Honeymoon Guide to Hawaii, the Big Island

We continue our Hawaii honeymoon and romance series with a visit to Hawaii, the Big Island.

Romantic tiki torches blazing at sunset

Romantic tiki torches blazing at sunset

What’s unique or special about Hawaii for honeymoons?

When I ask Hawaii residents what their favorite island is, they almost always reply with Hawaii, the Big Island. With the Big Island being bigger than all the other Hawaiian Islands put together, there’s lots of fascinating ground to cover.

Though the plunging waterfalls and spectacular valley views will certainly capture your attention, the volcano activity at Kilauea will amaze you. When you have the opportunity to see lava flowing, it’s incredible, stunning, awesome and <insert your epic adjective here>.

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Lava flowing into the ocean

Of course you can chose to be as relaxed as you like, spending your days lounging under the swaying palms of a white sand beach, but if adventurous describes your romantic travel style, the Big Island offers much to discover.

Hawaii Island is an island of contrasts — from verdant rain forests to fields of lava where plant life has barely been established. You can go from wearing a swim suit on the beach to needing a parka to gaze at a star-filled sky at the world-class astronomy center at Mauna Kea — all in the same day.

Diving and snorkeling around Hawaii Island is superb. Take a guided tour to reefs along the Kohala Coast or to the historic Kealakekua Bay.

If your honeymoon falls between January and March, you’ll have the added opportunity to observe the magnificent humpback whale migration.

Tours and activities well suited for honeymooners and romantics

To help you plan your Big Island vacation, check out our Big Island of Hawaii vacation planner and itinerary. It provides more than enough activities to plan into a weeklong honeymoon.

With celebrating romance being the main objective for your Hawaii Island visit, consider the following list:

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One of the many tropical flowers in bloom at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

Where to stay on your Hawaii honeymoon

If possible, we advise splitting your stay on Hawaii Island between the east Hilo side and the west Kona side. We really like to start our Hawaii vacation staying in a B & B on the Hilo side. The village of Volcano offers many unique B & Bs with convenient access to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

From the Hilo side, we recommend driving around the northern end of the island with scenic stops to begin a stay on the Kona side. The Kohala Coast is know for relaxing  luxury hotels with top-notch spas and golf courses. Kona hotels tend to be a bit more budget-friendly with a livelier atmosphere. The Keauhou area is south of Kona with one major resort plus vacation condos.

See more advice for where to stay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii Island romantic dining

In each of the major resort areas, you’ll find romantic oceanfront or oceanview restaurants — many with sunset views. We tend to focus on romantic dining when we visit Hawaii. Here’s our list of favorite Big Island restaurants.

Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls

How much will a honeymoon to Hawaii, the Big Island cost?

Use our Hawaii vacation budget calculator to help you estimate how much you’ll need to budget.

Are there any cautions for someone considering a Big Island of Hawaii honeymoon?

We have heard from many readers who honeymooned on Hawaii that they loved it. So, we don’t hesitate to recommend it.

The only caution we might add is that the volcano gases can be troublesome for people with respiratory conditions. These gases tend to be concentrated solely around the active Kilauea volcano area.

Additional resources to help you plan your Hawaii honeymoon or romantic trip

Check out our Hawaii vacation guide for more specific Big island trip planning details. Our one-week Big Island itinerary makes honeymoon planning easy. Also review our popular first-time guide to Hawaii vacation planning.


About Sheila Beal

Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.

5 comments

  1. We will be getting married in Jan 2014 on the big island. The airfare is much higher than it was when my parents went 2 years ago in early March. Can we expect the airfare to go down and what is reasonable? I am thinking about $450 per person but I don’t want to wait for it to go low and then go back up! I have been told to wait 6 weeks before but is that too late?? When would be the prime time to booked

  2. I live in Florida and work for a popular Hialeah hotel and people think why would I want to vacation anywhere else. But I would love to spend our anniversary in Hawaii. I’m more motivated than ever after reading this so thanks!

  3. Hellow, and thanks for the page is very useful . We are planing to spend our honeymoon in hawaii form 7 septembre to 19. We ll be trying to save money but anyway trying to do as much as posible. What is the best way for You to divide the time among the islands? Thank You very much and any advise is welcome. Stefania and Guzmán

    • Guzman – there’s so much to see and do on each island that we recommend no less than 4 to 5 days on each island, but ideally long than that. If you want to have a little relaxation time on your honeymoon with 12 to 13 days, you may want to limit your visit to two islands.

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