Your breathtaking island honeymoon away from civilisation awaits.
Even the slightest mention of the islands of Hawaii in the United States stirs up the image of scenic waterfalls, raw landscapes, exotic blooms, and wild foliage. The endless beaches of gold, red, and black, coupled with a gamut of luxury resorts are sure to dissolve any trace of stress remaining from your wedding.
If you’re planning your romantic escape to this breathtaking group of islands only to enjoy the pristine view of the famous Waikiki beach, with its popular surf neighbourhood and buzzing streets filled with designer stores, you might want to put that thought on hold. ‘Cause that would mean missing out on some of the most stunning visuals and experiences that Hawaii offers.
These six magnificent hotspots in your Hawaiian itinerary are sure to enrich your honeymooning experience.
1. Hanauma Bay, Oahu
Located on the southeastern tip of the island of Oahu, Hanauma Bay offers picturesque views of the remains of a once-powerful volcanic crater. Barely 20kms from Honolulu, the state's capital city, this scenic cove is a popular snorkelling spot for couples. Just strap on a mask, grab a waterproof camera, and take some breathtaking underwater selfies with angelfish, yellow tangs, and Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, the state fish of Hawaii.
Hanauma Bay, Oahu
Image Courtesy: The Royal Hawaiian Resort
2. Waimoku Falls, Maui
The southeastern part of Maui’s Haleakala National Park harbours the Waimoku Falls. A hike to the falls, albeit short, is a worthwhile detour along the island’s popular Road to Hana Drive. Trace the Pipiwai Trail through numerous bamboo groves and you’re sure to find yourself staring up at the 122-meter-high falls. Ropes of glittering water tumbling down over volcanic cliffs into a small pool is an ideal spot for you and your better half to cool off.
Waimoku Falls, Maui
3. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island
Formed over a stretch of thousands of years due to recurring volcanic activity, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the southern coast of Big Island is a definite honeymoon hotspot. A visual treat in itself, the Kilauea volcano continues to add layers to this island chain. Nothing will amp up your honeymoon like the sight of hot lava flowing into the Pacific.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island
4. Na Pali Coast, Kauai
Boasting of a stretch that covers a little over 27kms of Kauai’s northern shore, the Na Pali Coast is the island’s most famous union with the endless ocean. Adding to the beauty of the stunning jagged green cliffs is the occasional waterfall with its glittering drops of silver. If you’re quite the daredevil, experience the breathtaking Na Pali Coast from the Kalalau Trail (this one is not for the faint-hearted!). Also enjoy a romantic boat ride along the coast or the picture-perfect views of the cliffs from the eastern end of Route 560, about 17kms west of the resort town of Princeville.
Na Pali Coast, Kauai
Image Courtesy: Parrish Kauai
5. Molokini, Maui
Head to the surreal Molokini—a crescent-shaped volcanic crater-turned-islet about 4kms off the southwest coast of Maui, between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe. Presenting a less-direct view of Hawaii's volcanic history, Molokini is perfect for an easy-peasy day trip from Maui resorts. The remains of a violent volcanic eruption that rocked the Pacific about 230,000 years ago, this locale (the atoll and the 31 hectares of ocean floor surrounding it) draws a bunch of snorkelers and scuba enthusiasts, as well as boaters looking for a painting-like place to drop anchors.
Image Courtesy: Maui Guidebook
6. Waimea Canyon, Kauai
Nicknamed the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’, the Waimea Canyon, although not quite as large as its Arizona counterpart, boasts of some wondrous landscapes. An array of lookout points offers panoramic views of the 22.5-kilometre-long and 1,100-meter-deep canyon situated on the northwest side of Kauai. Trade hiking for an equally-adventurous car ride following the Waimea Canyon Drive route—woven between the rusty buttes, it cuts through the state park and leads down into the canyon. For a truly unforgettable honeymoon experience, book a helicopter tour for two.
Waimea Canyon, Kauai
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Creative Commons
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