Affectionately known as the Garden Island (you’ll soon see why), Kaua’i is paradise on earth. The most northern of the Hawaiian Islands, and the oldest at an impressive five million years, Kaua’i’s vibrant culture exists hand in hand with a soul-stirring landscape of beaches, rainforests, and thunderous waterfalls. With its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and adventurous activities, Kauai offers a unique and unforgettable experience for couples. This guide provides tips and recommendations for planning the perfect Kauai honeymoon.
Couples keen on a relaxed, nature-based escape and a less ‘touristy’ side of Hawai’i will adore the easy-breezy vibes, romantic restaurants, and handful of luxury resorts.
Those seeking something deeper can explore the spiritual core (the island’s spirituality is almost palpable) and the deep connection between locals and their land. The traditional Polynesian spirit is fully embraced here, as is the concept of mana, a sacred and powerful energy that flows through both objects and people.
If you’re lucky enough to visit this amazing isle, here’s a guide to what to see and do for an unforgettable honeymoon in Kaua’i.
Pick the Perfect Kaua’i Honeymoon Accommodation
Poised on the sunny shores of Poipu in the island’s south, the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa is an oasis of beachside luxury with epic swimming pools! Nestled on a crescent of white sand, the expansive 50-acre resort (formerly a sugar plantation) overlooks an unspoiled coastline on one side and the 18-hole Poipu Bay Golf Course on the other.
From the tropical gardens and huge heated swimming lagoons to the superb service, luxe spa and adults-only areas, couples will love everything about this heavenly slice of Garden Isle goodness. Dining options include the romantic bungalows and modern Hawaiian cuisine of Tidepools, a lu’au experience (traditional Hawaiian feast) that’s one of the best in the country, and private beachside dining.
The 602 spacious and well-appointed guest rooms each have a private patio or lanai, and most also feature at least a partial ocean view. The suites (perfect for honeymooners) offer stunning ocean views and extra indulgences. Keen to explore? The resort’s Activities Concierge can help plan everything from cruises along the incredible Napali coastline, surf lessons and catamaran sailing to off-road adventures or heli-tours.
What to do & see on your Kaua’i Honeymoon:
If lounging by the pool all day isn’t your honeymoon style (although it’s certainly an option!), here are a few Kaua’i adventures you don’t want to miss:
Dubbed the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’, Waimea Canyon is a must-see for any trip to Kaua’i. This spectacular 3,600-foot natural wonder is a spine-tingling sight, and you can enjoy the views from many lookout points, or find a hike that fits your skill level.
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Go Higher with a Helicopter Tour
For an unforgettable honeymoon adventure, see Hawai’i from above. Blue Hawaiian operates an excellent Discover Kaua’i tour that takes in some of the island’s most spectacular (and otherwise inaccessible) highlights. Soar over rainbows and waterfalls before hovering over the majestic Waimea Canyon. And don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re on the set of Jurassic Park, because the original 1993 movie was mainly filmed on Kaua’i! A fitting finale is watching the 4,000-foot sea cliffs of the Napali Coast come into view, their majestic emerald spines cast deep into the Pacific Ocean. Then, weather permitting, you’ll witness the mist-shrouded peaks and tumbling waterfalls of Mt. Wai’ale’ale (‘rippling water’). It’s a rush!
Sail The Napali Coast at Sunset
To appreciate the true power of Kaua’i’s iconic west coast, you have to go there. With Holo Holo Charters you can cruise into the very heart of the Napali (meaning ‘the cliffs’) Coast. The company’s custom-built vessels navigate remote and hard-to-access locations, putting you almost in touching distance of the dramatic landscape. Think razor-sharp mountain peaks rising from the shore, lush emerald valleys, secluded beaches, and hidden sea caves. This journey was a highlight of our trip to Hawai’i, made even more special by a school of dolphins that followed our boat back toward port.
Stroll Through Allerton Garden
It’s not called the Garden Island for nothing! National Geographic noted the Allerton Garden as one of the ‘50 Places of a Lifetime’, and this masterful piece of landscape architecture has also served as a Hollywood backdrop (look out for the ancient Moreton Bay fig roots featured in Jurassic Park). Part garden, part art installation, and once owned by a Hawaiian queen, the property also features the house where wild parties were thrown by garden creators, Robert and John Gregg Allerton. Over in the neighbouring McBryde Garden, you can immerse yourselves in the lush landscape of native plants in a place of deep cultural significance.
