Choosing honeymoon destination
Replies: 11 - Last Post: May 18, 2013 9:27 PM Last Post By: JoanR
May 16, 2013 11:12 PM
Choosing honeymoon destinationHello fellow travellers,
I'm trying to figure out the best destination for our honeymoon next year in February. I get to choose where we go and prepare the whole shabang, but she imposed the conditions ( to which I agreed). The criteria are few but very precise.:
- see vulcanoes and heavy vulcanic activity (lots of fumaroles, mud pots, volcanoes etc);
- clear skies and good temperatures to have beach time;
- no need to take malaria pills;
- good diving spots
- if possible: see whales (but this is the least important one)
Thank you very much!!!
May 17, 2013 4:29 AM
1Hawaii is an excellent place for you, but you will need to split your time between islands.
The active volcanoes are on the Big Island. Kilauea is the most active, and will allow you to see smoke and lava, though you may have to chase the lava as it shifts locations.
Maui has the dormant Haleakala, which is a great place for sunrise (bring a coat), but is also the best place for diving and whale watching. There are also plenty of beaches.
If you split your time between the two islands, you'll get everything you (she) want(s).
No island requires malaria pills.
May 17, 2013 7:09 AM
2Hawaii sounds perfect for your requirements! We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon for 16 days and it was one of the best vacations we've ever taken - and we've traveled a lot!
I recommend Maui as we had 5 days there and even that was not enough time. It's the one island we definitely wish to go back to. We went to all the visitable islands so here's what I know/remember as it was 5 years ago and I don't have all my notes with me:
Oahu - walk along waikiki beach and climb diamond head, visit pearl harbor memorial
Maui - lots of outdoor adventure to be had, drive Hana Highway,
Lanai - snorkel though Trilogy company as its well worth it (you can do this from Maui I believe)
Kauai- helicopter tour over island (where many films are done so was beautiful but can make you sick due to turbulance
Big Island - bike down by tour Volcanoes National Park
Molokai - mule ride was so scary and cool all at the same time.
Hope this helps and good luck! No matter what island you choose you will not be disappointed but I would do Kauai and/or Maui if you only have time for 1-2 islands. Ignore any advice about "too touristy" as that's the whole point!
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May 18, 2013 9:06 PM
10Maui has a near-extinct volcano, Haleakala, that has some gorgeous views and scenery, but no volcanic activity. February is an excellent time for whale watching and Maui is a good choice for that.
The Big Island of Hawaii has the active eruption of Kilauea, seen inside and outside of Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park. There are no mud pots, or easily visible fumaroles. Right now there is a glow of red lava that can be seen within the park. The current lava flow is not easily seen, and it's not very impressive. Either a helicopter tour, or a guided lava hike. '
No one can possibly predict, or guarantee what conditions will be like in February.
Hawaii is a great option. However, February is a peak tourist time. Flights, accommodations, and rental cars will all be at peak prices. Develop a budget and start investigating your options.
Plan by counting your nights of paid accommodation. You really need a rental car on either Maui or Hawaii. Start searching to find what flights are costing.
May 18, 2013 9:27 PM
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