Honeymoon destination

Welcome to Hawai

Photo by Chelsea Higgins

So you’ve decided you want to Honeymoon in Hawaii!  Fantastic! The Hawaiian Islands are filled with nature’s most beautiful hidden gems and are vast with culture and history. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of tours and activities you could do while honeymooning on the islands.  So, where do you start?

What to Do on Your Honeymoon in the Hawaiian Islands

First, you should probably decide on which island(s) you’ll be visiting!  To help you narrow it down, we’ve compiled a short & sweet list to hopefully help you with your decision.

Escape & Explore

If your goal is to adventure into total seclusion, you might consider one of the less inhabited islands like Kauai, population 65k (2008 census). Kauai – commonly referred to as the Garden Isle for its breathtaking beauty. Golf at the St. Regis Princeville, enjoy the view of the coast from the comfort of your kayak, or hike the majestic Nepali Coast (or view it from a helicopter ride). Just be sure to set aside a couple of days if your goal is to visit the secluded Kalalau beach.

Escape & Relax

Maybe taking off on a two-day hike isn’t quite up your alley.  For those looking for peace, quiet, and maybe an outdoor massage overlooking a waterfall, check out the Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala coast on the Big Island.  Or experience one of three of Hawaii’s most critically acclaimed restaurants at the Four Seasons in Maui, before dipping off to one of the country’s most top- rated spas.

Experience the culture while you escape

Oahu is probably the most popular choice of vacation for many tourists, and for good reason!  On Oahu, you can eat THE best pineapple ice cream on the planet at the Dole Plantation, attend an authentic Luau at The Polynesian Cultural Center (make sure you try the Kalua pork!), tour the sunken USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and so, so much more. There are more resorts and hotels, more attractions, more tours, as well as incredible nightlife in downtown Waikiki. A short drive away you can snorkel the reef at Hanama Bay, swim with dolphins at Sea Life Park, enjoy quiet beaches on the North Shore (my favorite spot is in the Bellows/ Waimanalo area), or peruse the charming town of Haleiwa.

For an even more comprehensive list as well as tips on being a responsible, eco-friendly tourist, please visit and support https://www.hawaiiecotourism.org/

Hawaii eco tourism will send you a personalized report for your trip based on the island, time of year you’re visiting, and the type activities you wish you do while you’re there!  It’s an amazing tool and will help guide you to being a helpful (rather than harmful) tourist of Hawaii.  Mahalo!

Finance your honeymoon with a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

Chelsea Higgins, wedding photographer

Bio: Chelsea Higgins is a destination wedding and elopement photographer based in Janesville, IA. She met her husband while living on the island of Oahu, eloped, and later moved to the Midwest to be closer to family. She photographed her first wedding in 2012 – and has been evolving and growing both her business and artistry ever since! Her style focuses on organic moments and film-inspired editing techniques. When she is not photographing down-to-earth couples, she can be found chasing her littles around the park, writing witty captions for the bogus stuff that comes out of their tiny mouths, working in the spa, updating her Netflix queue, or traveling to and from Iowa / Colorado to hang with her family.

For more information, check out her website.

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Elope to Niagara Falls

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

When you are looking for a memorable wedding that doesn’t cost a fortune, eloping may be the economical and romantic choice. When you elope in Niagara you choose the size of your event, the venue, and the amenities at the price you want to pay.

Here are five of the top reasons to elope to Niagara.

5 Reasons to Elope in Niagara

1.  Location, Location, Location

Enjoy your Niagara Falls location

In Niagara Falls Canada, beauty and romance surround you everywhere with SO much to do:  wineries, ziplining, hiking, dinner and lunch cruises, bicycle and Segway rentals. Feeling adventurous? There are so many rides to choose from: horse n carriage, helicopter, jetboat, an areocar over the rapids and 175-foot high skywheel, antique car and limo tours.

There are museums, arcades, nightclubs, theatres, casinos, the famous festival of lights, and of course romantic walks and views, and enjoy fireworks displays over the falls in the evening. We are surrounded by 2 lakes, historic forts,  mouth watering cuisine, artisans and really cool gift shops. Niagara has it all year round!

You make the rules for your wedding

2.  You Make the Rules!

When you elope, there is no one to please but yourselves. No cake? No worries, you didn’t want a cake anyway.  No reception with favours? Nope, you didn’t want to buy favours or worry about booking a venue and try to please everyone (which is virtually impossible). When you elope, you can literally wing it, eat wherever and whenever you feel like, and do whatever you wish on your day. Create your own intimate wedding memories and spend the day on your own agenda. Say “I do” and then go hiking, or do a wine tour or wander around in the magnificently groomed parks around the falls.

Reduce wedding stress

3.  Less Stress

NO stress or family drama! No divorced parents to worry about! Avoid religious and cultural clashes! Eloping eliminates all the disagreements on things like colors, style, venue choices, food choices, who’s doing what, who’s in your wedding party, who’s on the guest list, ceremony style, parents that don’t talk, and that’s just the beginning! Eloping is the solution to avoid all of the stress and worry that planning a big event can create.

Save your wedding dollars

4.  Save your money!

Why go into debt at the start of your life together? The average cost of a wedding is $30,000.00, which could be well better spent in any kind of investment including a house purchase. It’s best to have no wedding regret: ask any couple who are still making payments on their wedding loan 5 years after if they wish they would have eloped. Enjoy a romantic intimate ceremony, a fabulous honeymoon and not bear the heavy burden of debt for years to come.

It's your secret when you elope to Niagara

5.  It’s Your Secret

It’s fun to keep it a secret!  “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission” is a great motto and there are so many fun ways to announce to everyone that you eloped. Planning such an intrigue is so romantic and charming. It’s just you and your lover. The only two2 involved in the “secret” and it’s such a special and exciting secret too! Those who are upset about the elopement will get over it, and if anyone wishes to plan and pay for an extravagant gathering afterwards then all you have to do is show up! Couples have announced they got married with surprise social media posts, photos and videos to rave reviews and excitement from family and friends.

Those who are upset about the elopement will get over it, and if anyone wishes to plan and pay for an extravagant gathering afterwards then all you have to do is show up! Couples have announced they got married with surprise social media posts, photos and videos to rave reviews and excitement from family and friends.

Finance your future with a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

Bio: Childhood friends Kathy and Kim offer exciting options for eloping to Niagara Falls. Niagara’s ONLY little log chapel located on a private log home property features a 1/2 acre treed area designated for intimate weddings Nestled on a lovely little creek that runs off the famous Niagara River, this picturesque location is ideal for 2-12 people, The Little Log Chapel is unique, cozy and quaint! Our packages include a non-denominational officiant and professional photography sessions are available. Also offering “Drive-through” weddings, the chapel is perfect for couples having a destination wedding and needing the legalities to be completed in Canada. Lickety-split, easy and fun! (By appointment only) call to book: 905-382-1490.

For information:

Check the website at http://www.elopeniagara.com/

Facebook at http://www.elopeniagara.com/

Twitter at https://twitter.com/ElopeNiagara

Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/niagarawedding/

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