Who doesn’t love a romantic vacation? If you’re looking for a special way to show your significant other how much you care, a romantic Hawaii getaway – The Island of Hawaii (aka The Big Island) vacation may be just what you need.
All the islands have something to offer but the Big Island is very special. From stunning beaches to picturesque sunsets, romantic Hawaii is the perfect setting to rekindle the romance. Here’s a suggested 5-day itinerary for those looking to enjoy some of what Hawaii has to offer with their loved one. Aloha!
Romantic Hawaii Getaway: Where to Stay?
We prefer the Mauna Lani Resort area north of Kailua-Kona on the Kona coast, which is more than likely where you’ll be flying into. We like the Golf Villas; they are reasonably priced, two-bedroom, two private bathroom luxury condos with your own private lanai. Sorry, no room service here.
The Mauna Lani area is only about a 25 min drive from the airport. There is plenty of shopping, restaurants, and grocery stores nearby. And a lot of great walking trails!
Things to keep in mind when booking your stay; look for a private lanai. This will allow for quality time with your significant other, like a morning cup of coffee, watching the waves roll in, the setting sun and the native Hawaiian birds singing.
However, there are a lot of other excellent romantic resort hotels, like the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Mauna Lani, The Lotus Garden Cottages, The Four Seasons Resort, and many others. Many will offer a delicious continental breakfast, a secluded lanai, a hot tub, and room service (who doesn’t like room service).
What are some things to do on your Romantic Hawaii Vacation?
There are lots of activities to do on a romantic vacations in Hawaii. After checking into your hotel, take time to explore the surrounding areas. Pack a lunch and find a secluded beach to relax at with your significant other and have a romantic picnic.
Hawaii is full of spectacular views and picturesque sunsets! Here are some more ideas for your romantic getaway:
From late December to April, some twenty thousand humpback whales gather in the warm waters around the island.
During these months, it’s possible to spot them swimming together, putting on a show as they breach and splash in unison. With these majestic creatures ranging from 30-45 feet long, your whale watching experience will be like no other.
The sounds of the whales singing and gossiping help create a tranquil yet awe-inspiring atmosphere for all who join in. So book an excursion and witness nature’s incredible wildlife at its very best.
Our favorite tour guide and most thorough with knowledgeable information is Dan McSweeney’s Whale Watching Adventure.
Hawaii is one of the best places to enjoy stargazing. The Hawaiian Islands offer some of the most expansive night skies in the world, making it a great destination for star-gazers of all levels.
From experts to casual watchers, there’s something magical about seeing twinkling stars above a picturesque beach. Thanks to Hawaii’s strict light pollution regulations, you can take in some truly breathtaking views.
Popular locations on the island to catch a glimpse of the night sky include both Mauna Kea and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Viewers can see planets and galaxies far beyond our own at these locations with the naked eye!
Stargazing in Hawaii offers a unique experience that no other kind of vacation can rival – perfect for astronomy lovers who want to immerse themselves in a heavenly wonderland.
If you’re not one to stay up too late, Epic Tours does offer a 7:30 pm-9:30 time slot. The best nights for viewing will be when the moon is 20% or less in brightness.
Experience the beauty of Hawai’i from a whole new perspective by taking one of the incredible Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours! They offer three unique itineraries as well as private charters.
Offering early morning and late afternoon tours on the Island of Hawaii, Blue Hawaiian helicopters provide breathtaking views of majestic waterfalls, lush rainforest valleys, active volcanoes, and the natural beauty of the island’s stunning coastlines.
Their experienced pilots are versed in local history and culture, allowing guests to learn something new at every turn. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to soar above the beautiful landscape and get a close-up look into Hawaiian history on these unforgettable flights!
Night Snorkeling with Manta Rays
Exploring the magical underwater world of the Big Island can be a breathtaking experience. Snorkeling at night with manta rays is an unforgettable way to experience the abundant marine life of Hawaii’s Big Island.
The deep, illuminated water reveals a dazzling array of colors and teeming aquatic life. Even more incredible is floating alongside these gentle giants, polishing off your underwater excursion in superlative style.
On a night snorkel tour, you’ll likely encounter diverse marine species, including beautiful butterflyfish, moray eels, trumpetfish, angelfish, and more!
Check out Manta Adventures in Kona; an unforgettable journey awaits those who want to explore something spectacularly unique on their vacation in Hawaii – get ready for an extraordinary night snorkeling with manta rays on the Big Island
Some other activities include taking a sunset cruise to see a spectacular sunset, see an active volcano, visit a botanical garden, or go on a guided kayak tour. There’s something for everyone and you’re sure to enjoy the unique sights and activities that the Big Island has to offer.
Still More Activities to Explore on your Romantic Vacation
There are plenty of other outdoor activities on the Island of Hawaii for a romantic outing, but the activities above are our favorite. Other activities; include horseback riding, volcano rainforest retreat, paddle boarding, scuba diving, surf lessons and spa treatments. Below are three other favorites of ours for your romantic retreat.
