Hawaii is a traditional honeymoon spot but stopping over for a few days in Seattle adds the perfect twist to this classic trip.
Head to the Pacific Ocean on this romantic Seattle and Hawaii honeymoon. Starting in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll have four days to explore the quirky city of Seattle. Take a tour through the delicious food stores of Pike Place Market, wander through music history at the MoPop Museum and take in views of the city from the revolving Space Needle.
Next, fly to Hawaii where you’ll explore the history and culture of Oahu before heading to Kauai and the Big Island to breathe in the natural beauty of these islands. Hiking, snorkelling and relaxing on beaches – you’ll enjoy equal parts exploration and peaceful tranquillity on this Hawaii honeymoon.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport. On arrival in Seattle, you’ll make your own way into the city, before checking into your hotel for three nights.
Start your day with a tour of Pike Place Market, where a guide will show you where to find the best cheese, pastries and seafood in this vast market as well as watching some fish throwing as the catch of the day arrives. Explore everything from Bowie to Star Trek at the Museum of POP Culture, where you can wander through the Guitar Gallery, home to instruments owned by Kurt Cobain, the Kinks and Van Halen. Why not visit the aquarium to learn about local wildlife before heading out on a cruise of Puget Sound to enjoy views over Seattle as well as the many islands and mountains surrounding the city?
On your final evening, make your way to Pioneer Square, the city’s “first” neighbourhood where you can enjoy the neo-Renaissance architecture while you eat dinner. Afterwards, head up to the top of the Space Needle to watch the sunset, with panoramic views of the city and Puget Sound below you. A stop in this eclectic city is the perfect way to start your honeymoon.
Today is your final day in Seattle – you’ll make your own way to the airport in time to catch your flight to Hawaii.
Aloha and welcome to Hawaii! On arrival in Oahu, you’ll enjoy a flower lei greeting at the airport before being transferred to your hotel in Waikiki Beach.
Today you’ll embark on a tour of Pearl Harbour, where the Japanese attack in 1941 prompted the USA to enter World War II. Visiting the Arizona Memorial is a sombre moment but an important one in your understanding of Hawaiians recent history. Exploring the visitor centre will give you a full insight into the events of that day before visiting the Punchbowl National Cemetery where many of the “unknown” graves from Pearl Harbour can be found, as well as veterans resting places from the Vietnam and Korean wars. Later you’ll enjoy a city tour of Honolulu, taking in the Kawaiahao Church, the Iolani Palace and the statue of King Kamehameha who founded the Kingdom of Hawaii.
After the tour, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure.
In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight from Honolulu to Kauai. On arrival in Kauai, you’ll pick up your car hire from the airport and drive to your hotel - the rest of the day is at leisure.
You’ll have two full days here to relax – there are plenty of beautiful beaches, so why not head out to find one of them? If you want to explore the island, there’s nowhere better to start than the Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. The deep gorge is carved right down the middle of the north-west corner of the island and is coloured a deep red, orange and green. You can cruise along Waimea Canyon Drive and hike away from the road before driving a loop around the island to northern beaches where you can relax on Lumahai Beach, Tunnels Beach or Wainiha Beach – each more beautiful than the last!
On your second free day in Kauai, why not hike a section of the Na Pali coastline? The stunning mountains and valleys on this area of the island are created by Mount Wai’ale’ale which sits in the centre of Kauai and is one of the rainiest spots on earth. The water runoff from this mountain has carved deep grooves into the island and the hike down the coastal path is one of the most scenic on the island.
We can you book you a guided trek along part of the trail, a 6 hour round trip to Hanakapiaai Beach that will give you a glimpse into Kauai’s natural beauty. If you don’t fancy the hike then we’d recommend a helicopter tour, which will give you a bird’s eye view of the mountains, including the “Wall of Tears” where hundreds of narrow waterfalls cascade down the lush green hillside. If you want to add this, just ask!
In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight from Kauai to the Big Island. On arrival on the Big Island, you’ll pick up your car hire from the airport and drive to your hotel in Kona. The rest of the day is at leisure so why not settle into the hotel and have a romantic dinner on one of the fabulous beaches on the western shore.
Again, you have two full days to enjoy this beautiful island. We recommend you drive over to the Volcanoes National Park to witness the lava flows and views of the caldera from the main centre of the park. Once you have explored the museum and the Crater Rim Drive, check with Volcano Observatory where the best area to see the glowing lava as it bubbles out of the earth.
In the afternoon you could drive from the volcanoes to the Kapoho Tide Pools, where the spring-fed pools are full of fish that will happily swim right up to you. After enjoying the pools, drive back towards Kona, stopping at one of the observatories at the summit of Mauna Kea. This is the highest point of Hawaii and is known worldwide as a stargazing spot! It’s a beautiful way to spend
On your second day, why not relax today and head to the beach? Head north and you’ll hit Hapuna Beach, where the turquoise water is so beautiful, you’ll just want to lie down on the white sand and watch it crash against the shore. A more remote option but equally stunning is Makalawena Beach, only accessible by a 25-minute walk from the road.
Go south and you’ll come across Kealakekua Bay, where green turtles relax in the warm water and the snorkelling is arguably the best on the island. Parrotfish, Tang, Triggerfish and Surgeonfish all dance through the water in a colourful cloud but if you’re after the bigger marine life you should try snorkelling with Manta Rays, which are best seen at night when they begin to feed on plankton that live off the shore of the Big Island. Swimming with these gentle giants is a wonderful experience, speak to your consultant about booking a tour.
Your Hawaiian honeymoon has come to an end and today you’ll return your car to the airport before catching your flight back to Honolulu, where you’ll connect to your international flight home.
The Pacific Northwest is famously rainy but, in reality, this area has cold, snowy winters and mild, pleasant summers. The coast can get foggy out of nowhere but when the sun shines you’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer climate in the USA. There’s no need to plan for a constant deluge but keep an umbrella handy.
High Season in Hawaii is from December to April & June to August, winter is wetter but is a good time for whale watching and surfing. Prices around the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays are the highest with October & November being the cheapest months to visit. May and September can be a good time to visit with crowds fewer and temperatures mild.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.