Why a Hawaii and French Polynesia honeymoon is the perfect combination
Our best-kept secret for a unique, and utterly romantic retreat.
So, the time has come to get planning your first trip after the big ‘I do’. And whilst there are hundreds of honeymoon destinations to get excited about, we think there’s something extra special about this combo.
For many, the idea of a honeymoon to Hawaii and French Polynesia might seem unheard of – or even impossible – but for us, it twins together two of the best tropical honeymoon spots in the Pacific. From the adrenaline fringed shores of Hawaii to the blissful beaches of French Polynesia, our Travel Experts have made the most of a little-known flight route connecting Honolulu and Papeete, to conjure up the perfect island-hopping honeymoon experience. Taking adventure and relaxation to a whole other level, it’s the kind of trip dreams are made of. So sit back, relax, and settle into married life in true, luxurious style.
When is the best time to go?
Our Travel Experts love this French Polynesia and Hawaii honeymoon combo from May through to September, when the weather is hot and the rain season is over. It’s during these months you can really soak up all these islands have to offer, with professional surf lessons, incredible hikes through the waterfalls and jungle, and scuba diving in the tropical water.
“My favourite month for a Hawaii and French Polynesia honeymoon would have to be September. It means you can avoid the swarms of kids and families on their summer holidays, and have a higher chance of seeing humpback whales in Moorea.”
Jihane, our French Polynesia & Hawaii Travel Expert
What to do in Hawaii
Peppering the Pacific Ocean with emerald-hued isles that play home to wild coastlines, fiery volcanoes, and pristine palm-fringed beaches; Hawaii offers a reset button like nowhere else on earth. From Nāpali Coast to Haleakala National Park, think of any thrill-seeking activity and the Aloha State can deliver. Coastal safaris, skydives, canyon hikes, zip-lines, helicopter rides, and zodiac tours. Keep scrolling for some fresh inspiration.
A doors-off helicopter tour of Kauai
What better way to kickstart your first day on Kauai than with an adrenaline-pumping helicopter tour over the island? After meeting with your pilot for a safety talk, you’ll make a beeline for the iconic Hanapepe Valley, Olokele Canyon, and Waimea Canyon (known as the Grand Canyon on the pacific). Next up is Manawaiopuna Falls – the filming spot for Jurassic Park – and only accessibly via helicopter, so we’ll give you some time to get your cameras ready. Finally, you’ll reach the wettest place on earth at Mount Waialeale and descend into the centre of its crater, with 5,000-foot walls towering above, and 3,000-foot waterfalls surrounding you.
Sunrise Haleakala bike ride
From Hotel Wailea on Maui Island, you’ll have an early wake-up call as you head up to the peak of Haleakala for an unbeatable sunrise from Haleakala Summit. The dormant shield volcano of Haleakala, also known as ‘the house of the sun’ towers over Maui, and is an unmissable experience in our eyes. At an impressive 6,500 feet high, we’ll give you a guided tour of the park, before saddling up for a 23-mile sunrise bike ride. Kitted out with all the equipment, enjoy uninterrupted views as the sun clambers higher into the sky as you ride down the tallest peak on the island.
Surf lessons with a Grand Master
The true nature of Kauai is only experienced when you go surfing, and no more so than when you learn alongside a Grand Master. On the balmy beaches of The Garden Island, you’ll join Titus, who’ll share the essential tricks and techniques needed to master the Hawaiian sport of kings. Whether it’s your first time taking on the waves, or you’re an expert yourself, by the end of the afternoon you’ll be catching those waves in true Kauai style.
Drift diving at Molokini Crater
Welcome to Molokini Islet: a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater. And today, you’ll drift dive off the back wall. Designated as a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District, it comes as no surprise that the waters are home to incredible marine life and 250 fish species – some of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Bordered by the open ocean, as you drop down into the calm, clear waters it’s often a gamble as to what will pass by, from dolphins and manta rays to whales and octopus.
The best islands in French Polynesia and what to do there
French Polynesia and its 118 idyllic islands are much more than just a beach, palm tree, and a wave – they evoke entire worlds of escapism and carry the rich scent of hibiscus flowers wherever you wander. From the most populous island of Tahiti to the lesser-known islands of Moorea and Raiatea, our Travel Experts have uncovered just where to go in this country.