Kayaking / Snorkeling / Whale and Spinner Dolphin Watching
If you’re looking for some adventures, then Kealakekua Bay in Hawaii is the perfect place to go! With its crystal clear waters, you can kayak around the bay and view the Captain Cook monument.
While on your kayaking adventures, you may witness some of its diverse marine life, including spinner dolphins, Hawaiian green sea turtles, and humpback whales.
And if that wasn’t enough, snorkeling around many small coral reefs, among many tropical fish, will make your trip even more fulfilling.
Whether it’s relaxing on the bay or exploring beneath its surface – one thing is certain -kayaking Kealakekua bay will be an experience of a lifetime on this romantic getaway!
Pacific Ocean Fun on Hapuna Beach
Visiting the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is a romantic treat any couple can enjoy. Hapuna Beach offers breathtaking views and a powdery white sand beach stretching miles along the Pacific Ocean shores.
Most people are familiar with Waikiki beach on the island of U Oahu but the Big Island has some iconic beaches as well. With towering palm trees and crystal clear waters, it’s no wonder this beautiful beach is considered one of the best in Hawaii. Spend a day sunbathing, swimming, or simply strolling along the shoreline while enjoying an unforgettable experience together.
If you’re up to it, venture out to explore tidepools; just remember your snorkel gear.
Hiilawe Falls / Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
An outing to the Hiilawe Falls on the Island of Hawaii is an experience couples will never forget! Its sizeable cascading waterfall, lush greenery, and tropical breezes make it a vacation paradise.
After taking a long and invigorating hike through the surrounding rainforest, visitors are rewarded with a stunning view of the valley below. Couples can enjoy picnicking in the sunshine or take some time to explore together.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits at Hiilawe Falls! Enjoy breathtaking sunsets, watch the dolphins in their natural habitat, or marvel at underwater creatures as you snorkel nearby – it’s one romantic destination that truly has something for everyone.
Note: We say weather permitting since the road down to the valley, and the falls may be restricted to locals and some tour groups with four-wheel drive only. No hiking down there on foot is allowed during these times.
Date Night Dinners on Your Hawaiian Getaway
What could be more romantic than spending a special evening with a loved one on the beautiful Island of Hawaii? A restaurant offering an incredible ocean-side dinner experience.
Maybe you’re looking for something with a bit of tropical flair. Another excellent dining spot offers innovative entrées such as Lilikoi Crusted Opah and Maui Onion Soup.
You can finish off your date night here with decadent desserts like warm chocolate lava cake or piña colada crème brûlée, or to die for key lime pie! Indulge your loved one and treat them to an unforgettable romantic date night experience on the Island of Hawaii!
Located on the luxury property of Auberge Resort, Mauna Lani, CanoeHouse is easily one of the unique dining venues in the region. Situated amidst the rich beauty of Mauna Lani Bay, Canoe House offers guests a truly unique experience.
CanoeHouse is designed using traditional Polynesian boat-building techniques and materials to give it an authentic, earthy ambiance. With its open-air seating design, stunning Pacific Ocean views, and delicious Hawaiian-inspired dishes, the restaurant creates a laid-back yet elegant atmosphere for its guests.
Ideal for an intimate gathering or celebratory feast, Canoe House is a must-visit when for a romantic getaway while vacationing in Hawaii for a romantic time. Our favorite dish here is the lobster tempura; so delicious!
Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar at the Shops of Mauna Lani is a great spot to experience deliciously-prepared island flavors. With dishes inspired by Caribbean, Polynesian, Hawaiian, and Floridian flavors, you’ll surely find something tantalizing your taste buds.
In addition to their well-known bar offerings featuring specialty island cocktails topped with fresh fruit and an extensive list of craft beers and wines, meals include dishes such as their Grilled Fish Tacos with mango salsa or Coconut Shrimp with an Asian slaw salad (our favorite).
The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere perfect for a leisurely lunch with friends or a romantic dinner after a day at the beach.
Merriman’s in Waimea is an institution for experiencing authentic Hawaiian cuisine and is one of the top romantic restaurants as well. This elegant restaurant features traditional dishes such as ahi poke, Poke Haupūmā‘ele, and an award-winning Mai Tai.
Its menu features local fish, prime steaks, salads, and vegetable dishes prepared using the freshest local ingredients. Moreover, the restaurant takes pride in sourcing all its produce from local farmers and fishermen to ensure quality at every bite. Our favorite here is the add-on lobster tails to your dinner.
Book In Advance for the Best Deals and Get a Private Lanai
Booking flights and accommodation in advance is a surefire way to save money on your next vacation. Flights are usually cheaper when bought months before the travel date, and pre-booked accommodation also offers discounts. You won’t find true all inclusive resort on the islands but some offer vacation packages for those who are willing to book their vacation several months ahead.
