From spectacular natural sites like the Na Pali Coast to some of the nation’s best tropical resorts, Kauai is an ultimate honeymoon destination for newlyweds seeking a mixture of active pursuits and fun in the sun.

Less developed than Oahu or Maui, the island is home to dense rainforest, scenic canyons, rocky coastline, sandy beaches and bright blue ocean waters. Spend your first days as a married couple exploring an island paradise truly like no other on earth.

North Shore Detours

Start your honeymoon by exploring the breathtaking north shore of Kauai. This picturesque section of the island is home to taro fields, massive sea cliffs, wide beaches and lush terrain.

Visit the tiny village of Kilauea for its lovely lighthouse and national wildlife refuge. The town itself also offers a few restaurants, boutique shops and even a bakery. Be sure to grab breakfast or lunch at Common Ground. The relaxing garden café serves delicious dishes using only fresh ingredients sourced right from its own fields or local farmers.

Finally, make your way to the picturesque town of Hanalei, home to dozens of art galleries, fine restaurants and local shops. After browsing stores around town, meander down to heavenly Hanalei Bay, backed by Hawaiian palms, majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls. Try your hand at stand-up paddle surfing while soaking in the phenomenal views.

Na Pali Coast Excursions

Rugged and absolutely magnificent, the impressive cliffs of the Na Pali Coast are only accessible by trail, boat or helicopter. Nevertheless, a trip to this remote region is a must.

For a deserted island-type experience, be sure to head to the remote sands of Polihale Beach. Meanwhile, avid hikers will want to make their way along the Kalalau Trail. The unforgiving cliffs here make it impossible for a road to continue west of Kee Beach, but hikers can follow this trail along the coastline for more than 11 miles. It’s easily one of the most beautiful hikes in all of Hawaii. Don’t forget to make an inland detour to Hanakapiai Falls for a refreshing dip.

Kauai Water Sports

With stunning beaches, tropical waters and an abundance of sea life, it’s no surprise that Kauai boasts fantastic water sports opportunities. Newlyweds looking to “hang ten” should test their mettle at Poipu Beach. Head out with Kauai Surf School, which rents boards and offers lessons to all levels of surfers.

Looking to take an unforgettable boat expedition? Captain Andy’s offers romantic sunset sails, rafting expeditions, snorkel tours and even whale watching tours during the winter months. The company’s Na Pali dinner sunset sail is a favorite among honeymooners.

For the best snorkeling and diving experiences, look toward Bubbles Below and Snorkel Bob’s. Or if you’re hoping to snorkel on our own, simply head out to Anini Beach, Kee Beach or Poipu Beach Park – all notable destinations thanks to their remarkable coral formations and active sea life.

Perfect South Shore Lodging

Drop your bags at Koa Kea Resort Hotel at Poipu Beach along the south shore. Geared toward honeymooners, this smaller, romantic boutique property is located right on the beach, features luxurious and elegant rooms, plus excellent overall service. Notable amenities include a fitness center, business center, full-service spa, pool, poolside bar, beach rentals and free Wi-Fi.

Also, Kauai Beach Resort is another first-rate resort option. Positioned on 25 oceanfront acres along Kauai’s eastern coast, the hotel features four immaculate swimming pools surrounded by lush vegetation, waterfalls, lagoons and palm-shaded terraces.

To learn more about Kauai, check out our Real Honeymoon Stories and visit Traveler’s Joy.