Kaanapali Beach, Maui – Image courtesy of Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
Maui Honeymoon Guide
Say ‘aloha’ to Maui – the number one honeymoon destination in Hawaii and one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world!
Blessed with a choice of gorgeous white-sand beaches, lush tropical rainforest, stunning waterfalls, rugged volcanic peaks and fabulous resorts, the ‘Valley Island’ of Maui offers all the ingredients you need for a magical honeymoon experience and romantic getaway.
Best beaches in Maui
From soft golden sand to black and even red-sand beaches, Maui offers honeymoon couples an amazing choice of gorgeous beaches.
Choose from more than 80 stunning beaches that fringe Maui’s idyllic coastline, including the following…
(West Maui) – Dig your toes into the soft golden sand of this 2.5km-long beach that stretches along the northern coast of West Maui.
This one-time royal retreat is famous for its sunsets and is edged by a walkway that links the lush palm-fringed gardens of several luxury hotels with open-air restaurants and the Whaler Shopping Centre.
Kaanapali is rated the best beach for water sports action in Maui, with a huge range of activities on offer, including snorkelling, kayaking, catamaran sailing, fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing and seasonal surfing.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe, people-watch from the section in front of the Whalers Village (more commonly known as Dig Me Beach) and enjoy prime snorkelling among colourful tropical fish at Black Rock, a lava headland separating Kaanapali from the equally gorgeous Kahekili Beach.
Facilities include outdoor showers, restrooms, lifeguards, restaurants and a wide array of water sports.
A choice of luxury hotels sit in manicured gardens facing the beach including the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, the Sheraton Maui Resort and the Kaanapali Alii Hotel.
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(West Maui) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe and relax on this 2.5km-long stretch of golden sand that starts from the black lava rocks that divide the beach from neighbouring Kaanapali beach. Quiet Kahekili is a good alternative to more crowded Kaanapali.
Kahekili Beach offers fine, golden sand and great swimming. However, there is no snorkeling here, including the southern section where the black rock lava outcropping is located. Swimming around the outcropping to get to Black rock and Kaanapali beach is not safe as the deep ocean waters are prone to currents.
Facilities include showers, restrooms, lifeguards and a covered picnic area in a large palm-fringed garden.
DT Fleming Beach Park
(West Maui) – Sunbathe on the soft golden sand of this long and wide beach that shelves steeply into turquoise waters that offer ideal swimming conditions and near perfect waves for body surfing and surfing in winter.
At other times, relax in the shade of ironwood trees, swim in the calm waters or snorkel beneath the rocky tree-clad promontories that frame this perfect cove at Makaluapuna Point.
Facilities include showers, restrooms, lifeguards and a shady picnic area. Part of the beach fronts the elegant 5-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel – the perfect spot to sip a cocktail and enjoy a magical Maui sunset.
Unwind on this gorgeous crescent of golden sand that lies beneath grassy lawns dotted with swaying palm trees. The beach shelves into turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and sea kayaking.
Wander along the beachside path and climb up to the Dragon’s Teeth promontory for panoramic coastal views. Facilities include showers, restrooms, lifeguards and a watersports kiosk. Come for a day or relax in comfort at the nearby Napili Kai Beach Resort.
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(West Maui) – Sunbathe on the soft golden sands on this gorgeous beach facing the warm, calm waters of Napili Bay. Facilities include showers as well as restrooms, bars and restaurants at the beachfront Napili Kai Beach Resort; there are no lifeguards on the beach.
Kamaole III Beach Park
(South Shore) – Choose your own spot to sunbathe on the long and wide golden sands of these three beaches that stretch along the south coast near the town of Kihei.
These three beaches are separated by black, jagged lava rock outcrops and offer safe swimming with good snorkelling, fishing and seasonal winter waves for surfers.
Facilities include volleyball nets, barbecues, toilets, showers, picnic tables, barbecue grills and a children’s playground at Kamaole III. The nearby town of Kihei is home to several hotels.
(South Shore) – Pamper yourself on this crescent of soft golden sand that fronts the luxurious Four Seasons Maui Resort and the nearby Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
Fringed by a grassy hill and stretching between bush-clad lava headlands, this gorgeous beach shelves into crystalline waters that are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and bodysurfing the gentle breaks around the rocky headlands.
