Hawaii exudes romance. With its diverse landscape featuring lush green forests, active volcanoes, waterfalls and exotic beaches, plus gorgeous sunsets, an endless list of activities and a well-preserved cultural heritage, the Aloha State is a magnet for newlyweds. Here's a list of our top romantic activities in Hawaii that will keep the sparks alive throughout your honeymoon.
Mount Haleakala (meaning "House of the Sun") on Maui offers some of the most stunning views of sunrise in the world. On your journey, rise early and head to the summit of the 10,000-foot mountain just before dawn and then witness a dazzling array of colors that will appear before you in a moment's notice. The experience is one-of-a-kind and inspiring, and the memories will last a lifetime. For those more adventurous couples, sign up for a sunrise bike trip with Bike It Maui, where you'll be able to catch sunrise before going on a guided bike tour down the mountain.
Picnic at the Beach
Keep things simple and pack up some supplies featuring local specialties for a romantic picnic on the beach. To ensure of an intimate experience, head to a more secluded spot like Kapalua Beach or Hamoa Beach on Maui, Papohaku Beach on Molokai, Kailua Beach Park on Kauai or Waimanalo Beach Park on Oahu. But no matter which island you visit, there are plenty of beautiful and remote beaches just waiting for you to explore.
Hana Highway Journey
Some believe that if heaven had a highway, it would look exactly like the Road to Hana. Packed with rainforest, waterfalls, canyons, rocky beaches, sea caves, swimming holes and unique roadside stands, the drive is truly spectacular and the perfect romantic excursion. Rent a car together and take your time as you make your way down the winding highway towards the village of Hana. Stop at a fresh juice stand before swimming in a mountain-fed river beneath cascading waterfalls. Or simply pull-over at a gorgeous vista before walking hand-in-hand on a secluded beach.
Your honeymoon to Hawaii won't be complete until you charter a sailboat and take a private cruise on the warm waters of the Pacific at sunset. This unforgettable journey will ensure romance and a unique time of togetherness. Share a kiss and watch the colors of the setting sun reflect off the blue waters of the ocean. Bring along some champagne or wine and simply embrace the beautiful scenery and one enchanting experience.
An Authentic Hawaiian Luau
An evening of traditional Hawaiian music, dancing, stories and cuisine is a must for any newlywed couple visiting the state. As the sun sets in the distance, watch beautiful dancers and performers celebrate Polynesian culture, sing songs and tell stories of old Hawaii. Old Lahaina Luau on Maui is highly recommended, along with The Luau at Kona Village on the Big Island and Ali'i Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.
Private Helicopter Tour
Enjoy an unforgettable bird's-eye view of Hawaii's diverse landscape. Come face-to-face with oozing lava, majestic waterfalls and the rugged coastline and see Hawaii from an entirely different vantage point. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is highly recommended and features private sightseeing tours of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.
Botanical Gardens Tour
Take a day together to explore some of Hawaii's most impressive museums of living plants. Walk along trails and wooden bridges right beside waterfalls and thousands of colorful plants native to the islands. Stroll beside wild orchids and mazes of banana, mango and pineapple trees. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden just north of Hilo on the Big Island is our personal favorite, but most islands feature some quality choices.
Oceanside Couples Massage
Spend a relaxing morning together with an invigorating oceanside massage treatment -- perfect for recovering after one of your adventure days. Listen to the soothing sounds of the ocean as you get lulled to sleep by an experienced massage therapist. Choose from a variety of traditional Hawaiian massage techniques, too, like Pohaku and Lomilomi.
Stargazing at Mauna Kea
A sunset tour and stargazing trip to Mauna Kea, one of the Big Island's dormant volcanoes, is surely one of Hawaii's most romantic and memorable activities. Reaching a height of 13,796 feet and situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Mauna Kea is one of the world's premier astronomy locations. And with nearly 325 nights of clear weather, you can bet on an unforgettable evening of stargazing. Summit Adventures provides some amazing tours, along with knowledgeable guides and impressive astronomy equipment.