Aloha! From Oahu
The beaches, the water, the Aloha Spirit... It's hard to go wrong with a honeymoon in Hawaii. Romance is everywhere you turn. A tropical oasis rich in culture is a traditional, yet still oh-so-amazing destination that we wish to explore further.
Let’s begin our Hawaiian journey in the heart of Hawaii, the island of Oahu (pronounced ahh-wah-hoo for those who have trouble with the Hawaiian lingo). With some great budget-friendly airfares from Australia it’s now affordable to make the trip to this island of paradise; the best part of all is you’ll have more to spend on sightseeing, shopping, tasting the local delicacies and of course sipping on the perfect Mai Tai!
Our top pick for the first adventure of your honeymoon is to stay on the island of Oahu, home to the world famous Waikiki Beach
, the legendary north shore and amazing off-the-beaten-path beaches.
is bursting with great activities. Take a picturesque hike up to the top of Leahi (Diamond Head)
and soak up the panoramic views, or spend a morning snorkelling at Hanauma Bay
; one of Hawaii’s most popular snorkelling spots thanks to its crystal waters, protected marine life and large, rich coral reef. Better still, swim with a sea lion, dance with the penguins and watch the interactive animal shows at Sea Life Park
. Or just spend a day at Waikiki Beach
learning to surf, paddle board or wind surf. But don’t limit yourself to Waikiki beach – make sure you explore Lanikai and Kailua beaches – quiet and relaxing options far from the throngs of tourists in Waikiki.
Visit the Pearl Harbour
memorial with a half or full day tour for an emotional and educational look into the devastating effects of war. Our tip is to book a tour that picks you up from your hotel, skips the ticket lines and afterwards takes a tour through downtown Honolulu before returning to your hotel.
Immerse yourself in island life and the rich Polynesian culture
– learn to hula, take a lei making workshop and top it off with a luau experience. We recommend Germaine’s Luau
, a beachside property on the west side of the island. Here, you will be greeted with a traditional shell lei, feast on a Hawaiian and American buffet (did we mention it’s all you can eat!), and enjoy the entertaining show full of traditional Polynesian music and dancing.
Needing a break from the beach? If so, then shop up a storm at Ala Moana Centre
, the largest outdoor mall in the world, or head inland for some designer outlet shopping at Waikele
. You can stay in the centre of Waikiki and take a look around the local shops, boutiques and high end fashion stores not far from the beach. Remember to pack an extra suitcase or buy one over there to bring back your shopping finds!
Oahu has everything when it comes to dining, particularly fresh seafood, traditional Hawaiian food and Japanese cuisine. Eat at some of the upmarket restaurants in Waikiki, indulge in the traditional American joints you see in movies (Cheesecake Factory, IHOP, Dukes just to name a few) or ask a local – the friendliest people you will ever meet – for their favourite eateries and drinking holes, or make up your own mind by going on a Mai Tai crawl where you stop off to taste some of the best Mai Tais on the island. Or for the perfect night out why not organise a romantic dinner on the beach, just the two of you and watch the gorgeous sunset.
Travel to the other side of the island and visit the North Shore
where the surf has mighty swells and is considered one of the most popular surfing spots in the world. It may only be an hour away but is a world away in atmosphere. This part of the island is about small farms, pineapple plantations, big waves, otherworldly landscapes and beaches, roadside fruit stands, shrimp shacks and scenic valleys. Visit the surf mecca of Haleiwa
to the old plantation town of Kahuku
to Turtle Bay
where there is no shortage of romantic things to do. The sparkling sandy beaches, soft breezes and fragrant tropical blooms set the mood for romance.
Just a short bike ride away is Sunset Beach,
regarded as one of the most holy line-ups in Hawaii. It is home of the pro surfing comps in winter and great for beginners to learn to surf in summer, and nearby Waimea
is where you can enjoy the panorama countryside and sea via horseback riding.
Oahu has everything you need and more for your honeymoon, so begin your life together with the adventure of a lifetime.
Stay tuned for our next Hawaiian honeymoon post on Maui