Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations in the USA and the world to honeymoon for a good reason. The tropical setting boasts pristine beaches and a relaxed atmosphere that is the perfect way to start your marriage. Hawaii really has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for adventure by hiking volcanos or surfing, to take in the culture by enjoying a luau and some typical Hawaiian music played on the Ukulele, relaxing on the beach or a bit of a mix.
An added benefit to Hawaii is its proximity to the USA. For the California coast, you can get to Hawaii with four-hour flights. Additionally, since you are traveling West, it makes it easy for you to get there in the early afternoon due to the hour change.
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First Decide a Budget
Your budget is going to make a big difference in how you plan your honeymoon and should be the first thing to decide.
Airfare cost to Hawaii
Airfare can always vary but in general, a trip to Hawaii will cost around $450 round trip per person. Flights from the midwest will run around $500 – $650 and from the east coast closer to $700. If you plan on going between islands those flights are very affordable on Hawaiian Airlines or Southwest Airlines. They run all day, every day and usually cost between $50-$80 each way.
Hawaii ACCOMMODATION Cost
The greatest variation in price for a honeymoon in Hawaii comes from accommodations. The variation in quality of the resorts, the location, the view from them room and the time of travel can mean a huge difference in price.
A mid-range 3-star hotel on the beach will usually cost around $300-$400 a night. Luxury 4 star resorts start around $600 a night and go up from there, easily reaching $1500 a night. There are tons of options in between.
Keep in mind that many resorts have resort fees and parking cost.
Decide on Length of Stay & Islands
With a budget in mind, you can start to think about how long you will be able to spend on your trip.
For a trip that is 6 days or less, plan on staying on only one island. With 7 days or more, you can split your time between two different islands since each has its own flavor worth exploring.
Package Hawaii Honeymoon Discounts
Because Hawaii is a hot tourist destination, there are many discounts available. Some resorts provide a 5th night free or resort credits and when you purchase your flights with resorts together additional discounts can be found.
Popular Hawai Honeymoon Packages
6 Night Maui Honeymoon Package
8 NIGHT MAUI & OAHU HONEYMOON PACKAGE
9 Night Kauai & Maui Honeymoon Package
Split your time between two unique Islands of Hawaii. Stay for 5 nights in Maui with luxury accommodations with free breakfast, $100 resort credit and room upgrade with activities including day cruises, snorkeling and much more. Next head to Kauai for 4 nights at a 4 star hotel. Enjoy an adventure on a helicopter tour, kayaking, hiking and zipling
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Choosing Between the Hawaiian Islands
No more stressful planning for a wonderful honeymoon to remember for the rest of your lifetime! Head straight for Oahu, a destination that perfectly blends the city atmosphere with its exotic landscape. The island has a plethora of stunning beaches with the Waikiki, Diamond Head Crater and Pearl Harbor being the most well-known.
The island is just perfect for those wanting a quiet and intimate honeymoon time and also those looking to take on all that the island offers. There is also a vibrant cultural angle that you can enjoy by going to its festivals, art scenes, and, monthly events. There is so much to do in terms of an adventurous holiday like surf camps, sunset sail, skydiving, discovering the horse ride trails, or just exploring the island.
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Top Honeymoon Activities in Oahu
Apart from immersing yourself in the mesmerizing view of the sea from Waikiki with its breezy palms and inviting grounds, you can also go swimming, snorkeling, hire a canoe or a kayak. The waters of the Waikiki will surely remain etched in your mind for the rest of your life, allowing you to relive your honeymoon years later!
Diamond Head Hike – Get up early and make it to the Diamond Head peak for an amazing 360-degree view from the top. The hike itself is 1.5 miles up the crater and can get crowded quickly.
Visit the North Shore – A one hour drive from Waikiki will get you to this legendary surf mecca. The North Shore has a more laid back vide. In the winter there are amazing waves where you can watch the pros. Also in the area is the Turtle Bay Resort, the Polynesian Cultural Center (a bit of a tourist trap) and Haleiwa Town which is a perfect place for shopping and getting a bite to eat.
Shopping in Waikiki – If you want to spend time shopping in Hawaii, this is the best place to do it. The area is walkable and full of shopping malls and boutique shops.
Visit Manoa Falls – The hike to Manoa Falls is only around a half-hour and will take you through the tropical “forest”. You may get the feeling you have seen the area before since it has been used to film tropical destinations like Jurassic Park and Lost.
Top Honeymoon Resorts in Oahu
Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina
The elegant and spacious king-sized rooms come with large private balconies or lanais (Hawaiian patios), deep-soaking marble tubs, and glorious views of the gardens, mountains, or ocean. There’s a beautiful salt-water infinity-edge pool for just adults, two other swimming pools, a full-service luxurious spa, a choice of fine-dining and beachside restaurants, tennis courts, a games rooms, and a range of free daily activities. You can arrange exceptional tailor-made trips and experiences to make your stay truly special. Honeymoon activities include couples’ massages and training in massage techniques to learn how to pamper each other at home, romantic private picnics on the beach, and candle-lit dinners without another soul in sight.
