With year-round warm weather, spectacular scenery, gorgeous beaches, and an abundance of activities, Hawaii is one of the most popular getaway destinations, especially during Valentine’s Day. From the dynamic nightlife of Honolulu to the quiet intimacy of a smaller beach towns, Hawaii has it all. Near many Hawaii vacation rentals are plenty of opportunities for sunset cruises, lively luaus, fine dining, and hand-in-hand strolls through beautiful tropical landscapes. Here are the top Valentine’s Day getaway locations in Hawaii.
1. Honolulu, Oahu
For an unforgettable romantic walk and visual thrill, take the short hike of less than a mile to the top of Diamond Head, a volcanic tuff crater that provides an amazing view of the city of Honolulu, the southern Oahu coastline, and the Pacific Ocean. After the exertion, relax and enjoy a couple’s massage and romance package at Serenity Spa. Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, and Manoa Chocolate Hawaii offers a tour of the factory and a sampling of its wares. For a unique dining experience, join the special Valentine’s Day sunset cruise on the luxurious Star of Honolulu. With four walk-around decks and a higher observation deck, it is the largest coastal cruise vessel in Oahu. If you prefer dining onshore, try the Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park, which features a lavish Hawaiian barbecue along with Polynesian entertainment. For a quieter, more intimate restaurant experience, sample the Valentine’s Day menu at the renowned Alan Wong’s Restaurant.
2. Laie, Oahu
The small town of Laie on the northeast shore of Oahu is the home of the Polynesian Cultural Center, and attending a luau and evening show provides an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience. Take a romantic canoe tour through a lagoon lined with simulations of Polynesian villages; feast on a buffet featuring underground baked pork; and watch an amazing show with exotic dancing, fire juggling, and traditional music. If you want to know where to go in Laie, the local waterfall is a breathtakingly beautiful location in a natural setting. On the short hike to Laie Falls, you have terrific views of mountains, ocean, and forest, and the trail culminates where the waterfall drops into a pool surrounded by lush tropical foliage.
Kauai, the northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, offers secluded beaches such as Poipu Beach and Kauapea Beach where you can relax on the sand with your loved one. If you crave a thrill and a bird’s eye look at this tropical paradise, take a couple’s aerial tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Wings Over Kauai also offers you an overview of the island in a small plane. For an elegant dinner on a romantic catamaran, take Captain Andy’s Sunset Dinner Sail. Enjoy a Hawaiian barbecue buffet, hula dancers, and Hawaiian musicians at the Luau Kalamaku at the historic Kilohana Plantation near the town of Lihue.
4. Lahaina, Maui
A plethora of amazing Valentine’s Day dining experiences awaits you in and around your vacation rental in the beautiful resort town of Lahaina on Maui. The Pacific Whale Foundation Lahaina Sunset Dinner Cruise departs each evening from Lahaina Harbor. Not only do you savor a sumptuous four-course meal, but in February you also have excellent opportunities to view Pacific Ocean whales in their natural habitats. For a romantic meal surrounded by exotic sea creatures, check out the Sea of Love Valentine’s Dinner at the Maui Ocean Center just south of Lahaina, where you dine in the midst of a lovely aquarium setting. At the Royal Lahaina Luau, enjoy seaside feasting and entertainment while you watch the sun set.
5. Hana, Maui
The town of Hana on the eastern side of Maui offers you a less crowded, more intimate romantic Valentine’s Day experience. The road to Hana winds along the east coast through a beautiful tropical rainforest, and along the way are numerous spots for romantic interludes, including sites with spectacular waterfalls, black sand beaches, and ocean caves and blowholes. Walk hand-in-hand through the Maui Garden of Eden, a beautiful park and arboretum along the road to Hana. In Hana, treat yourselves to a luxurious day at the Spa at Travaasa Hana, where you can enjoy full body massages, scalp treatments, saltwater foot soaks, facials, and clay body wraps.
6. Kailua-Kona, Big Island
From the resort city of Kailua-Kona on the west side of Hawaii’s Big Island, the Captain Cook Historical Cruise provides a unique and romantic Valentine’s Day holiday dining experience. A comfortably outfitted catamaran takes you to Kealakekua Bay, a marine sanctuary and the site of the Captain Cook Monument honoring the famous explorer. Enjoy a Hawaiian buffet, live entertainment, and an incomparable sunset. The Champagne Sunset Sail takes you along the scenic Kohala Coast, while you quaff champagne and sample appetizers. At the Royal Kona Luau in Kailua-Kona, after greeters drape you with leis, you feast on pork, chicken, and beef, while entertainers reenact the epic voyages of ancient Polynesian seafarers who journeyed thousands of miles to discover the majestic islands of Hawaii.
7. Hilo, Big Island
If you want to know where to go on Hilo, opt for an adventurous Valentine’s Day surrounded by gorgeous natural beauty at the crater of Kilauea or Rainbow Falls. Take a hand-in-hand hike to the crater of Kilauea, an active volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is just a short drive from Hilo. For a shorter, closer walk just five minutes from downtown Hilo, head for Rainbow Falls, a lovely spot for a romantic excursion. Enjoy a luxurious Valentine’s Day feast in an elegant tropical setting at Queen’s Court Restaurant in Hilo.
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