Honey Moon Trip to Hawaii Island

travel to a special island for horney moon

Since I think we all are still on luck down, i have decided to write out this a little about our trip to Hawaii island during for our honey moon. Finally, I’ll tell you the continuation of our honeymoon last May, after having told you about the island of Oahu in a previous article a few months ago. Shall we go? ๐Ÿ™‚

Spending The Week In The Bitch

We spent 7 days on the island of Kauai, the smallest of the three islands we visited (Oahu, Kauai and Maui), but also the wildest and most natural. There is only one main road (beware of traffic jams) which doesn’t even go all the way around the island! The island of Kauai is nicknamed the garden island and that says it all! Some people also call it the hen island because it is indeed inhabited by an impressive number of wild chickens and roosters in freedom! You’ll see them everywhere: in the streets, on supermarket car parks, on terrace terraces, around hotel swimming pools, it’s quite surprising! Kauai is really the ideal island to disconnect to, recharge your batteries and enjoy outdoor activities!

The Napali Coast

The island of Kauai is mainly known for the Napali Coast, a huge national park only accessible on foot. Unfortunately for us, the park was closed at the time of our trip due to severe flooding. It reopened only a few days after our departure, a real stroke of bad luck! We were disappointed, but it could at least give us an excuse to come back one day on Kauai ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Vincent was still able to enjoy the Napali Coast during his helicopter flight over Kauai and, as you will see on the pictures, it was absolutely incredible! On my side I didn’t follow Vincent on this helicopter flight because I was afraid I wouldn’t enjoy the moment to the fullest ((I hesitated but I don’t like flying and I’m afraid of heights).

As you can see, the Napali Coast is an incredible wild coastline along the Pacific Ocean, with beautiful hidden beaches and huge green forests. Remember the helicopter and waterfall scene in Jurassic Park? It was filmed on the Napali Coast!

If you go to Kauai, plan at least one day to discover this magnificent park with notably the Kalalau Trail (which was closed during our stay as I said above), but which is absolutely to be done to enjoy the beauty of this place. We hope to be able to do it again one day!

If, like me, you are a little bit afraid of helicopters, it is also possible to discover the Napali Coast from a boat, tour operators propose it on the island!

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Hanalei, Princeville, Queen’s Bath & Kilauea In Napali

Sticking to the Napali Coast, the charming village of Hanalei is well worth a visit. Very typical, the atmosphere in this surfers’ village is very relaxed and pleasant: here no chain or department stores, only small shops with selections of local objects or clothes or adapted to Hawaiian life (lots of swimsuits and surfboards!).

There are many incredible restaurants, all offering homemade food made with fresh local products : Nourish Hanalei, Bar Acuda, Pink’s Creamery, Trucking Delicious Kauai, The Dolphin Restaurant, Ama Restaurant, Makana Terrace … we had a great time in Kauai ! The Hanalei Pier, a well known pontoon on Kauai island, is a perfect spot to walk around or watch a sunset !

You will have a view on this pontoon from the Club Med’s Ruins hiking trail, which is located between Hanalei and Princeville (this is the view you can see on the picture above) that Vincent and I loved! This hike is very atypical and surprising since it is a walk among the remains of a Clud Med vacation club whose construction started in the 1960s but never came to fruition. Nature has regained its rights and the vegetation covers all the rough drafts of walls, stairs and partitions that have been built, which gives a somewhat mystical “lost city” character to this hike! I loved it!

Special mention for Nourish Hanalei who is near this Club Med’s Ruins hike: a totally healthy food stand run by three young women who grow all the produce on the farm below. The food is delicious and the view is totally breathtaking: it’s one of the most beautiful views of the island in my opinion!

Next to Hanalei, you can enjoy the Okolehao Trail, which unfortunately we couldn’t do because of the heavy rain that fell on the day of our visit. The very heavy rain in the area makes some trails extremely muddy, slippery and therefore dangerous, so we decided to change our minds after a few minutes on the trail.

In Kauai, we stayed in a sublime hotel in Princeville, a typical American city and very residential, with a magnificent golf course by the ocean and one of the prettiest beaches we have seen in Hawaii: Hideaway Beach. The access is a bit difficult with very steep “natural” stairs (on the picture below) but the effort is really worth it! The beach is small and very confidential, so it is not very crowded. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the sunset as we did with Vincent!

Not far from Princeville are the famous natural pools of Kauai: Queen’s Bath. It is forbidden to swim there as the ocean is so dangerous, but the rock forms real natural pools which are quite incredible to see! Some pools are less agitated than others and we have seen people swimming, but I really wouldn’t recommend it. The ocean sometimes rushes in violently with impressive waves and a lot of current. There are enough sublime and safer beaches on Kauai not to take any risk ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finally, the pretty village of Kilauea is also worth a visit: it has a beautiful lighthouse (Kilauea Light House) with a nice view, and you can stop there in the Palate Wine Bar & Restaurant that we tested and enjoyed!

