Best destinations for Hawaii honeymoons

Best destinations for Hawaii honeymoons

Few places are as synonymous with getaways as Hawaii—and no getaway is arguably more important than your honeymoon. With pleasant weather all year round, the islands of the Aloha State await, no matter what time of the year you get married. Combining breathtaking scenery, unique culture and cuisine, top-notch recreation, and miles and miles of sandy beaches, the Hawaiian islands have everything honeymooners could ask for. From swanky condos to charming cottages, there’s no shortage of vacation rentals ready to be your springboard to an unforgettable Hawaii honeymoon.

Spectacular honeymoons on Oahu

Hawaii’s most populous island, Oahu possesses perhaps the best mix of picturesque nature and enthralling culture that the state has to offer. You’ll find dazzling beaches like Waikiki and the crescent-shaped beach at Hanauma Bay, along with the towering dormant volcano, Diamond Head. Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital, lies on the southeast coast of Oahu and is home to the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, and the Honolulu Zoo, as well as the iconic lighthouse known as the Aloha Tower. History buffs should visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Wherever you choose to visit, opt for a vacation rental with a deck for taking in the spectacular sunsets.

A view of Honolulu and Diamond Head

Watersports galore on a Maui honeymoon

Maui, Hawaii’s second-largest island, is a great honeymoon spot for those who love aquatic sports and the beauty of nature. Kanaha Beach Park is a top destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and kiteboarding, while Ho’okipa Beach draws surfers. Snorkeling and swimming are all-time favorite activities around the island. On Maui’s eastern side, the dormant volcano Haleakala is a popular destination for sightseeing, and the scenic drive through tropical rainforests and past waterfalls along the Hana Highway is a must to see the best the island has to offer. If you choose a vacation rental with an outdoor pool, you and your partner can relax in water while taking in the views.

Enjoying nature’s splendor on a Kauai honeymoon

Kauai, nicknamed the “Garden Isle,” certainly lives up to its billing. With lush greenery covering much of the island, Kauai is a great option for honeymooners who enjoy exploring nature. Must-see hiking destinations include Na Pali Coast State Park and dramatic Waimea Canyon State Park with its cascading Waipo’o Falls. Other notable natural phenomena include Spouting Horn, an area known for its waves, and the romantic Fern Grotto. For a bit of relaxation or aquatic recreation, head to Hanalei Bay, which features miles of beaches and a scenic pier. Wherever you choose to room, make sure you book a vacation rental with a hot tub for soothing those tired muscles after a day on the trails.

A view of Kauai's stunning coastline

Dancing and more on Molokai honeymoons

The relative lack of development on Molokai has enabled island to maintain its natural heritage in pristine condition, and the welcoming character of its locals has earned it the nickname the “Friendly Isle.” The Halawa Valley on the east side of the island, a great location for hiking, features a breathtaking waterfall. For a slightly more elevated view, take a helicopter tour to see the East Molokai Volcano. The island is also thought to be the birthplace of hula, and hosts an annual festival celebrating the native dance. With no shortage of sand either, choose a vacation rental right on the beach to start and end the day with breathtaking views.

Honeymoons on the Big Island

Big Island is the place to go to experience the awesome geological forces that created the Hawaiian islands. On the eastern side, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park features 2 active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. To the north, you’ll find the dormant Mauna Kea, the highest peak in the state. The island also boasts fantastic waterfalls, like Akaka and Rainbow Falls. Along with these natural wonders, the Big Island is home to important locales like the Puʻukohola Heiau National Historic Site, which features the ruins of the last major ancient Hawaiian temple. Book a summer rental with an outdoor BBQ and enjoy an al fresco meal on the patio with your sweetheart on warm nights.

An aerial view of Kilauea