Ten Most Romantic Activities in Hawaii


February 2, 2021
Words by Hilton Hawaii
Photos courtesy of Hilton Hawaii

One of the best perks about a destination wedding is you can get a head start on your honeymoon. Hawaii is the unrivaled paradise on earth, with crystal-clear waters, lush greenery, and gorgeous sunsets. Extending the warm aloha spirit, Hilton’s 19 properties in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Island of Hawaii are now open and ready to welcome visitors. Hilton’s top priority is their guests’ safety, which is why they rolled out enhanced housekeeping standards utilizing Lysol products. The new Hilton CleanStay program also includes a special room seal to indicate that no one has entered the room since it has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. By using the Hilton Honors app, guests can skip the front desk and opt for contactless check-in, as well as select and access their room with a digital room key.

It’s natural to want to spend all day laying out on the beach with a fruity cocktail in hand. But for a truly fairy-tale experience, check out our top ten most romantic activities in Hawaii. 

1. Horseback riding in Oahu 

Explore the peaceful countryside, ride through forest trails overlooking the ocean, or trot along the white-sand beaches on horseback. Reserve a private sunset ride with Hawaii Polo Trail Rides on their Oceanfront trail or opt for Gunstock Ranch’s Sweetheart Horseback Ride, which includes a private guide and a picnic lunch.

2. Couple’s massage in Oahu

Indulge in a decadent couple’s massage at Mandara Spa at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The spa’s “Exploration in Chocolate” treatment includes a relaxing 50-minute massage, a complimentary pot of luscious chocolate scrub (use your imagination), and an aromatic bath for two in a private spa suite.

3. Kayaking in Oahu

Rent a tandem kayak and paddle out to Kaneohe Bay Sandbar, a strip of raised sand a mile from the Kaneohe Bay. During low tide, you can stroll along the strip, have a picnic, play a game of Frisbee, or soak in the views of the Koolau Mountains. 

4. Sunset cruise in the Island of Hawaii

Whether you choose to sail the picturesque Pacific Ocean on a simple catamaran or a large yacht, you’ll be rewarded with a dazzling Hawaiian sunset that illuminates the sky with warm shades of purple, pink, and orange. If you’re lucky, you and your beloved might be joined by a pod of dolphins riding the waves alongside your boat. 

5. Picnic in a Japanese Garden in the Island of Hawaii

The Queen Liliuokalani Park and Gardens is named for the much-loved monarch, who ruled the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1891 to 1893. This Edo-style, 34-acre Japanese garden is a serene escape with bridges, pagodas, stone lanterns, as well as dramatic Banyan trees, bamboos, and weeping willow trees. Pick up fresh poke from the nearby Suisan Fish Market and a find a shady spot for a romantic picnic. 

6. Wine tasting in Maui

Toast to everlasting love with pineapple sparkling wine at MauiWine, one of the oldest wineries in Hawaii. Or nosh on a charcuterie board and sip one of their estate wines, which includes Syrah and Grenache. Afterwards, explore the flourishing hillside land that once belong to King Kamehameha III.

7. Parasailing in Maui

Drink in the scenery from 1,200 feet above sea level with your sweetheart on a parasailing adventure. You’ll soar over the deep-blue water with emerald-green mountains as the backdrop.  

8. Artsy Stay in Maui

When you check into the Grand Wailea Maui, you don’t have to venture too far to experience Hawaiian art, culture, or nature. The hotel offers complimentary botanical tours of native plants and florals, history lessons at the Hawaiian Cultural Center, and art tours of the paintings, sculptures, and ceramics that dot the breathtaking grounds. You can opt to start your day with your sweetheart with an “E Ala E” chant at sunrise or cap your romantic day with a traditional torch lighting session, as the sun slowly dips into the horizon. Best of all, a professional photographer can capture your magical stay at the Grand Wailea during a 25-minute session, compliments of the resort.  

9. Helicopter ride in Kauai

While it’s the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is mostly undeveloped, covered with thick jungles, deep valleys, and jagged cliffs. That means most of its natural beauty is inaccessible by road. To get a full appreciation of the Garden Isle, you and your partner should go on a helicopter ride to see plunging waterfalls, magnificent sea cliffs, and the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. 

10. Going to the chapel in Kauai

Bless your new nuptials with a little prayer at the 1912 Waioli Hui’ia Church, an American Gothic-style landmark with a charming bell tower. The postcard-perfect church sits on a well-manicured lawn in front of the verdant mountains with flowing waterfalls.

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