Hawaii is an amazing and diverse collection of islands in the South Pacific. If you want a fabulous honeymoon with an opportunity to enjoy Polynesian culture, white-sand beaches, tropical rainforests, adventure and activities, gourmet restaurants and more, then Hawaii is for you! Each island offers a different atmosphere and different opportunities. If you have the time to visit more than one island, you should. Here at HoneyLuna, we recommend at least four nights on each island--which islands you pick is up to you!
The islands of Hawaii each have many different climates, including snow. Consider what activities you plan to enjoy, then pack (fleece jacket if going to Haleakaka, sturdy hiking shoes if hiking on the lava fields). There are many useful guidebooks that offer in depth information on various activities and what to wear. Overall dress is “aloha wear." Be casual. You do not need to bring a suit, dress slacks, or fancy clothes unless you really want to.
Weather, Water and Sun
From October to May the temperature averages mid 80s during the day and mid 60s to mid 70s at night (light jackets or sweaters are recommended for the evening). These months see more rain but unless there is a severe weather system, the rain doesn’t usually last long. May to October averages mid to high 80s during the day and mid 70s at night. The year-round average water temperature is a warm 74 degrees. The sun is very, very strong. Waterproof sunscreen with maximum protection is essential.
Many hotels offer discounts for honeymooners or extended stays. They may also offer room upgrades or amenities for honeymooners. Just because a hotel is on a beach does not mean it’s on a “swimmable” beach. What does “partial” ocean view really mean? Is there a charge for parking? Is there a “daily activity fee”?
Time and Money
Hawaii does not observe daylight savings time. During the spring and summer months, when the clock is turned ahead, Hawaii is 6 hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST), 3 hours behind Pacific Standard Time (PST).
The islands have many banks and ATM’s. We do recommend traveling with more than one ATM or credit card in case something happens to your primary card. Check with your bank before you go about fees they may charge for using your ATM out of network.
Common Sense and Need to Know
Do NOT leave valuables in your rental car, on your beach blanket, or loose in your hotel. Use the safe in your hotel room if you must bring valuables that you won’t be carrying on you. If renting a convertible is a must(which we think it is) rent a convertible with a lockable trunk.
Be sure to ask about discounts when booking activities (AAA, military) and do book the most popular activities in advance. Research and read up on vendors and talk with them directly before you arrive. Beware of special deals where you get a free dinner or activity if you go to a time-share presentation. Although you may actually get a free dinner, what’s the point? Your time in the islands is so limited, use it wisely!
The islands are easy to get around on. You'll need a rental car if you're staying anywhere besides Honolulu. There are major roadways that will take you along beautiful coastlines, to waterfalls, through rainforests, and even to a live volcano. If you are under 25, do check with the rental agency about their policies. Check with your auto insurance policy and your credit card about what, if any, protection they offer before you leave.
Start your honeymoon planning at the Hawaii Visitors Bureau
Before you go to Hawaii, buy at least one current guidebook. HoneyLuna recommends some guides from Wizard Publications: Ultimate Kauai, Big Island Revealed, Maui Revealed, Oahu Revealed
When you land on Hawaii airport, be sure to look for, and pick up, the updated Activity and Visitor Guide for that island. These booklets are often in stands near the baggage claim. Go, relax and have the honeymoon of your dreams!
Nancy is the founder and CEO of HoneyLuna, The Honeymoon Registry Service. She has helped thousands of newlyweds plan their honeymoons over the past 10 years.