Looking for any past present and future Hawaii (big island, Kauai and maui) goer for advice/places to go/must sees/must avoid for a rocking honeymoon! We're doing a glorified backyard wedding on Big Island and we're hikers/snorkelers/divers - we're not much for clubs or regimented tours. Help!
We had our honeymoon in Hawaii! We got married on Maui, then jumped over to the Big Island and then Kauai for about a week each. I've got lots of ideas for you - how long are you on each island? Since you're doing a backyard-type wedding on the Big Island, is that where you normally call home?
- Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm (more of a regimented tour, but you do get a chance to hold a seahorse and see lots of different species. If you're going to pick between the two though, I would go with the octopus farm)
- Breakfast or lunch at The Coffee Shack(delicious food and the geckos come to eat with you)
If you go to Maui, check out Trilogy day trips. They take you out on a small-ish boat to some amazing snorkeling spots and it's a really laid back and fun trip. Also, if you want to splurge on a really nice meal, I highly recommend Mama's Fish House. And if you're a sushi person, I love Sansei sushi. They have two locations on the island I believe, and I think one on Oahu.
ETA: we went parasailing in Hawaii last year during the trip where FH proposed and it was one of my favorite times of the trip, besides getting engaged and all that. Amazing views and it's so quiet and peaceful up there.