Where to Find Romance for Honeymoons on Maui, Hawaii
Maui’s sensual landscape makes it the perfect place to fall in love. The scent of flowers, the sound of tumbling waves, and the island’s intoxicating beauty beckon lovers. Read on to find the best places to explore this Hawaiian paradise as a twosome.
And for a fuller guide to the island, check out Frommer's Maui day by day.
Check into the Nāpili Kai Resort, go for a swim in the turquoise bay, and get dressed for your private Na Hoku Dinner—a four-course torchlit feast for two set on a romantic perch overlooking the ocean. Be sure to book the dinner in advance.
Cimb aboard Trilogy, our favorite sailing outfit, and chase the horizon to Lāna‘i. On the half-day excursion, the crew hands you hot cinnamon rolls and coffee as soon as you step on board, and after the 9-mile trip to Lāna‘i, you’ll snorkel in the island’s protected waters and land for a barbecue lunch. Upon your return, spend the remainder of the day strolling through historic Lahaina. Dine at Lahaina Grill.
A visit to any of the island’s spas would be a treat, but Spa Montage has a few perks for couples: a co-ed spa pool and gorgeous garden hale (houses) with romantic rock tubs. After indulging in luxurious massages or body treatments, take a walk along the Kapalua Coastal Trail, accessed from multiple points along the coast, between the Merriman’s Maui parking lot and D.T. Fleming Beach.
At MM 32, leave the highway to explore this jeweled bay. Linger a little on the forest path before snorkeling in the water or watching surfers if the waves are up. Next, continue on to see the Nākālele Blowhole—the cars crowding the roadside at MM 38.5 are the tip-off. Watch (from a safe distance) this explosive saltwater geyser. Then turn around and look at the lava rock walls facing the blowhole. You’ll see a perfect photo-op: a heart-shaped window in the rock that frames the dramatic coast—a perfect place to document your love. End the day with dinner at one of Kapalua’s fine restaurants.
To-do list for the night before: pack your belongings, amass every stitch of warm clothing available, order an early morning delivery of hot coffee or cocoa from room service, and set your alarm clock. In the wee hours before dawn, drive to Haleakalā National Park in time for sunrise on the summit of this dormant volcano. (You must reserve your spot online several days in advance.) The two of you, swaddled in sweatshirts and beach towels (it’s cold at 10,000 ft.), will watch the multitude of stars slowly fade and the first sunbeams of the new day appear—guaranteed to be a magical memory.
Spend the rest of the day exploring Makawao (pictured), Maui’s cowboy town, and Pā‘ia, the hippy surf town on the north shore. Shop, relax in one of several cafés, or go for a dip at beautiful H.P. Baldwin Park. Drive out to Ho‘okipa Beach Park to watch the windsurfers and see the napping sea turtles. Double back for dinner at the incomparable Mama’s Fish House (make reservations months ahead). Stay at a nearby boutique inn or vacation rental.
Keep your swimsuit handy, put the top down, and turn the radio up. Plan on spending the entire day cruising the curves of Maui’s most famous road—and one of the best drives in the United States. Stop at waterfalls, go for a swim in tranquil pools, buy passionfruit at a roadside stand, share a picnic, and enjoy every spontaneous moment. Lush, tropical Hāna is the perfect place for romance, and it’s well worth spending a couple of nights here.
Ready for some relaxing beach time? Choose between the fiery red beach at Kaihalulu Beach (pictured), the perfect crescent bay at Hāmoa Beach, or the freshwater pools at ‘Ohe‘o Gulch, where you can sit and soak while watching the waves rolling ashore. Around sunset, walk the ancient coastal trail in Wai‘ānapanapa State Park. Splurge for dinner at the The Restaurant at Hana Maui Resort.
Pack snacks and water before leaving Hāna to explore the “backside” around Maui past Kaupō. When you reach ‘Ulupalakua, duck into MauiWine. Sample a few local vintages, and toast your romance on the grounds of the old estate.
For more on what to do on the island, check out Frommer's Maui day by day. Portable, authoritative, and to-the-point, the book features scores of full-color photographs, useful maps (including a foldout one in the back), listings of the best hotels, shops, and restaurants, and helpful itineraries tailored to suit every type of traveler—all designed to help you make the most of your time in paradise.