Planning the Perfect Honeymoon in Hawaii

March 17, 2014

Hawaii is comprised of an amazing and diverse collection of islands in the South Pacific – most with non-stop flights available from SFO.  If you want a fabulous honeymoon with an opportunity for Polynesian and Hawaiin culture; white sand, black sand and even green 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.  We recommend at least four nights on each island; which islands you pick are up to you!

Planning:  It’s never too early to start planning your honeymoon in Hawaii. Research and make your reservations well in advance to ensure you are able to book the hotel, rooms and activities you want!

Start your honeymoon planning by visiting Starwood Hawaii and the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau:

Also, pick up one of our favorite guidebooks:  Ultimate Kauai, Big Island Revealed, Maui Revealed, Oahu Revealed

Honeymoon Bridal Registry:  Be sure to check out the Starwood Hawaii honeymoon bridal registry where you can receive aspects of your perfect honeymoon as your wedding gift!

wedding gifts

Hotels:  Starwood Hawaii loves honeymooners.  Please check with your Starwood hotel about honeymoon packages or amenities.  Also, please relay any questions you might have about room accommodations, beaches, activities… Know before you go!

Clothing:  The islands of Hawaii each have many different climates – including snow!  Consider what activities you plan to enjoy, then pack accordingly (fleece jacket if going to Haleakaka, sturdy hiking shoes if hiking).

There are many useful guidebooks that offer in-depth information on various activities and what to wear.  Overall, dress is typically “aloha wear”- Be casual. You do not need to bring a suit, dress slacks, or fancy cloths (unless you want to).

Weather, Water and Sun: From October to May, the temperature averages in the mid 80’s during the day and mid 60’s to mid 70’s at night (light jackets or sweaters are recommended for the evening). These months see more rain but, unless there is a weather system, the rain doesn’t usually last long.

From May to October, the temperatures average from mid to high 80’s during the day and mid 70’s 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.

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) and 3 hours behind Pacific Standard Time (PST).

The islands have many banks and ATMs.  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!), be sure to rent a convertible with a lockable trunk.

Activities:  Each Starwood Hawaii hotel has a concierge that can help you book your honeymoon activities.

Car Rental and Driving:  It’s easy to get around on the islands, and, with the exception of Honolulu, you will need a rental car.  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.  Auto insurance is a must.  Be sure to check your auto insurance and credit card companies about what, if any, protection they offer before you leave.

When you arrive:  When you arrive at the airport, be sure to look for, and pick up, the updated ACTIVITY and VISITOR GUIDE for whichever island you are visiting.  They’re often in the stands near the baggage claim.

Go, relax and have the honeymoon of your dreams!


This blog post was written by Nancy Williams, a honeymoon expert for Hawaii. Nancy has helped thousands of newlyweds plan their honeymoons. She is the Director of Business Development  for Honeymoon Wishes, which powers the honeymoon bridal registry for Starwood Hawaii.


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