10 Romantic Locations in Hawaii

10 Romantic Locations in Hawaii

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These romantic spots span the Hawaiian Islands, and granted, they are subjective - but they are all gorgeous and romantic in their own way. Some spots are easy to access, and others require a little more effort. They all offer a perfect setting for a special moment with your sweetheart.

These romantic Hawaiian spots are not listed in order of preference, so no matter which island you are on, preferably in your amazing Exotic Estates Hawaiian vacation villa, you'll be able to visit one. Note that you should always double check access rules to each of the more remote locations, as laws do change for safety reasons - and safety trumps romance!

So, grab your sweetheart, and let's explore Hawaii's most enchanting locales!

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 the so-called "Eternity Beach" on the Windward Coast of Oahu. It's proper name is Halona Cove. 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! You can stay in a Honolulu vacation villa and have easy access to this spot.

Eternity Beach by John Di Rienzo Exotic Estates

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 wade your way out unless you're on surfboards or boogie boards (be very careful as the ocean can be hazardous). 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 of 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. Not far from here are lots of great Kailua vacation homes.

Malaekhana or Goat Island Oahu - Exotic Estates

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 as a dramatic backdrop. Stay close by at this amazing Honolulu vacation home.

Tantalus View Oahu by John Di Rienzo Exotic Estates

5. Oahu - Kahana Bay

This quiet cove on the Windward Coast 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; you seldom find large parties there. The beach is rimmed with pines and has a tranquil quality.

Kahana Bay Oahu by John Di Rienzo - Exotic Estates

6. Oahu – Kaneohe Bay

Kaneohe Bay is a gorgeous sandy reef area between Kailua and Kaneohe on the Windward Coast of Oahu. The ocean is an endless sweep of light blue, and it is sandy, so one can walk in waist-deep water and enjoy the sensation of being out in the ocean. The towering Ko'olaus make for a striking backdrop, like a giant green, rippling wall. You can spend a leisurely day in the bay with a chartered excursion or an organized tour. It's a very romantic place to enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling and playing in the calm waters. Kailua is close to both Kanaeohe Bay and Kahana Bay.

Kaneohe Bay by John Di Rienzo - Exotic Estates

7. Kauai – Na Pali Coast

The dramatic Na Pali Coast is one of Hawaii's most photographed natural wonders. Located on the Western Coast of Kauai, its cliffs and peaks seem to flutter like vast green curtains. One can almost imagine the awe these mountains must have inspired the first explorers who saw them. Because of the coastline's majesty and remoteness, it is a very 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 or kayak tour (Exotic Estates guests can work with our Hawaii Concierge to plan their outing). There are several day hikes that you can take, and one of my favorites is the Hanakapiai Trail, which leads you to the majestic Hanakapiai Falls. The only way to visit the Na Pali Coast is to stay on Kauai!

Kauai Na Pali Coast - Exotic Estates

8. Maui – “Secret Beach”

Paako Cove, or Secret Beach, is located in Southwest Maui. To get to it, you must 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 held here, you must be lucky to have it all for yourself. The lava rocks on the beach create a lovely 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 beautiful scenery and lovely views. The two islands on the horizon are Kahoolawe and Molokini. If you want to stay in South Maui, we've got some nice options!

Maui Secret Beach - Exotic Estates

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 to take a tandem kayak trip up the Wailue River, which winds through the interior. It's a beautiful ride, and you can make your way through the taro fields and mountains to Uluwehi Waterfall, one of the most beautiful in Hawaii and only accessible via the river!

Kailua Wailua River - Exotic Estates

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 rich in Hawaiian history. There are dramatic waterfalls and swimming holes to enjoy. Big Island villas are some of the most gorgeous in Hawaii.

Waipio Valley Big Island by John Di Rienzo Exotic Estates

Wherever you go in Hawaii, you may find a private romantic spot that has your name on it - that's the beauty of visiting the Hawaiian Islands; there is something gorgeous around every bend, and all you have to do is slow down and enjoy.

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