If Wailea becomes too crowded for your taste simply follow a scenic path over the headlands to a string of more secluded beaches. Wailea Beach offers magical sunsets overlooking the nearby islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai and Molokini and the chance to spot humpback whales from December to April.
Facilities include parasols, sun loungers, toilets, showers, bars and restaurants provided for guests by the nearby hotels.
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(South Shore) – Dig your toes into the soft golden sand of this gorgeous palm-fringed beach that offers consistently good swimming conditions as well as superb views to nearby Kahoolawe, Lanai islands and the mountains of West Maui.
This 1200 metre long beach is a good alternative to nearby Wailea Beach. Facilities include showers only; there are no lifeguards on duty.
(South Shore) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this 30m-wide, 1000m-long crescent of golden sand that shelves into calm, turquoise water just perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Brush up your tan in the hot sun or unwind in the shade of green kiawe trees that fringe the sand dunes of this gorgeous beach that is also known locally as Big Beach or Oneloa Beach.
Snorkel at the foot of Puu Olai, a dramatic 120m-high cinder cone at the northern end of the beach that provides great coastal views overlooking the offshore islet of Kahoolawe and the Molokini Crater. A hillside path leads to the historic Keawalai Congregational Church.
Facilities include showers, restrooms and picnic tables on a shady grassy area; there are no lifeguards on duty. Pack a picnic and come for a day or be pampered at the nearby Makena Beach and Golf Resort.
A short walk over the steep headland leads to Little Beach, a clothing optional strip of golden sand.
Puʻu Olai Beach
(South Shore) – This small 200 metre long beach, also known as Little Beach, is separated from Big Beach by a steep lava outcropping (the tip of Puʻu Olai) – just a 5-minute walk away.
Little Beach is one of the few beaches in Hawaii where police tolerate nude sunbathing (another is Red Sand Beach near Hāna).
Visit on Sunday afternoons/evenings to see traditional drumming and fire dancing. Pack your own food and drink for a picnic as there are no facilities here except for portable toilets
(North Shore) – This wide golden-sand beach is perfect for body boarding with long continuous waves washing onto this gorgeous beach that sits in front of Baldwin Park on the Hana Highway between Sprecklesville and Paia.
If the waves are too rough for swimming, head to the so-called ‘baby beach’, a long, shallow protected rock pool at the Kahului end of the beach.
Relax in the shade of beachfront ironwood trees or in the large pavilion and stroll along the water's edge to enjoy the stunning scenery of the West Maui Mountains.
Facilities include restrooms, showers, lifeguards, a large pavilion and grassy area with picnic tables, a baseball diamond and a soccer field.
Hookipa Beach Park
(North Shore) – Discover one of the world’s top spots for windsurfing. A coral reef protects a small area close to shore for morning swims and snorkelling when the sea is calm.
Facilities include restrooms, showers, pavilions, picnic tables and barbecue grills, but no lifeguards.
(East Shore) – Unwind on this 30m-wide crescent of secluded grey coral sand that nestles beneath tree-clad cliffs in a lush tropical setting facing Hana Bay, with perfect conditions in summer for swimming and snorkelling.
The 270m-long beach is also a popular surfing and bodysurfing area during the winter season. Come for a day or stay longer at the beachfront Hotel Hana-Maui.
Facilities include restrooms, picnic facilities as well as those offered by the hotel; there are no lifeguards on duty. Hamoa Beach is located along the Hana Highway.
(Images courtesy of www.hawaiigaga.com and Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau)
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What to do and see
On a Maui honeymoon, it’s easy to pursue your favourite leisure activities, go sightseeing or do nothing at all!
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the gorgeous white sands of Maui's Kaanapali Beach; swim and snorkel among colourful tropical fish at Black Rock; try windsurfing at Kanaha or Hoolipa; go bodysurfing off Oneloa Beach; surf one of the surfing world’s prime spots at Ho’okipa Beach; and scuba dive the Molokine Reserve.
