Honeymoons are the great reward you get after all the hard work of planning your wedding. I mean how can a vacation filled with playing kissy face and riding the high of your wedding not be amazing? What makes it even more amazing? When that honeymoon is in the beautiful destination of the Hawaiian Islands!!
So far in my short life, I have been blessed to visit the great state of Hawaii twice and I am completely obsessed. The islands are filled with lush vegetation, surrounded by beautiful blue water, in a warm tropical climate with a culture that is so laid back that it makes for a great honeymoon spot. Since I love Hawaii SO much, I thought I would compile for y’all my top must-do activities on your Hawaiian honeymoon.
1. Visit More Than One Island
First things first, when planning our Hawaiian honeymoon, you have to figure exactly where you are going to go. Hawaii is a collection of islands with the most popular destinations being Oahu, Island of Hawaii (The Big Island), and Maui. Each island has its own attractions and culture so choosing just one to go to can be hard. The Island of Hawaii is known for its active volcano, Oahu is home the capital city of the state, Honolulu, and Maui is less commercialized still retaining much of the Hawaiian culture.
In my opinion, if you’re going all that way, why pick just one? If possible, work into your itinerary a visit to at least two of the Hawaiian Islands. A flight between islands only takes about an hour to an hour and a half so it is not super time-consuming to go from one to the other. For my husband and I’s honeymoon, we went to Maui and Oahu each for 3 days.
Since I have only been to Maui and Oahu, I want to share my own experiences. The rest of this post will focus on activities to do on those islands. If you have been to the Big Island or any of the other islands and want to share some fun activities to do there, please tell us in the comments below.
2. Beach Bum For A Day
After all that hard work of planning a wedding and the emotion of the big day, you will need some good old bumming around on the beach to let it all sink in. So take one day to just relax, grab a drink, and enjoy the clear blue waters. From my experience, Waikiki beach in Ohau and the Kaanapali beach in Maui are both beautiful, but I personally think the beaches of Maui are much better. They were less crowded, the sand was less rocky, and from what I could see there were not that many fish or plants floating in the water close to shore. I am usually not a big ocean fan for these reasons, but my husband and I actually had a ton of fun just playing in the water in Maui. After we had our beach bumming day we felt so relaxed and ready to spend the rest of our time exploring.
3. Experience a Luau
Now that you are all relaxed, it’s time to get out and experience the Hawaiian culture. A great way to do this is by attending a Luau! A Luau or the Aha’aina is a traditional a Hawaiian Feast with entertainment that Hawaiians use to celebrate special occasions amongst family. At a Luau, you will be able to learn about different aspects of Hawaiian culture like traditional Hawaiian food, songs, clothing, ancient Hawaiian games and of course you will get to see amazing hula dancing. If you are in Maui check out the Old Lahaina Luau and if you are at Ohau, check, out the Paradise Cove Luau. Tickets for Luaus usually go quickly, so make sure to book this far in advance.
4. Drive the Road to Hana
If you are going to go to Maui everything you look up will tell you that you must do the road to Hana… and well it’s true. The road to Hana is a 64-mile long drive on curving roads through a lush tropical rain forest from the city of Kahului to Hana on the East side of the Island. For this trip it is really not about where you are going, but more the journey. Along the way, there are numerous stops for you to see breathtaking waterfalls, hike through a bamboo forest, experience black sand beaches and see all types of tropical plants. I suggest skipping the tour bus method of seeing the Road to Hanna and driving it yourself. It will save you a little bit of money, allow you to stop where you want, and stay as long as you want at your stops. Fair warning, much of the road narrows to one lane, so there are some nerve-wracking moments, but hey it will just bring you closer together. The Road to Hana was our FAVORITE part of our Honeymoon and I would recommend it to anyone.
5. Swim with Dolphins
If you are aminal lover and want to snuggle up with some aquatic friends check out swimming with dolphins. Dolphins are such majestic mammals that have always fascinated me, so when my husband and I were looking for something to add to our honeymoon this was a must. You can schedule a swim with dolphins in the ocean or at an aquatic wildlife center. I like the idea of swimming with dolphins in a more controlled setting, so we chose to do our swim at Sea Life Park Hawaii. The dolphins were so much bigger than I thought, but they were so sweet. We had fun getting dolphin kisses and doing dorsal fin swims with the lovable creatures. You can pre-order tickets to arrange the dolphin swims before arriving at the park or buy them that day. There are also other activities you can do there, like feed fish and meet penguins.
6. Go Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
If you choose to go to Ohau you absolutely MUST… I mean really YOU MUST go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay is a nature reserve about 30 minutes East of Honolulu that features shallow waters filled with tons coral wreaths and a plethora of marine life. The calm crystal blue waters create an easy environment to snorkel in making it a great place to go if you are inexperienced like me. While there, you will see all types of fishes of all colors and sizes. If you are lucky you may even see a sea turtle. Entrance into the park is under $10 per person and you can get snorkeling gear there or purchase them in a tour package with your transportation from your hotel.
7. Visit Kualoa Ranch
Another activity to put on your Ohau vacation list is taking a trip out to Kualoa Ranch. Kualoa Ranch is a 4000-acre private nature reserve home to several Hollywood movie sets like Jurrasic Park and towering mountains covered in lush greenery. While there, explore the mountainside on a horseback and take in the amazing scenery. Then you can check out the mountain valleys with an exhilarating ATV tour. All that activity is sure to get you hungry, so enjoy the ranch’s yummy authentic Hawaiian BBQ. Tickets to the ranch can be purchased on their website and transportation can be arranged for pickup at the hotels on Waikiki Beach.
8. Gaze At the Sunset
After all this, there is no better way to end your honeymoon than taking in the sunset. The Hawaiian sunset is so beautiful it is a must to schedule time just to soak it up. Either grab a bite at a seaside restaurant, sit on your hotel balcony, or take a stroll along the beach to see the assortment of beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges that accompany the sinking sun. This is the perfect time to reflect on all the fun you have had together on your honeymoon and the fun that is yet to come in the future of your lives together.
I hope this helps with planning your Hawaiian honeymoon. Leave a comment below and let us know if you’ve tried any of these and if there are any must-do activities that you think we should add to the list.