Say “I do” to the vacation of a lifetime. While few trips can compare to your honeymoon, Hawaii surpasses the expectation of paradise by providing an oasis of romance for all types of couples. Whether you’re looking for pure relaxation, adrenaline-pumping adventure, cultural exploration or the best date spots, The Aloha State offers mesmerizing attractions for every type of honeymooner.
Home to Hawaii’s capital city Honolulu, the island of Oahu offers both the benefits of a vibrant cityscape and exciting beach scene. After saying your vows, treat yourself to crystal blue oceans and white sands at Waikiki Beach, undoubtedly one of the most well-known beaches in the state. Snap a photo as newlyweds and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants nearby.
Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach Park are great alternatives if you’re looking for less crowded beach options during your honeymoon. For couples who love to surf, ride the waves of Oahu’s North Shore at Waimea Bay. If you want a snorkeling experience, take a peek beneath the ocean waters at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
Beach lovers aren’t the only ones to fall head over heels for Oahu. The island also boasts famous scenery from classic movies and shows. Fans of “Jurassic Park” or the TV shows “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” will love taking a Kualoa Ranch Tour. Make new memories as you and your spouse witness captivating areas once shown on the big screen.
For the love birds wishing to dive into the rich culture and history of Hawaii, visit Iolani Palace, the official royal residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last reigning monarchs and The Bishop Museum, featuring over one million Hawaiian and other Polynesian artifacts. Continue to explore Hawaii’s Polynesian roots at the Polynesian Cultural Center featuring cultural exhibits and activities, luaus, fire dances and exciting shows.
No trip to Oahu – even a honeymoon – is a complete without seeing the Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial. Spend some time touring the famous memorial and gain a better knowledge of the attack during World War II.
The majestic island of Maui, known for its stunning beaches, inspiring landscapes and humpback whales, is the perfect honeymoon spot for adventurous couples. Start your thrill ride watching cliff divers take flight at Ka’anapali Beach, or catching the magnificent sunset at Makena Beach.
One of the most well-known attractions on Maui is Haleakala Crater. Take a daring hike at this natural wonder that houses two dormant volcanoes. While the hike down into the crater is somewhat easy, the hike up can be quite strenuous, great for active enthusiasts seeking a challenge.
While touring Maui, feast your eyes on truly spectacular sights as you drive down Hana Highway. The scenic journey spans across 52 miles of breathtaking beaches and rain forests. Take a few pit-stops for a kiss at the many cascading waterfalls.
Finally, witness the marvel of marine wildlife during a whale watching tour. Honeymooners visiting anytime November through May can set sail and see humpback whales swim in their annual migration across the Pacific Ocean.
Brimming with secluded beaches and lush terrain, Kauai is a great destination for laid-back and nature-loving couples. Kauapea Beach, also known as Secret Beach, offers a hidden paradise on the island – just be prepared to take a bit of a hike to reach the picturesque shores. Hanalei Bay also provides gorgeous settings quintessential to the beauty of Hawaii. For snorkeling enthusiasts, Poipu Beach Park and Tunnels Beach allow you to see tropical fish and colorful coral. Just don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear!
In the mood for a hike? Set your sights on Kalalau Trail. While the climb can be difficult, the view at sunrise is well worth the effort. The 11-mile hike passes through five valleys and ends up at Kalalau Beach.
When you’re tired of sticking to land, soak in the beauty of Kauai from the sky or sea. Napali Coast State Park is the perfect spot for romantic helicopter and boat tours. Not only does it display the glimmering Pacific Ocean, it also shows unforgettable waterfalls and valleys.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
Touch down with your spouse on Hawaii. The Big Island beauty combines a wide range of attractions – from volcanoes to coffee tours. Let Waipi’o Valley take your breath away with views overlooking the ocean and green scenery. Join your loved one on a romantic horseback ride to get an inside look at the lush valley. Then shake up your sand and sea experience at Punalu’u Beach, one of the most famous black sand beaches on the island.
Need some caffeine to keep up? Hawaii has got you covered. The city of Kailua Kona is famous for its coffee. Stir up your senses during a Kona Coffee Tour and Tasting, the perfect date spot for foodie couples.
When it’s time to heat things up, ignite your inner explorer at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can witness active volcanoes erupt. The site also features multiple hiking trails and the famous Crater Road, which depicts a series of lava remains. Also on the island is Mauna Kea. Standing 14,000 feet above sea level, Mauna Kea’s summit places you above the clouds and within view of thousands of twinkling stars. The drive to the top can take about two hours and safety conditions are dependent on the weather, so be sure to check beforehand.
Before reaching your honeymoon’s finish line, take a step back in time at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. This cultural gem features temple remains dating back to 1790. Take the guided tour to learn about the rich history of past Hawaiian kings.
No matter which island you land on, Hawaii is a state overflowing with stunning scenery sure to leave a lasting impression that surpasses your honeymoon phase.
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