A Maui Honeymoon Is Paradise for Couples
Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian islands, offers the dreamy ambiance Hawaii is famous for without the crowds of the big island of Oahu. Maui adventures might include visiting whales, snorkeling with sea turtles, taking in a sunset luau, or luxuriating in a romantic cabana on a white sand beach. There are also cruises and flights to neighboring islands and plenty of resort options for honeymooners and weddings.
A nonstop flight to Maui from Los Angeles or Seattle can take five to six hours, while direct flights from the South or Midwest will take eight to nine hours. There are 10-hour nonstop flights from New York, but as you go south on the East coast, nonstops can be rare, and your trip could take 11 to 13 hours.
Travelers to Hawaii from the continental US must acquire a digital health pass with a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure or proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Is Maui Good for a Honeymoon?
Pros: Dazzling beauty, a plethora of honeymoon resorts and the ease of being on US soil make a Maui honeymoon an ideal escape.
Cons: Not all the wildlife around Maui is safe, so you'll want to research the beaches you visit. Hiking trails in Maui can also get tricky, so tour guides are recommended.
Maui is not exactly known for bustling nightlife and museums, and city lovers might get restless.
The Best Times of Year to Go on a Maui Honeymoon for Good Weather
April, May and September through November are ideal for visiting Maui, however, December is best for surfing and summer is great for calmer waters, according to US News & World Report.
Places to Visit in Maui for a Honeymoon
West Maui is where most visitors fly in. Notable areas in west Maui include Kapalua, Honolua Bay, Kaanapali and the historic town of Lahaina, a former fishing village with historic streets, unique art galleries and boutiques.
This island west of Maui is reachable by 45-minute flight. Kauai is home to the Waimea Canyon, which boasts elevations of 3,600 and majestic waterfalls, and the Kilauea Lighthouse for whale watching from a seaside cliff. There's also picturesque sunsets at Poipu Beach Park and kayaking amid the Wailua falls.
Lanai, an island southwest of Maui with its own airport, is for off-the-beaten-path adventures. You can hike red dirt roads, ride horseback in idyllic fields and meet the 500 residents of the cat sanctuary.
Also to the west is the lesser-known island of Molokai. It's home to Halawa Valley, a stunning landscape teeming with foliage and waterfalls, and the turquoise waters and pristine beaches of Papohaku Beach. According to travel writer Will McGough, exploring Molokai beyond tourist areas requires genuinely connecting with its people. You can immerse yourself by volunteering on local farms and asking around about the canoe club and other excursions you won't find in guidebooks.
Molokini is a tiny crescent-shaped island and partially submerged volcanic crater. It's a popular snorkeling and day cruise destination.
Things to do on a Maui Honeymoon
You're most likely to see whales from December through May, and there are several tours to lead you to these fantastic creatures.
Snorkel and Scuba
Kapalua Beach offers safer snorkeling waters, while Honolua Bay is a rockier area few miles east. Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach reaches 25 feet deep and Lanai's Manele Bay is home to a pod of dolphins.
Three-fourths of Maui is made of the Haleakala volcano, which has its own national park. There are several hiking trails to its crater, from 10-minutes jaunts to more difficult treks for day trippers and campers.
The Honoapiilani Highway north of Lahaina includes the 1.2-mile Ohai Loop Trail and the four-mile Waihe'e Ridge Trail, both of which cut through small hillside towns. The rocky, two-mile hike at Kapalua Bay has beaches on each side, and Kauai, Molokai and Lanai are where you'll see majestic cliffs, storybook valleys and quiet dirt roads.
A Romantic Air Tour
Get the best views of Maui with a romantic sunset air tour from Maui Plane Rides.
A Cliff Diving Ceremony
Black Rock, or Puu Kekka, at Kaanapali Beach is home to the Maui sunset diving ceremony. Legend has it that Maui's last chief, Kahekili, dove off Puu Kekaa to prove his strength.
