Planning a Hawaii honeymoon? While some couples are able to visit more than one Hawaii island during their stay, many guests choose to instead visit just one island: Kauai. Filled with adventure and romantic things to do, Kauai is perhaps the best honeymoon destination for adventurous couples!
Kauai is the oldest and fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands. As the tropical destination is nicknamed “Garden Isle,” it is no wonder Kauai is also a popular honeymoon location. The idyllic landscape features spectacular secluded beaches, amazing sunsets and unique resorts. The magical island also has a number of fascinating places to visit.
Best Kauai Beaches To Enjoy On Your Honeymoon
Hanalei Bay offers more than two miles of powdery white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters bordered by magnificent mountains. The location is never crowded and is prized for swimming and paddle boarding. Anini Beach County Park features three miles of golden sand and shallow waters protected by a massive reef. Considered one of the most beautiful of Kauai’s beaches, the location is great for sunset strolls, snorkeling and seashell hunting. Many of the local beaches are ideal for snorkeling. The activity provides the chance to see Butterflyfish, Damsels, Octopus, Needle, Parrot and Triggerfish among other colorful species.
If looking for convenience, then Kauai honeymoon tips include venturing to Poipu Beach. Across the street from the beach are restaurants, shaved ice and ice cream destinations for getting a meal or a quick treat to enjoy on the beach. There are various hotels close by and rental locations for watercraft or surfing lessons. If honeymooning here in January or February, the east coast beaches provide the chance to see the humpback whales who arrive to give birth. Beaches along the southern coast enable guests to see native monk seals and sea turtles.
Visit A Nature Plantation
The historic Kilohana Plantation stands on 104 acres and features a variety of gardens, lawns, pasture and the 16,000-square foot estate. The manor house now has a restaurant, lounge, galleries and shops. Indulge in a bit of rum tasting at the Koloa Rum Co. or hop on the Kauai Plantation Railway to explore the grounds and variety of animals while learning about the island’s past. The working plantation grows bananas, papaya, pineapples, sugarcane and taro.
Attend A Luau With Your New Partner
Couples can hardly say they have been to the islands without attending a luau. Venture to Poipu Beach and enjoy the multi-sensory experience. The fragrance of plumeria wafts through the air. Spectacular sunsets provide the perfect backdrop. Take in the sounds of native drums and the waves crashing as performers demonstrate traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian dances. Feast on the many island delights.
The Luau Kalamaku is another option and takes place at one of the island’s historic plantations. The event includes witnessing a traditional Imu Ceremony along with witnessing the story of the canoe journey the people made from Polynesia to Hawaii. Along with drumming and hula dancing, performers demonstrate the exciting fire knife dance.
Go Hiking To See Amazing Scenery
The vastly diverse island terrain beckons to be explored. Kauai has hundreds of miles of trails that showcase the tropical beauty of the location. The Mahaulepu Heritage Trail is found on the south shore of Poipu and ventures along the rocky coast. See Kiawe trees, sand dunes and caves along the way. The Waipio Fall Trail journeys through Waimea Canyon, across red dirt and to the top of the awe-inspiring 800-foot waterfall. The Kuilau Ridge Trail is considered one of the easiest and takes you on a journey through the lush rainforest of the island’s interior.
Explore The Ocean By Kayak
Enjoy a guided or a self-guided journey via kayak along the island’s rivers or out on the ocean. The Wailua River adventure starts at the mouth of Wailua Bay and continues past the Fern Grotto and to a secret waterfall, which is popular for picnicking and swimming. Journey to Nawiliwili and board your kayak on the Huleia River. Pass the Menehune Fish Ponds and do some birdwatching. The scenery viewed along the way may seem familiar. The location was used to film “Jurassic Park” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” A trip up the Hanalei River takes kayakers to a wildlife refuge, which is surrounded by taro fields and mountains draped in cascading waterfalls.
Horseback Riding At Sunset Caps Off The Perfect Night
On the northern side of the island is where you will find Princeville Ranch. The facility offers horseback riding tours to various destinations combined with activities. Couples having riding experience have the chance to take romantic solo rides. Some of the adventures in the area include riding among the Hanalei Mountains and to a stunning 80-foot waterfall for a quick dip in a tranquil pool. Thrill seekers enjoy the ride across the open country to a series of ziplines that enable guests to fly across the treetops. Take in the views and learn about the heritage of the paniolo, which is better known as the Hawaiian cowboy.