My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend three days in Kauai for our honeymoon after having spent a day in Seattle and six days in Maui. My trip report for Maui is in the Maui forum. As I had mentioned there, a big thanks to all of the individuals who facilitate the forums-- when planning our honeymoon, I was a long-time lurker. Your advice and enthusiasm were instrumental in helping us plan our trip!
Day 1 in Kauai
I hate to choose sides in the Maui-Kauai battle… but IMHO Kauai is the clear winner. We had the privilege of staying on the North Shore in Kilauea. The beauty of the island is just indescribable.
Right after touching down in Lihue, we drove over to Wings Over Kauai and had ourselves another little plane ride. I can’t recommend Wings Over Kauai enough. They were friendly and made us feel very safe. And we actually lucked out—turns out, the day we flew was one of the clearest days Kauai had experienced in a while.
I really appreciated seeing everything from the air before actually seeing it on the ground. A few times throughout the trip we were like—“oh wow, I remember seeing this from the plane!” A plane or helicopter ride is a great way to experience the Napali Coast and the Waimea canyon if you’re only on the island for a short time.
After the plane ride, we stopped at Safeway for provisions and then to our cottage rental. When we “checked in,” I felt like we struck gold! Our place had a wrap-around porch that had views of the mountains (the property backed up to a nature preserve) AND the Pacific. It had a gourmet kitchen and bathroom- everything in cherry wood and stainless steel. They even left us champagne and chocolates b/c it was our honeymoon. We honestly felt like king and queen—for $129 a night!
Kilauea Fish Market for dinner. Great food and very chill.
We spent the day at Hanalei Bay. I seriously think this beach is underrated. It’s stunning. I wanted to just set up a tent and beach-bum it for good!
That night we went to the Dolphin restaurant in Hanalei for dinner. They have a great sushi bar. Very friendly staff!
We went to Tunnels Beach nice and early to do some snorkeling. I had read numerous times on this forum that you need to get there early to get a spot. Unfortunately, I drove right by the parking for Tunnels and wound up at Haena Beach Park. No biggie—we just walked over to Tunnels. It’s really not THAT far—especially if you’ve packed light. I’m still glad we got there early though—so much snorkeling to do!
We saw some great fish and I got to test out my underwater videocamera. No honu, though!
We got plenty sunburnt—just in time for our trip back to the mainland!!!
Thank God the people we rented from had the foresight to include Solarcaine in their first aid kit ☺
Thanks again for the advice, everyone! Next time I think maybe it’s Kauai (for much longer!) and the Big Island. Mahalo!