Head out on a Rum Safari
Time for a Mai Tai? Experience Kaua’i like never before on a Kauai Rum Safari! Explore the exotic fruit orchards of the Kilohana Plantation aboard an open-air safari truck before a rainforest boardwalk delivers you to the property’s hidden Jungle Bungalow to sample award-winning Koloa rums and enjoy a signature Mai Tai. Take in the breathtaking view of Kahuna Nui Valley then continue on to meet the animals and refresh with a farm-to-glass cocktail of exotic fruits and herbs
Wine & Dine Kaua’i.
Farm-to-table dining is a natural extension of Hawai’i’s rich agricultural past (and present) and locals’ deep respect for their land and waters. For a true taste of Hawai’i, look out for ingredients and dishes that celebrate the bounty of the islands, including the craft cocktails!
Island dining at The Plantation House
No matter what activities you’re into, make time to dine at The Plantation House by Gaylords within the historic Kilohana Plantation — we loved lunch in the beautiful open-air courtyard. With fresh, seasonal ingredients and island-inspired dishes, everything comes from the local land. Taste the difference in the organic Local Field Green Salad, Ahi Poke Stack, and ‘fresh catch’ Fish Tacos. Delish.
Get a taste at Timbers
See the oceanfront Hualani’s Restaurant at Timbers Kaua’i’s Ocean Club and Residences for a farm-to-table experience that isn’t just talking the talk. It walks it with freshly harvested ingredients from the on-site farm and dishes that draw on traditional Hawaiian favourites such as taro and turmeric — you’ll even find these elements infused in the cocktails! The menu has something for everyone (including top-shelf wagyu), but seafood takes a standout role with Lobster Tempura, Hawaiian Style Ahi Poke Bowl, and Whole Fried Local Hawaiian Fish to name a few. Book Tuesday dinner for the superb Farm-to-Table Tasting Menu.
The Farm at Hokuala
If you’re dining at Haulani’s, try and book a farm tour before dinner. The Farm at Hokuala is a 17-acre organic garden rejuvenated from an overgrown golf course. The Farm Manager at Timbers has led an agricultural revival by growing experimental crops like kale, tatsoi, mizuna and various spices and roots such as ginger and turmeric using the ‘ohana planting’ method
Tidepools, Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa
For a truly unforgettable dining experience in Hawai’i, head to Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. This romantic restaurant features thatch-roof bungalows perched above a serene koi-filled lagoon, complete with a cascading waterfall. The menu offers modern Hawaiian cuisine that showcases the best of the land and sea, including mouth-watering dishes like mahi-mahi in a banana macadamia nut sauce and juicy steaks. With its stunning setting and delicious food, Tidepools is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the romance and flavours of Kauai.
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The Best Time to Visit Kaua’i.
For a honeymoon in Kaua’i, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and fall (September to November). These months offer mild weather, smaller crowds, and lower prices. If you prefer warmer weather and don’t mind larger crowds, the summer months (July to August) are also a good option but expect higher prices and deal with more tourists. During the winter months (December to March), there is a higher chance of rainy and windy weather, and some activities may be closed due to rough seas.
Need to know:
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: in addition to being a stunning location for a honeymoon, the resort offers a range of beautiful wedding venues on the magical island of Kaua’i, along with experienced staff, incredible cuisine, and impeccable attention to detail.
Hawai’i Tourism Oceania is the official tourism board responsible for promoting the Hawaiian Islands in Australia and New Zealand. Hawai’i offers six beautiful islands to visit. From north to south: Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Maui, Lãna’i and the Island of Hawai’i/Big Island. No matter which you visit, you’ll be overwhelmed by its beauty, diversity, and the warmth of its people. Visit gohawaii.com/au to plan your dream Hawaii honeymoon or wedding.
The writer flew with Hawaiian Airlines, the hometown carrier of Hawai’i, for over 93 years. Flying five times a week from Sydney to Honolulu, with 130 connections daily to neighbouring islands, guests can experience the generous hospitality of the Hawaiian Islands with award-winning service, complimentary meals, beers and cocktails. Flights depart Sydney in the evening, arriving mid-morning in Honolulu. The Airbus A330 flying Sydney-Honolulu offers lie-flat Business Class, Main Cabin and Hawaiian Airlines’ popular Extra Comfort seating with more legroom, priority services and additional amenities. Visit hawaiianairlines.com.au to book.