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The scent of tropical flowers drifts through the warm night air, the sparkling beaches and the serenely blue ocean, makes Hawaii one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. At Panda Travel ®, we have more than 35 years of experience helping newlyweds plan their perfect Hawaiian escape after tying the knot. Whether you want to hike, swim, surf and explore all day or just simply want to relax at a luxurious resort and lounge at the beach, we can help you create the perfect honeymoon of your dreams. So let’s get planning!
One of the first requirements of your Hawaiian honeymoon will be choosing the hotel where you will stay. A honeymoon is not just your average vacation, so do your research and choose wisely. Our directory of Hawaii hotels offers both luxury resorts and affordable accommodation, complete with pictures, room options and amenity descriptions to help you make your choice. For personal recommendations and advice, one of our helpful staff at Panda Travel ® would be happy to guide you in finding the perfect fit for your honeymoon.
Once your hotel is booked, the next thing you may want to prioritize is booking an authentic Hawaiian luau. With the fragrant kalua pig cooking in a pit, torches blazing and hula dancers punctuating the summery night with drums and music, a Hawaiian honeymoon would be incomplete without experiencing this Hawaiian tradition. No matter what island you are on, one can always find a festive luau to attend. Our recommendations are: The Old Lahaina Luau on Maui, The Luau at Kona Village on the Big Island, Ali’i Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu and the Kalamaku Luau on Kauai.
Once you have tasted Hawaiian delicacies and danced to traditional songs, you may be ready to venture off and explore an island or two. Here are our favorite things to do on each island while honeymooning on Hawaii:
Oahu is the island that has the greatest number of things to do in Hawaii. You and your spouse could take surf lessons on the famous North Shore, stay at a world class resort on Waikiki Beach or visit Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu for a classic newlyweds’ night out. Or, if you love history, this island has palaces and war memorials you can visit. There are also relaxing tropical gardens to see as well as interesting and picturesque walking tours to enjoy. But if your honeymoon dream is to just kick back and soak in the serenity with all your senses, then we have some exhilarating suggestions for you.
The wedding is over and you are on vacation, which means diets are out the window. Settle in by discovering the best-kept secrets of island cuisine on the popular Hawaiian Culinary Tours. Oahu’s Hole in the Wall Tour takes you to nearly a dozen stops, where you will be filled to the brim with some of the most delicious foods in the Aloha State. Don’t spend your honeymoon searching for delectable bites, start your trip knowing where to go for the freshest poke in town, the most ono (i.e., tastiest) laulau or the most flavorful shave ice.
Our favorite beach on Oahu, Waikiki Beach, has countless hotels, famous restaurants of superior quality and every possible Hawaiian attraction at your fingertips. For those who also enjoy some peace and quiet after eventful days, you can find Kapiolani Park, a restful park of 200 acres just on the east side of Waikiki. There is a reason Waikiki is one of the world’s premier honeymoon destinations.
Honeymooners will also enjoy the luxurious Star of Honolulu Sunset Dinner Cruise. Time is fleeting; but you can extend the hours of your Hawaiian vacation by taking a dreamy cruise at the end of the day. Watch the glow of the setting sun get swallowed up by the blue ocean as you sip a cool drink and witness the setting sun gently fading into the horizon. Nothing would be more blissful than to spend the last night of your honeymoon drifting in slow motion and recounting highlights of your holiday.
If you plan to stay on the Big Island, honeymooners just like you have found many opportunities to enjoy its unique and varied features from the depths of the ocean to the heights of its majestic mountains. Take a tour 100 feet underwater for a view of hidden paradise and vibrant marine life on the Atlantis Submarine Tour. To bring adventure to the next level, you and your spouse can dive with the gentle manta rays on the Kona Coast. The rays can have wings that span over 12 feet across and appear giant-like as they glide by you in the water. Diving with manta rays has long been of the most highly rated experiences you can invest in.
Couples can also venture up to Mauna Kea, where they can star-gaze from the highest heights. This volcano stands at over 13,000 feet, has clear skies nearly every night and is renowned as one of the most vivid viewing locations for astronomers. Adventurous couples can explore active volcanoes by touring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then ending their night enjoying the constellations at Mauna Kea.