Turtle Bay Resort
The laidback North Shore has only one major hotel, Turtle Bay, which is, of course, an excellent one. Get fantastic ocean views from almost every room of the property. It has beach cottages and ocean villas that are practically on the shore sands. The resort offers plenty of activities that include horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and surfing schools. The hotel also offers exceptional honeymoon packages that you can pick for that special time. Those of you that can afford the more secluded beach cottage room might end up spending your honeymoon with a celebrity that is known to frequent it.
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
With amazing views of the Pacific ocean from each suite, Aston Waikiki Beach Tower provides great accommodations with full kitchens in the middle of Waikiki. Honeymoon only steps away from the beach and a number of places to shop, dine, play in the ocean, and dance the night away.
Beautiful Maui is Hawaii’s second-biggest island and a hugely popular honeymoon and destination wedding choice.
It offers great snorkeling spots, black sand beaches on the west side, luxury resorts and famous sunsets. For travelers who want a more active vacation, Maui is also home to Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano in the world, and the famous Road to Hana, a great 64-mile drive on the east side of the island that connects Kahului with Hana and takes you through some of the most beautiful places in the island.
Honeymooners especially will find plenty of romance between the glorious beaches, lush rainforests, volcanic landscapes, and fascinating cultural activities, Whether you’re an active and adventurous couple or a couple who prefers to luxuriate in bliss, take it easy, and relax, the stunning tropical island has something for all lovers.
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Things to do on your honeymoon in Maui
Maui has a great variety of activities perfect for your honeymoon, especially with many activities to enjoy.
Snorkeling – While there are tons of opportunities for snorkeling in Hawaii, the Molokini Crater is considered one of the best. Originally an ancient volcano, the northern rim has eroded away, allowing the sea to flood in to create a unique crescent-shaped island.
Road to Hana – Rent a car and spend a day driving the breathtakingly beautiful Road to Hana. Pack a picnic and set off early to navigate the winding road, allowing plenty of time to stop and marvel at splendid beaches, captivating blowholes, cascading waterfalls, intriguing sea caves, interesting rock formations, and verdant jungle.
Take a day trip to Lanai – Located a short ferry ride from Maui that leaves each morning and comes back in the evening, Lanai is a perfect place to go to for a day during your honeymoon. You can get away from the crowds and enjoy the unique landscapes.
Top Maui Honeymoon Resorts
Four Seasons Wailea Resort
The elegant and spacious king-sized rooms come with large private balconies or lanais (Hawaiian patios), deep-soaking marble tubs, and glorious views of the gardens, mountains, or ocean. There’s a beautiful salt-water infinity-edge pool for just adults, two other swimming pools, a full-service luxurious spa, a choice of fine-dining and beachside restaurants, tennis courts, a games room, and a range of free daily activities.
Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
The award-winning Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas sits right on the beach, offering high standards of comfort, luxurious touches, and fantastic amenities. There are various attractive rooms and suites, all offering plenty of privacy. Onsite facilities include large swimming pools with chutes and slides, a high-tech fitness center, lovely picnic areas with grills, a stylish spa, and an assortment of places to eat and drink. Join in with daily activities, relax in your beautiful villa, which has an opulent bathroom, modern kitchen, and super-soft bed, hit the beach, or plan day trips.
The Big Island Of Hawaii
The Big Island, the largest Hawaiian island, is formed by 5 volcanoes, has 8 of the 14 climate zones in the world and offers a great variety of activities. The Big Island is perfect for those who like the outdoors and it has some unique places that you won’t find anywhere else.
Things to do on your honeymoon on The Island of Hawaii
Hawaii Volcano National Park – The main attraction for most travelers is the Hawaii Volcano National Park which is home to two active volcanoes: Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and Mauna Loa, a colossus measuring almost 30,200 feet from the base (underwater) to summit.
Go Diving with Manta Rays – Manta Rays live around the coast of Hawaii year round. While you can dive with Manta Rays in a few other areas in the world, you experience feeding time in Hawaii unlike anywhere else. It is especially unique during the night dives.
Other great places to visit are the Waipio Valley, Papakōlea beach with its green sand, and the beautiful beaches in Kona. On the Big Island, you can also tour Kona coffee plantations, famous for being one of the best gourmet coffees in the world.
Honeymoon Accommodations on The Island of Hawaii
Kalaekilohana is a luxury boutique hotel without the luxury price tag that comes with the larger resort. Well located in between both the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Pu`uhonua `O Honaunau National Historic Park, the property is a great place to stay a few days while experiencing the Island. Accommodations include breakfast with locally sourced ingredients and breakfast with dinner available at an additional charge.
