Nothing says romance like the warm beaches and crystal clear waters of Hawaii. But with all the stress of planning the perfect wedding, mapping out your honeymoon might seem exhausting. With these expert tips, you’ll have the honeymoon ready in no time.
The best time to go to Hawaii
If you are set on leaving right after the wedding, then you may not have much choice regarding the time of year that you go. But if you can choose, there are a few things you should know. You can usually get cheaper flights to Hawaii earlier in the year, but hotel rooms are a little cheaper later in the year, from about September through December. So, if saving money is your primary concern, check those rates for several dates that work for you.
All the islands are most crowded during the second half of the year, so to avoid crowds, book your trip for a date before July. Hurricane season also hits around June and lasts until November, so watch the weather carefully if you do go during this time.
How to pack for Hawaii
Deciding what to pack for any trip can be stressful if you’ve never been there. But for Hawaii, it’s pretty easy because you don’t need very much. The weather in Hawaii doesn’t change much throughout the year, with average temps ranging from about 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter months to about 85 degrees in the summer. Nighttime temperatures are only about 10 degrees lower, so there’s not much fluctuation throughout the day.
For the most part, you’ll just pick your attire based on what activities you like, and maybe take a light sweater or raincoat in case of showers. You might need a couple of casual dresses for walks on the beach or sightseeing, and a nicer dress for evening dinners or luaus. If you plan on hiking, make sure you pack your best hiking shoes and maybe some long pants or shorts. And if you plan on living on the beach, you won’t need much more than a bikini and maybe a cover-up for stepping into a hut for lunch. Your best bet for finding the right attire is probably online clothing boutiques, especially during off-season when local stores only carry winter clothes.
Pick your activities
Obviously Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches and scenery, but what if you want a little more adventure? For example, if you want to trek around some volcanoes and take a moonlit swim in Kauna’oa Bay with the manta rays, you might like visiting the Big Island. But if you’d prefer starting your day with a yoga class by the ocean and ending it with a midnight luau by the fire, Maui is a great island for you.
Every island offers most everything you can hope for in a Hawaiian trip, but there’s a little something different about each one. Just decide on the activities that are most important to you and do a little research. You might search for the best Maui luaus and find a place to stay nearby.
Book your stay
Finally, it’s time to book your hotel room or other place to enjoy your stay. You can choose from resorts or simple hotels, but you can also choose to book a room or an entire house on Airbnb. If cost is a main concern, this is sometimes your best option, and it might also determine which island you stay on. Wherever you choose to stay, you can be assured that it will be a honeymoon to remember.