An orchid lei around your neck, a flower behind your ear and a pareo over your bathing suit are all part of your heavenly Hawaiian honeymoon. Spectacular scenic beauty envelops you like a warm sea breeze. Every day is flower-filled and full of fun. You'll find a hibiscus on your breakfast tray, a rainbow over your shoulder and a smile on every face.
A rich Polynesian culture and an "Aloha" (welcome) spirit invite you to relax and explore. Six main islands, each with its own look and personality, beckon. You only have to decide which one to make your own. Oahu includes Honolulu, the state capital, which was once the headquarters of warrior kings whose palaces still stand. This is the island for those who like sophisticated city pleasures blended with sprawling seaside resorts. See it first, then get out to the "Neighbor Islands" where the rolling countryside is lined with beautiful beaches.
Hawaii's "Big Island," is the largest in the chain and includes Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the Pacific. Drive from desert-dry Kona on the West to lush, tropical Hilo on the East and you'll find many of the state's most scenic sites along the way. Maui is the most popular Neighbor Island. Sailors, snorkelers and golfers love all of Maui's great activities. Kauai is known as the "Garden Isle" because of its lush green vegetation. Waterfalls and postcard beaches are scattered throughout and the lifestyle is laid back and relaxed. Molokai is pastoral and pretty. Ancient Hawaiian traditions are kept alive in this place where the sensuous hula dance was born. Lanai is a tiny hideaway with only a handful of resorts and a barefoot atmosphere.
World class golf courses, whale watching, diving, snorkeling, surfing and other sports delight active couples taking their honeymoon in Hawaii. Those who just want to let the world go by as they let the sun warm their bodies can find plenty of intimate hideaways to be alone together. Of course, you can also combine the two, for a little taste of each type of paradise Hawaii offers. Let gentle waves and soft ukulele music set your romantic mood, and release your hearts to flutter free like butterflies in beautiful, tropical Hawaii!
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- WHEN TO VISIT: Average year round temperature is 80 degrees F. The dry season is April-October and the rainy season runs November to March. Generally better bargains are found Mid-April through Early June, and Early September until Mid-November. However, some activities are season-specific. For example, whale watching season happens in winter, but surf will be rougher, meaning more beaches close during the winter due to dangerous conditions.
- GETTING AROUND: You'll want to rent a car regardless of which island you stay on, but some hotels have shuttles to activities. Renting a bike or kayak are recommended for active couples who want a closer look at the beauty of the islands.
- CLIMATE: Average year round temperature is 80 degrees F, with a dry season April-October and a rainy season November to March. See first entry, "When to Visit," for what all that means for your honeymoon!
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- SAFETY FIRST: Hawaii has a very strict seat belt law. Front seat passengers must be sure to buckle up.
- THE ALOHA SPIRIT: "Aloha" means hello, goodbye, peace and love! Use the word often to get a great feel for that warm Hawaiian spirit.
- GET IN THE MOOD: Set the mood for a happy honeymoon and arrange for a lei greeting for your loved one upon arrival at the airport.
- TRY LOCAL SPECIALTIES: Try two of Hawaii’s most delicious delicacies: a cup of Kona coffee and a handful of tasty macadamia nuts.
- VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK: Daring couples with a spiritual side can walk out on the crater and make an offering to Pele, the Goddess of fire, for good luck.
- HAWAIIAN LUAU: This local-style feast puts the best of Hawaiian culture and cuisine on display. Most feature hula and fire dancers along with traditional music.
- SOAR LIKE PARROTS: Take a helicopter trip into the rain forest at Waimea Canyon on Kauai. Headset music reaches a dramatic crescendo just as you enter the water-drenched forest. You’ll never forget it!
- WHALE WATCHING: Charter a whale watching boat trip from the shores of Maui, then surrender to a sunset cruise and get up early to watch the sunrise over Haleakala Crater, the single largest dormant volcano in the world.
- PLAY GOLF: Check out any one of numerous world famous championship courses. Most have breathtaking ocean views.
- SEE WAIKIKI ON OAHU: This is the surfing beach that made Hawaii internationally famous as a world-class wonderland for surfers.