Hawai‘i is the ultimate romantic destination or honeymoon getaway for couples looking to holiday in the sun with plenty of dreamy, one-of-a kind experiences.
From a scenic road-trip through luxurious, bamboo-filled jungles and an awe-inspiring helicopter tour over a lava-spitting volcano to a magical evening stargazing, couples have an exciting range of activities to pick from.
Here are eight experiences guaranteed to create long-lasting memories.
- Sunset helicopter ride over Kīlauea Volcano: Island of Hawai‘i
Not only is Kīlauea, on the Island of Hawai‘i, the most active volcano in the world, it is also the only one on Earth where the lava flows directly into the sea. The red hot lava oozes into the ocean, making the sea boil and vaporise into a hissing plume of steam. Watching the lava spill into the ocean is a very special sight and one best experienced from an aerial view, in a helicopter.
Whilst a helicopter tour over an active volcano sounds more hard-core than romantic, couples who are looking to create exciting, lasting memories will love this idea and, flying at sunset, adds that magical touch. Blue Hawaiian has a ‘Circle of Fire and Waterfalls’ tour that will take passengers over Kīlauea, passing tropical rainforests and cascading waterfalls along the way. The helicopter tour lasts for 50 minutes and prices start from $201.90 per person.
For more information please visit bluehawaiian.com
- Swim in the ‘Ōpaeka‘a Falls: Kaua‘i
Kaua‘i’s stunning landscape drips with waterfalls. The island is home to Mount Wai‘ale‘ale, an area incredibly rich in vegetation, so it is no wonder that cascading water decorates its mountainsides. While some waterfalls require vigorous hikes, others are easy to find. One of the most accessible on the island is ‘Ōpaeka‘a Falls in Wailua, part of an area that was—and still is—considered sacred. Pack a lavish picnic spread and spend a few hours enjoying the sunshine and swimming in the waterfall.
- Hike Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) and admire the panoramic views: O‘ahu
Break a sweat together and hike Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) State Monument, one of Hawai‘i’s iconic landmarks. Formed more than 100,000 years ago, the 760-foot tuff crater was used as a strategic military lookout throughout the 20th century. Today, it’s a popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Waikīkī and Honolulu. Throw on some cool shades and trendy workout gear and prepare for some beautiful vistas along the hike. Or if you are suffering from jetlag, head up at 6am to watch the sunrise over Waikīkī Beach.
For more information please visit dlnr.hawaii.gov
- Scenic road-trip to Hāna: Maui
A road trip to Hāna is a must-do for anyone travelling to Maui. Considered one of the best road-trips in Hawai‘i, passengers are taken on a scenic journey down dramatic, cliff-drop roads, through luxuriant, bamboo-filled jungles and past plunging waterfalls. Couples should stop at the many fresh fruit stands that line the route, crank up the ukulele music on the radio and kick back and relax, whilst endless beautiful vistas are passed. Don’t miss the Garden of Eden Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a lush 25-acre tract that was featured in the opening sequence of the film Jurassic Park.
- Explore Waipi’o Valley by horseback: Island of Hawai‘i
Waipi’o Valley is one of the most scenic areas on the Island of Hawai‘i, offering stunning vistas, endless waterfalls and a dramatic, black sand beach. For the romantically inclined, book a horse-riding tour of Waipi’o Valley and explore the charming, beautiful landscape. Na’alapa Stables at Kahua Ranch offer a two and half hour excursion that takes visitors deep into the heart of the valley, with prices starting from $93.75 per person.
For more information please visit naalapastables.com
- Take a romantic stroll to Pu‘u Pehe ‘Sweetheart Rock’: Lāna‘i
Couples visiting Lāna‘i must take a gentle stroll to Pu’u Pehe, also referred to by locals as Sweetheart Rock. The legend of Pu‘u Pehe tells of the death of Pehe, the wife of a Lāna‘i warrior. Her heartbroken husband buried her at the top of Pu‘u Pehe then jumped from the 80-foot summit to the surf below, unable to shoulder his sorrow. Located just off the Southern coastline, Pu‘u Pehe is situated between Manele Bay and Hulupo‘e Bay and is roughly a 45 minute walk from the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay.
- Watch the sunset over swaying coconut trees: Moloka‘i
Nothing beats snuggling close to that significant other, whilst the setting sun illuminates the sky in brilliant shades of pink and orange. One of the best places to admire the sunset in Moloka‘i is Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, one of the last royal coconut groves in Hawai‘i. Couples are able to watch the colour of the sky change between the swaying coconut trees, an experience that will never be forgotten.
- Admire the sunrise over Haleakalā: Maui
Rising 10,000 feet above sea level, the sunrise from Haleakalā is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world, as it rises above the clouds and paints the sky in brilliant shades of pink, yellow and orange. To view the sunrise from 3am to 7am, visitors will need to reserve their spot. To make an online reservation, please visit: recreation.gov
For further information on Hawai‘i, visit www.gohawaii.com/uk.