No Maui honeymoon is complete without a sunset luau, which typically means traditional Hawaiian cuisine, hula and fire dancing.
The Road to Hana
The 52-mile Hana Highway, or Road to Hana, spans from Kahului to Hana, and it's is legendary for its sharp turns and natural beauty. Notable sights include the Ka'Eleku Caverns, the black sands of Wai'anapanapa State Park, the breathtaking Wailua Falls and the dreamy Seven Sacred Pools. There's also Mama's Fish House in Paia, a restaurant renowned for its freshly-caught sea food. You can drive yourself with an audio tour but van tours might be safer.
West Maui Mountains
You can tour through Mauna Kahalawai, or the West Maui Mountains, to experience the tropical lushness of Iao Valley State Park, see the Nakalele Blowhole and walk on bridges in the Waihe'e Valley rainforest. Self-drivers are advised to anticipate sharp turns and narrow roads.
Best Hotels and Resorts in Maui for a Honeymoon
This adults-only hillside resort offers ocean-view suites surrounded by lush greenery. It's ideal for honeymooners wanting privacy. Destination wedding couples can tie the knot in a cozy tropical garden with boho-chic accents like picnic tables and treetop lanterns.
Montage Kapalua, Lahaina
This large yet somewhat secluded resort offers soaring ocean backdrops with intimate rustic touches. The Cliff House, a glass-walled cliffside cottage, is especially stunning and can be reserved for couples and groups, and there are other venues available.
This quiet all-inclusive resort in east Maui provides cottages with all amenities except electronics — as in, no television, internet connections or air conditioners. But you'll go on gorgeous hikes, have candle-lit dinners with live music and forget the world for just a bit.
Wailea Beach Resort, Marriott
Wailea Beach Resort might have the best resort views in Wailea, including from its adults-only infinity pool. Weddings can be staged seaside or in a lush grove, and guests can dance in gorgeous ballrooms.
Andaz Maui, Waliea
Andaz Maui at Mokapu Beach offers a tropical green setting for its crisp and modern concept. Helicopter tours and day trips around the island are available, and those who wed at the resort receive free honeymoon nights from Hyatt.
Grand Wailea by Waldorf Astoria
This beachside resort provides "wellness ambassadors" to assure safety for your excursions and a weekly luau. There's also an adorable seaside chapel for destination weddings and romantic cabana dinners for honeymooners.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
The Four Seasons in Wailea provides daily in-season whale watching thanks to its elevation. The property, known for its experiences, offers day trips to organic farms, nightly hula, serenity pool dinners and more. Elopement and large wedding packages are available, as well as a private fitness studio. Plus, honeymooners can enjoy ultra-luxurious private dinners and massages.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
Hyatt properties on Maui include the somewhat secluded Hana-Maui resort on picturesque hilltops off the Road to Hana, the bustling Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Lahaina and the Hyatt Residence Club on Kaanapali Beach. Resort passes are available for those wanting a beach day at the Lahaina location.
Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea
This all-suite and villa resort offers adults-only sections amid its gorgeous landscapes. Cultural events include sunrise paddling and sunset torch lighting ceremonies, and the resort is family-friendly for destination wedding guests. Honeymooners can also partake in couples massages and private dinners. Resort passes are available if you want to rent a cabana in Wailea for a day.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton at Kapalua boasts a sprawling estate on rolling hills and deep blue waters, six restaurants, a spa and two golf courses. It's also a full-service wedding venue.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Lahaina
Home to the cliff-diving ceremony, Sheraton Maui conveniently rests on the gorgeous shores of Kaanapali Bay. There are 14 event spaces for large weddings of up to 750 people, and some rooms overlook neighborhood islands. There's an oceanfront package perfect for couples.
What to Pack for a Maui Honeymoon
In addition to essentials like reef-safe sunscreen, you'll pack hiking and water shoes, light rain protection and long sleeves and pants to prevent heat rash. A sweater for colder evenings is also recommended, and don't forget some nice clothes for upscale dinners.