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vettegc
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Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
Basically going for 9 or 10 days in June. Trying to figure out what islands / hotels to book. Also what are the best things to do in the time frame we have.

- I know we want to visit Pearl Harbor.
- Of course we want some beach time but we don't want to the whole trip to be sitting on the beach.
- We have talked about doing a little snorkeling but I am not sure where the best place to it would be (which island)
- I want to look into the shark cage diving. I think that is only in Kauai.
- I was hoping to see some active lava.

Any tips would be appreciated. We are looking for enough things to do but still be a relaxing trip.



nicholastiger
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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
In that time frame, it's hard to do all the islands.
I would suggest flying into or out of Honolulu and spend the front end or back end going to Pearl Harbor and other things you want to do on that island. Keep in mind, that is the busy city and not the relaxing island so I would spend a day or two at most there.

We went to Maui and from Road to Hana to luau to snorkeling Molokini and with sea turtles we enjoyed our time on Maui.

With that said, you can't go wrong on the other islands either but if you try to do to much you will end up wasting a lot of time when you can stay on one island and do everything you pretty much want.

Hawaii beaches are a lot different than going to Florida beaches and I would say you would spend very little time on the beach itself. The surf can be very rough in most places but your hotel on the beach will have plenty of amenities as well.

I've never been to Kona or Kuaia but the Volcanos National Park is on Kona.


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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
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- I want to look into the shark cage diving. I think that is only in Kauai.
Also on the north shore of Oahu.


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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
Kauai is spectacular. I don't know that there are any active lava flows currently, but that is subject to change all the time.


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Kauai is spectacular


Going next January, can't wait. Recently went to Hawaii for the first time, Maui. Had a blast.

Got a lot of awesome go pro footage. Above and below the water line.


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Lsupimp
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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
Kauai South Shore Grande Hyatt Resort. LINK





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We went to Maui and from Road to Hana


Searched an old Maui thread and someone mentioned Braddah Hutts bbq as the best. I tried a few spots and they were the best. I had the pork ribs.

Just outside of Hana heading clockwise.

I tried about every damn shaved ice place too and the best were at local boys in kihei and Lahaina ice cream parlor. I had many less than average ones too.

Had a great time at Black sands beach. The depth goes deep quick, 15' out and I couldn't touch, and there are powerful waves funneling in. I just rode the waves for awhile in the sun.

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snorkeling Molokini and with sea turtles


Same, although didn't see turtles until turtle town. Awesome time.



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cajuntiger1010
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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
shark cage diving is West and north Oahu also. Oahu has good snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, no active lava on Oahu


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NaPali coast, love it


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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
If you are up for a hike, check out Stairway to Heaven. Amazing views, not for the weak at heart!


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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
Flew in to Honolulu for my honeymoon. Only stayed there two days to check out Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head. We then flew out to Maui and that's when the real relaxation started. I was over Honolulu pretty quickly, but it was worth it to see Pearl Harbor.

When in Honolulu, hit up House Without a Key. Get there about 30 minutes before sunset and enjoy.


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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
The Big Island, of which Kona is a part, is beautiful. The Volcano National Park is a must see and you can drive around the island leisurely over 2 days from a middle base. We stayed on the west coast north of the airport and drove the north and upper east coasts one day; returned to our hotel on the west coast, and drove the eastern island the next day stopping at the Volcano Park and the coffee growing areas.
Saddle Back road cuts the island in half, for the most part, and is an easy drive from one coast to the other. Hawi, on the north side of the island is a great stop as well.

Our only mistake was eating at the large hotels instead of finding small neighborhood restaurants----the best food was definitely where the locals eat. Trip Advisor and speaking with a hotel employee who was not concerned with marketing his own hotel's brand, gave us great suggestions and all were excellent.

Maui is more of a boutique experience than is the Big Island; but, the Road to Hana is a must do and Wailea is a great base point. Paui, and I may be mis-spelling this, is the starting point on the Road to Hana. Great food in this small town and a must gas fill up since gas stations will be few and far between on the Road to Hana. Take your time and stop at the waterfalls and botanical areas on the trip.

