Flashback Friday: The Honeymoon

Since last week’s Flashback Friday was about my wedding in Vegas, I guess it’s only fair to write about my honeymoon. We went to Maui, and let’s just say that Maui is the most incredible place that ever existed.

After the wedding, we flew to Maui and stayed 7 nights. We stayed in a condo that we booked on VRBO. Here’s the view from our condo balcony.

We rented a Jeep so we could do some off-roading. Renting a Jeep made me realize that I will never buy a Jeep. No space in that car and the seats suck. But at least you look cool when you’re driving a Jeep. And really, that’s what matters.

Maui is all about day life. People are up at the crack of dawn and in bed once the sun goes down. We had a hard time finding any restaurant or bar that was open past 10pm. So instead of late nights, we had early mornings.

Each day, we did some type of excursion or hike that required us to get up at 4 or 5am. We really made the most of our time there and I don’t think we ever weren’t exploring something. When we weren’t doing an excursion, we would pull off to the side of the road and hike to random overlooks and beaches.

One more step and I’m single!

We didn’t book any of our excursions until we got there which worked out better than I thought it would. I had an idea of a couple things I wanted to do, but that was it. So, here are some of the things we did in random order:

We went on a whale watching boat tour. (It was FREE because we sat through 2 agonizing hours of someone trying to sell us a timeshare.)

While we were on the boat, hubs expressed how excited he was to be married to me through pictures.

We rode a bike down the Haleakala Volcano. (One of our tickets was free from that same timeshare deal.) We rode up in a van (about a 2 hour ride from our condo) and took the bike down.

No pictures from the actual bike ride because we were going 30 mph downhill and it was on an open road with lots of curves. It was SO fun and SO dangerous. We eat danger for breakfast, though. And eggs.

We stopped half way down the volcano for breakfast and then did some exploring. Why get your lady 12 roses when you can get her ONE of these?

After the bike ride, another girl in our group was signed up to tour the Maui Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. Our condo was in the opposite direction of the winery, so the driver offered to either take us home or take us on the tour for free. Did someone say “free?” 🙂

The winery was beautiful. Hubs bought some wine and shared it with a nice man.

There was a cute shop across the street from the winery where we had lunch. The cat outside of the shop would not move or open its eyes when we pet it. Too much wine, maybe? (And yes, it was alive.)

We went on an aerial tour of the Big Island in a little commuter plane. The girl that took our picture here started throwing up about 10 minutes into the flight and never stopped.

The Big Island (also just called Hawaii) is bigger than all the other Hawaiian islands put together and the lava flow from the crater keeps adding to its size.

The crater of the volcano wasn’t what you typically picture. It looked like black, flat, dead land and you could see red lava in areas just under the surface.

The smoke is where the lava was flowing into the water. No virgins were being sacrified, which was disappointing.

Toward the end of the flight, I wasn’t feeling so hot so hubs consoled me by taking a picture of my misery and laughing.

We drove the entire Hana Highway and made tons of hiking stops along the way. It took us about 12 hours from when we started to when we got through the highway and we didn’t even come close to seeing everything.

Stops along the way included the Twin Falls. We were the only ones around that hiked to the second fall (which wasn’t easy) and hubs was braver than I was. He waded through deep water to get over there.

We stopped at a black sand beach that had sea caves.

We hiked through a bamboo forest.

At the end of the 2 mile hike was a waterfall so huge that we couldn’t even get the whole thing in one picture. Please enjoy the worst picture ever taken of us by strangers.

The ride through the Hana Highway was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. We actually had to sign a waiver saying we wouldn’t drive it when we rented our car. It’s considered one of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the world.

Half of it is one “lane” that’s mostly unpaved, pitch black once the sun goes down, no guard rails, steep cliffs, and very small bridges to cross. At one point, about 15 mooing, crazy-eyed cows surrounded the Jeep and we were freaking out. We waited about 5 minutes for them to pass before we could keep driving.

We went to a Luau where they handed you Mai Tais as you waited in line to get in. Maui, you know just what I like.

Hubs found a tour that included rafting, snorkeling, whale watching, breakfast, and lunch for $99 a person. It was supposed to last 2 hours and lasted almost 4 hours. Best money we spent there and probably the most fun we had on the entire trip.

The waters were so choppy and the boat was going so fast, that I almost fell out. Hubs also thought that was hilarious.

Part of the trip included snokeling around the Molokini Crater, one of the inactive volcanos.

A reef shark swam right by us while snorkeling. I tried to get a picture, but it didn’t come out clearly. So here’s a picture of me!

We visited a nude beach. We had to climb up a big rock to get to it. This is the non-nude side.

And hubs took some surfing lessons.

Some random facts about Maui:

  • Spam is everywhere. Spam burgers. Spam sushi. Hawaii loves its Spam.
  • The continental U.S. is called the mainland.
  • Every local I talked to that asked where I was from thought Orlando was a total party city and wanted to visit here.
  • McDonald’s has hot banana pies and hot apple pies.
  • Groceries are super expensive. A box of Frosted Flakes cost $8.00.
  • DQ Blizzards in Maui taste better than in Orlando.

Also, it’s windy most of the time.

Enjoy that last picture. That’s my natural hair color.