Lotus Garden Cottages
Minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Volcano Village, Lotus Garden Cottages Bed and Breakfast on the Big Island of Hawaii, offers a collection of luxurious hideaways, perfect for honeymoons. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere with complimentary gourmet breakfast delivered to your private suite each morning.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Located along the Kona-Kohala coast of Hawaii Island, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features even swimming areas, five dining options, and ocean views. An 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course is on site.
Guests can enjoy a saltwater pool and an adult-only area, as well as a full spa, and 15,000 square feet of fitness facilities. Private, white sand beaches are available at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai with calm waters for easy swimming.
Kauai, more commonly known as the Garden Isle, lives up to its name and is the perfect place for honeymooners to steal away and relax. You’ll understand what we mean when you visit the island for yourself. Everything is lush and green and beautiful. More than that, it feels otherworldly.
Popular opinion amongst the most experienced Hawaiian travelers is that Kauai is the best island. It is the fourth largest island and does not pull in the amount of tourism that the other islands do, which makes it quiet, relaxed and secluded; perfect for a romantic getaway. Their incredibly scenic mountains, clear blue water, adorable restaurants, and breathtaking hiking views will make sure that honeymooners never want to leave.
Unique Kauai Honeymoon Activities
Kauai is full of amazing landscapes and natural attractions, making for plenty of opportunities to get outside to enjoy your honeymoon together.
See the Na Pali Coast on a Helicopter tour – See the towering sea cliffs with dynamic colors with an awe-inspiring helicopter ride. Explore the island without the limitations of roads. In a single excursion, you can see many of the highlights of the islands like the Hanapepe Valley, the Olokele Canyon the majestic Waimea Canyon, dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
Top Kauai Honeymoon Resorts
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
The Grand Hyatt Resort is one of the best Kauai resorts whose famed breakfast will be a great way for honeymooners to wake up in the morning. Their extensive pools, lazy river, a saltwater lagoon, and waterslide all boast the property’s activity and while the beaches aren’t swimmable, their spa, golf course, tennis courts, and horse-riding stables make up for the short walk to a swimmable beach.
Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
While it’s about a 20-minute drive from Hanapepe, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort near Kauai’s southernmost point offers a pool with ocean views, an upscale seafood restaurant, a pool bar and a spa along with an activities hut on the beach for ocean gear.
Lanai is Hawaii’s smallest inhabited island originally an island-wide pineapple plantation. Today the island is known for luxurious resorts and for being more secluded than other Hawaiian islands. Getting to Lanai is very easy from Maui and is an enjoyable experience by the ferry leaving Lahaina in the mornings, where humpback whale sittings are common in the winter.
Lanai makes for a perfect day trip from Maui or can be explored for a few nights staying at one of the luxury resorts on the island perfect for a honeymoon.
Lanai Honeymoon Resorts
Four Seasons Resort Lanai – Located on the southern shore of Lanai, the Four Seasons is an exclusive retreat. The resort borders a marine preserve with colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and spinner dolphins and has two lagoon-style pools that overlook Hulopoe Bay.
The resort is family-friendly, but much of the clientele are couples with many honeymooners. Because the property is so massive with no bordering resorts it feels like a private island resort.
Hotel Lanai – Set up in a restored 1923 plantation home build for Dole pineapple executives, the Hotel Lanai blends both rustic modern style with vintage Hawaiian charm with an upscale luxury feel. Renovated in 2018, the hotel is perfect for honeymooners seeking a quiet retreat.
Lanai At Koele, A Sensei Retreat – This first all-inclusive wellness experience in a partnership between Four Seasons and Sensei Resorts opened in 2019. The experience includes a private wellness consultation followed by enriching classes, relaxing treatments and invigorating activities.
Lanai Honeymoon Activities
Lanai is an amazing island with plenty of places to explore a secluded part of Hawaii.
Spend time on the beach – Lanai has over 18 miles of ultra secluded beaches. In the southern part of Lanai is Hulopoe Beach Park, where you will find clear waters and tide pools to explore.
Palihua Beach is located northwest of Lanai City, and while it takes about an hours drive on a 4 wheel drive vehicle, it is worth the trip to a usually empty beach.
Puu Pehe – Aka Sweetheart Rock, is an iconic landmark between Manele and Hulopoe Bay and is a short hike from Four Seasons Resort Lanai. From the nearby rocky cliffs you can overlook the picturesque landmark. This is an especially romantic spot to enjoy some time overlooking Hulopoe Bay and possibly seeing spinner dolphins or other wildlife.
Explore the Garden of the Gods – Keahiakawelo, also known as The Fire of Kawelo, is a rock garden at the end of Polihua Road located around 45 minutes from Lanai City. The rock towers, spires, and formations formed by centuries of erosion are at their most enchanting at dusk. The area actually used to be part of a native dryland forest, parts of which have survived today.
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