Oahu is like visiting Chicago........except for Pearl Harbor is it congested and not relaxing.



vettegc
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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
How much does it cost to fly from island to island and how much hassle is it? I am assuming I would have to rent a car at each location? Im struggling because there is something I want to do at each one lol.

So far I have planned.
--Oahu - Pear Harbor and Shark Cage Diving (2 days, can I do both in one day?)
--the Big Island (not sure how long to stay but I already have an accommodation lined up for one night)

--Can I squeeze in both Maui and Kauai?




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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
I was under the impression this was closed now.


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TigerDeBaiter
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We spent 5 night in Kauai followed by 5 nights in Maui and really enjoyed it in that order. We did a good bit of on the go adventuring in Kauai and then kicked backed and relaxed in Maui.

Lodging: the grand Hyatt Kauai and Andaz Maui. Both fantastic, and again hit the spot for our activities. Grand Hyatt does have a few more families but since we were out and about most of the time it didn’t bother us. The Andaz is was very relaxing and chill.

Kauai: helicopter tour is a must in my opinion. Blue tours was who we used I believe. We also did some atv riding - they take you on some trails including the famous Jurassic park scenes. We did a boat ride to see the napali coast which was beautiful. Also spent a day up the north of the island. Went to Hanalei bay and hiked down to queens bath. Other than that, did a bit of snorkeling here and there and of course, went to a dinner luau, even though everyone said not to. we made friends at it, but it was indeed pretty lame.

In Maui we really just relaxed at the pool and beach. We did do a bit a snorkeling, but other than that really just enjoyed relaxing. We did stumble on to a nude beach...totally not anyone that should have been naked to see. We wanted to do the road to Hana, but just didn’t make it. I’d probably look into that if I were going back.

We rented a convertible on both islands and I would recommend that highly. Also, go get fitted for some snorkel mask and fins and bring your own if you plan to do much snorkeling at all. Totally worth it. And bring the go pro! Both stunning places to see.


Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
Wife and I are looking at it for December.

Only problem is I gotta skip Christmas with my side of the family.

Decisions decisions


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Pearl Harbor closes earlier than you’d think on weekends. We cashed in some Hilton Honors points for six nights in Honolulu. The Pearl Harbor area is near the airport so we thought it would be a nice last thing to do before flying home. Flight was around nine so we were going to get to the airport around 7:30. Rented a car the last day and drove around to a few different places. Got there around 3:45 and we’re told the last ferry over was gone but we could see the museum. Kind of sucks we missed that. So if it’s a must see, plan ahead a little. We could have grabbed a hotel shuttle or taxi any day we were there but didn’t think about it being closed before 5. Especially on a Saturday.


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northshorebamaman
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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
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Oahu is like visiting Chicago........except for Pearl Harbor is it congested and not relaxing.
There are still a few chill spots on Oahu but you won't find them in Honolulu.


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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Honeymoon in Hawaii - need recommendations
I went ahead and booked a Saturday to Saturday in December at the Hyatt Kauai.

That's not too long right? I'm not a huge beach lounge person but there appears to be enough activities.


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Just rent a car. There is a great pool, another ridiculous salt water pool. The drinks and food (pool service) is excellent. There is a great outdoor bar to have a drink and watch the ballgame. The big cliff to your left as you look at the water is a GREAT place to start a hike. The golf course is legit. There is awesome snorkeling a 15 minute walk away. Annie has a great exercise walk first thing every morning. The spa is excellent.

I'd definitely rent a car to explore the island- and go get shave ice, spend a day hiking Wameia Canyon, head north to snorkel "the tunnels", go to Hanalei and Princeville, call Captain Dave for some truly AWESOME power rafting off the Napali Coast.

A week is perfect. I've done 12 days twice and hated leaving.


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