our honeymoon


I recently had a Formspring question (by the way, caught up and answered a bunch of questions this week if you’re interested!) asking me more specifically what Corey and I did, and where we ate, on our honeymoon (you can see the Honeymoon Highlights post here). We had such an incredible time in Kauai and I would highly recommend it for your honeymoon (or vacation!). If you ever find yourself on the island, here’s what I recommend you do.

Where we stayed: On our honeymoon we stayed in this gorgeous rental home just 10 minutes from Poipu. It was huge, beautiful and really relaxing. I would definitely recommend the Hale o Ani house for a vacation (especially if you’re going with another couple – there are two master bedrooms and they’re on opposite ends of the house), but I think if we were to do it over we would’ve stayed in a nice hotel in Poipu. While having this much space and privacy was awesome, we lacked the room service, pool and close proximity to a beach! 

What we did: We did a lot of adventuring on our honeymoon! Here are some of my favorites.

Shipwreck Beach: This beach is right outside the Hyatt in Poipu and a very popular spot. It was named after an old, wooden shipwreck that has long since disappeared. Brave souls will hike to the top of that cliff and jump off! Can you spot the guy jumping in the picture below?

Maha’ulepu Beach: This beach is a bit further off the beaten path. We wanted to go somewhere a little more secluded and private, and we found it! It was super beautiful, but to warn you, it’s a bumpy car ride and quite the trek! But well worth it in the end. 

Tunnels Beach: On the north shore of the island, this two-mile long beach is famous for its snorkeling. We didn’t have time to snorkel, but stopped by here after our ziplining adventure!

Ke’e Beach:  This beach is literally the end of the road. We heard the sunsets here are incredible, so we headed north and kept going until we couldn’t go anymore. There were tons of people sitting out ready to watch the sunset!

On the way there, I highly recommend you stop at this lookout. Insanely beautiful!

Hanalei Bay Beach & Sunset Cruise: This is the way to see the incredible Napali Coastline up close and personal. It is breathtaking. 

Ziplining: Corey and I ziplined for the first time in Costa Rica and loved it, so we decided to do it again on our honeymoon. While it was still fun, the experience in Costa Rica was much better. So, if you’ve never ziplined, I recommend you try it out, and if you have before, you could probably skip it in Kauai! P.S. Didn’t have my camera with me when we did this, so these are from my iPhone! 

Door-Off Helicopter Tour: Holy moly was this an experience!!! We’d never been in a helicopter before, let alone one without doors! It was an amazing way to see the island. This wasn’t cheap – but it was totally worth it! It was the perfect honeymoon splurge!

Waimea Canyon: This is a must-see!! Pictures don’t begin to do it justice. The drive up is pretty long and windy, but worth it! Also, once you get up there you can hike around and there are so many gorgeous views!
I forget where this was… Somewhere in Poipu!

Where we ate: We had quite a few great meals during our honeymoon! Sadly, I don’t have pictures of many of them, but here are some that I do have photos of.

Tidepools at the Hyatt in Poipu: I’m kind of, no really, obsessed with this restaurant. We actually went twice during our week in Kauai. It was that good.

Jo Jo’s Shave Ice: This little shack doesn’t look like much, but it’s the famous spot to get shave ice on the island. 

Some other places we liked, but didn’t take photos of: BarAcuda in Hanalei**, Shrimp Station in Waimea, Brick Oven Pizza in Kalaheo** & Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Company in Kalaheo**! *Stars indicate must-go!

Man, writing this post really makes me miss Kauai! Can’t believe we’re already nearing 10 months of marriage!! This year has seriously flown. Hope you enjoyed this travel post. I’m hoping to write many more in the near future…

Have a happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! We’ll be enjoying a staycation in Portland 🙂

33 thoughts on “Kauai”

  1. so many amazing photos!! and what a great time to post this. my husband and i are going to kauai in july for a friend's wedding & staying a few days for a little bit of vacation. i've never been so seeing these photos get me really excited to go! i am a little worried/curious about how our dinners and stuff will go….i don't really know where to go other than our hotel & i'm used to staying places that are all-inclusive. it will be an experience for sure!

  2. We were just here in October on our honeymoon. We had the best time and I am already dreaming of going back…after we vist Italy…that comes first! 🙂 Great pictures!

  3. looks so pretty! thanks for the tips, Kauai is one of the places we are considering! and i like hte pic of your ring, our E-rings are soo similar and i have been so paranoid about what kind of band I can get with it. i hate the bands that are really curved but yours is curved so little that it looks perfect and not bad at all!

  4. Looks like a wonderful, relaxing, and adventurous honeymoon! I'm so jealous of your house, the ziplining adventure and that gorgeous canyon trip! Thanks for sharing!

  5. lovely pictures! looks like you had an amazing honeymoon!
    i live just an island away, but it's been years since i have last been to kauai! your pictures and recommendations of what to do make me want to island hop! 🙂

  6. This was so great to see. I want to go to this island SO bad. I've been to Oahu and the Big Island and this is my next must see.

    We did a helicopter over the Big Island and it was so amazing to see everything.

    Loved your pictures! and even more all the tips and recommendations you gave. Hopefully I'll be going in the next 2 months so I'll be coming back to your post for your tips. 🙂 thanks!!

  7. I am so glad I read this! 🙂 We are honeymooning (finally) in October to Kauai! Staying in Poipu! 🙂 I had heard wonderful things about Tidepools & had planned to do a helicopter tour! We'll have to chat more about it! 🙂

  8. what an INCREDIBLE honeymoon!! the pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and yall are the cutest couple ever!! this post is really making me want to plan an hawaii vacay asap 🙂

  9. oh man! Your photos are amazing, what a beautiful place! We will be there in less than 2 months and I cannot wait! I love all your suggestions, that's so helpful 🙂
    Love all your outfits!!! 🙂

  10. we went to hawaii for our honeymoon, too! only we stayed on Maui (: but we ziplined, enjoyed the beach, and basically have a version of most of these photos (: Thanks for commenting on my blog, because now I found yours!

  11. Oh my god that looks like the trip of a lifetime! You look so happy!

    Congrats and thanks for sharing!

    ps. If I ever go to Kuai/Hawaii I'm definitely asking for travel tips!

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