Something like 20,000 weddings are held each year in the state of Hawaii. And since Maui is obviously no ka oi (the best), a healthy portion of those are held on this lovely piece of paradise we like to call home.
But what about the couples who choose Maui as their honeymoon rather than wedding destination? There’s a lot to be said for honeymooning versus getting married on Maui – you aren’t overwhelmed with wedding preparations, coordinating family and friend meet-ups, and best of all, you get to focus on enjoying yourself and exploring the island as opposed to stressing about whether the wind is going to blow your centerpieces into the ocean.
This post is for those honeymooners looking for a bit more of an adventure… the couples who don’t mind skipping the resort pool and spa packages for something a little less expected.
Alternative Honeymoon Travel Ideas
Spend the Night on a Sailboat
For relatively the same price as an ocean view suite at a resort in Wailea, you can charter the Shadowfax sailboat for an overnight, interisland trip around Maui and its neighbor islands (depending on conditions). While I’m sure resort room service is great, the views from the Shadowfax are better. Having previously been on this sailboat for a private snorkel cruise, I can tell you that it’s everything you dream of when you picture a sailboat in Hawaii.
Captain Mike has over 30 years of experience, so let him do what he does best – sailing and being superbly awesome – while you focus on more lovely things, like swimming with sea turtles in remote locations, sipping cocktails, learning more about the Hawaiian Islands, watching a romantic Maui sunset from the water, and stargazing in the quiet of nighttime. Overnight charters from Maalaea Harbor are $1,400 per day with a 2 night minimum, and can hold up to 4 passengers.
Rent a VW Westfalia Camper Van
You may be thinking, camping? On my honeymoon? But wait. Remember that you’re on Maui, and camping on Maui is pretty much like forgetting to go back inside after spending a magical day outdoors. But again, wait. Even better, camping in a camper van means you don’t even spend the night outside. You sleep in a bed. On the beach. By the ocean. Or waterfalls. Or a black sand beach. Or the bamboo forest.
You get the picture. What I’m saying is that renting a VW Westfalia on Maui is an awesome idea. It’s like having an adorable condo that you can take with you, and it’s the perfect size for two people who are stoked to spend quality time in some of the most magical areas Maui has to offer. Aloha Campers, based in Kihei, offers VW Westfalia camper van rentals for around $140 per day with a 3 night minimum. Ask for Delphine – she’s amazing and has tons of great suggestions for camping spots around Maui. Photo by Peter Rimkus.
Have a Chef Prepare Dinner on the Beach
It’s your honeymoon, and it’s time to dream big. Imagine a personal chef preparing a fancy dinner for you and your significant under the moonlight on the beach. Well, that can happen!
Chef Jason Paul, who has more than 20 years of culinary experience in places like Virginia, Florida, California and Hawaii, offers private chef services on Maui, Oahu and Kauai. While the menu can be customized, Chef Jason’s sample menu includes entrees like the Argentina Strip Loin, Chinese Ginger and Spring Onion Crusted Opakapaka, and Seared Ahi Tuna, just to give you an idea of what you’re in for. Dinner prices start at $45 per person, or a $350 flat rate plus the cost of food for groups smaller than 8.
See a Drive-In Movie at Haliimaile Distillery
Just when you thought Maui couldn’t get any more awesome, there’s now a makeshift drive-in movie theater at the vodka, rum and whiskey distillery in Makawao. Score!
Dubbed Haliiemaile Movie Night, keep an eye on their Facebook page for details about the event, currently held once a month at the beautiful Upcountry location. Because this is a relatively new event, you may even get a say in what movie they decide to show. Big mahalos to Harry Donenfeld for putting it on!
Take a Class the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center
Alright, so I realize you didn’t come to Maui to sit inside and learn things, but attending one of the many available adult art classes on Maui is a cool way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening in a stunning location with a loved one.
Hui No’eau, an estate-turned-art gallery, studio, and classroom space in Makawao, offers several opportunities to dig in and learn something new on Maui, including adult glassblowing classes, drawing and painting for beginners, Hawaiian kapa making, jewelry making, photo walks, printmaking, ceramics and more.
Because sometimes romance means shooting your spouse in the shin.
We hope this gave you some new ideas for your honeymoon adventures on Maui, and as always, mahalo for reading!