I posted this in the Kauai forum, but curious as to opinions here too!
Planning on an August 2013 11 night (arrive Mon. leave the following Fri night) honeymoon to Hawaii. We are in our early 30s and neither of us have been to Hawaii. We’re coming from the East Coast, so I’m not sure when we’ll be able to make it back, if ever! We wanted something beachy and tropical, but my fiancé in particular can’t really sit on the beach for longer than an hour or without getting bored. We love hiking, exploring, trying local food, and seeing beautiful scenery. As for nightlife, we like going out to dinner/chatting with people in a bar, but we don’t need any kind of major scene by any means. By way of example, we recently went to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica for 6 days, and had an amazing time – stayed in a small hotel, did whitewater rafting, hiking, ziplining, and spending some time on the beach and exploring town. We also did a ten day trip to Montana and Glacier National Park, traveled around to different inns and were very active and we still talk about it all the time. We were a little more tired when we got home from those trips than I would like after our honeymoon, though, so I think we’d like it to be a little slower paced.
From everything I’ve read, I know we want to go to Kauai for the scenery and activities. I also really like what I’ve read about the Big Island. My current idea is to fly into Kona, stay at a nice resort on the Kohala coast for 3 nights of relaxation and some exploring that area (Mauna Kea or Mauna Lani most likely), then head over to Volcano taking a day to get there, spend 2 nights and one full day in Volcano, and then perhaps a final day exploring the north shore on the way back to the airport for an interisland flight to Kauai (Fly in Monday afternoon, leave Sunday morning for Kauai). I would love to see Waipo Valley and the sunset from Mauna Kea during this time – nto sure if it’s feasible.
Then, the plan would be to stay on the North Shore of Kauai, probably in a rental – I like the look of Hanalei Surfboard House for a few days, then the last 2 nights at the St Regis before flying out on Friday. (We can’t afford to do fancy hotels for the entire trip but since it’s our honeymoon, I’d like to begin and end it being a little pampered). On Kauai we want to do some hiking, see the canyon, explore different beaches and towns. Oh, and my fiancé wants to golf on both islands.
So, this finally leads to my question. Is this too much for a relaxing yet active honeymoon? Should we stick to one island, which would probably be Kauai? I would like to see both since we may not make it back to Hawaii, but I don’t want it to be too crazy. Would appreciate any thoughts or advice!