

Also, be on the lookout for box jellyfish before diving into the ocean- these can be really nasty!

Oahu jelly fish

3.  Kauai

If you’re on the hunt for an island with a romantic atmosphere, Kauai’s the place to go. It’s a haven for relaxing and unwinding after all the excitement and hype surrounding your beautiful wedding.

The sunsets are sensational, and the beaches are divine. If you’re after a honeymoon location boasting rustic charm, this is the place to be. In fact, it’s so rural you can only explore some of the regions by foot!

However, natural beauty comes at a price. Kauaian Hotel rates are usually far more expensive in comparison to other Hawaiian islands. If you’re after cheaper deals, try booking your stay during the spring and autumnal months. As we’ve said throughout this article, these typically fall outside peak season, but you still get relatively good weather-win-win!

 

Kauai

You should know: The tides in Kauai during the winter are even more dangerous than the other Hawaiian islands, making it unsafe to swim in the ocean. If you fancy taking a dip, be sure to factor this into your honeymoon plans.

You should also note: Kauai’s rainy season starts in December and runs through to March, so if that bothers you- don’t book a honeymoon during this time.

However, despite saying that, it doesn’t really matter what time of year you visit, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll experience showers at some point during your stay. Kauai is Hawaii’s wettest island, so be sure to bring wet weather gear with you.

Things to Do in Kauai

  1. Mahaulepu Beaches

If you love the idea of relaxing on a remote shore, then venture over to the Mahaulepu Beaches. These are compiled of three pristine seasides, boasting a vast expanse of white sandy shores:

  • Gillin’s,
  • Kawailoa Bay,
  • Ha’ula Beach,

Mahaulepu Beaches

Top Tip: Pack plenty of water and snacks with you. That way you can enjoy a long day of relaxation. If you want protection from the wind, Kawailoa Bay is the best beach to visit. There aren’t any lifeguards situated here, so take special care when swimming in the ocean.

  1. Hanapepe Art Night

Hanapepe is an authentic art town; it’s jam-packed with galleries selling pieces crafted by local artists. Each Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm the west-side invites visitors to enjoy a night of mingling, entertainment, and of course, art.

Along the strip of art shops, you’ll usually hear the vibrant sound of live music. It’s a fun atmosphere, full of life and creativity. Trust us; it’s a night out that shouldn’t be missed!

  1. Blue Dolphin Charters

There isn’t anything more romantic than sailing across the ocean at sunset. You’ll enjoy the beautiful coast of Poipu- while dining on delicious treats, sipping cocktails, and soaking up the spellbinding views- can you think of anything better?  If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of a whale or two!

 

coast of Poipu

4. Lanai

The best way to describe Lanai is; ‘Mother Nature’s best work.’ From beautifully secluded beaches to mesmerizing rock forms- this island’s undoubtedly a treat for the eyes.

With more than 89,000 acres of countryside for you to explore, you’ll have a great time immersing yourself in all the beautiful scenes this island has to offer. Notice the succulent eucalyptus trees and pine forests that adorn the coast; it’s definitely a scene worthy of a photograph or two!

One of the best things about Lanai is that it isn’t as wet as the other Hawaiian islands, meaning you’re way less likely to get caught in the rain- Hooray!

beach of Lanai

Things You Need to Know

If you want to see everything Lanai has to offer, you’ll need to hire a vehicle designed for off-road driving. There are hardly any ‘official’ roads here. Instead, there are approximately 400 miles of trails suited to four-wheel drives.

Plus, there aren’t any stop lights- just jump in the car and see what this amazing place has to offer! If you and your partner enjoy exploring unfamiliar terrain, then Lanai is the island for you both!

Top Tip: If you’re on a tight budget, you can rent a Jeep for a day. The island’s tiny which is a blessing- you should be able to see most of Lanai’s hotspots in one day.

Things to See

1. Garden of the Gods

Surprisingly, this ‘garden’ is barren. Instead of lush green grass and perfectly planted floral displays, this area showcases uniquely shaped boulders. Yes, you heard correctly.

Some visitors have compared their visit to being on Mars!

If you want to see the ‘Garden of the Gods’ at its best- come at sunset. The light makes the rocks appear as if they’re glowing fiery shades of red and purple- how awesome is that?

Fun Fact: Legend has it that arid landscapes on Hawaiian islands occur because a priest failed to keep a fire burning on their island. Historically, priests would challenge one another to the task of maintaining a fire, and whoever managed to do this the longest- won. However, the Lanai priest used so many plants to keep his fire burning, that the landscape never recovered, which is why the ‘Garden of the Gods’ exists today.

 

Garden of the Gods

2. Manele Golf Course

This fabulous golf course is located along Lanai’s southern coast. If you’re a good golfer, you’ll enjoy the challenge this course has to offer as well as the impressive architecture.

Players can savor a round of golf while overlooking the sparkling sea. Plus, if you look closely, you may even spot a whale! The vegetation is vibrant, and the food served in the restaurant is superb. All in all, it’s a top-notch golfing experience.

3. Shipwreck Beach

Although it’s incredibly difficult to get to Shipwreck Beach, it’s well worth the trek. Located along the northeastern coastline, it’s less than ten miles north of Lanai City.

From here, you’re able to view a couple of World War II ships grounded in the water (which makes the name of this beach incredibly apt).

Be warned: as stunning as this place is; it isn’t amazing for sunbathing or swimming. However, if you enjoy scenic hikes and a dollop of history, it’s well worth a visit.

Top Tip: don’t try driving on the sand unless you’re in a four-wheel drive. Otherwise, you’ll get stuck and need towing- not cool!

shipwreck beach

How Do You Choose?

As you can see, each of these islands exudes their own unique charm and character, which can make settling on one destination a problematic choice.

If you’re struggling to choose between these magnificent locations, why don’t you treat yourself to an island hopping extravaganza? Perhaps, a few nights at each place? That way you get a taste for each of these fabulous places!

Whatever, you decide to do, we’re confident these Hawaiian islands won’t let you down. From everyone here at Loveyoutomorrow.com- we wish you a fantastic time on your Honeymoon and hope it exceeds all your wildest expectations. Enjoy!

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