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How to plan a Hawaii honeymoon
So you’ve decided to plan a Hawaii honeymoon. Congratulations! Hawaii is a popular honeymoon destination. Couples who want to visit somewhere exotic, without needing a passport, find that Hawaii is the perfect option.
When to plan a Hawaii Honeymoon
The most popular times to visit Hawaii are the summer, school breaks, and December-February (when it’s cold!) This means that everything is busier. Accommodations and activities are likely to sell out. If you’re able to travel March-May or September-October, you’ll find more availability, better flights, and fewer crowds. For further reading, check out the best time to visit Hawaii.
When should you start planning a Hawaii honeymoon?
The best time to start planning a Hawaii honeymoon is right away. The best accommodations and activities do tend to sell out during the busy season. It can be overwhelming to plan a honeymoon while you plan a wedding, so why not leave Hawaii travel planning to an expert? I plan Hawaii honeymoons and vacations every day, and I’d love to plan yours! Contact me for more information.
If you prefer to DIY your trip, you’ll find lots of tips and tools to create the perfect Hawaii honeymoon here. I’ve also included links to book my favorite honeymoon resorts and activities, so keep reading how to plan a Hawaii honeymoon.
Which Hawaii island is best for honeymoons?
I have a blog post about which Hawaii island is best for honeymoons, but I’ll do a quick breakdown here.
Maui is what you might consider first when you are thinking about how to plan a Hawaii honeymoon. Gorgeous beaches and romantic resorts make Maui a favorite honeymoon destination. Maui is great for couples who enjoy fabulous beaches, taking road trips, and any water activities. Some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii can be found in Maui. Molokini Crater is a top snorkeling spot on the islands. Maui also offers adults-only accommodations, which can be hard to find in Hawaii. I recommend staying at Hotel Wailea or the Four Seasons Maui. If you want to visit somewhere more secluded, the Travaasa Hana is a fantastic choice.
Maui has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
Kauai, in my opinion, is the most under-rated of the Hawaiian islands. It’s the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who love the outdoors. From hiking to kayaking to water activities, Kauai is a nature lovers dream. Kauai has beautiful scenery and feels very secluded. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, Kauai is a great choice. I love Ko’a Kea on the South Shore or the Princeville Resort on the North Shore for honeymoons.
The Na Pali Coast on Kauai is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Oahu is the most populated island and the most popular for tourism. “The Gathering Place” has a little bit of everything. From nightlife and dining in Waikiki to more remote areas outside of the city. Oahu has great hikes, beaches, and plenty of historical and cultural activities. If you want to enjoy the nightlife or high-end shopping, you’ll want to honeymoon on Oahu. On Oahu, I recommend The Kahala Resort or Halekulani.
Make sure to get out of Waikiki and visit the beautiful North Shore of Oahu.
The Big Island, or Hawaii Island, is geographically the largest in Hawaii. Hawaii island is perfect for honeymooners who want to see the active volcano of Kilauea. The Big Island is extremely diverse, which means you can experience plenty of different activities and even climate zones, all on one island. The Big Island has excellent snorkeling and plenty of beautiful waterfalls. I recommend staying at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, The Fairmont Orchid, and Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island.
The Big Island offers so much more than just an active volcano!
How much does a Hawaii Honeymoon cost?
I’ve had a lot of couples ask me if it’s possible to plan a Hawaii honeymoon for $2000-$3000, and honestly, it’s not. Hawaii is notoriously expensive, thanks to its isolated location. Almost everything has to be shipped to Hawaii, which makes everything cost more.
Flights to Hawaii begin at around $300 from the West Coast and about $700 from the East Coast. Yes, you’ll see cheaper and more expensive depending on the time of year, but this is an average. Nonstop flights are available from most US cities to Honolulu but are less accessible to Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island.
The average hotel in Hawaii costs about $275 per night. A good resort will likely cost upwards of $400 per night. You can find less expensive accommodations, but if something is cheap, there is probably a reason for it. If you’re considering a vacation rental, you might want to check out the problem with Airbnb in Hawaii.
Unless you’re staying on Oahu, you’ll need to rent a car. Even if you stay on Oahu, you might want to rent a car anyway. Other expenses, like boat tours, sunset cocktails, spa treatments, golfing, will add up quickly.
As a Hawaii Travel Agent for honeymoons, I recommend that my clients plan on spending $5000 for one week for two people. Most of my clients pay upwards of $10,000, but $5000 is a good starting point and a realistic expectation.
Hawaii Honeymoon Itinerary
If you’re looking for the perfect itinerary for your Hawaii honeymoon, check out some of my pre-made sample itineraries.
The best things to do on a Hawaii honeymoon
The best things to do on a Hawaii honeymoon depend on you! If your idea of the perfect honeymoon is relaxing on a beautiful beach or spending a day at the spa, you’ll want to make sure to find a beautiful beachfront resort with a great spa. If you’re going to spend the day hiking and exploring, you might want a clean and welcoming place to sleep at the end of the day.
Check out the following posts for some of the best things to do on your Hawaii honeymoon:
- 100 things to do in Hawaii.
- 10 best things to do in Waikiki.
- The 7 Best Things to do on the Big Island.
- 25 best things to do in Kona.
- 10 best things to do on Kauai.
- The 7 Best Things to do in Maui.
- 10 best adventure activities on Kauai.
- 10 best things to do on Oahu.
How to plan a Hawaii honeymoon
You can check out my sample itineraries, but I recommend planning a Hawaii honeymoon itinerary that’s perfect just for you. That’s where I come in. As a Hawaii Travel Agent who specializes in honeymoons, I can help you plan the ideal honeymoon just for you. I don’t do any packages; everything is fully customized. Make sure to contact me or go ahead and fill out a custom travel request, and I’ll get back to you to start planning ASAP!
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