The 10 Most Romantic Places in Hawaii
By John Di Rienzo
These romantic spots span the islands. They are not listed in order of preference, so no matter which island you are on in your Exotic Estates vacation rental, you’ll be able to enjoy one!
1. Oahu - Eternity Beach
There is a famous scene in the movie From Here to Eternity starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr when they kiss on a beach and get swept up in the waves. Well, that scene was shot at so called “Eternity Beach” on the Windward Coast of Oahu. It’s easy to miss, but it’s just past Hanauma Bay before you reach Sandy Beach Park. It is a known spot and it can get busy, but nobody will mind if you reenact the famous kiss!
2. Oahu - Goat Island (Malaekahana State Rec. Area)
This spot does not sound very romantic, but it tends to be a uniquely quiet place on tourist happy Oahu. Located on the Windward Coast, Goat Island takes a little fortitude to get to, as you need to wait for tides to make your way out there, unless you’re on surfboards or boogie boards. If you do walk, make sure you wear reef shoes or old sneakers. But once there, the payoff is a charming beach that is great for swimming, and because it takes a bit work to get there, it tends to be quiet. It’s a perfect place to spend a lazy beach day with your sweetheart. The ocean side is a bird sanctuary and can get rough.
3. Maui - Haleakala Summit
Most have heard of Haleakala, the immense crater on Maui. It’s very common to hear of people going to the summit to watch the sunrise and it is beautiful of course. However, our team says that sundown is a little less crowded so it has a more romantic ambiance. Something to consider and you don’t need to wake up before dawn! Not a bad place to “pop the question!”
4. Oahu – Honolulu City Lights from Mt. Tantalus
Tantalus is a lookout point on a ridge behind Honolulu above the neighborhood of Makiki Heights. Because it’s so easy to get to, it can get crowded. But, if you plan it right, you just might be one of the few people enjoying the sparkling city lights of Honolulu and Waikiki from the lookout. It’s especially dramatic on full moon nights, with the silhouette of Diamond Head set as a dramatic backdrop.
5. Oahu - Kahana Bay
This is a quiet cove on the Windward Coast that is a great place to spend a romantic afternoon. It is tucked in among the green and soaring Ko'olau Mountains. This is another easy spot to find and you will seldom find large parties there. The beach is rimmed with pines and has an incredibly tranquil quality.
6. Oahu – Kanaeohe Bay
Kaneohe Bay is a gorgeous sandy reef area off the Windward Coast of Oahu between Kailua and Kaneohe. The ocean is an endless sweep of light blue and it is sandy, so one can walk in waist deep water and simply enjoy the sensation of being out in the ocean. The towering Ko’olau’s make a striking backdrop, like a giant green, rippling wall. You can spend a leisurely day out in the bay with a chartered excursion or with an organized tour. It’s a very romantic place to enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling and play in the calm waters.
7. Kauai – Na Pali Coast
The dramatic Na Pali Coast is perhaps one of the most photographed natural wonders in Hawaii. Located on the Western Coast of Kauai, its cliffs and peaks seem to flutter like vast green curtains. One can almost imagine the awe that these mountains inspired to the first explorers who saw them. Because of the coastline’s majesty and remoteness, it is an extremely romantic place. There are many ways to enjoy the Na Pali Coast. You can travel by boat on one of the many companies that offer day-long excursions, complete with lunch and drinks. However, we feel the best way to enjoy the Coast with someone you love is to plan a hike. There are several day hikes that you can take and a favorite is the Hanakapiai Trail, which leads you to the majestic Hanakapiai Falls.
8. Maui – “Secret Beach”
Paako Cove or Secret Beach is located in Southwest Maui. To get to it, you have to find the narrow opening in a lava-rock wall in an upscale neighborhood. This is the public beach access path. It's easy to miss if one doesn't know it's there. The sandy cove is quite small and because many weddings are performed here, you have to be lucky if you want to have it all for yourself. The lava rocks on the beach create a nice scenery for picture-taking. Secret Cove isn't a great beach for swimming and you won't find any facilities. Most people come here for the lovely scenery and nice views. The two islands on the horizon are Kahoolawe and Molokini.
9. Kauai- Wailua River & Uluwehi Waterfall
Kauai is known as the Garden Isle, and it’s aptly named. The island is green and lush, a true tropical paradise. For active couples, a great way to experience the verdant beauty of the island is take a tandem kayak trip up the Wailue River, which winds into the interior. It’s a beautiful ride and you can make your way to Uluwehi Waterfall, one of the most beautiful in all of Hawaii and only accessible via the river!
10. Big Island - Waipio Valley
This scenic valley on the Northeastern Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii has an isolated beauty that is perfect for a romantic excursion. Let a guide take you into the Valley, which is also very rich with Hawaiian history. There are dramatic waterfalls and swimming holes to enjoy.