Honeymooning In Hawaii

This iconic honeymoon destination has it all! We've got the lowdown on which Hawaiian island is perfect for you and your hubby-to-be.

by Rebecca Hanley

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Once your wedding is over, it’s time to pack that white dress away and say goodbye to tulle, bunting and run sheets – yep, you can finally relax, ‘cos it’s time to celebrate your new Mr-and-Mrs status with the honeymoon! And there aren’t many better places on earth for a romantic getaway with your one-and-only than Hawaii – home of tropical climes and that famous ‘aloha’ spirit.

No matter whether you and your new hubby are active adventurer types or are a little more inclined towards reclining on twin deckchairs awaiting your next cocktail, the islands of Hawaii have it all. From volcano treks to world-class couples’ spa facilities (waterfront sunset massage for two? Yes, please!), it’s all here – the only thing to do is decide which island is right for the two of you. Enter our guide to where to go and what to do on these six beautiful Hawaiian islands.


Napali Coast   Image: Hawaii Tourism Authority/Ron Garnett

There’s nothing like exploring the wilds of deserted tropical forests and swimming beneath gigantic waterfalls together to bring you and your brand new spouse even closer. An island of immense natural beauty, Hawaii’s ‘Island Of Discovery’ is the ultimate honeymoon spot for nature-loving couples who want a side of excitement with their romantic getaway. When you’re here, make sure you two try to fit in as many of these local activities as possible: flying fox, horseriding, ocean kayaking, river stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling and scuba diving. Click your way to Hawaii Tourism’s Romance Guide for more ideas on what to do in Kauai.

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Want to get married in Kaua’i? Try: Exchanging vows in a 30-acre tropical garden at Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast, or booking the Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Gardens, where you can choose between a garden, waterfall lagoon, beach, meadow, or a plantation (and there’s even a maze to entertain guests post-ceremony).


Waikiki beach and Leahi (Diamond Head)   Image: Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson

Home of possibly the world’s most famous beach (apart from Bondi of course!), Waikiki Beach, O’ahu is also where you’ll find Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu. Dubbed ‘The Heart Of Hawaii’, this is the island you and your groom should put top of your dream honeymoon list if you’re keen to sample a mix of nightlife, culture – and of course, those crystal blue waters you’ve seen in postcards. Perfect for energiser bunnies who don’t want to spend too much time on honeymoon being stationary, this island has so much to do, from art galleries, shopping and nightlife to festivals, surfing, golf, hiking, water skiing, scuba diving and way more.

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Want to get married in O’ahu? Try: Waimea Valley, home to vibrant native wildlife and a 45-foot waterfall, or say ‘I do’ in style with ocean views at the historic Moana Surfrider or the luxe Halekulani.


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Keen to escape the tourist frenzy and make like you’re a local islander couple for a few days? Laidback Moloka’i is rich with native culture and populated mostly with locals whose great-grandparents grew up here. The perfect destination if you’re keen to soak up Hawaii’s fascinating local traditions; there is also 45km of tropical reef bordering the shoreline. It’s worth visiting Papohaku Beach to watch the sunset – and if you time it right, you may even spot the once-in-a-lifetime green flash just before the sun sets. You and your beau can create more special memories together with historic site tours, cycling, mule riding, ocean kayaking, snorkeling, whale watching and more.

Canoes on beach   Image: Hawaii Tourism Authority/Dana Edmunds

Want to get married in Moloka’i? Try: Aqua Hotel Moloka’i, where you can exchange vows beside swaying palms under a spectacular sunset, or choose a stress-free, intimate beach wedding organised by Molokai Weddings.


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If your idea of a holiday is luxe-ing it up in plush accommodation and dividing your time between couples’ massages, fancy schmancy meals and walks on the beach, Lana’i is your island. Discover two stunning resorts, the Four Seasons Lana‘i at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Lana‘i, The Lodge, plus prime pampering facilities and idylllic out-of-the-way beaches perfect for your first holiday as husband and wife. If you do get the urge to leave your hotel, you can try a spot of dolphin watching, championship-level golf, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, bodyboarding, snorkeling or whale watching.

Sun setting next to the island of Lanai   Image: Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson

Want to get married in Lana’i? Try: A traditional beachside lu’au reception at Four Seasons Lana‘i at Manele Bay (Bill Gates got married here!) or exchange barefoot vows on the pristine white sand at Hulopoe Beach.

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Known at the ‘Island Of Adventure’, Hawai’i Island is full of sights so spectacular the two of you will probably still be reminiscing about them on your 20th wedding anniversary. Here you can experience all but two of the world’s climactic zones in one day; not to mention visiting Hawaii’s only active volcanoes – an absolute must-do! Other highlights for your itinerary? Manta ray night diving, coffee farm tours, stargazing, Hawaiian cowboy ranch tours, sports fishing, farm tours, golf, hiking, historic site tours, horseriding, ocean kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling.

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Want to get married in Hawai’i island? Try: King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, which boasts an in-house events manager to help with wedding planning, officiating, photographers and more, or enjoy a spectacular sunset ceremony atop black lava cliffs at Sheraton Kona.


Waves break along Makena Beach   Image: Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson

Would friends describe you and your new hubby as a chilled out couple? Free-spirited newlyweds will love Maui, where the plethora of sights and activities at your feet means you can skip the planning and keep it spontaneous. Sleep-ins on honeymoon are a must, but once you two rise, you can choose the day’s activities on a whim – a winery tour perhaps, or maybe a spot of surfing? There’s also whale watching, hiking, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, flying fox, boat tours and more to keep you and your beau entertained.

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Want to get married in Maui? Try: Grand Wailea Seaside Chapel; Maui’s only oceanfront resort chapel – or opt for the ‘Slide Into A New Beginning’ wedding ceremony held atop a 128-foot slide to a waterfall at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

Want more info on honeymooning in the Hawaiian islands? Check out Hawaii Tourism’s awesome Romance Guide, which is bursting with info and take-me-there-now pics (which could come in handy if your husband-to-be needs a little convincing!). It’s also worth visiting Hawaii’s official tourism website for all the latest facts.

Which Hawaiian island suits your and your man best, Knotties?

by Rebecca Hanley


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