Beautiful sunsets. Soft sand in-between your toes. Local fruit sweeter than candy. Ahhh.
No wonder Hawaii is a popular honeymoon spot!
Brady and I were able to travel to the island of Hawaii (or the Big Island) for 6 days after we were married. It was the trip of a lifetime and an incredible way to start our marriage! We were able to stay in the cities of Kona and Hilo and truly loved every single day of our trip.
We chose Hawaii because neither of us had ever been there, we got married in the winter and wanted to go somewhere warm, and we wanted to visit a place that we may never get to visit again. It didn’t take us long to choose these beautiful islands!
I recommend this trip to anyone looking for a warm getaway. Especially couples! Planning a trip can sometimes be stressful, so here are my top tips for planning your trip to Hawaii!
Top Tips for Your Hawaiian Honeymoon
1. Do your research on the different islands to figure out where you want to stay. This was probably the most stressful part of our planning process because they all looked amazing! We decided on The Big Island because it seemed less touristy than Oahu and Maui and there were great beaches, hiking, and coffee farms. 🙂
2. Check out Airbnb or VRBO to get more of a local feel to your vacation (and to save some money!) We absolutely LOVED the two places we stayed at. The hosts helped us know the spots to hit in the area, provided snorkeling gear, and gave us all the privacy in the world. I would recommend these two places to anyone! We stayed here in Kona and here in Hilo. The picture below was the view from our deck in Kona. Seriously breathtaking!
3. Rent a car and go on a drive. You can’t really visit Hawaii without renting a car anyway… but make sure to take an afternoon or so to drive around the beautiful island. Our short drive from Kona to Hilo had me saying “oh my gosh this is so pretty” at least 20 times. The vegetation is incredible, so if you’re a nature nerd like myself, make this a must-do!
4. Try new foods and restaurant specials. I had the BEST pulled pork/coleslaw/cornbread meal because it was recommended to me by our waitress. I’m usually not a huge fan of those foods, but I’m so glad I listened to her advice! Trust that your waiters and waitresses know what they’re talking about.
5. Pick fruit off of the trees and eat it. #werenotinkansasanymore Also, please take note of Brady’s huge hat that we literally spent days searching for in all the little shops. 😉
6. If you have a nice camera, take it. I almost didn’t take mine, but boy oh boy am I glad I did! Our iPhones are great, but if you have the option for higher quality photos, take advantage! You’re going to be seeing some of the most beautiful views of your life!
7. Explore and be adventurous. Brady takes the credit for this one. He got me out of my comfort zone climbing rocks and ledges that I normally would have been fine passing on. But with these climbs we saw some amazing views and sights of the ocean!
8. If you go to Hilo, visit the black sand beaches and find the sea turtles! This was amazing and we felt like we were at the zoo. 🙂 Can you spot the sea turtle below?
9. One thing we noticed is that the Hawaiian culture is very relaxed. Restaurants and businesses close early (between 6:00-8:00 usually), drivers don’t seem in a rush, and the people aren’t as busy-minded as we were used to. At first this was honestly kind of annoying, but as time went on we learned to appreciate it. I think the Hawaiian’s understand more about a balanced lifestyle than most of us!
10. Plan on making your own breakfast and lunches if you want to save some money and time. We ended up doing this almost every day (eggs and sausage for breakfast, PB&J’s packed for lunch) and loved it. We were able to bring food with us when we went to the beach or hiking which saved us lots of moolah and the stress of finding somewhere to eat when we got hangry. This also helped us enjoy our dinners out even more! They were special and extra delicious. 🙂
Well now I’m ready to head back to the islands! Anyone else want to go?! If you have a trip planned I hope you have an amazing time! 🙂