There’s a good reason why newlyweds flock to Maui. This magical Hawaiian island is brimming with cascading waterfalls, sublime beaches, luxury resorts, and oceanfront restaurants.
Because it’s one of the more expensive islands in Hawaii, it’s not completely overrun with tourists. You won’t feel like the rest of the mainland followed you here.
Maui stands out for its romance, and offers plenty of memorable couple activities you won’t find on the other islands. If you want to make your wife swoon, treat her to these five romantic experiences when honeymooning in Maui.
The Road to HanaHana Highway, Kahului, HI, United States
When you land at the airport and rent a car, you might want to make it a convertible because you’ll be taking the Road to Hana. Don’t even question it. This iconic 68-mile drive up the northeast shore is a true Maui experience. The road snakes along the coast through some thrilling curves, bends, and twists. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it sure is exciting. The seascapes are breathtaking and there are several waterfalls along the way, so you can get out and splash around in the unspoiled natural landscape. You’ll end up at Hana. Spend time exploring the town. Hana doesn’t even feel like modern Maui. People cook up BBQs outside their homes and walk around barefoot. Surfers come out this way to chill. It’s as if nothing has changed in fifty years. Also, check out the red sand beach here, another great attraction.
Haleakala National ParkHaleakalā National Park, Maui County, HI, United States
While you’re in Hana, hit up Haleakala National Park, known for its Pipiwai Trail and Waimoku Falls. It’s a gorgeous hike, easily one of the most scenic in Maui. The trail is flanked by bamboo, and there’s an a famously huge tree around the halfway point that will give you at least a dozen awesome Instagram posts. You’ll end up at a 500-foot waterfall, the pot of romance gold at the end of the rainbow (no, seriously, you’ll see a rainbow when the sun strikes the falls). Stay the night too, because the stargazing is spectacular.
Alii Kula Lavender FarmAlii Kula Lavender Farm
This is one of those places your new wife is going to drag you to, but once you get there you’ll understand why. Alii Kula Lavender Farm is a huge spot for honeymooners because it literally smells like romance. 45 different types of lavender grown here–a feast for the nose as well as the eyes. The beauty and bath products (shampoo, soap, perfume, body lotion, etc.) here are straight from the source, so it’s as authentic as it gets. Leave room in your luggage, because the two of you will want to buy the shop out.
Napili BayNapili Bay, Maui County, HI, United States
The awesome thing about Maui is that every beach is different. You can go to a different one every day, and you’ll never have the same experience. Napili Bay is hands down the most romantic. A stunning stretch of golden sand and crystal clear waters, the bay is tucked away out of the wind, so the surface is calm and still, especially in the mornings. Napili is a great snorkeling spot, which you’ll want to take advantage of, because sea turtles love these waters.
Sunset sail on a private yachtMaui Yacht Charters
Considering Maui is one of the most expensive islands in Hawaii, there’s no shortage of things to splurge on. Most couples will head to sea to sail the waters at sunset. Now, if you’re going to do this, you’ll have to do it right. Skip out on the group sunset trips and hire a private yacht. Maui Yacht Charters has a range of vessels that should fit your budget, and they deck it out with champagne, ukulele musician, sushi, whatever you want. It’s about a grand an hour… but didn’t you save money by using your frequent flier miles to get out here? It’s well worth the spend.