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Far-flung yet familiar, this lush archipelago has essentially perfected the island escape, offering up heart-thumping adventure, total tranquility, and all the romance newlyweds could ask for. Since it's a bit of a haul (a six-hour flight from the West Coast), you'll want to hit more than one island: Start on bustling Oahu, where you’ll spend three days, then hop over to Maui, a nature-lover's paradise, for the last four.
Shown here, Honolulu's skyscapers back Waikiki Beach.
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To be within striking distance of shops and bars, base yourself at boutique Hotel Renew, smack on Waikiki Beach. Each of the Premier Ocean View rooms has vistas for days. Let them know it's your honeymoon before arriving, and you'll be greeted with a bottle of bubbly and some delicious goodies.
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A Quieter Stay
Seeking more serenity than city-charm? Head to the north coast. With glorious soaking tubs, private oceanfront terraces, and direct access to the sand, the Beach Cottages at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu are worth the splurge.
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You can drive to Oahu’s gorgeous Lanikai Beach. Or, rent kayaks from Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks on neighboring Kailua Beach and paddle over -- and then out to the Mokuluas islets, if you've got a hankering for adventure.
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Grab a plate of scampi from Giovanni's Shrimp Truck before heading to the North Shore's Sunset Beach to watch the surfers charge epic waves, brah. What do board riders see in this spot? Only two miles of breaks so colossal that many of Oahu’s big-name, big-wave surfing championships are held here annually.
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Beyond the Beach
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Out and About
Then force yourselves to go meet the island. Get a taste of the culinary scene -- from delicious dives to farm stands -- with a food-obsessed local guide from Tour da Food Maui. Breeze into Letarte swimwear boutique, pictured here, in Paia for a new bikini -- their designs show up in almost every Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, but you don't have to be a model to rock one.
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Take a Ride
And save a day to visit Hana on the east coast. Though only 52 miles long, Maui's stunningly scenic Hana Highway (colloquially called the Road to Hana) can take up to four hours to drive, thanks to its series of hairpin turns and single-lane bridges. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be tempted to pull over every 30 seconds to snap yet another photo.
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Soak in the Scenery
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Plan Your Trip
When to Go
Late spring and early fall are short on crowds and long on warm weather.
How to Get There
You can jet in and out of Oahu, or arrive in Oahu and depart from Maui. A quick flight gets you from one to the other.