Hop on a plane and discover the best kept secret of Hawai‘i, the island of Kaua‘i. With direct flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, getting to the Garden Isle has never been easier. Whether you are looking for a place to relax and disconnect or explore and try new things, Kaua‘i is the best of both worlds. Rent a car and take yourself on a personal guided tour of Kaua‘i, stopping at different towns along the way to truly take in everything Kaua‘i has to offer. If you are searching for a honeymoon spot, destination wedding location or simply the vacation of a lifetime, explore Kauai and discover one of the most beautiful spots in the world!
Honeymoon Hopping across the Garden Isle: Kauai Honeymoon
Waimea – Unplug and reconnect
Waimae Plantation Cottages
Drive west from Līhu‘e to the quaint town of Waimea and find the Waimea Plantation Cottages. The hotel is made up of more than 60 unique cottages that have been resorted from their original 1800s state. Take a step back in time and reconnect with your loved one in the beautiful one-of-a-kind cottages. From studios to 5 bedrooms, there is a cottage for every type of group. Just steps from the ocean, the ocean front bungalows live up to their namesake. You will feel like you have the property to yourself, and it is the perfect time to recharge. Oversized banyan trees and palm trees cover the 27-acre property, which features multiple manicured lawns, flowering trees and hammocks strung up to enjoy the ocean views.
Rent the Manager’s Cottage for the ultimate home away from home experience. Exchange your vows in front of a 100-year-old banyan tree with the waves crashing in the background. The lawn also doubles as a serene reception space to dance the night away.
Grab a poke bowl from Ishihara Market and take a morning trip up to Waimea State Park to see the Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Coming from the Grand Canyon State, this stunning natural phenomenon is a can’t miss. Continue on the winding road to the Pu‘u o Kila Lookout. It is worth the extra drive for dramatic views of Kaua‘i’s tropical mountains and the vast Pacific Ocean.
Snorkle and Sail
Set off for an adventure with Holo Holo Charters snorkel and sail expedition. Motor up the Nāpali Coast and catch a glimpse of the island of Ni‘ihau. At the south edge, jump into the refreshing water and snorkel amongst local fish and even possibly spot a green sea turtle. As the crew hoists the sails, venture onto one of the boats nets and lay down and relax as the boat sways with the rhythm of the ocean.
Kōloa – Fine Dining and Local Culture
Whalers Cove Resort
Head east to the town of Kōloa and check into Whalers Cove Resort, which features a variety of condos each with an ocean view. Step onto your personal lanai and take in the warm ocean breeze. From October to April, you may even spot a humpback whale playing off the coast of Hanaka‘ape Bay! The staff at Whalers Cove Resort will ensure you feel right at home by stocking the fridge with your favorite things upon your arrival, a service you can opt for when making a reservation. The resort is conveniently located near Baby Beach, a plethora of restaurants and local attractions.
Stroll over to Lāwa’i Beach and look for green sea turtles from May to September then watch the surfers from the Beach House Restaurant. The restaurant features fresh caught local fish, Hawaiian craft cocktails and stunning sunset views. If you are looking for souvenirs and shopping, take a short walk to the Shops at Kukui‘ula to find a variety of shops and restaurants. The Eating House 1849 by chef Roy Yamaguchi highlights local Hawaiian flavors and produce mixed with an Asian flare for a unique and delicious meal.
Tropical Botanical Garden
Plan a sunset dinner and tour at the Allerton Garden, which is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Once a haven for Hawai‘i’s Queen Emma and her passion for horticulture, the grounds transferred through many owners with each adding to the rich history and lush vegetation of the gardens. Discover the vast variety of flora and trees, including the exact Moreton Bay fig trees that were featured in the movie Jurassic Park.
Surf Like a Local
If you are craving a little more adventure, try your hand at surfing. Poipu State Beach offers easy waves for beginners to pop right up and ride like the locals. After your surf lesson, venture to the back of Kukuiula grocery store and order a refreshing Acai bowl from ‘Anakē’s Juice Bar.
Līhu’e – Relaxation and Luxury
Hōkūala Kaua‘i – A Timbers Resort
Wind your way up to Wailua Falls, just a short drive from Līhu‘e, for breathtaking views of an iconic Kaua‘i waterfall. After your scenic stop, check into Hōkūala Kaua‘i – A Timbers Resort, Kaua‘i’s newest luxury resort. Greeted by a Happy Madison cocktail and a friendly staff, you are immediately welcomed by the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Ninini Point Lighthouse. The 47-unit ocean front property stretches over 480 acres including a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course with holes that run parallel with the ocean. Take a walk through one of the resort’s three, artfully named trails and connect with the nature and the Aloha spirit of the island.
The on-site restaurant, Hualani’s Restaurant, is taking farm-to-table dining to the next level by utilizing produce grown on the property’s own farm. The farm focuses on canoe plants, the plants that the Polynesians brought to the islands more than 1600 years ago. If you are looking for a night in, the restaurant can come to you in a one-of-a-kind dining experience! Sit at your kitchen island and watch the chefs masterfully prepare a six-course meal with wine pairings or take your dinner to the balcony and soak in the fresh night air.
After a week of adventure and excursions, take a break and lounge by the resort’s infinity pool where edge appears to seamlessly melt into the ocean’s horizon. Take your relaxation to the next level with the Spa at Timbers Kaua‘i. Book in-room massages for your beau and yourself and let any stresses melt away as you listen to the waves in the distance.
For one final hooray, take flight with Sunshine Helicopter Tours and explore the island from thousands of feet up in the air. The pilot ensures everyone has a great seat and view of the breathtaking scenery. Fly by the Nāpali Coast, Waimea Canyon, countless waterfalls and even inside the dormant volcano. The vast beauty of the island is extenuation from your vantage point in the sky.
With so much to offer, Kaua‘i feels right out of a dream and the perfect mix of serene relaxation and energetic adventure! Escape to the Garden Isle for an unforgettable Kauai honeymoon.