Discover Maui‘s natural beauty by exploring on foot the lush green valley floor of the Iao Valley, surrounded by towering emerald peaks and lush vegetation. Hike or cycle across the slopes of the massive 4900ha Haleakala Crater then descend into the rugged lunar-like landscape of the world’s largest dormant volcano for an unforgettable honeymoon experience.
Explore the scenic twists and turns of the spectacular Hana Highway by car and discover towering sea cliffs, stunning vistas and exciting beaches between Kailua and Hana on Maui's northeast coast.
Follow walking trails to historic sites and ancient temple ruins such as Piilanihale, Hawaii's largest heiau (temple), and find lava caves, blowholes, picture-perfect waterfalls and swim-holes where you can cool-off with a refreshing dip on a day trip from your honeymoon resort.
Stroll the historic streets of the old whaling town of Lahaina and watch humpback whales frolic in the warm waters off McGregor Point near Maalaea in south Maui.
Savour delicious tropical fruit at a roadside stand, such as lychees, mangoes, star fruit, passion fruit and papaya – perfect additions for a secluded honeymoon picnic along the way.
See colourful wild flowers and breathe in the sweet scent of lavender and eucalyptus on a horseback ride across the high country pastures of Makawao, Kula and Ulupalakua.
Tee-off at the challenging par-72 course at Kapulua Resort on west Maui or try one of three courses on offer at Wailea Golf Club on south Maui.
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Maui offers honeymoon couples a choice of must-see attractions, including the following…
Haleakala National Park
Take a scenic two-hour drive up the twisting 61km-long Haleakala Crater Road that rises from sea level at Kahukui to the summit of Haleakala – Maui’s highest point and the world’s largest dormant volcano at 3000m above sea level.
From the Puu Ulaula Overlook, the volcano's highest point, discover a panoramic view that extends for more than 150km – on a clear day you can see the islands of Molokai, Lani, the Big Island of Hawaii and Oahu shimmering in the distance.
In the vast 4900ha Haleakala Crater, hike through a lunar-like desert landscape scattered with orange volcanic cinder cones, meet endangered nene geese (Hawaii's state bird) and admire rare silversword plants that lie scattered around the Kalahaku Overlook.
Choose from a range of hikes and horseback rides around the crater and into the nearby Waikamoi Cloud Forest. Pop into the Haleakala Visitor Centre, located near the summit, to learn more about this volcano region. For a fast and fun-filled trip back to Kahukui, arrange a downhill bike ride.
Tip: Arrive just before dawn for one of the world’s most romantic sunrises. Whatever time you decided to visit, remember to bring a warm jacket.
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Iao Valley State Park
Hike along the peaceful Iao Valley, a scenic 1600ha region of the West Maui Mountains encompassing lush tropical valleys, waterfalls, swimming holes and one of Maui's most popular landmarks – the 370m-high Iao Needle, a jungle-clad lava pinnacle that soars above the historic Iao Stream at the intersection of two lush valleys surrounded by the emerald cliffs of an eroded volcanic caldera.
See interactive exhibits and displays about Hawaiian natural history inside the Hawaii Nature Center and enjoy a picnic at the Kepaniwai Heritage Garden overlooking Iao Stream, site of a historic battle giving control of Maui to King Kamahameha.
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Step back in time at this former whaling village and ancient royal capital of King Kamehameha (before the capital was moved to Honolulu), where old grog shops, dance halls, brothels and ships’ chandlers are now transformed into art galleries, boutiques and chic eateries.
At the old Lahaina Luau grounds on the seafront, savour a hoomanao – a three-hour feast followed by a delightful immersion into ancient Hawaiian culture including hula dancing, spear throwing, fish catching and the art of Hawaiian tattooing. (You can opt for a removable tattoo!)
See a collection of artifacts on the history of Chinese immigrants (who once worked the sugar-cane fields) at the restored 17th century Wo Hing Temple in Lahaina. Then stroll beneath the leafy arcade of the 18m-tall banyan tree in Courthouse Square; this strangling fig now has 12 main trunks and spreads over 2800ha.
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Maui Ocean Centre
(Ma’alaea Harbour Village) Explore Hawaii’s unique marine environment by descending through more than 60 interactive habitat exhibits at this seashore-to-reef experience.
