Want to gift your newly wedded spouse a romantic vacation? Head to Hawaii. The pristine paradise of Hawaii is one of the best places to start your marital journey, offering sublime tranquillity through its countless beaches and surreal nature. Hawaii is more than a destination, it is an experience. And like a glass of wine, it needs to be devoured sip by sip. A honeymoon in Hawaii is all about relaxing on the beaches after a taxing wedding, whispering sweet nothings in your beloved’s ears, stealing a kiss at the sunset and experiencing ultimate luxury at the all-inclusive honeymoon resorts!
Spread over half-a-dozen islands, dotted with plenty of beaches, planning a Hawaii honeymoon can be overwhelming! To help you out with planning the best vacation of your life, here’s our ultimate guide to the best Hawaiian islands for honeymoon.
1. The Island of Hawaii or The Big Island
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The largest island in Hawaii and the most irresistible, the Big Island is replete of experiences waiting to be explored. From volcanic mountains, extensive golf courses to plush resorts, the Big Island has everything, to be on your Hawaii honeymoon itinerary. To reach the Island of Hawaii or the Big Island, you can fly into the Kona airport or the Hilo international airport.
While its gorgeous beaches and beach resorts offer you the much-needed time to rejuvenate with your beloved, there are plenty of other activities to indulge in, as well. Striking the right balance between quaint and eventful, this is one of the best Hawaiin Islands for an exciting honeymoon.
Must-visit beaches: Hapuna Beach, Kaunaoa Beach, Anaehoomalu Beach, Kolekole Beach Park, Onekahakaha Beach Park, Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Samuel Spencer Beach Park.
Must-do activities: Go Snorkelling and SCUBA diving and swim with the magnificent Manta Ray (one of the largest fishes in the ocean), sunbathe on the pristine beaches, enjoy day-trips to nearby waterfalls like 100-foot Kahuna Falls and the incredible 442-foot Akaka Falls, catch the stunning views from the Waipio valley lookout and walks the trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Maui is one place that you can never go wrong with! Sublime beaches tucking in prettiest resorts, beautiful peaks that offer a breath-taking panorama and scrumptious food with farm-fresh ingredients, Maui is the best place for a laid-back honeymoon. You can get to Maui by flying to the Kahului Airport.
Some of the best Maui resorts are dotted around the West and the South, Wailea, Kaanapali, Kihei and Kapalua also have honeymoon-perfect retreats. Seaside Spas, world-class amenities and excellent locations make these resorts ideal for a romantic getaway. More than 30 beaches, with white, black and green sand adorn Maui, all this along with the beautiful weather is a perfect combo for your honeymoon.
Must-visit beaches: Kaanapali Beach, Hamoa Beach, Wailea Beach, Baldwin Beach Park, Makena Beach State Park, Waianapanapa State Park, Honolua Bay, Palauea (White Rock)
Must-do activities: Take a romantic day-trip to Hana and enjoy the stunning natural beauty on its 620 curves and 59 bridges, go for a couple’s session on the seaside spas. For some adventure, go snorkelling and windsurfing. Catch a sunset at the Haleakala peak.
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Striking the right balance between happening and phlegmatic, Oahu is the best place to honeymoon in Hawaii. To begin with, its splashy waves and sandy beaches are a great escape for those who seek peace whereas the dazzling city of Honolulu offers unlimited entertainment for the cityscape-loving couples. To reach the island of Oahu, you can fly to the Honolulu International Airport.
The island exhibits the finest of Hawaiian culture and hence, is frequented the most by plenty of tourists, not just honeymooners. Boasting 112 miles of beaches, you will be literally spoilt for choices. The best place to book a seafront resort is the Waikiki area, although finding a secluded resort here is slightly difficult. For a more relaxed ambiance, book a resort in Ko Olina, North Shore and Kahala.
Must-visit beaches: Ala Moana Beach Park, Waikiki Beach, Kaimana Beach, Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach, Malaekahana Beach, Pokai Bay, Sunset Beach
Must-do activities: Go to the Diamond Head to catch a 360 view, take a romantic stroll around the Waimea Bay, go hiking in the jungle and witness Moana waterfalls, go shopping in the Al Moana Centre or the flea markets, go surfing or kayaking together, plan an outing to Hanauma Bay where you can also go Snorkelling.
Check out: The Nightlife in Honolulu
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If your idea of a honeymoon is a nonchalant vacation in the juxtaposition of nature where all you do is be with your spouse, Molokai is where you should be. To reach Molokai, you must fly to the Honolulu Airport, from where single-engine flights take you to Molokai.
The beaches are not full of activities that you can indulge in. But if you want to take a break from all the relaxing, Honolulu, the happening capital of Hawaii is where you can head to.
Must-visit beaches: Papohaku Beach Park, Halawa Beach Park, Kapukahehu Beach, Kepuhi Beach.
Must-do activities: Sunbathing, relaxing on the beaches, stargazing, snorkelling. Visit the Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge, experience the Luau which is a traditional Hawaiian party. If you visiting between the months of December to May, you can observe the humpback whales on a boat ride from the Kaunakakai harbour.
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Think luxury, think Lanai! For everything absolute, personalised and customized just for you and your loved one, Lanai is the answer. Stretches of secluded beaches, unadulterated waters and absolute privacy make Lanai one of the best spots in Hawaii for a romantic vacation. Being one of the smallest islands, it has no crowds and group tours that will disturb your privacy and the resorts are also designed for honeymooners.
To reach this island, you can take a ferry ride from Maui. For stay, Four Seasons is the most preferred option for couples, with its luxurious suites, private cabanas and private marine preserve for a dip.
Must-visit beaches: Hulopoe Beach Park, Polihua Beach, Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach).
Must-do activities: Relax in the resort enjoying dramatic views, go snorkelling in Hulopoe Bay, watch the dolphins, go hiking to Sweetheart Rock, go on a drive to Polihua Beach and observe the humpback whales and green turtles.
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The verdant valleys, the extensive forests that exhibit multiple shades of green, intimidating mountain peaks, pouring waterfalls and rivers make this island a nature’s paradise. If you and your spouse love nature, Kauai is the right place for your honeymoon. Also known as ‘Garden Island’, this is one of the oldest islands in Hawaii and thanks to the volcanic eruptions caused thousands of years ago, it is home to Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. A honeymoon in Kauai will guarantee you a seclusion you long for!
Must-visit beaches: Hanalei Bay, Tunnels Beach, Poipu Beach, Kiahuna Beach, Mahaulepu Beach,
Must-do activities: Go snorkelling, Kayak on the Wailua River, go hiking in Kokee State Park, go zip lining over the lush valleys and enjoy a thrilling ride in the verdant landscapes!
Drench in the awe-inspiring waters and absorb the untainted ambience of these islands and experience the imposing allure of nature; Hawaii honeymoon vacations are an affair to remember!