Our favorite beach on the Big Island, Honaunau Bay, is the ideal place to see Hawaii’s best marine life. The bay is lined with dark lava rock, just above sea level. This creates the perfect backdrop to view exotic and vibrant fish underwater and has become a favorite place to snorkel and dive. Near the shore, the average depth is only about 10 feet, creating great visibility and allowing for warmer temperatures. The water toward the middle of the bay sinks to nearly 100 feet, making it a perfect place to scuba dive. From moray eels, to surgeon fish, green sea turtles and the occasional dolphin, these waters are a must see for anyone honeymooning on the Big Island.
Kauai is the perfect island for those who love its great verdant outdoors and enjoy exploring and connecting with nature. Nothing beats horseback riding on the beach and Kauai had several scenic trails that would add adventure to an amazing honeymoon in Hawaii. If horse riding isn’t for you, there are numerous amounts of ways to enjoy the scenic terrain of this lush island. Go for a couples kayaking trip down the Wailua River, as Kauai is the only island in Hawaii with a navigable river. Or you can take a helicopter tour over the Na Pali Coast, try zip-lining through the hills or take a biking tour that ends with a splash at the beach. The more you play outdoors, the more you will feel like you’ve earned that massage or 3-course meal back at the resort.
Our favorite beach on Kauai, Hanalei Bay, is the idyllic beach we all imagine when picturing a tropical paradise. With over 2 miles of soft sand, vibrant green mountains in the background and crystal clear waters, Hanalei Bay feels almost surreal. Another great beach on Kauai that is well worth visiting is Poipu Beach. It has been rated as one of America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel and certainly gives the beauty of Hanalei Bay a run for its money.
Maui is an island made for romance, so honeymooners will have endless opportunities to fall more in love with each other amid the glorious Hawaiian landscapes. Commemorate the beginning of your life together by starting your day hiking up to the Haleakala in the brisk darkness and heading up the 10,000 feet mountain just before sunrise. As you sit snuggled together, while sipping hot coffee from a thermos, you will witness one of the most spectacular sunrises in the world at Haleakala, the “House of the Sun.”
Drive down the heavenly Hana Highway and make memories by telling each other one thing you love about the other person with every bridge you pass. Get ready for a long list, because there are almost 60 bridges. You might decide to stop off for a romantic swim under one of the numerous waterfalls or hike to the enchanting Seven Sacred Pools. In Hana, avid hikers can take the trail to Kaihalulu, the red sand beach, where you can capture a timeless photo to remember your adventure.
If you prefer to be out on the water, couples can parasail together at a staggering 1,200 feet high or glide out across the ocean in search of humpback whales. The honeymoon activities are endless on this island.
Our favorite beach on Maui is Ka’anapali Beach, where visitors can rent a cabana and be served drinks while lounging in the shade. Nearby at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, named “Hawaii’s most Hawaiian Hotel,” guests have the opportunity to do the Po’okela Program, which includes learning to hula, play the ukulele and make grass skirts and lei. The historic whaling town of Lahaina is also nearby and is the perfect combination of festivities, historical highlights, famous luaus and lei ceremonies that will allow you to get taste of Hawaii’s past as well as its contemporary lifestyle.
If you want to be pampered, we also recommend our special promotions and events designed to make preparing your honeymoon as stress-free as possible. After the intense months of planning a wedding, you deserve to relax and let someone else work out the details. Panda Travel ® is proud to also offer all-inclusive travel packages, where we package airfare, car rentals, hotel deals as well as activities for you under a single price typically lower than if you had separately purchased all of these travel components. We can also add numerous activities to your package, such as private dining, spa visits, massages, golfing and snorkeling trips. Many of our specials also include bonus options like multiple nights at luxury hotels as well as romantic perks like complimentary chocolates and champagne. This is your time to enjoy the finer things in life, so let us prepare all the particulars for you in advance.
Don’t forget to refer to our Hawaii Travel Tips page for everything you need from useful Hawaiian phrases, to marriage license information, to island descriptions and packing reminders. Our agents at Panda Travel ® can give you first-hand testimonies of destinations and activities you are considering. They will help you ascertain which island or package options would be the best suited for you and your soon-to-be-spouse. We want your trip to be as seamless as possible, so contact our toll-free number (800) 303-6702 for assistance on planning the Hawaiian honeymoon of a life time!