See spiny urchins and cauliflower coral in the surge pool, followed by turtles, eagle-rays and starfish in the reef tanks before reaching the main tank featuring tiger, gray and white-tip sharks, tuna and triggerfish.
If you feel inclined, pour yourself into a wet suit and scuba dive among manta rays, tropical fish and sharks. The centre is located in a retail complex overlooking the harbour.
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Bailey House Museum
Discover the largest and best collection of Hawaiian artifacts on Maui at the former home of missionary and sugar planter Edward Bailey. Inside this 1833 home, examine dogtooth necklaces, a rare lei made of tree-snail shells, Duke Kahanamoku's 1919 redwood surfboard among other items, and admire Bailey's excellent landscape paintings of a Maui we can only imagine today.
Then stroll past colourful native plants in the garden that now blanket the onetime compound of Kahekili (the last ruling chief of Maui), before browsing the gift shop for a memento that is actually made in Hawaii.
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Baldwin Home Museum
To get an insight into 19th-century life in Hawaii, pop into the informative Baldwin Home Museum, located inside the former home of missionary Dr. Dwight Baldwin.
Take the guided tour around the coral and stone house that was built in 1834; view original period furnishings, the family's grand piano, carved four-poster bed and Dr. Baldwin's dispensary.
And learn how the doctor single-handedly inoculated 10,000 Maui residents against smallpox. The museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm, and costs US$3, US4 for the candlelight tour.
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Floral Gardens of Kula
Take a self-guided stroll through more than 1500 species of tropical and semi-tropical plants, including unique displays of bromeliads, proteas and orchids in this two hectare garden located on the slopes of Haleakala volcano, just south of Haleakala Crater Road.
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Where to stay in Maui
Maui offers an excellent choice of honeymoon accommodation options to suit all budgets from 5-star resorts to condo rentals that offer everything you need for a relaxing and luxurious Hawaii honeymoon vacation.
Pamper your body at one of Maui’s traditional spas, with a range of body treatments and massage options including Hawaiian lomilomi, aromatherapy, shiatsu, Thai and hot stone – often included as part of your honeymoon resort package.
Montage Kapalua Bay
Location: Kapalua Bay
Ave nightly price: AUD1,787 per room
Description: Set in picturesque Kapalua Bay, this oceanfront 24-acre resort boasts spacious suites with free WiFi and full kitchens. An outdoor pool, restaurant and spa and wellness centre are offered on site. A flat-screen cable TV, a seating area and a private balcony with views are provided in each luxurious suite at Montage Kapalua Bay. Private bathrooms come with a relaxing spa bath and guest slippers. Guests of Montage Kapalua Bay can work out in the fitness centre, enjoy a game of tennis or hire bicycles at the property. Other facilities include an entertainment staff, grocery deliveries and meeting facilities. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including golfing, hiking and windsurfing. For the golf enthusiast, Kapalua Golf Club Bay Course is just 7 minutes’ walk away, while the state-of-the-art Kapalua Golf Academy is 1.3 km away. Kaanapali Beach is 9 km away. Kahului Airport is 27 km away.
Ave nightly price: AUD1,224 per room
Description: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua features direct access to D.T. Fleming Beach, and offers ocean views, 2 golf courses and modern guest rooms with flat-screen TVs. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua features a full-service spa and 24-hour fitness centre. Guests can use one of the hotel's 4 tennis courts or the 3-level outdoor pool. Guest rooms at the Kapalua Ritz-Carlton are equipped with free Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. Hawaiian-inspired artwork is also included in each of the non-smoking guest room. The Terrace features upscale Hawaiian cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. Guests can have Japanese cuisine at the Kai Sushi restaurant or have a drink in the Alaloa Lounge. Aina Gourmet provides fresh, organic salads, pastries, coffee and smoothies.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Ave nightly price: AUD1,175 per room
Description: Overlooking Wailea Beach, this luxurious Maui hotel offers 3 swimming pools and 3 restaurants on-site. It features spacious rooms with ocean or garden views. Kahului Airport is 27.4 km away. Free Wi-Fi is offered in each spacious guest room at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Guest rooms are stocked with 2 bottles of water daily and include a refrigerated private bar and a coffee maker. Maui Four Seasons Resort offers guests 3 restaurants serving a variety of cuisine. Chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago features a fusion of Hawaiian and California cuisine with ocean views. Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante offers rustic Italian cuisine with a Hawaiian flare. DUO Steak and Seafood restaurant offers poolside dining. If guests prefer a cocktail, Lobby Lounge offers drinks, sushi and ocean views. Guests are offered an on-site spa and wellness center for massages, facials, and salon services at Four Season Resort Maui at Wailea. Tennis courts and tennis rackets are available to guests. The Shops at Wailea are less than 1.6 km away from this hotel. Wailea Golf Club is 2 minutes’ drive away. Haleakala National Park is 69.2 km away.
