Starkly exotic yet reassuringly familiar, Hawaii is like no other tropical island on earth.  Around eight million people visit the state each year to experience the spirit of aloha.  Here, you will find friendly locals, fascinating traditions, and rich culture. Then, there are the unparalleled sceneries that keep drawing tourists back.

Regardless of which island in Hawaii you visit, you are guaranteed to witness exceptional views and experience the most exciting activities. Hawaii’s diverse landscape and laid-back vibe make it the perfect destination for couples looking for a romantic dreamy escapade, a thrilling adventure, or a combination of both.

Whether you’re an avid thrill-seeker or a hopeless romantic, you’ll never run out of exhilarating activities to enjoy in Hawaii – from going on coastal road trips to hiking bamboo forests and watching sunsets.  Here is our top pick of must-dos for couples visiting the Aloha State.

Experience an Authentic Hawaiian Luau

There is no better way to immerse in the local culture than to partake in an evening of dance, entertainment, delicious food, and outstanding Hawaiian hospitality. At the Old Lahaina Luau, you can move to the beat of the pahu, delve into the spiritual aspects of the ancient hula, and listen to the fascinating stories about the first migration to the islands. Come hungry. The event guarantees a mouthwatering and filling 5-course luau buffet with exquisite tropical drinks.

Upon arrival, you will receive a gift of traditional fresh orchid lei. If you get to the venue early, you can witness the locals demonstrate their skills in woodcarving. You’ll also have the chance to explore and take photographs of the lovely grounds built especially for a luau. Or, you can enjoy the astonishing sunset views while listening to musicians play island tunes on the ukulele.

Also, check out the Royal Lahaina’s Myths of Maui Luau for an unforgettable night of entertaining live music, fascinating storytelling, a delectable feast, and a mesmerizing full-cast fire-dance finale.

Discover a Unique World Under the Sea

Hawaii’s waters are brimming with outstandingly diverse marine life. You can explore this abundant underwater paradise by snorkeling.  The Maui Ocean Riders offer a gripping rafting adventure that includes an excursion to secluded spots, where you can jump into the water and marvel at the wealth of unique marine wildlife.  The trip also allows you to circumnavigate the island of Lanai, where you will find Shipwreck Beach, famous for its seaward remains of a WWII tanker, and the secluded Polihua Beach, where sea turtles used to nest.  You can watch with awe the towering cliffs and lava rocks of the island and keep an eye out for spotted dolphins and monk seals.

If you prefer a more stable and comfortable ride, go for a snorkeling tour on a triple-decker catamaran, the Calypso.  The Calypso Deluxe Molokini & Turtle Snorkel adventure will take you to the crescent-shaped islet of Molokini, a partially submerged volcanic crater, and Turtle Town, where you can swim with green sea turtles. Those hesitant to get into the water can watch sea creatures through a glass-bottom viewing room. But if you crave a little adrenaline rush, try Snuba, a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving.

Each year in the winter, an estimated 10,000 humpback whales migrate from Alaska to breed, give birth, and nurse their calves in the warm Pacific waters.  From December to April, you might catch a glimpse of these gentle giants creating booming splashes and aerial performances.  If you want to get close and learn more about the whales, go on a sighting expedition with the Pacific Whale Foundation.

Go on a Scenic Drive

A road trip may be the last thing on your mind when you’re on a Hawaiian vacation.  After all, the state’s byways rarely make it to any epic US road trip lists, if ever at all.  But it does not mean Hawaii does not have its fair share of scenic highways.

The famous Hana Highway is arguably the most popular route for a road cruise in the islands. Connected by 59 bridges built over streams, the Road to Hana passes hundreds of waterfalls, luxuriant rainforests, deep valleys, 360 hairpin turns, and 300-meter-high sea-cliff views.

The 52-mile-trip starts at the bustling port of Kahului and ends at Hana, one of the most isolated spots in Hawaii. On your way, be sure to stop by Ho’okipa Beach Park to watch surfers ride the waves. Drop by Huelo for a trek through its bamboo forest and visit the historical 19th-century Congregational Church constructed with lava rocks and coral mortars at Keanae Peninsula. Take a short snack break of banana bread and shaved ice before exploring the ancient caves and black sand beach at the Waianapanapa State Park.  When you reach Hana, go to Koki Beach for its dark red sand. Enjoy the river pools of Oheo Gulch in Haleakala National Park, then head to Ulupalakua Ranch in the pasture town of Kula.

Indulge in a Sunset Dinner Cruise

No doubt, your island adventures will work up your appetite.  For a change of pace and a memorable date night, get on board a luxury boat and relish sumptuous cuisine fusions. The breathtakingly beautiful Hawaiian sunset will make your evening together even more romantic.

If you are in Maui, the world-class Calypso Catamaran will take you sailing around the island’s beautiful coastline, Molokini, and Lanai, where, during whale season, you might spot a whale or two.  Treat yourself to a feast of one of their five delightful entrée options, including dry-rubbed and slow-smoked baby back ribs, crispy golden brown drunken chicken, slow-roasted prime rib, fresh sauteed island fish, and vegetable tortellini in alfredo sauce.  All choices include Caesar salad, dinner rolls with butter, decadent dessert, two glasses of cocktails, and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.

After dinner, unwind as you watch fantastic sights illuminated by the moonlight or dance away to your favorite island music on board.  Nights can get breezy and chilly, so be sure to bring a light sweater or jacket to keep you warm.

Brave a Zipline Adventure

Hawaii brings out the outdoorsy side of people, and one of the most popular outdoor activities is ziplining in Maui. This thrilling experience is a great way to strengthen your bond as a couple and conquer your fear of heights. Plus, the stellar views as you soar above jungle canopies, rushing waterfalls, breathtaking cliffs, and deep canyons will take away all the edginess. After gliding along ziplines, you can climb enormous towers and cross swinging bridges to catch an enthralling tree-top view of the vast Pacific Ocean.

Some companies offer climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, and tours along with the zip lining activity.  NorthShore Zipline, for instance, includes a visit to their camp, which features historical relics from World War II, such as jeeps and fighter planes.  In a way, ziplining in Hawaii is more than merely having fun and testing your limits.  It is also a way to appreciate nature and learn about history.

Still not sure what you want to do with your significant other on your Maui vacation holiday getaway? Contact us today and our experienced concierge can help you customize the perfect activities for your vacation. We’d love to help you make memories that last a lifetime!