Crowned by the volcanic peak of Mount Rotui, the jungled isle of Moorea is a place where adventure and relaxation meet. Whilst here, we’ll arrange a 4×4 safari experience to explore the island’s internal volcanic crater, panoramic views, and pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon plantations. In the company of an expert guide, you’ll also head off to Afareaitu Valley for a hiking adventure, discovering ancient archaeological sites, hidden waterfalls, and learning how to braid with coconut leaves.
Known as the vanilla isle (you’ll soon see why), Raiatea certainly packs a punch, but with fewer tourists than the more popular islands. Explore nearby pearl farms and vanilla plantations with local guides and head off on sailing excursions and hiking adventures. We’ll then maroon you in style on a small motu with a gourmet picnic lunch, giving you the chance to snorkel amongst lionfish and colourful coral. Back at the elegant Le Taha’a in the evening, enjoy a romantic dinner for two in a secluded corner of the island, watching the sun go down.
Of course, no honeymoon to French Polynesia would be complete without visiting Bora Bora – and all the while staying in the utmost luxury at Conrad Bora Bora Nui. For a break between hilltop spa visits and swim-up cocktails in the pool, we’ll arrange some time on the main island with a beautiful hike through the Valley of the Kings. Accompanied by an ethnobotanist guide, you’ll follow the Ancestor’s Path, right up to the peak where a scenic viewpoint awaits, hearing of local folklore tails en route. Then it’s time to return to your hotel via outrigger canoe, giving plenty of time to dive into iridescent lagoons and swim among friendly sharks and rays. The perfect send-off if you ask us.
If Hawaii hasn’t tempted you yet, don’t worry. There are some beautiful Hawaiian hotels to gaze upon below, but if it’s just French Polynesia you’ve set your heart on, this ten-night island-hopping honeymoon tour will be perfect for you – taking in all three of the islands mentioned above.
“We couldn’t be happier with how our trip went – everything was perfectly executed and planned. It was the trip of a lifetime, with each day packed with local treasures and stunning experiences we would never have known were available. I’m so glad we used Black Tomato for our honeymoon.”
Nikita C, a Black Tomato traveller
Where to stay on your honeymoon
Hotel Wailea, Hawaii
Tucked away in an exclusive corner of Maui Island, Hotel Wailea is Hawaii’s only Relais & Chateaux property. It’s a place to romance and to indulge as you dine in treetop restaurants, sunbathe in poolside cabanas, and explore the surrounding natural beauty. By day whale watch over the azure waters on your private lanai, and by night take in fiery sunsets and starlit skies.
Le Taha’a, French Polynesia
There is only one word to describe this luxury private island resort: paradise. On the tiny islet of Motu Tautau, it’s just a short boat or heli ride to the larger islands, proving a far-flung island need not be so far-flung after all. Opt for an over-water bungalow or beachside hut, and fill your days relaxing in the shade of palm trees laden with coconuts, flitting between ocean, pool, and bathtub, and stargazing on your private deck.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
Lying in the shadow of Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu and fringed by an aquamarine lagoon is Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Choose from glamorous suites and villas that back onto jewel-box reefs and tropical gardens, with your very own infinity pool and private stretch of beach to wake to. When you’re not swinging in overwater hammocks, you can head to the hilltop Hina Spa and dine out on fresh lobster at Tamure Beach Grill. It’s the ultimate island paradise.
Mauna Lani, Hawaii
Nestled along the dramatic Kohala Coast and amid ancient Kalahuipua’s fishponds, Mauna Lani is the perfect oceanfront retreat. And after 14 months of careful renovation, the Auberge-owned resort is ready to show off its elegant new designs. Whether, it’s a mountain or ocean-view suite, or a private beach bungalow, privacy is guaranteed. Mauna Lani is also committed to caring for hatching sea turtle’s courtesy of its Malama Honu turtle programme, so visit over the 4th July for annual ‘Turtle Independence Day’ and you’ll witness these turtles being released back into the wild.
Ready to pack your bags?
We’re thrilled to hear. So now you’ve been inspired, from Hawaii’s iconic coastline to French Polynesia’s irresistible properties, it’s time to take the plunge and get planning. Speak with one of our lovely Travel Experts today.