Ok, so that was long and picture heavy and didn’t even cover it all. I’m looking back at these pictures and it doesn’t do Maui justice. The beauty in person pales in comparison to what I see on film.

The rest of the time we spent exploring, eating at amazing restaurants, drinking fruity drinks, and then spiraling into a fit of depression because we had to leave.

Where did you take your honeymoon?

Or if you’re not married, where did you take your favorite vacation?


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23 responses to “Flashback Friday: The Honeymoon

  1. Get ready to emote sympathy for me. We did NOT have a honeymoon. Instead, I had the flu. Sign? Hope not!

  2. Nancy

    went to Hawaii also, isn’t that road to HANA too much, loved every minute of it. Even tried to think of something I could do in Hawaii to make a living, but alas no had to come home.

    Try Kaui next time, not much night life there either, but soo beautiful


  3. Great Post! That picture at the waterfall made me LOL!

  4. gorgeous!!!
    we chose a cruise for our honeymoon – oh & invited our bridal party to go with us. a little non-traditional, but super fun! we went on royal carribean, the eastern carribean cruise – coco cay was the absolute best part.

  5. Stefanie

    We went to Disneyland for our honeymoon. Because we were 18 year old babies, and that’s what you do when you are an 18 year old baby. Go to Disneyland.

  6. Kate

    Oh, Maui. How I love thee. I am the only thing holding Steve back from moving there. 🙂 Did you end up staying in the same condo we did? I can’t remember. The view looks the same though. We also hiked to that crazy waterfall the second time we were there. I get bonus points b/c I was pregnant. Hee. Any plans to go back?

    • Yes! Same condo. The only thing we didn’t like about it was the bed. It was a full size and so uncomfortable. My back would hurt the next day. I think if we go back, we want to try out Oahu. But it’s hard not to go back to Maui. Soooo hard.

      • Kate

        Hee, I think I remember that.

        I know! It’s too hard not to go back to Maui, but we said next time (we’re already planning it) we’d do Maui, Kaui, and maybe another place.

  7. Great pics! I especially love the one of the heads in front of the waterfall 😉 I think I’d like banana pies at Micky D’s. The mainlain should get on board with that. And wow, I knew it was expensive there, but had no idea cereal would be $8! Yikes.

    I went on a marine biology trip in HS that lasted a week in the bahamas. We stayed on Andros Island which is the largest, but poorest/non-touristy island. It was so amazing. We slept in little huts, did land excursions to meet locals, and snorkled all day every day around various little islands of the bahamas (all non-inhabited). It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen!!

  8. I love, love, love Maui. My fave vacay spots have been Costa Rica and Hawaii. So beautiful.

    I’ve used VRBO to book condos for ski trips but it never occurred to me to use it for tropical destinations too!

  9. That flower attack picture was the first I ever saw of you. It was love at first sight.

  10. Great post!!! I grew up going to Maui every summer for 3 weeks. Love it. My husband and I got married in Hawaii so I guess you could say it was like a honeymoon too.

  11. The water around the Molokini Crater is so incredibly blue!! I cant even imagine snorkeling in it 🙂

  12. Maui looks faboo! I’ve never been to Hawaii, but maybe some day.

    For our honeymoon, my husband and I went to an all inclusive resort in Cancun. (Since we’re from Texas, it’s pretty common for peeps to make the quick trip to Mexico for vacations.) We had the best time of our lives! I’ve already made the executive decision that when his deployment is over we are going back, stat!*

  13. Ahhh I love Maui! I’ve been 4 times since I was 6 years old, but CA is much closer. Your pictures bring back so many memories. 🙂 In the picture with the cross, did you walk down far enough to find the blow hole in the side of the cliff by the water? If you stand by it it sprays you with a tonnn of water about every 30 seconds..so much fun!

  14. What an exciting honeymoon!! My hubs (then boyfriend) and I went to Maui after I graduated college in 09 and it was breathtaking. We did some of those adventures but I’m so JEALOUS of all of your activities!!!

    PS. We have some friends that went to Maui on their honeymoon and did that bike ride down the volcano thing and the girl ended up Flying off the side of the cliff and broke her knee. It was Crazzzzy… I’m glad to see that someon survived hahaha.


  15. BAHAHHAA “we eat danger for breakfast. and eggs.”


  16. We went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon. Amazing ! Found a little resort called Ti Kaye – had ourselves a little hut on the side of a cliff.
    Last year I made hubs take me to Tahiti – we for real swam with sharks there. LOL like yes really its an excursion.

  17. How fun!! I love Maui! I went there for my high school graduation present! 🙂 hubs and I went to Vegas for our honeymoon. It was the best time ever!! We got upgraded to the penthouse suite at Mandalay bay. Ridiculous! So fun!

  18. the second time I went to Maui, we drove around the entire island over 2 days and it was absolutely amazing. Especially that one-lane area and when you’re staring out the window (we rented a jeep too!) and it’s just a cliff to the left that drops to the ocean. SCARY! but so cool.

  19. So beautiful! Sounds like you two really saw it all. Did you try the spam?

    My most exotic trip to date was to Rio De Janiero, Brazil, though it was way too short of a trip.

  20. My hubby and I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for our honeymoon and it was beautiful! However, we went to Maui a few years later and fell in love. I’ve done most of the stuff you did in this post and I LOVED it. I would go back to Maui in a heart beat!

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