The honeymoon is arguably one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process (and one of the most fun too)!
When it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination, Hawaii is definitely a spot you should consider. From the golden sandy beaches to hiking volcanoes, Hawaii has something to offer everyone. So, if you’re thinking about planning a honeymoon to Hawaii, look no further! Here is your ultimate guide to honeymooning in the Aloha State!
Secrets & Tips for Honeymooning in Hawaii
Planning a honeymoon doesn’t have to be complicated, and especially since the world is beginning to open up again, restrictions have become more relaxed. As of right now (June 2021), travellers to Hawaii must have a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the state and fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to quarantine for 10 days after arrival.
Now when it comes to actually planning your honeymoon in Hawaii, the hardest part is making choices. The hardest choice is probably deciding which island you want to spend your honeymoon on, but you’ll also have to make choices when it comes to accommodations, restaurants, activities, and much more. Here’s a little checklist for the basics of planning a honeymoon in Hawaii.
Hawaii Honeymoon Checklist
- Decide on a budget – and stick to it!
- Choose a destination (pro tip: you can island hop if you choose to do so!)
- Decide on the type of accommodations you want (e.g. a spa hotel, boutique hotel, camping) – this really depends on the type of overall experience you want your honeymoon to have!
- Decide when you’re going and for how long
- Book any special activities or excursions you want to do
- Look at honeymoon packages for any special deals you may want
Where to Stay in Hawaii
Deciding on where to stay for your honeymoon is one of the hardest decisions to make, but one of the most important, especially if you’re honeymooning in Hawaii! There’s a lot to consider when choosing which island or islands to visit when on your honeymoon in Hawaii. There are six total islands you can visit in Hawaii: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii (aka the Big Island), Molokai, and Lanai. Depending on how long your honeymoon is, you may or may not have time to visit all of these islands. Many common airline flights will take you to Honolulu, which is on Oahu. What you want to do in Hawaii will also determine which islands you’ll want to visit.
In guide books you’ll often read that Kauai is the “wet and rainy garden isle, with incredible landscapes” and Maui is drier but has more luxury resorts than Kauai does. The Big Island has the most diverse nature and volcanoes and Molokai and Lanai are oftentimes combined into day trips, so it truly depends on what you want to do during your honeymoon.
What to Do in Hawaii
Before we go on too far, we should mention that renting a car in Hawaii is highly recommended. Depending on the types of activities you want to do, you’ll have to decide if a normal car will be suitable or if you’ll need something a little more adept for off-roading. The resort you choose to stay at will also have an effect on what you do in Hawaii. Now, this isn’t to say you can only stay at one resort or hotel for your entire trip – depending on how much time you have, you can stay at multiple. If you’re on a budget, you also might consider renting an apartment or condo through Airbnb.
If you love the outdoors, hiking is one of the most popular activities in Hawaii. There are plenty of easy trails across the Big Island as well as on the smaller islands. Be sure to stick to the outlined trails – there are many hikes in Hawaii that can turn into treacherous rocky areas and high cliffs, so be careful! There are also many other activities you can partake in, from jet skiing to scuba diving to paddle boarding, there’s lots to do no matter what type of thing you’re into!
Some of the most popular places to visit in Hawaii include:
- Diamond Head State Monument
- Hana Highway
- North Shore
- Hanalei Bay
- Ka’anapali Beach
No matter where you decide to go in Hawaii, you can make your honeymoon live up to all of your wildest dreams! You’ve already done the first step, now all you have to do is plan!
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