Why You Should Consider the Island of Hawaii

The Big Island is like its own little world, waiting for you to explore it.

From rainforests to desert plains to active volcanoes, there is a whole world to explore on the Big Island, making it a wonderful stop on your honeymoon.

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Despite the name, the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, is ironically often not what first comes to mind when people consider traveling to the state of Hawaii. Though it might not have the abundance of natural white-sand beaches famous on its neighboring islands, it is both the largest and most ecologically diverse – so there is truly something for everyone! The volcanic peak of Mauna Kea can even be capped with snow on occasion. From rainforests to desert plains to active volcanoes, there is a whole world to explore on the Big Island, making it a wonderful stop on your honeymoon.

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Photo courtesy of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Start your day with brunch at Manta’s, part of the luxurious Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Enjoy the seasonal inspiration dish from the chef, as well as Belgian waffles, sushi, dim sum, smoked salmon, and so much more while gazing at the aqua-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Once satiated, you’ll have plenty of energy to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steam vents, lava flows, and summits of Kīlauea and Maunaloa – two of the most active volcanoes in the world. The national park, which was established in 1916, is also home to numerous endangered sea turtles, birds, bats, and plant species.

A honeymoon in Hawaii wouldn’t be complete without experiencing dinner and a show! The Sunset Luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is said to be the most authentic luau on the island. The celebration starts with Hawaiian cuisine fresh from an underground oven as part of a three-course meal, which will be enjoyed while watching performances that represent the Polynesian cultures of Samoa, Tahiti, New Zealand, and, of course, Hawaii itself. Book in advance for a truly unique rehearsal dinner or welcome party, should you choose to have a destination wedding on the island.

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Photo courtesy of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Another romantic activity popular on the Big Island is experiencing its astronomy. Following your sunset luau, take a night tour to go stargazing – an activity suitable for families attending destination weddings and romantic honeymooners alike! Make it a group activity for a wedding weekend, or wait until you’re newlyweds and reflect on your commitment while looking up at the expansive sky.

Between all of that adventure, you’ll need time to lay out by the pool and beach. The newly remodeled Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is a popular option on the Kohala Coast for guests desiring the opportunity to relax in luxury. The expansive property features two swimming pools and the Hapuna Golf Course, which was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. Get a leisurely Hawaiian experience by utilizing the car service to take you to the nearby white-sand beach, where a concierge will set everything up for a romantic day at the beach.

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Photo courtesy of Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Hawaii Big Island wedding ideas travel and honeymoon tips

Photo courtesy of Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

We can only scratch the surface when it comes to activities on the Big Island. Whether you want to island hop for your honeymoon or you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate your marriage with friends and family, you can’t go wrong with the picturesque island of Hawaii.

For more travel inspiration, learn more about how to cruise the Galápagos Islands in luxury on your honeymoon, find out how to take great honeymoon photos, and get tips for packing light!