Explore nature’s bounty on your Big Island, Hawaii honeymoon.
Big Island Honeymoon
If adventure is you and your new spouse’s cup of tea, a Big Island, Hawaii honeymoon is right up your alley. This tropical paradise is full of it. Station yourselves at one of the island’s beautiful and luxurious resorts in Kona, a central spot with pristine white beaches and plenty of dining options in the small trip nearby. And while days at the spa or sunbathing with a cold drink in your hand make for the ideal rest after the big day, what awaits beyond your resort is even better. This island visit requires a rental car for exploring. Start with a trip to Volcano National Park, where a driving tour leads you to encounter volcanic craters, walks through lava tubes, and a spectacular view of active, red lava spilling into the ocean at the end of the road. There’s an epic hike you can take to encounter the lava up-close-and-personal, but an experienced guide and the right supplies are highly recommended to take on that feat. From the rocky surrounds of Pele’s realm, head to the ocean for some epic snorkeling. Great spots include Kahalu’u Beach Park and King Kam beach, where rental equipment is available on site. But for the brave-hearted, a night swim with ocean giants—beautiful winged manta rays—is a must. In search of lush greenery, head to Waipi’o Valley, where the landscape changes drastically to rolling green hills, you may think you’ve wandered onto the set of Lord of the Rings. The island offers plenty more for fun-seekers, including biking, hiking, helicopter tours, and star gazing. When you are in the mood for some R&R, explore the main drag of Ali’I Drive, along the shoreline. You’ll spot snorkelers at the small beach outlets, but you can also grab some great grub along the way, and souvenirs to take home to the family.
When to go
You’ll find an escape from the cold almost all year round if you take a Big Island, Hawaii honeymoon, so when you go really depends on what type of crowd—and budget—you’re looking for. December through March and June through August see the most crowd, and resort rates can double. April, May, and September see the least crowds and lowest prices, and temperatures are usually mild with lots of sunshine to enjoy. October and November shoulder the busy season, but have the benefits of perfect weather and fewer crowds.
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Article by Allyson Johnson
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