This is especially great during winter when you can take advantage of even more savings like companion fares and special rates for students or seniors. Although it takes a bit of extra planning, booking flights and accommodation in advance is worth the effort because it lets you enjoy your trip without worrying about expenses.
You will want to find a place with a private lanai (balcony or terrace) that offers unbeatable views of the valley or mountain views. A lanai is also perfect for an intimate dinner or simply enjoying a glass of wine with someone special.
So no matter if you’re planning a romantic getaway, staycation, backpacking through Europe, or visiting family overseas – make sure to book those flights and rooms early for maximum savings!
Plan Your Days Ahead of Time
Planning is essential when making the most of your time on an island. If you know what activities and attractions are available, you can craft a schedule accordingly and take full advantage of all your destination has to offer.
Consider creating a cartographic timeline so that you can easily plan out how each day should be spent and make sure you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions or experiences.
Ensure you give yourself plenty of flexibility, allowing yourself to spontaneously veer away from your original intentions to seek out something exciting based on local tips or recommendations from fellow travelers.
With careful planning, the time you spend on the island can become a truly unforgettable experience.
When packing for a beach vacation, it’s important not to over-pack – no one wants to lug around too much stuff. But that doesn’t mean you should forget some essentials!
Remember your sunscreen, insect repellent, and bathing suit – none can be left behind. Sunscreen is an absolute must – even on slightly cloudy days, you can still get sunburnt, and no one wants that!
Insect repellent will enable you to enjoy the outdoors without pesky bugs biting you or otherwise bothering your relaxation.
And finally, don’t forget your bathing suit to enjoy swimming in pools and the ocean. Pack light, but don’t forget these essential items! Now, of course, if you forget something, there are plenty of stores available to shop at.
Venture Off the Beaten Path to Find Hidden Gems on the Island
Taking the road less traveled can be intimidating, but it can also lead to unexpected treasures. If you’re planning a trip to the island, take advantage of having a local’s perspective and explore beyond the regular tourist circuit.
Before grabbing your camera and venturing off, ask for recommendations and talk to locals who may have insider tips on hidden gems like classic seafood spots, historical landmarks, or scenic hubs untouched by foot traffic. On the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of those gems.
There is so much to uncover when you move away from the typical-tourist style adventures — all the more rewarding if you come across something unexpected while getting lost on your journey!
Make Sure to Try Some of the Local Food – It’s Delicious!
If you’re traveling to a new city, one of the best things you can do is explore the local cuisine.
Whether trying a new dish or going out to dinner at a renowned spot, getting some local flavor will be delicious and likely something you won’t find anywhere else.
Even if it’s just munching on your favorite street vendor’s snacks or adding something special to your favorite dish, make sure you savor all the city’s flavors. You won’t regret it!
Spend Time Relaxing on the Beach
No romantic trip to Hawaii would be complete without a visit to the beautiful beaches. Choosing between relaxing on the beach or participating in activities like hiking or snorkeling can be a tough decision! One option is to alternate between the two choices throughout your vacation.
Spend one day soaking up the sun and splashing in the surf, then another day exploring some of the natural wonders with a hike, snorkeling adventure, or an activity above.
You don’t have to choose just one activity; you can certainly have it all when it comes to vacationing at the beach!
What’s After the Island of Hawaii? Maui, of Course!
If you’re getting ready to visit Maui anytime soon, you’re in luck! Our list of 18 spots for your next Maui trip will ensure your vacation will be filled with excitement, adventure, and relaxation in this romantic place.
With the stunning Hana Bay, luxurious lanais with an ocean view, and the majestic west Maui mountains serving as an epic backdrop to lush tropical forests. Maui’s awe-inspiring landscapes are sure to make your next getaways in Hawaii unforgettable. The Four Seasons resort Maui is a popular option for your next trip.
The Hawaiian islands are one of the most romantic destinations in the world and this is why they are popular honeymoon destinations as well. Not matter which Hawaiian island you choose when you visit Hawaii, you will find romantic spots with stunning views for a very intimate experience.
If you plan a trip to the Big Island for a romantic getaway, these tips will help you make the most of your time there. Book your flights and accommodation in advance, plan your days carefully, and pack light but don’t forget essentials like sunscreen and insect repellent.
Take some time to explore the beaten path and sample the local food – you won’t be disappointed! And finally, spend some time relaxing on the beach or participating in activities like hiking or snorkeling.
With these tips in mind, you will surely have an amazing, romantic getaways in the Island of Hawaii!
Patrick James co-founded life in utopia, an online platform that celebrates outdoor activities and travel. Patrick is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys skiing, hiking, and backpacking. When he’s not exploring the natural world, Patrick loves spending time with his wife and two dogs.