If you’re planning your dream honeymoon in Hawaii, you’ve come to the right place. This ultimate guide will give you all the information you need to plan a romantic and unforgettable experience in this tropical paradise. From choosing the perfect island to exploring the best beaches, activities, and accommodations, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime in the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
There’s no doubt Hawaii makes an outstanding destination for honeymoons. Not only does it offer the kind of luxury accommodation honeymooning love birds are after, its white sands, turquoise waters and thriving shopping and dining life makes it an all inclusive destination to begin married life.
Choosing the Perfect Hawaiian Island for Your Honeymoon
When planning your honeymoon in Hawaii, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is which island to visit. Each island has its own unique charm and attractions, so it’s essential to choose one that aligns with your preferences and interests as a couple.
Hawaii is made up of a group of eight main islands and numerous atolls; the six main tourist islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai, Lanai and Hawaii (known simply as the Big Island to avoid confusion), offer the visitor a completely different experience so if time allows, including at least two islands in your itinerary would make a fabulous holiday.
Whether you’re seeking a bustling nightlife, secluded beaches, or adventurous outdoor activities, one of Hawaii’s islands has got you covered. Consider factors such as the type of scenery you prefer, the activities you want to do, and the level of privacy you desire. With careful consideration, you can choose the perfect island for your dream honeymoon in Hawaii. Let’s explore some of Hawaii’s best islands for two…
With its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, and delicious food, it’s no wonder why so many couples choose to spend their post-wedding getaway here. Whether you’re looking to relax on the white-sand beaches or explore the diverse topography, Maui has something for everyone.
There’s also plenty here for you to see, but you really can’t come to the island without visiting the famous Haleakala Crater. Situated in Haleakala National Park, this dormant volcano stands at a height of three kilometers and provides a breathtaking view of the sunrise. It is highly recommended to wake up early and make your way to the crater to witness the sun gradually rising over the horizon, illuminating the sky with a mesmerising array of colours. It’s no wonder that Mark Twain once described this experience as “the most sublime spectacle I have ever witnessed“!
If you’re looking to take it blissfully easy on your Maui getaway, hire a car and navigate the world-famous ‘Road to Hana’. A real bucket-list item, travelling along this stretch of road (arguably the world’s most beautiful) will reveal truly stunning sights – expect postcard-perfect beaches, exotic rainforest and dramatic coastline. Classic ‘road-trip’ vibes’? Tick.
In Maui, water-babies will be in their element. Perfect for those wanting to get back to nature, swimming in the majestic Seven Sacred Pools is an experience you won’t soon forget. Just as heavenly as its name suggests, the site is tucked away in an emerald-green valley – very romantic. For a brilliant day out, take a refreshing dip in the falls’ natural plunge pools, which run out to the azure Hawaiian ocean. Want more? An easily accessible string of waterfalls and rock pools on the famous Road to Hana, Twin Falls is another hidden gem worth seeking out.
Also sure to win over adventure-lovers, Maui’s mystical Molokini Crater is great for snorkelling. Estimated to have been created by an eruption that happened 230,000 years ago, it’s where over 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral live. There are a slew of local groups based on the island that will take you out to the 93,000-square-metre crater for a day of snorkelling – do not miss.
Maui-bound couples, make your way to Paia on the island’s northern coast if you get the chance. A bohemian-style township with secluded beaches (be sure to visit Hookipa Beach) and frangipani-dotted farmland, it’s a winner for charming boutiques, fabulous markets and cool dining spots.
Oahu, the third largest Hawaiian island, is known for its vibrant city life and relaxed atmosphere. As the home of Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu, Oahu offers travellers a mix of cultural and artistic pursuits. While the city offers plenty of shopping and dining options, the island’s natural beauty truly captivates visitors. With its stunning mountain landscape and picturesque coastline, Oahu provides the perfect backdrop for couples seeking a romantic getaway. The famous Waikiki area is particularly popular, offering luxurious accommodations, world-class restaurants, and a lively nightlife scene.
Oahu is renowned as one of the most sought-after honeymoon and vacation spots in the world. Whether you take a leisurely walk along the beach at sunrise or relax at the iconic Mai Tai bar, gazing at the breathtaking view of the sun’s golden rays reflecting off Diamond Head, you’ll understand why – it’s impossible not to be captivated by the sheer beauty of this island paradise.
Oahu is rife with natural splendour, such as the beautiful Waikiki beach and dramatic volcanic scenery. Take a hand-in-hand walk to the Nuuanu Pali Lookout and gaze out at the most magnificent of views, the whole island spread out before you.
To fully explore the beauty of Oahu, it is highly recommended to rent a car and embark on a scenic tour of the island. As you venture away from the bustling downtown area, you will be greeted by breathtaking natural landscapes. The island’s interior is adorned with majestic mountains, rugged peaks, and lush valleys, showcasing the awe-inspiring power of nature. Along the way, you will encounter over 50 beach parks, providing opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, surfing, and picnicking amidst the abundant beauty of the island.
You can truly hide away on the island of Kauai. A much more intimate island than Maui and Oahu, you really have this “Garden Isle” at your fingertips. It has a different energy about it to the other Hawaiian islands – a soulful, sweet, lush. It’s a paradise of breathtaking landscapes, stunning sunsets, and incredible underwater beauty.
One of its most famous attractions is the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” a magnificent sight that leaves visitors in awe. Nature enthusiasts flock to this island to indulge in activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, snorkelling, and scuba diving. Exploring the rugged Na Pali coastline on a cruise or taking a helicopter ride over the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon are experiences that create unforgettable vacation memories.
