Hawaii is a very popular honeymoon destination for obvious reasons. The natural beauty which prevails throughout the world’s most secluded chain of islands is captivating from every angle, whether it is dining ocean side or lounging on the lanai with your spouse watching the sun rise and set over the Pacific Ocean. The opportunities provided on this island to relax and get away from the demands of everyday life are plentiful as you embark on your exciting and passionate journey of life as newlyweds.
There are many intriguing places to dine that have the power to leave you breathless. Duke’s is a famous restaurant in Waikiki on the island of Oahu that offers indoor and outdoor dining with both food and views that certainly can be defined as incredible. When my husband and I walked into Duke’s I pointed ahead of us and asked “Is that a painting?” Then the white cap of a small wave emerged from the peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean so delicately placed underneath a sky of mesmerizing stars and I realized that we had actually just seen a slice of heaven here on earth. As for the food, much of the menu has a Pacific Islander twist to it, allowing you to indulge in a multi-cultural experience if desired.
An amazing dining option at the Oceanarium Restaurant can be discovered inside the Pacific Beach Hotel, which is also located on the Waikiki Strip. This restaurant offers views of a triple story aquarium where you can allow yourselves to be submersed into an underwater world of sharks, rays, and tropical, captivating fish. If your schedule permits, there are also feeding times where your eyes may catch some action as a diver enters into this three story aquarium to feed the marine life. This is a unique and enjoyable combination of dining and entertainment.
Activities are offered in abundance on this island. If you want to explore a less toured area of the island than the famous Waikiki, Kaneohe Bay is absolutely stunning, presenting multiple shades of blue, green, teal, and clear waters. When it rains, the mountains gush waterfalls throughout there steep, rigid crevices in ways that appear surreal. Kualoa Ranch offers one and two hour horseback riding tours, ATV rides, and even movie tours. The dramatic and striking beauty of this area has been the backdrop for many movies such as Jurassic Park, Tears of the Sun, and Pearl Harbor just to name a few.
Hanauma Bay, an old volcanic crater that is filled with coral reefs and gorgeous shades of Hawaiian water, is also a stop surely worth making during the honeymoon. Be sure to bring an underwater camera with you to capture the fun and candid moments of you and your spouse snorkeling as well as the endless schools of tropical and exotic fish that will swim within inches of you. My husband and I had the pleasure of watching a pair of parrot fish play underwater in our close vicinity for almost a half hour. The vibrant colors of these fish just made them that much more alluring. You may even be lucky enough to see a turtle visiting the reefs if you arrive early in the morning.
Experiencing a luau at Paradise Cove is a must-do when visiting Hawaii. The luau at Paradise Cove takes place on the ocean next to Ko Olina beach, starting before sunset and extending through night fall, lasting a total of about four to five hours. A traditional Hawaiian feast is provided as well as the opportunity to participate in cultural activities such as making leis out of flowers including orchids and plumeria, and even canoeing in strong, durable vessels carved from Koa wood. Dancing is also fun to participate in. If you are interested in relating to the culture, hula lessons are offered and they are a lot of fun to be a part of, whether you are dancing or watching your lifelong partner dance just for you. The highlight of the luau comes when the professional dancers perform a variety of dances or scenes. Each scene is vibrant, vivid, and lively, in other words, thoroughly enjoyable. In honor of the newlyweds, there is even a performance to the traditional Hawaiian wedding song. Each performance is quite captivating making this experience one of the biggest highlights and most memorable moments of our Hawaiian honeymoon.
Accommodations are abundant on the island. We stayed at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club. The resort was truly luxurious. We felt like we were right at home. We enjoyed a fully furnished one bedroom villa just shy of one thousand square feet. A washer and dryer were included in our villa which was very convenient. This villa also boasted a gorgeous kitchen with granite counter tops, cherry wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances, to include a refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher as well as pots, pans, dishes, and utensils. The furniture in the living and dining areas was very nice as well. Our lanai looked over the ocean as well as one of the pools. This lanai connected to both the villa’s sun room and living room. The bedroom had a king size bed and a forty-two inch flat screen LCD television. There were also wooden shutters that opened and close overlooking the jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom. As another option, the villa also had a clean, nice, stand up shower in the restroom area. The amenities offered were also gorgeous. The palm tree surrounded saltwater pool which had a sandy mock beach entry as well as a more traditional entry. The pool was close to the gym and the jacuzzi was set off to the side just enough to give it the right feel of seclusion. The tiki bar with the straw hut provided mai tais in addition to other snacks and drinks of choice. This set of accommodations is strongly recommended.
Overall, honeymooning on Hawaii’s island of Oahu is a fantastic choice. It really does seem like heaven on Earth. The natural beauty is abundant and plentiful. The culture is intriguing and warm. The romantic and passionate memories awaiting you and your spouse are truly unforgettable.