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Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux
Ave nightly price: AUD938 per room
Description: Nestled on a cliff overlooking Maui's southern coastline on 15 landscaped acres, this secluded Wailea hotel features luxurious facilities and spacious suites. Each suite at Hotel Wailea boasts free WiFi and a private, furnished deck with a view of the ocean or garden. Amenities such as plush bathrobes and deep soaking tubs ensure a comfortable stay. Guests can enjoy the stunning views of the ocean. Beach services include free bottled water, beach chairs and umbrellas. Guests will enjoy fresh Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxing setting at the hotel's award-winning restaurant, Capische. The hotel also offers a private chef tasting in the open air garden, where guests will be pampered by a personal chef in a private room with a special menu and wine pairing.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - A Concept by Hyatt
Ave nightly price: AUD746 per room
Description: Located on 15 acres of beachfront, this luxury Wailea resort on Mokapu Beach boasts 4 outdoor infinity pools, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Free Wi-Fi is provided. A private balcony, 40-inch flat-screen cable satellite TV, a seating area, minibar with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, and coffee machine are included in each guest room at Andaz Maui at Wailea. An en suite bathroom with bathrobes and rain shower are also offered. Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto’s restaurant, Morimoto Maui, features Japanese and American fusion cuisine and specialty cocktails using fresh, local ingredients. 2 poolside bars and 24-hour room service are also available. A 24-hour reception and Hawaiian market are offered for convenience. Canoe, paddle board, kayak and surfing lessons and tours are available on site. A fitness centre with exercise classes and yoga instruction is offered. This resort LEED-NC Silver Certified for eco-friendly practices. Upscale shopping and dining at The Shops at Wailea is less than 10 minutes’ walk away. Kahului International Airport is 30 minutes’ drive away.
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Ave nightly price: AUD727 per room
Description: Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui features a full-service spa and on-site dining. It offers free shuttle service to the Wailea Golf Club, located next to the resort. Each luxurious cabana-style suite at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui is equipped with free Wi-Fi and has a flat-screen TV and DVD player in the living area and the bedroom. Guests can listen to music on the iPod docking station while relaxing in the bathroom’s deep soaking tub. The 24-hour gym boasts flat-screen TVs and free fitness classes. One of Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui’s 3 outdoor pools is adult only and another has a 42 m high waterslide. Canoe tours and walking cultural tours are available. The casual Kea Lani Restaurant serves a breakfast buffet in the mornings, while Nick's Fishmarket Maui specializes in seafood and provides outdoor seating. Live entertainment and specialty martinis are offered at The Luana Lounge. The Shops at Wailea are 1.6 km from Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. Makena State Park is a 5-minute drive from the property.
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Best time to honeymoon in Maui
Anytime. Maui is an all-season destination with long hours of sunshine and mild year-round balmy temperatures averaging 25°C (77°F) at sea level; higher ‘upcountry’ elevations are cooler with sometime misty conditions.
For guaranteed dry and sunny conditions it’s probably best to visit Maui during summer, from June to October, when the average temperature is 28°C (82°F).
Winter, from December to March, can be wet (great for green jungle foliage and tumbling waterfalls) and has an average temperature of 22°C (71°F).
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Maui lies to the northwest of Oahu. The Hawaiian islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, around 3860km from mainland USA.
The second largest in the Hawaiian chain of islands, Maui is just a 35-minute flight away from Honolulu. Fly direct from Los Angeles to Maui or to Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport on Oahu, with daily connections to Kahului Airport, Maui.
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Latest update: Maui Honeymoon Guide:
21 March, 2018
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