There is endless beautiful scenery to explore together, including Poipu Beach and Hanalei Bay, or quaint historic towns like Koloa and Hanapepe.
Take a walk to marvel at verdant green valleys, barren cliff walls and jagged peaks. You might even stumble upon your own private waterfall among all the rainforest.
Truly a place to escape to, this island retains its original charms with a relaxed and traditional way of life.
You’ll happen on even more delights yourself in Hawaii, so why not live the island dream and make some beautiful memories here as newlyweds?
The Big Island
On the Big Island, it’s a matter of ‘go big or go home’ (perhaps the name is a hint?). A real must-see while here, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park boasts some of Earth’s most extraordinary landscapes. Stretching out from sea level to the summit of Mauna Loa (at 4.1 kilometres), it encompasses two of the world’s most active volcanoes. To mix sight-seeing with a little adventure, join one of the park’s knowledgable guides for an exciting hike and see the awe-inspiring Kilauea and Muana Loa volcanoes for yourselves.
A place of incredible extremes (at least, when it comes to its natural wonders), the Big Island is also where you’ll find the wonderful Akaka Falls State Park. Situated along the north Hilo Coast, it’s home to lush orchid-filled rainforest, verdant bamboo groves and the 30-metre Kahuna Falls, plus the 128-metre Akaka Falls. Lace up your hiking boots (the track here should take you less than an hour to complete) and prepare to marvel at Mother Nature.
The Big Island also has its own black-sand oasis: Punaluu Beach. Spend a day here swimming, relaxing or snorkelling – keep an eye out for endangered Hawksbill and green sea turtles! Haven’t yet had your fill of marine life-spotting? Set your sights for the white-sand Waialea Bay and look for exotic, colourful reef fish.
While in the Big Island, spend some time in tranquil Hawi. Located in the island’s north, it’s a go-to for restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and old-world plantation buildings. Or, check out beachy Kona in the island’s west or escape from the the resort chains and manicured golf courses in breezy Kau (in the island’s south). Our advice? Explore the Big Island and see each of its brilliant townships on a fun-filled road-trip!
For something a little bit different, check out the Big Island’s Hawaii Island Humane Society. Passionate about enhancing the bond between humans and animals, they invite visitors to ‘check out’ one of their super-friendly shelter dogs for an unforgettable day out. Who could resist taking one of their adorable residents out for a day of surf and sunshine?
A Lanai honeymoon is perfect for couples seeking a more intimate and exclusive experience in Hawaii. Despite being one of the smallest Hawaiian Islands, Lanai offers luxurious options and breathtaking views. Unlike the bustling crowds of Honolulu or Hilo, Lanai provides a subdued and refined atmosphere. With beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and volcanic formations, Lanai showcases the natural beauty of Hawaii on a more personal level. However, the exclusivity and privacy of a Lanai honeymoon often come with a higher price tag. This island is known for its unspoiled landscape and is often described as a hidden gem.
Indulge in Delicious Hawaiian Cuisine and Drinks
No trip to Hawaii is complete without indulging in the delicious cuisine and drinks that the islands have to offer. From traditional Hawaiian dishes to fusion cuisine, there is something to satisfy every palate. Don’t miss out on trying the famous poke bowls made with fresh fish and a variety of toppings. For a taste of the islands, be sure to try the kalua pig, a slow-roasted pork dish that is tender and flavorful. And, of course, no visit to Hawaii would be complete without trying a refreshing mai tai or a tropical fruit smoothie. Whether you’re dining at a local food truck or a high-end restaurant, you’re sure to be impressed by the flavours and quality of the food in Hawaii.
Discover the Unique Culture and History of Hawaii.
Hawaii is not only known for its stunning natural beauty but also for its rich culture and history. The islands are home to a unique blend of Polynesian, Asian, and Western influences, creating a vibrant and diverse cultural scene. Take the time to explore the local museums and historical sites to learn about the fascinating history of Hawaii. Visit the Bishop Museum in Honolulu to delve into the history and traditions of the Hawaiian people. Take a trip to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial to pay tribute to World War II’s events and learn about its impact on the islands. Immerse yourself in the local arts and crafts scene by visiting the many galleries and markets showcasing traditional Hawaiian artwork and handmade crafts. By exploring the culture and history of Hawaii, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the islands and create lasting memories.
What to Pack for Your Hawaii Honeymoon
- Bathing suites
- Sun hats
- Bathing suite coverups
- A beach bag to carry your essentials to the beach
- Wedges or heels for a romantic dinner
- Sneakers for hikes or working out at the resort gym
- Fancy dinner outfits
- Athleisure wear
- Accessories (jewellery, purse, dinner clutch, etc.)
- A few good books or your kindle
Best time to honeymoon in Hawaii
There is never a bad time for Hawaii, but perhaps you’ll enjoy the best experience if you visit between the months of April to May or September to November. During these times, the weather is still pleasant and the tourist crowds are smaller compared to the high season from mid-November to March. Additionally, flights and hotel costs are generally lower during these shoulder seasons, making it a more affordable option for a honeymoon.
Need To Know
As well as completing the online process known as ESTA – the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation – Australian passport holders must now present their ESTA documentation at check in.the ESTA process must be completed online via the website esta.cbp.dhs.gov at least 72 hours prior to travel to the USA. Once completed, applicants will receive a travel authorisation number, which must be presented when checking in at the airport.