The Biggest Cities in Hawaii Island Kapaa and Wailua

Kapaa is one of the largest cities on the island, with a population of 10,000. We stopped there only a few hours after landing on the island, and had lunch in one of the iconic restaurants of the city: Sam’s Ocean View, a very nice restaurant with an incredible view of the ocean and palm trees. We didn’t have time to test the JO2 restaurant, run by a Frenchman, which had been recommended to us many times, maybe next time!

Kapaa is also the starting point of the Sleeping Giant Trail Head hike that we didn’t have time to do this time (there are so many things to do in Hawaii, we don’t suspect it!) but it looks great.

In Wailua, the thing not to be missed is the Wailua Falls that we discovered just after getting off the plane. There are two viewpoints: the official one, at the top of the waterfall, and the unofficial one, at the bottom of the waterfall. The most impressive one is obviously the second one, but it requires a bit of sport with a descent (and ascent) a bit slippery. Arriving at the very bottom, it is even possible to swim in the huge pool created by the waterfalls, a rather incredible experience!

Waimea Canyon and Polihale State Park

Even though we have already had the chance to see many canyons during our trip to the West Coast of the United States in 2016, Vincent and I were bluffed by the Waimea Canyon in Kauai, perhaps even more impressive than the Grand Canyon in the United States! We spent a good part of the day visiting this canyon because there are so many sights and walks. The road alone is worth the detour: I think we had to park dozens of times on the side of the road to immortalize all the breathtaking views!

In this canyon we did the Waimea Canyon Trail that leads to Waipo’o Falls. This trail is located just after the first Waimea Canyon Lookout. We then continued to the Kalalau Lookout which allows us to see the Napali Coast. As we were quite high in altitude, the weather was very foggy and gave a mystical character to this hike, it was crazy! There wasn’t a sound, we felt like we were alone in the world! The last point was the Pu’uokila Lookout which is the wettest place on earth. Once again, the view is really sublime, but the rather dense fog prevented us from fully enjoying it that day!

We then took the road in the opposite direction (we were 10km as the crow flies from our hotel, but the only road on the island does not cross the Napali Coast and we unfortunately had to drive 120 km to reach our hotel) and we took the opportunity to eat a delicious burger at The Saddle Room restaurant, not far from the sea. It was 5pm, but we were starving after our day of hiking in the canyon!

To finish our day, we went to the Polihale State Park which shelters a beautiful white sand beach accessible by car after a few kilometers on a dirt and sand track (it can be reached by classic car, but a 4ร—4 is recommended, the road is very bumpy). Some locals don’t hesitate to set up a barnum and a barbecue on the beach to spend the evening with their relatives. The atmosphere was so friendly! Once again, this beach offers a beautiful view of the Napali Coast.

We took our bathing suits (the rule in Hawaii is to always have your bathing suit in your car haha) and we took a swim before getting back on the road! I have a wonderful memory of this day, one of my favorites of the trip!

Our Next Trip Is Target Towards The South Coast

We voluntarily set aside the south coast (Koloa, Poipu, Hanapepe, etc.) due to lack of time, but this one abounds in beautiful beaches and beautiful walks. When I tell you that there are more things to do in Hawaii than you think! I hope we will have the chance to return to Kauai one day to visit this part of the island, as well as the Napali Coast which was closed during our stay and which we both dreamed to discover!

We took our bathing suits (the rule in Hawaii is to always have your bathing suit in your car haha) and we took a swim before getting back on the road! I have a wonderful memory of this day, one of my favorites of the trip!

For our next stay
We voluntarily set aside the south coast (Koloa, Poipu, Hanapepe, etc.) due to lack of time, but this one abounds in beautiful beaches and beautiful walks. When I tell you that there are more things to do in Hawaii than you think! I hope we will have the chance to return to Kauai one day to visit this part of the island, as well as the Napali Coast which was closed during our stay and which we both dreamed to discover!

One ofย  The Good Hotel To Stay In Kauai

We stayed in the same hotel during our whole week in Kauai: the St Regis Princeville Resort. It’s a huge hotel with top-notch service and a truly idyllic location, perfect for our honeymoon! The rooms are spacious and have a magnificent view of the Napali Coast.

The hotel is known to be one of the best places to admire the sunset in Kauai: on the terrace of the bar, or directly on the beach below and we were not disappointed, we who are fans of sunsets! We watched and took pictures at the sunset almost every night!

The access to the beach was possible directly from the hotel, but it is not only reserved for hotel guests (good to know) and offers a great view on the mountains of the Napali Coast. It is even possible to walk along the beach to land directly in Hanalei!

We loved our stay in this resort hotel (I think it was one of the most beautiful hotels I stayed in) with an exceptional infinity pool, incredible outdoor spaces and full of free or discounted activities: free yoga classes on the beach every morning (which I enjoyed several times), kayak, paddle and surfboard rental and snorkeling equipment etc. We spent a lot of time around the pool as lovers and it was very relaxing, with this exceptional view of the sea and mountains. It was also the view we had from our room, the sunrises were worthy of a dream!

The only reproach that we would have to make to this hotel is the restaurant (really expensive) and the rooms which would deserve a small redesign!

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