It has been some time since our last post regarding exotic honeymoon destinations for 2016 that will take your breath away. We hope that you have enjoyed our series, 5 Breathtaking Honeymoon Destinations for 2016. Our final stop takes us to my favorite! – the Hawaiian Islands! This is still on my bucket list of things to do because I want to be able to explore all of the islands.
Journey with us as our travel advisor, Teresa Belcher, owner of Honeymoon Islands give us her recommendations on this U.S. exotic location – The Hawaiian Islands.
Discover an unforgettable tropical vacation in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. With its long stretches of sandy beaches, lush tropical scenery, and spectacular activities, Hawaii provides an unrivaled vacation destination. Whether it’s exotic sightseeing you seek for your family vacation or a romantic getaway for you and someone special, a Hawaiian vacation offers it all.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
Hawaii, the Big Island, goes by many names, including Orchid Island, for its tropical rain forests, or Volcano Island — a nod to active Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. Hawaii Island is not only the biggest island, but also the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands. Due to its two active volcanoes, Maunaloa and Kilauea, Hawaii Island is still growing larger to this day.
Hawaii Island offers vacationers a perfect getaway for adventurers. Take a helicopter tour over Kilauea volcano or discover Maunaloa, the largest mountain on earth in terms of volume and area covered. Stay at hotels in Keauhou, on the Kohala Coast, Kona Coast, or in Hilo. Sun yourself on the shoreline, or venture way out while on your Big Island vacation and stargaze atop 13,796-foot Maunakea. Whether it’s a visit to the rain forests you seek or exotic black sand beaches, Hawaii, the Big Island will deliver.
Most Popular Things to Do on Hawaii, the Big Island
- Spend a day at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Travel to the top of Maunakea
- Marvel at the gorgeous orchids grown in Hilo
- Glimpse the lava vents of Kilauea from a helicopter
- Kayak to the Captain Cook Monument
Kauai (The Garden Isle)
Hawaii’s oldest and most tropical island, vacations to vibrant Kauai boast unequalled natural beauty. Also known as “Taua’i”, the Hawaii Island of Kauai is the 4th largest of the main islands. Due to Kauai’s natural tropical locale, the island has been featured in more than 70 well-known movies and TV programs. Looking for some local flavor? Check out the Kauai’s Heritage center of Hawaiian Culture and the Arts, often offering traditional classes in hula a well as trips to cultural and historical sites
The Hawaii Island of Kauai offers a plethora of cultural riches, and tropical treasures. Glimpse the remote beaches beneath Na Pali Coast, hike down the Waimea Canyon, or marvel at Bali Hai Mountain or stroll through Kauai’s botanical gardens on your Kauai vacation. Due to the very fertile land, the island of Kauai is also a culinary treasure from fresh mango, papaya, star fruit, kava and more. From sunny Poipu Beach, to the spectacular view from Waimea Canyon, a Kauai vacation will indulge your senses and inspire your imagination.
Most Popular Things to Do in Kauai:
- Zipline across the jungle canopy
- Enjoy peace and quiet in Princeville or Poipu
- Travel down Waimea Canyon
- Take an off-road tour of Hollywood movie locations
- Enjoy views of Kauai’s waterfalls and valleys from a helicopter
Escape from it all and discover a Lanai island vacation getaway. If romance and isolation is what you seek, then the Hawaii Island of Lanai is for you. Rejuvenate your soul with the peace and quiet of this secluded island. The sixth largest Hawaii Island, Lanai was once known as “Pineapple Island”, and has been given the title of “Hawaii’s Most Enticing Island”. Escape modern life with Lanai, the true definition of untouched tranquility.
Lanai vacations offer a variety of activities, including hiking through ancient ruins, horseback riding, golf, sampling traditional Hawaiian fare, and snorkeling in waters where spinner dolphins frolic. There’s no public transport on the island, but rent a four-wheeler and drive past un-crowded beaches into rural terrain from your Lanai hotel.
Most Popular Things to Do in Lanai:
- Ride horseback or a four-wheel-drive on an off-road trail
- Play golf at the “Experience at Koele”or “Challenge at Manele”
- Visit the Garden of the Gods
- Marvel at the petroglyphs at Shipwreck Beach
- Walk the historic Munro Trail
Maui vacations offer exceptional experiences. See sunrise atop Haleakala, play on championship golf courses, venture out from your Lahaina hotel and shop for pearls and other treasures, go snorkeling off Molokini, or drive the breathtaking Hana Highway on your Maui vacation. Unwind at renowned Kaanapali hotels, Wailea hotels, or other luxury Maui hotels in Makena, Kapalua, or Hana.
The second largest island in Hawaii, Maui has a diverse and breathtaking landscape that draws large amount of visitors to this unique island each year. Maui is also rich in art & culture, with many festival, live music, and traditional events taking place year-round. Whether its hula lessons, or an art festival, Maui is a must-see for any Hawaiian Island vacation. Don’t forget to check out one of the many family friendly attractions, such as the Maui Ocean Center, voted top-rated attraction for families by Zagat.
Most Popular Things to Do in Maui:
- Watch migrating humpback as you sail on a catamaran
- Shop for local goods in towns off the tourist track
- Ride horseback through the pineapple plantation
- Watch the sunrise while you bike down Haleakala
- Swim in the Pools at Oheo
Oahu Island & Waikiki Beach
Known as “The Gathering Place”, the Island of Oahu is the third largest island in Hawaii, and the most populous of all the Hawaiian Islands. Home of some of Hawaii’s best shopping, Oahu offers unique boutiques, specialty jewelry stores, and fine dining. The Royal Hawaiian Center in Honolulu offers three blocks of unique shopping just off the shores of beautiful Waikiki Beach. Or check out the Royal Hawaiian Center Cultural Events to take part in cultural programs to teach you how to strum a ukulele or dance the hula. Whether its lei making classes you seek, or a traditional Polynesian performance, the Island of Oahu will not disappoint.
The seaside skyscrapers of Waikiki Beach, the surf off of the North Shore, and quiet luxury Ko’olina make Oahu vacations world famous, but the memorial at Pearl Harbor, downtown Honolulu’s Iolani Palace and Chinatown, Bishop Museum, and the Polynesian Cultural Center also captivate travelers on Honolulu vacations. Beyond the Hawaii hotels in Honolulu, Oahu turns rural and beautiful Hanauma and Waimea bay beckon.
Most Popular Things to Do in Oahu:
- Glimpse bottlenose and spinner dolphins
- Experience the new Waikiki Beach Walk
- Spend a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center
- Stroll into Duke’s on the Beach
- Visit the Pearl Harbor memorial
For additional information regarding The Hawaiian Islands or other exotic honeymoon destinations, contact our preferred travel partner, Teresa Belcher, Honeymoon Islands.