Zack and I celebrated our FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY yesterday! This week one year ago, we jetted off to the beautiful island of Oahu. In this post, I’ll share where we stayed, what we ate, must-see spots, and more!
Choosing your honeymoon destination can be hard. Fun and exciting, for sure–but hard in the sense that you want to explore with your new spouse, make unforgettable memories, but not totally break the bank.
At first, we looked into cruises because we love cruises… Then we looked into all-inclusive resorts… Then we decided to start researching the different Hawaiian islands. Each island has something unique and different to offer. Zack visited Hawaii when he was younger, on a family cruise. I had only dreamed of going! We ultimately decided on Oahu because it has a mix of mostly everything.
We typically aren’t beach goer’s so we planned a couple of tours around the island and made sure to see some popular spots. Our hotel in my opinion, was in the perfect location. Close to Waikiki Beach, restaurants, bars, convenience stores–but far enough back from the main road so that we didn’t have much noise. The hotel was very nice, clean, and quiet too! The breakfast buffet was always stocked well and had an outdoor rooftop eating space.
During our planning we made a list of places where we want to eat, this came in handy when determining where to have lunch and dinner! But we also stopped into a few random bars and restaurants. Like I mentioned before, we booked tours so we were able to see different parts of the island. We loved being able to pack so much into our trip–but we both agree that we did do a lot haha. (That’s why for our following vacation we took a cruise and only booked one beach day and took each day as they came!) We did love all our tours though and absolutely recommend them–use the bus system to/from Pearl Harbor to see the city, explore underwater with a submarine tour, walk around the Honolulu Zoo, see the island with a Circle Island Tour, and spend a day at Kualoa Ranch on their movie set tour, on the water, horseback riding, ATVing, the list goes on…
There are so many great food choices, so I really recommend looking different places up or just walking into an interesting space! Everything we ate/drank was so amazing. If I had to choose my top 3 must-eat items from the trip they would be the bread/Thai chili dipping sauce from Hula Grill, 50/50 bacon burger from Shorefyre, and the noodles from Marukame Udon. But really the sushi we tasted at different places were great. Of course, we tried a Poke bowl. And we were quite adventurous with our other dishes. You really can’t go wrong!
If you’re staying near Waikiki Beach, bring comfy shoes/sandals because the area is so walkable. We walked to every destination in the Waikiki Beach area, as most people do.
Most of all, do as much or as little as you two want! Plan a bit out before, but be flexible with plans. Scroll to see some highlights from our honeymoon!
Where To Stay
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
What To Eat
If you’re currently planning your honeymoon, best wishes and I hope this post provided some insight into an Oahu vacation.
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